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Windows 7: Question about system images

27 Apr 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Question about system images

Hi , I usually burn a system image using Windows and use it if If I get into trouble with malware since I don't keep many files at all and nothing important.

I found that after using the system image a few times I ran into a "Cyclic redundancy check " error and my system image no longer worked .

Is this normal and how often should you make a system image ? I don't have any backups because I would rather just use something to restore the whole thing where I can format .

Backups have always confused me because if I restored from a backup I would have double the amount of files if I wasn't able to format.


Thank you


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27 Apr 2014   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
Hi , I usually burn a system image using Windows and use it if If I get into trouble with malware since I don't keep many files at all and nothing important.

I found that after using the system image a few times I ran into a "Cyclic redundancy check " error and my system image no longer worked .

Is this normal and how often should you make a system image ? I don't have any backups because I would rather just use something to restore the whole thing where I can format .

Backups have always confused me because if I restored from a backup I would have double the amount of files if I wasn't able to format.


Thank you
Not sure I'm following your last point about double the amount of files. If you restore, your original files would get over-written and you wouldn't have double the amount. The old file X would get over-written by the restored File X. The old file X is gone.

How often you should make a system image varies according to your habits. If you install and uninstall many programs every day, maybe you make an image daily. If you have an average usage pattern where you make system changes less often, maybe you make an image weekly or monthly. If you very rarely make changes, maybe quarterly would be enough.

I don't know a thing about the cyclic redundancy check. I do know that Windows built-in imaging has its own peculiarities and isn't easily understood. Not well designed or explained.

So most of us on these forums use other products: Macrium, Acronis, Paragon, EaseUS, etc.
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27 Apr 2014   #3

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

Thank you very much for the info , answered all my questions actually, but one. Which of the programs that you list is the most user friendly .

Thanks again
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27 Apr 2014   #4

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27 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 

Whenever you get a "Cyclic redundancy check " error - do a chkdsk /f /r from the elevated command prompt - this error is caused by a error on the harddrive .
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28 Apr 2014   #6

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

I apologize for responding late , I was away and I don't have a smartphone so no access to the web.

Thank you for the info guys, regarding the" cyclic redundancy check" I routinely run checkdsk and once a week at least I do run the chkdsk/f/r in admin and I noticed a lot of the time I get an error message saying "system repair pending " which goes way back but I have been unable to correct it .


Anyways , sometimes I get no issues found and everythings fine and sometimes I get the system repair pending message which I think is set deep in the system because I believe there was a hard shutdown before the system repair was able to do anything and I have had it forever.

I would love to get rid of it though but nothing has worked.

Thanks again
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28 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

High light the text that is underlined and right tick on it. Go to the Big (U) at the top of the page and tick on it and the underline should go away.
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29 Apr 2014   #8

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
High light the text that is underlined and right tick on it. Go to the Big (U) at the top of the page and tick on it and the underline should go away.


Thank you Layback Bear

Now that I fixed that does anyone have any info on my "system repair pending " trouble or just don't worry about it.

Thanks
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29 Apr 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are 2 things I would never do:

1. write images to DVDs
2. make images with Windows imaging

I make an image each week on all my 6 systems and and I place the images on external and internal disks. I have a total of 2TB reserved for images - that would be the equivalent of more than 400 DVDs - no way.

And with Windows imaging it's like on the high seas - you never know what is going to happen. An easy to use and very reliable imaging program is free Macrium. That has served me well since 4 years and has never failed in hundreds of recoveries on my systems and on friends systems.
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30 Apr 2014   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Things I wouldn't do (when making images):
1) write images to DVDs
2) rely on one imaging program (Windows imaging has served me well along with Macrium)
3) rely on just one external HDD to store images
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