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

01 Sep 2009   #1
Celeras

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Can you schedule disk imaging like you can with backup?

Just wondering if this can be done in the background on a regular schedule, either via Windows Backup or a third party program. And if it can be does it require a deletion/re-imaging of the old file, or can it just tack on whatevers changed/added to it? This part is important, as I would'nt have room to hold 2x images on the harddrive im planning to use to backup.. and deleting the old image first could potentially lead to something heartbreaking

Thanks


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02 Sep 2009   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Acronis True Image can do this.
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02 Sep 2009   #3
Celeras

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I looked at their website and was unable to find out whether or not this was done by making a new file+deleting old, or by adding to the existing backup. Do you know?
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02 Sep 2009   #4
RustyFalcon

Win 7 RTM 7600 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Windows Backup gives you the option to image the drive as well. Not tried it myself so I can't answer whether it 'adds to', 'deletes', or 'replaces' when it creates a new image.
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02 Sep 2009   #5
Blongs

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Celeras View Post
I looked at their website and was unable to find out whether or not this was done by making a new file+deleting old, or by adding to the existing backup. Do you know?
Acronis True Image will do what you want. It will let you schedule images at what ever intervals you like and give you a choice of doing a full image or just files that changed since last image. Hope this helps.
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02 Sep 2009   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Celers,

I don't use Windows Pc Backup - the compression level is poor - so the image is large.

There are numerous reports of people being unable to locate the previously backed image as well.

You may like to consider a 3rd party app. for flexibility and reliability.

You could try the Macrium free Edition - it backs up and restores partition/ drives and allows scheduling. Worth trying to see if you like the way it works.

You would need the Macrium paid version for incremental/differential, file and folder backup, and disk space management.

Acronis is another and has also been mentioned.

I find the Paragon Backup apps. very good.

They do a free "Express" version on their website - but it is quite limited in what it does.

They often do free "Special Edition" versions - those will do all you are asking.


You might have a look:

Paragon Drive Backup 2009 SE - Google Search
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02 Sep 2009   #7
Celeras

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Are these third party programs already working correctly with 7?
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02 Sep 2009   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I use Macrium and Paragon on 7 x64 - they work perfectly.

The "Special Edition" Paragon won't have quite as many functions as the fancy version I use.

You will probably find E.G. restore needs to be done using the bootable disc - probably not so many include/exclude options either.

The fancier version I have allows restore to be done from the boot disc, or the Windows GUI. That's no big deal - many people prefer to use the boot disc anyway.
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03 Sep 2009   #9
Celeras

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Ive read that Acronis has issues with 7, so I'll avoid that I guess. Found a free promotion for Paragon here:

Free Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 Personal Edition Download with Product Key and Serial Number My Digital Life

Went to give that one a try, but the serial they emailed me didn't even work x.x Got impatient and just used Windows 7 to create the system image. I don't see how compression is an issue, as images are just a 1:1 copy right? The image came out to the exact size as the drive.

Seemed fine to me, I can't schedule it.. but I found out that it isnt possible to "add" new files to an existing image(you have to just create a new image), so I wouldnt be able to schedule it anyway as the drive im using to hold backups is rather small and doesnt have room to hold more than 1 copy at a time.
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03 Sep 2009   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

3rd party apps. like Paragon , will produce an image half the size of the original on the normal compression setting - more compression is possble on the high setting, but it means the backup takes longer.

You can also set schedules.

The My digital Life page is wrong - as you discovered.

Why do you think I posted a link to a google page in my earlier post?
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