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Windows 7: Can you schedule disk imaging like you can with backup?

03 Sep 2009   #11

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I use windows 7 Backup to create a system image once a week. It is the only backup I make from my system drive C:. Scheduled backup excludes the C: drive completely to save space because the system image is enough; mounting the system image (a vhd-file) to a virtual machine as a second hard drive, I can always retrieve and extract the files / folders I need to restore. Backing it up would only mean double the space backup needs.

This way I always have a complete backup, containing absolutely everything from my system. C: drive backed up as a system image, mounted as a second HD to a virtual machine whenever I need to restore files, and normal backup from other drives.

I am very satisfied with Windows 7 Backup and Restore. Always worked perfect, never had a problem.


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03 Sep 2009   #12

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Most imaging programs have a command line version with command line options. You can just put these in a batch file and then set up a scheduled task to run it. You can tell the task to run by the system in the background, whether logged in or off, etc.
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