Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Trying to create a system image, system tells me I may need 101 GB spa

02 Oct 2012   #1
mrbreezeet1

win 7 Home Premium bit. 64
 
 
Trying to create a system image, system tells me I may need 101 GB spa

ce.
Kept putting it off and putting it off, I guess they tell you to make your system image as soon as you get the system where you want it.
I have a bunch of PDF's, pictures and movies on My C drive now, and it's telling me I need 101 GB space to make the image. DVD only holds 4.7 GB, so I'd need over 20 DVD's.
Is my only option to save all the PDF's, pictures and Movies that I want to save, on to separate DVD's, then delete them from my C drive ,and then make my system image when it will be a lot smaller.

Or is it worth it to try to get some kind of external hard drive for a back up only.
Is that cost effective, and will I be able to have the computer recognize the external hard drive if I need to do a back up.
I did make a System repair disk,
Do I need that disk if I have to do a restore from my system image?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
03 Oct 2012   #2
mrbreezeet1

win 7 Home Premium bit. 64
 
 

was this a stupid question or something?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2012   #3
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

My Back Solution Summary:

1. I took a system image when i had a fresh build with standard software installed.
2. All media is then backed up every night to an external hard drive (only backs up what has changed).
3. I also then use Skydrive for online storage for pics/vids of my kids (this would be beneficial in the event of water or fire damage to my house)

In your case:
As you have already got a lot of work on there i would suggest getting an external hard drive to back everything up too.

I would copy all work onto it, take a fresh image of the PC and store the image on the external hard drive.
I would then move my work back to the PC and back that up every night/week.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

03 Oct 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrbreezeet1 View Post
was this a stupid question or something?
No.

Hard drives are much better than DVDs for backup purposes.

What I would do:

Make a data partition on your main hard drive and store the original versions of all of your personal data on that partition.

That would leave the C drive for Windows only. Make it perhaps 60 to 100 GB.

Back up C with the imaging program of your choice, probably to an external hard drive. Make a new image periodically---perhaps monthly. Each image will take up about half the space occupied by the files in C.

Back up your data partition without an image--by using a "file by file" backup program such as Karen's Replicator, Second Copy, or Synctoy. Back up these files to the external drive as well, probably every day.

Make sure your bookmarks/favorites and email are part of the personal data backup.

You can use the built-in Windows backup product, but it's not particularly easy to understand or flexible. I'd instead use Macrium Reflect Free Edition to make the image---and any of several file by file backup programs for personal data.

Don't get yourself in a situation where it would ruin your day or week if your images won't restore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2012   #5
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
bookmarks/favorites
That's one thing i missed off my first backup, felt lost without them after needing to do a restore, at least i still had all my media and work
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Trying to create a system image, system tells me I may need 101 GB spa




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Backup->Create System Image misidentifies disk as system disk
When I upgraded to Windows 7, I bought a new mobo, graphics card, etc... I installed Windows 7 on a new 128GB SSD drive (C: ), and then pulled my old 1TB drive with Windows XP on it from my old machine and installed it as D:. When I try to go to "Backup and Restore", and click "Create a system...
Backup and Restore
Windows 7 pro - Create system image only system c: drive
I have a 1TB drive that partioned with 120gb system and rest is a non primary/non boot data partition volumn.. I've never used windows 7 create system image, but want to . When I try to create a system image it insist on backing up both drives. I don't see how to deselect the data drive. Is...
Backup and Restore
Cannot create system image only.
I've got a problem with the backup area, I'm attempting to create a system image to restore my pc if it gets damaged. The problem is I've had this pc for about 2 years so I've never created a system image for it, I've got a small external harddrive with 60gb left on it (includes my laptop system...
Backup and Restore
create a system image
i am trying to back up and create a system image but evert time i do i get this error THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE FILE SPECIFIED OX87007002, PLEASE DOSE ANY ONE KOWN HOW TO FIX THIS, i have window 7 64 bit professional i think the problem is with this system reserved partition
Backup and Restore
What does a System Image create?
I have read the tutorials and I am still a bit confused. If I create a System Image what exactly am I backing up? Is it a copy of Win 7 and does it include all the loaded software and drivers? Does it also copy My Documents and everything on the drive in question or should I back up My Documents...
Backup and Restore
Create a System Image Shortcut - Create
How to Create a "Create a System Image" Shortcut in Windows 7 This will show you how to create a Create a System Image shortcut in Windows 7. To be able to use this shortcut, you must be logged in as an administrator. EXAMPLE: Create a System Image
Tutorials

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App