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Windows 7: How to Create an ISO Image from my operating system

27 Oct 2012   #1
nuflia

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How to Create an ISO Image from my operating system

I have my windows 7 installed as fresh install and the computer works fast and as it was when i bought it . i am wondering about the way that i can make an ISO from my windows so that if there is any problem i can use it to restore my computer to this operating condition, is there any special programs or i can do it using W7, I HAVE DELL data safe but i do not have much confidence on it..


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27 Oct 2012   #2
Kaktussoft

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ISO is an image of an CD or DVD! Not what you want.
You want to backup your partitions right? do you have an external USB drive to put the stuff on?

Imaging with free Macrium

Use that FREE software. So easy and so flexible... anyone can do it
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27 Oct 2012   #3
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

i tried to make a bootable DVD using dell back-up and recovery tool, it says i need 4 DVD to make a bootable recovery,,i have partition my HDD to 3 partitions , one is dedicated for the recovery partition, now i want to back-up or create an image of my C drive so i can restore whenever i have problem,,
can i use w7 tool to make this back-up
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27 Oct 2012   #4
Golden
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^ Use Macrium as suggested - its the best tool for this job
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27 Oct 2012   #5
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuflia View Post
i tried to make a bootable DVD using dell back-up and recovery tool, it says i need 4 DVD to make a bootable recovery,,i have partition my HDD to 3 partitions , one is dedicated for the recovery partition, now i want to back-up or create an image of my C drive so i can restore whenever i have problem,,
can i use w7 tool to make this back-up
Can you post a screenshot of disk management
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27 Oct 2012   #6
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks guys for the reply, i am a way of home now , so i will post a screen shot as soon as i get home
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27 Oct 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuflia View Post
i tried to make a bootable DVD using dell back-up and recovery tool, it says i need 4 DVD to make a bootable recovery,,i have partition my HDD to 3 partitions , one is dedicated for the recovery partition, now i want to back-up or create an image of my C drive so i can restore whenever i have problem,,
can i use w7 tool to make this back-up
I'd give up immediately on the idea of backing up via DVD. DVD backups are prone to failure and disappointment.

Use another hard drive, most likely external. Or even a USB thumb drive if you have one large enough. Hard drives are much preferable.

You will need to make an image of that small (100 MB or 200 MB) system recovery partition if you have one, rather than just C alone.

I'd vote for Macrium also, rather than the Windows tool.

Determine the amount of occupied space on the partitions you want to back up. Then figure you will need roughly half that much space to hold the Macrium images. That is, if C has 30 GB occupied, plan on an image file of C to take up about 15 GB, maybe a bit less.
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27 Oct 2012   #8
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have EXTERNAL HDD ,1TB, that has some data saved already, i think Macrium will format the entire disk before the back-up is performed,,, . yes i have the 100MB system recovery partition besides my C partition where the windows7 installed .
what is the difference between image, clone, back-up, sometime i get abit confused to make the difference
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27 Oct 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

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An image is just a file whose contents are a representation of whatever partitions were included in the image. Images contain EVERYTHING in the chosen partitions. You can make an image file containing several partitions or you can make a separate image file for each partition. Most people would tell you to do the latter. An image is a form of backup and is typically used when things have gone bad, but can also be used to move to another hard drive when things are going well.

A clone is not an image or a file or a backup. It is simply a transfer of the system from one hard drive to another in real time. It's normally used when moving to a new and larger hard drive. You clone when all is going well and you just want to move a Windows system to another drive. The term "clone" is often misused---people often mean "image" when they say "clone".

Images and clones usually work and sometimes don't. Have a good plan B for when they fail.

The term "backup" is not crisply defined either. It means different things to different people. Some mean an image of Windows. Some mean an image of all partitions. Sometimes it doesn't refer to images at all. Some people use the term to refer to having a second copy of all data files, rather than Windows itself. It usually means the ability to recover something following a disaster or hardware failure---maybe Windows, maybe data, maybe both. Maybe only certain data, such as pictures or videos.
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27 Oct 2012   #10
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks lots for the explanation, so we can say we have disk-image that copies everything in the hard disk or partition resulted in the same capacity as the partition or hard disk being imaged, in the other hand file-system image only copies the real data of the system and resulted in less capacity than the entire disk or partition and this is what called back-up
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