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Windows 7: Clean install - backing up with a partition

02 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Clean install - backing up with a partition

I'm doing a clean install of windows, I want to know if it's possible to back up my data using a HD partition

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02 Dec 2012   #2

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Would best to backup to External HD Drive.
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02 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I would if I could.
I don't have any kind of external mass storage device, the most I have are a couple of 4 Gb flash drives
Also, I saw some reviews about double driver to back up drivers, is it good? and what drivers should I back up? all of them? only those not made by microsoft? none?
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04 Dec 2012   #4
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

I used double-drive to backup drivers and it works great. It creates a filesystem of all the drivers you choose to backup. I copied this to USB and recently, when I did a trial install on a laptop of Win8, I was able to install all the "missing" drivers from the USB stick in only a couple of minutes.
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04 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mbartelsm View Post
I'm doing a clean install of windows, I want to know if it's possible to back up my data using a HD partition
Yes, it is. I prefer using Macrium Reflect to backup. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download You can make another partition on your HDD and backup all partitions on your PC, using different backup files, to the one backup partition. Be sure and backup the 100 MB boot file if you have one. The backup file is about half of the size of the partition that is being backed up.
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