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Windows 7: How much space does a system image require?

30 Jul 2012   #11
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

Macrium Reflect is also free and easy to use.

Imaging with free Macrium
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30 Jul 2012   #12
GTraymond2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

So all in all it isnt worth it?
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30 Jul 2012   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GTraymond2820 View Post
So all in all it isnt worth it?
It costs nothing to do make an image.

Only a little time.

An image saved on the same drive is likely better than no image at all, but I wouldn't feel particularly secure about it.

But understand---even if you saved the image on another drive, it could fail to restore for whatever reason.

Images are designed to save you time---if they work, you don't have to take the time to install and configure a new installation. If they fail or you don't have one, you have to expend the time on a new install---hardly the end of the world.

It's a personal decision entirely.
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30 Jul 2012   #14
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I have a system image, my main reason is I tend to always screw up somehow and what do you know here i am reformatting. Time to reinstall programs that total up to over 100GB's. Personally i found myself reformatting about 3 times a year. I decided to buy an internal HDD 1TB for backup purposes. It has an image file saved on it. However system images don't always work. Sometimes i just recommend people to just do simple backups and not system images.
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31 Jul 2012   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Download the Macrium WinPE .iso from my Skydrive and burn it to a CD - e.g. with ImgBurn. If you load from that CD, you can make images and need not even install free Macrium. It also serves as recovery CD.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211812
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19 Aug 2012   #16
GTraymond2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ok so im gonna have to do a system image soon, do i need any special software or would windows 7 one be good enough, and how much space should i put into it? that software some of you showed me looks good but i read some bad review of it
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20 Aug 2012   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I would recommend you:
1) use an external USB HDD for backups (even a 500GB)
2) use 2 different imaging programs so if one fails you have another. I use Windows inbuilt and Macrium Reflect free. Neither have caused me problems, however, Macrium is more flexible and receives less flak than Windows inbuilt. Also, with Macrium you can play around a little to get comfortable with imaging:
Imaging with free Macrium

In the end you never have confidence until you do a full system restore.
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20 Aug 2012   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GTraymond2820 View Post
how much space should i put into it? that software some of you showed me looks good but i read some bad review of it
You haven't mentioned how much space is occupied on the partition to be imaged, so we have no idea how much space is needed.

You will find bad reviews of any imaging software, just as you will find bad reviews of any software.

Imaging is not foolproof and can fail. You need to know what you will do if it fails----before you begin the process.

After the image is made, you won't know for sure if it will restore properly.
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