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Windows 7: Using System Image on a new ssd drive and more ram

11 Sep 2012   #11
unknownHero

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi, just an update to let everyone know that everything went well, the system image went fine and the computer is running stable. Just so everyone is clear I used windows 7 own system image tool to carry out the operation.

I noticed some people have suggested using some other system image software but, what I would like to know is why would you buy software to image your hard disk when windows 7 already provides a mostly decent tool already?


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11 Sep 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unknownHero View Post

I noticed some people have suggested using some other system image software but, what I would like to know is why would you buy software to image your hard disk when windows 7 already provides a mostly decent tool already?
Most people would not buy an alternative. They would download free versions of Acronis, Macrium, or some other tool.

The Windows tool works pretty well, but is not particularly flexible or easy to understand for a novice.

Some people pay for imaging apps because that likely gives them access to the developer's own forum. Others pay because the free versions may not have a particular required feature.
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12 Sep 2012   #13
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unknownHero View Post
Hi, just an update to let everyone know that everything went well, the system image went fine and the computer is running stable. Just so everyone is clear I used windows 7 own system image tool to carry out the operation.

I noticed some people have suggested using some other system image software but, what I would like to know is why would you buy software to image your hard disk when windows 7 already provides a mostly decent tool already?
I agree, why bother with third party programs when the built in version works flawlessly.

I never seem to have any problems with Windows 7 file recovery images, the automatic image creation works well also. Creating images and restoring from them is SO easy I wonder why this section of the forum is even here.
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12 Sep 2012   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unknownHero View Post
I noticed some people have suggested using some other system image software but, what I would like to know is why would you buy software to image your hard disk when windows 7 already provides a mostly decent tool already?
I mostly use Windows inbuilt and have performed numerous system image restores to existing and new HDDs and have never experienced a problem.
Having said that I also keep some images using free Macrium Reflect just in case Windows lets me down. Also, Macrium can be useful for certain imaging operations that Windows cannot handle.
The fact is that for whatever reasons people have come unstuck with Windows inbuilt imaging. For example, inability to locate images on external HDDs when they are physically present.
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12 Sep 2012   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm also a happy user of Win 7 System Image Backup and Restore.

I've never had any problem locating images on external HDDs and all of my backups are to USB external drives.
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12 Sep 2012   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
I've never had any problem locating images on external HDDs and all of my backups are to USB external drives.
Likewise, but unfortunately there are quite a few people who ask for help with this issue. Ironically one solution is to mount the vhd, then image and restore with Macrium.
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12 Sep 2012   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

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Ironically one solution is to mount the vhd, then image and restore with Macrium.
Interesting approach.
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