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Windows 7: "Include a system image of drives" what difference does it make?

13 Feb 2012   #11
mjf

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LEITZ5008 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I personally don't like installed programs located on a separate partition to the OS.
why? whats so bad about it? (my d:\ for programs is 100gb now and growing. all games and big applications are there.)
Installed programs use the registry which is stored in the binary "hive" in
C:\windows\system32\config
So Windows will want to image both C: and D: . Even if a third party imaging program gives you the option you should image both C: and D: because they are logically linked. It's better to have only one partition to image and keep the image reasonably small. This excludes the little system reserved partition if you have one.

Edit: I notice your programs are 100GB! That's large but I'm not a gamer. If they are all installed (not standalone) then maybe you can't avoid large images anyway. You may want to consider a well regarded third imaging program with better compression like (free) Macrium Reflect.

Gamers may have other strategies for you.


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