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Windows 7: backup date on windows 7 box with software need insight

31 Jul 2012   #1
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
Backup setup on windows 7 box with software need insight

Hello,
I need some insight on how to backup my windows 7 ultimate box. windows 7 is on C:\ drive by itself some apps installed it is a 200gig sata drive. then i have as drive I:\ applications as a seperate drive as a RAID 0 800gig. these drives are not completely full. I need to know how i can do a image backup for these Two drives C and I together so that if both fail or one fails i can restore. for drive c:\ its OS and some apps then on drive I:\ it is games on this drive. so the games are installed on I:\ drive. how can i keep the integrity of both drives as a backup so that i dont have to reinstall all the games i have installed again ( takes too long) ?


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31 Jul 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would image C and I seperately and use free Macrium for that. That is a very reliable, easy to use and fast imaging program.

If you image C with Windows 7 imaging, then 'I' will be imaged automatically because it is considered part of the system. However, I would warn you. Windows 7 imaging is highly unreliable and you really cannot be certain whether you ever be able to recover with your image(s).
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01 Aug 2012   #3
kado897

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I would differ from whs on that. It's probable that your games create registry entries which are in C. To ensure that they are in line with your games you should make an image of both at the same time. As whs says Macrium is a good choice for this. If you have the small System reserved partition you must also image that.
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01 Aug 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Keith, making the images together is certainly important. I did not mean to make them at seperate times - just one after another. What is important though is to restore them together.
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01 Aug 2012   #5
kado897

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Yes that is true Wolfgang. With Macrium you can chose what partitions to include in the image so you might as well create them as a single image file. If necessary you can chose which to restore from the image file unlike with Windows Backup.
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01 Aug 2012   #6
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Kado i thought the same thing with the registry.
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02 Aug 2012   #7
kado897

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I don't know if you spotted the link whs posted to his tutorial on Macrium. It was buried in the text. Imaging with free Macrium
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02 Aug 2012   #8
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

yes i saw it and i saw that it was indicated. I usually use Acronis true image. thank you guys for the input
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02 Aug 2012   #9
kado897

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No problem scripttron.
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02 Aug 2012   #10
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I am going to try backup you indicated. Acronis has been a blessing as well as Symantec 2010 on my server. I just want to make sure that i do not have to redo everything. it was such a pain in the arse to do. thank u all.
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