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Windows 7: which drives data will be erased when installed with system image


24 May 2012   #1

windows 7 ultimate x64 bit
 
 
which drives data will be erased when installed with system image

hi my frenz....i am trying to re install the window 7 with the system image disc. but i have a confusion that when i reinstall then only c drive data will be erased or my D and E drive data will also be erased?so please suggest me......

regards thank you


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24 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

When going to restore a full system image backup of the main drive if that was the only drive included in the image you select the drive it will be restored to. The drive selected will be wiped clean in order to unpack the image there and not touch anything on any other drive.

There are two ways to see C restored. 1) Simply go into the Control Panel>Backup & Restore section and select the "Recover system settings on your computer" option just as if you were going to use the System Restore feature but instead select the "Advanced recovery methods" option found on the next screen.(refer to image attached)

Once there you will see the two options for restoring a system image or the need for the 7 installation dvd. Once you select the System image option you may have to browse to the WindowsImageBackup folder depending on where it was originally saved to especially any drive letters were changed inbetween.

2) The second option is seen when booting live from the 7 dvd or USB Install Key many use and right as you reach the Install Now screen look below that button for the repair tools. One of the repair options will be the one for restoring an image backup.


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26 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello dare2winn,

How did you create the System Image? Did you click "Create a System Image" or did you go through the backup and restore control panel to backup files and include a system image with that?

If you selected "Create a System Image" and only included the system drive then it shouldn't wipe your data partition. I have my data on a separate partition and it's never deleted it.

Always have a backup though just in case.
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26 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

When going to create an image with a drive split up one idea would be seeing all partitions rolled up into one image. That would offer a complete in the event the main drive fails or the drive ends up being wiped due to a malware or accidental mishap.
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27 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dare2winn View Post
hi my frenz....i am trying to re install the window 7 with the system image disc. but i have a confusion that when i reinstall then only c drive data will be erased or my D and E drive data will also be erased?so please suggest me......

regards thank you
When restoring a System Image, then:
If you only included C in the System Image then only C will be restored.

If you included C, D and E in the System Image then C, D, and E will be restored.
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27 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

By default the 100mb System Reserved boot partition will be included along with C if present if checked off when selecting the drive(s), partition(s) to include. That's one item you want to make sure is included in any image backup from the main OS drive.

When going to restore any image made without the 100mb if that was created at the time of the 7 install the drive would become unbootable since the 100mb included in the image would be used to replace the 100mb partition on the main drive. Even with any 3rd party imaging program you will want to see that included.
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27 May 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

NightHawk,

I do not ever have the 100MB partition on any of my equipment.

You do not need the partition even when using BitLocker (prior to some updates, you did need the 100 mb partition).

I regularly make system image backups and restores when needed.
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27 May 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Oh yes, you will find the Win 7 RE (Recovery Environment) in a hidden, system folder on your system drive. Win 7 uses this when needed for recovery.

I've unhidden mine and then emptied same since I use System Recovery Disc for all recovery purposes.
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27 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If 7 was preinstalled OEM or the drive was simply partitioned and formatted prior to the 7 install you won't even see the 100mb partition to start with. But if you ran the 7 installer on a new drive (raw) the Windows installer will then see that created on it's own and should automatically be checked off when going to create a full system image.

Whether it's the Windows backup featute or a 3rd party app like Acronis being used I wouldn't advise anyone not familiar with restoring images let alone rebuilding the boot sector on the main OS drive not see that checked off to begin with. As for learning how to configure the Recovery Environment refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...=WS.10%29.aspx
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27 May 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

i recommend it all of the time. That partition is not needed.
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