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Windows 7: how to backup system drive

16 Apr 2012   #11
eviliony

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

so here is the screenshot of my disk mgmt




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16 Apr 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No system reserved.

All you would have to image is the C drive.

The image file would have to be stored somewhere other than C. Presumably on D or an external if you have one. Then restore from D or the external by booting into the Linux recovery disc.

The image file would be quite large---roughly half the size of the occupied space on C.

I use images, but don't count on them. I've never restored an image file because I have never had to. My drives haven't failed.

You should always know what plan B will be if your image backup fails--it does happen--more frequently than you'd like.
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16 Apr 2012   #13
eviliony

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

usually how large is the image file? i usually prefer to boot from CD but if it takes a lot of CDs i willgo with pendrive then
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16 Apr 2012   #14
kado897

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Plan B would have to be a clean install which means you need either your Windows install disk or the OEM recovery disks if your system came pre-installed.
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16 Apr 2012   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eviliony View Post
usually how large is the image file? i usually prefer to boot from CD but if it takes a lot of CDs i willgo with pendrive then
See my post 12 re size.

The Linux recovery CD is just that--one CD.

The recovery CD is NOT where you store the image file. The recovery CD is just a means to access the image file and restore it. Store the image file on a hard drive. Drive D or an external.
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16 Apr 2012   #16
kado897

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The image is very much larger of course but should be stored on a HDD not a CD/DVD.
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16 Apr 2012   #17
eviliony

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay thanks both of u.. Im still quite blur tho but ill get back to you after i download the macrium app
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16 Apr 2012   #18
ignatzatsonic

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Macrium is about as simple and painless as imaging can be. You can accept the defaults in most cases.

Make a folder on your D drive called "images".

In your case, just go to the backup menu and choose "backup Windows". You should then see your C drive with a checkmark. If it isn't checked, check it manually. Don't check D.

Navigate to that images folder you just made in the "destination" area of the Macrium screen.

The next screen will show you a summary of what will happen.

Click finish and away it goes--it will take 5 minutes or more, depending on the speed of your PC and the size of C.

Then go back to Macrium and go to the "other tasks" menu. Chose "create rescue media". This is where you make the Linux bootable CD. Choose "Linux" in the next Window. If the Linux disc will not boot your PC, go back to this same page and choose "advanced". That will allow you to make a modified version of the Linux disc in "compatibility mode".

If neither the regular Linux disc or the "compatibility mode" Linux disc will boot, you have to make a "Windows PE" disc instead. If it won't boot your PC, don't use Macrium.
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16 Apr 2012   #19
eviliony

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

okay that explains everything... now i get the idea.. thanks will give it a shot later
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16 Apr 2012   #20
kado897

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This tutorial will give you a better idea. Imaging with free Macrium
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