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Windows 7: Creating System Image with Dual Boot


28 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 
Creating System Image with Dual Boot

I notice when I create a system image under the RC in a dual boot (XP/RC) configuration, the XP drive is included in the drives selected for imaging and I can't seem to eliminate it. Is there a way not to have it included?

Thank you.


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28 Sep 2009   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Choose the "Let me choose" option in Set Up backup screen. It'll then let u select what u want to backup.

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28 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Choose the "Let me choose" option in Set Up backup screen. It'll then let u select what u want to backup.
Thank you.

That makes sense. However, on the Set Up Back up Screen the only drive I have checked is C: labeled Win7Sys. My G: is labeled WinXPSys and is not checked. When I go to Create a System Image the upper left corner of Control Panel/Backup and Restore both C: and G: are checked. I try to uncheck G: but cannot. Nor can I uncheck C:, not that I want to.

The 'Set up Backup - Let me choose' seems to apply only to a backup and not a system image when 'create a system image' . Like you said it makes sense that I could eliminate the G: but I so far no luck.

Maybe it can't be done directly from 'Create System Image' and I will have to rely on a system image created when I do 'Back Up Now' from 'Control Panel/Backup and Restore'. (That is if I have chosen to include one in the back up.) Of course all of this becomes moot when I install the 'real' Win 7 and get out of the dual boot situation.

Thanks again.
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28 Sep 2009   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

So you are saying the Let me Choose option does not allow you to select which folders/partition/drive to back up? Mine lets me choose/unchoose whatever is listed.

the reason for you not able to select what to backup, in the case when u click on "Create a system Image" (like u described) is stated, the system needs to backup what is required for your OS to run. So if you have dual boot, it'll backup both OS's automatically.

As for the "image" backup Windows 7's own utility does this however you cannot use the "imaged" like you would with a Ghost image (.GHO) in DOS. They are two different image types.
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30 Sep 2009   #5

7 Prof
 
 

Can you elaborate on this? How does 7's imaging work? Is it capable of bare-metal install? If not, I would imagine the recovery process to be more complicated.
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15 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
I have the same issue, did you get it resolved.

I hope you don't mind me piggy backing this thread, but since I have exactly the same question and it doesn't yet seem to be resolved it made sense to.

My Laptop came with Vista 64 on, I have since added Windows 7 64 Pro in a dual boot.

After a registry cleaner ruined my world and forced me to reinstall windows 7 the other day I want to create a system image so that restoring in the future is alot simpler.

My problem is that the system image wizard is forcing me to include both my Vista64 partition and the Windows 7 partition, which ends up in a backup file that is unacceptably large since I will be saving to DVDs.

I am only interested in protected the Windows 7 partition, is this possible?
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15 Mar 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I am only interested in protected the Windows 7 partition, is this possible?
It is possible if you use this program which does a much better job, is faster, makes smaller images and is free. But DVDs are no good idea for images except for the very first initial installation which should be appr. 15GBs (4 DVDs). But the idea of imaging is to do it as often as things change.
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15 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sexyfish View Post
I hope you don't mind me piggy backing this thread, but since I have exactly the same question and it doesn't yet seem to be resolved it made sense to.

My Laptop came with Vista 64 on, I have since added Windows 7 64 Pro in a dual boot.

After a registry cleaner ruined my world and forced me to reinstall windows 7 the other day I want to create a system image so that restoring in the future is alot simpler.

My problem is that the system image wizard is forcing me to include both my Vista64 partition and the Windows 7 partition, which ends up in a backup file that is unacceptably large since I will be saving to DVDs.

I am only interested in protected the Windows 7 partition, is this possible?
Don't save to DVD's. Its a nightmare. Buy an external 1TB drive instead.
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