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Windows 7: Image back up


21 May 2012   #1

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Image back up

I am going to attempt an image restore but I have a question concerning the additional drive. I know that I can creat an image of (let's say) Drive C: and D:, My question comes as this, when I go to restore the computer from this image will the image put C: on C: and D: back on a D: drive?


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21 May 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CousinIt View Post
I am going to attempt an image restore but I have a question concerning the additional drive. I know that I can creat an image of (let's say) Drive C: and D:, My question comes as this, when I go to restore the computer from this image will the image put C: on C: and D: back on a D: drive?
Yes, assuming C and D are 2 partitions on the same physical drive.

But most people would advise you to make 2 images: C alone and D alone.

Then restore each as needed.

If D is a data partition, I would not image it. I would instead use a standard "file by file" backup program and avoid the complication of imaging for something as critical as data.

If you have a "System Reserved" partition, it has to be imaged also.
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21 May 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

What program do you use to create backup images?

Windows backup will include all system partition(s) when creating an image.

With programs such as Macrium, Acronis, ... you can select which partition(s) to include in the image.
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21 May 2012   #4

win7 pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply, I will be using Windows 7 create system image. I also have two physical drives. C: and D:.. If I create the system image which will include both of the drives and I replace c: with a larger drive and also d: and when I restore the system image will the image put the information on c: like it was and d: like it was? I hope I am not being redundant!
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21 May 2012   #5

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What's on D and why would you image it?
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21 May 2012   #6

win7 pro 64bit
 
 

I have a few back up from programs like quickbooks and pricing program for the business. I am just worried that some programs on c: are pointed to d: for backups or anything. I know once I get it loaded I can redirect the backups but just in case I am just wondering if I do a new c: and d: with the information post on the new build like it is now.
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21 May 2012   #7

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Is your ORIGINAL data on C, entirely?

D contains NO original data, only backups of data from C?
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21 May 2012   #8

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That is correct.
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21 May 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CousinIt View Post
That is correct.
Do you have an external drive E or anything other than C and D?

Or is D external?
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21 May 2012   #10

win7 pro 64bit
 
 

yes I do but I won't need to back that up.
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