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Windows 7: creating a system image


14 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
creating a system image

I have created an early system image and would like to create another one, after using the machine for a while. I found that if I create another system image it will overwrite the earlier one. That would defeat the purpose of having that early system image. Is there a way around this?

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14 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes, don't use Windows 7 backup. Try this instead, very reliable. Imaging with free Macrium
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14 Apr 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would also recommend to mount the VHD of your original Windows image and reimage that VHD with Macrium. Then you can keep that and you manage it yourself. Macrium images are not as touchy as Windows images.

Mounting a VHD is done in Disk Management under the 'Action tab' > attach VHD. There you have to navigate thru 3 levels of the Windows image to get to the VHD.

Also, if you have the 100MB active system partition (check in disk managment), image that once and put it into a seperate folder. That system partition you do not have to image all the time because it does not change - unless you decide to double boot one day. Then make a new image.
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14 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

If you use the imaging software built into Windows then yes, you will need to rename your backups, or keep them in separate folders. Some claim to have serious problems with it, but I never have.
I have been using this since Vista, with no problems, but have recently upgraded to EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation 5.8, which is the full retail version (not a free/trial version). This seems to work very well, I've
created and restored a few images to test it, and it's very good.
The trial version of EaseUS is free, and is more than adequate for the home user. It is also very easy to use.

Wenda.


EDIT: - I'm also using EaseUS Partition Manager, and it is also very good.
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14 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Briton and whs and Wenda.
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15 Apr 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're very welcome, g'day.
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17 Apr 2013   #7

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

I have a Dell with a 2nd matching HDD in the media bay that holds my pictures,files of work,etc. So my primary HDD isn't full and will boot up faster,etc. Would Macrium Image both HDD's to an external ? I have Esata ports to the external drive.
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17 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by truckinguy View Post
I have a Dell with a 2nd matching HDD in the media bay that holds my pictures,files of work,etc. So my primary HDD isn't full and will boot up faster,etc. Would Macrium Image both HDD's to an external ? I have Esata ports to the external drive.
If you want to save an image to an external, Macrium will do that, that's where I save mine. Actually I save on two separate drives for more security.

You will make separate image of each drive and save where you wish. If the HDD in the media bay Macrium has an option to image all local drives too.
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17 Apr 2013   #9

Win7 64 Bit
 
 

Good to hear. But can I restore the image taken of the media bay drive sent to the external back to the media bay drive ? Without interferring with the Primary HDD ?
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17 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes you can, it allows a choice of destination when a restore is done.
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