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Windows 7: Restoring External Drives?

22 Jan 2012   #1
jack1953

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Restoring External Drives?

Can Windows 7 restore an external drive? If so, how? If not, any program out there that can?
Thanks,
Jack


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22 Jan 2012   #2
richnrockville

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jack1953 View Post
Can Windows 7 restore an external drive? If so, how? If not, any program out there that can?
Thanks,
Jack
I haven't tried it but I believe that programs like Acronis Home image will create an image of an external drive and then restore it. I know that I have done it for my separate D drive on my Laptop. There might be a couple of free ones out there that will do this also.

Rich
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22 Jan 2012   #3
whs
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With free Macrium you can image and restore any drive or partition. With Windows imaging you are very restricted. I would not use that.
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22 Jan 2012   #4
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Based on past experience, I would really want to make sure that the image did work correctly with any program. give it a shot and try to restore to a 3rd external hard disk to give yourself a warm fuzzy. Especially if the data that your backing up is critical. Sometimes just copying the data to another device works great.

Rich
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22 Jan 2012   #5
whs
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Rich has a good point. Trying it out before always helps - especially to make yourself familiar with the recovery procedure which is usually not well documented.

I use a little 2GB test partition for that. You can shrink that off any large partition. Put some odd data in and image it. Then delete some data from the test partition and restore it from the image. If your deleted data is back, you know that it works.

Using a small 2GB partition has the advantage that the whole procedure will be very fast. Using free Macrium, the imaging step takes only 4 seconds.
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