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Windows 7: Image back up

21 May 2012   #11
ignatzatsonic

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To avoid confusion:

C and D are internal?

How large is the external and what is its purpose?

Generally, until I see more details, I'd think in these terms:

Make an image of C. That will contain your OS and ALL of your data. Store the image on D and possibly also on your external.

There is no reason to image D.

Backup the data portions of C to D and/or to your external by normal means, NOT using an image.

Do not rely on an image for data backup. Images are known to be flaky at the worst possible moment.


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21 May 2012   #12
CousinIt

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I thank you for you time. Although you were helpful I don't think I got the question answered.
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21 May 2012   #13
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CousinIt View Post
I thank you for you time. Although you were helpful I don't think I got the question answered.
I'm sure I could answer the question if I knew the question.
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21 May 2012   #14
CousinIt

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The question was if I create an image of the computer drive C: and D: both physical drives and replace with new and larger drives and do the image restore will the image restore the new drives exactly as they are now? stating that if any thing on c: is pointing to d: will it still do that>and will everything be the same as it is now.
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21 May 2012   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CousinIt View Post
The question was if I create an image of the computer drive C: and D: both physical drives and replace with new and larger drives and do the image restore will the image restore the new drives exactly as they are now?

That would depend on whether or not you can restore each drive INDEPENDENTLY FROM WITHIN A SINGLE IMAGE FILE CONTAINING 2 DRIVES. I don't know if you can do that with Windows built in imaging.

You certainly could IF you made separate images of C and D as opposed to both drives in a single image. You would simply restore the image of C to the new larger C and separately restore the image of D to the new larger D.

But the larger question is: why image D at all since it is only a backup drive anyway?

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stating that if any thing on c: is pointing to d: will it still do that>and will everything be the same as it is now.

I'm not sure what you mean here. As I understand it, C is Windows and data and D is only backup of some of the data on C.
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21 May 2012   #16
CousinIt

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Thank you, that was the answer I was looking for. I appreciate you time.
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21 May 2012   #17
DavidE

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I don't want to add to confusion here, but

Just be aware that you can NOT create a backup image on a partition that you are imaging.
If you do create a single image for C and D, the image MUST be created on another partition such as E.
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21 May 2012   #18
CousinIt

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Thanks Got it! I will let you know how all goes in about a week. I will be attempting it this weekend. So until then thanks again.
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