I have a bit of a quandary.
I am going to upgrade to Windows 8 Consumer Preview, so before doing so I backed up Windows 7 as a system image to my external hard drive. In doing so, I forgot that a system image includes all the files on the drive, which means it backed up about 700 GB worth of data. That's OK except I already had those files backed up individually, so now my external drive is basically out of space for future use.
Instead, what I'd like to do, is do a system image of factory state without having to lose the files already on my drive. Is that possible?
I could always go back to factory condition, and save the system image, but then I'd have to re-add all my programs and files after I get the Windows 8 upgrade completed. I'd rather not have to do that unless it's an emergency.
Anyone know of a way I can create a system image of the Windows 7 factory state? Thanks in advance.