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Windows 7: Backup & Recovery of Windows 7


12 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Backup & Recovery of Windows 7

I have an old laptop of Compaq which did not come with any one touch OS recovery key and features like that..
Now I want to create a recovery OS drive so that if ever I face any problem with OS I can use that recovery drive (which would be on the HDD itself) in that time..
Friends can you please suggest me Software(s) which will serve the same purpose..

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12 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hello thejourneynext and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could create a new partition (volume) on the existing hard drive and assign a new drive letter.

Partition or Volume - Create New

You could then use free imaging software like Macrium Reflect free to create an image of C: drive (or wherever the operating system and everything else is now residing) and put that image on the newly created partition. One of the Forum members created a tutorial.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Imaging with free Macrium

However, my personal opinion is to keep the image on a separate, external hard drive - not on the same internal hard drive. If that internal hard drive ever fails, you probably won't be able to access the image so it will be useless. But if the image is on an external drive, you could replace the internal drive and still access the image. Just a thought.
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12 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hello marsmimar,
Thank you very much for your reply.
I will surely try Macrium Reflect, I googled a bit about all this and found Paragon & Acronis True Image in the same genre.
My Focus is on creating a backup of OS which can be used when the Default OS fails to load for any reason And knowing the fact that my Optical Drive is not working so I do not have any support of Backup disks or any kind of optical material, therefore a one key backup residing on the HDD will be very useful for me in such cases. I totally agree with your idea of keeping the image on a separate, external hard drive. Thank you very much.
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12 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You're very welcome. Paragon and Acronis have good reputations. So does EaseUS Todo Backup Free. The nice thing about free products is you can try them all, see which one suits your needs, is easiest to use, etc and go with that one.

Free download EaseUS Todo Backup Freeware to complete backup & restore Windows system - EaseUS Todo Backup Free
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12 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Agreed Thank you
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12 Jul 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

thejourneynext,

You do need to download or purchase anything.

Use Windows 7 Backup and Recovery.

A marvelous tool that comes with your Win 7.

This is the only program i use for this purpose and the program has saved the bacon a couple of times.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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12 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hi karlsnooks,
I am thankful to your reply & totally understand your suggestion.
But I am facing a condition where I dont have access to Optical Media support and therefore the Image created by the default Windows 7 Backup and Recovery wont be of any use to me as it can be used only with the help of a Windows 7 disk.
Thank you for your reply.
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12 Jul 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Put the System Repair "disc" onto a USB.
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12 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

A 3 year old Laptop is (in my case) not having a motherboard compatible of booting from USB
And No Risks can be taken by flashing the BIOS to make it USB-Bootable-Compatible.
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12 Jul 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

well let's see if I understand correctly.

You can not boot from USB.

You can not boot from an optical drive.

Is that correct?
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