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Windows 7: Restoring via system image using external hard drive

06 Jan 2015   #1
PatrickRobinson

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Restoring via system image using external hard drive

Despite the great help I received yesterday, I am still in the same boat. I am trying to "clean up" my Dell Inspiron 1012 (Dell Mini). It does not have a CD drive...only USB ports. I have an external hard drive connected to one of the USB ports. The computer has the Windows 7 Professional OS (although the computer came from the factory with 7 Basic; I used Windows anytime upgrade). Anyway, I want to use the Windows "create system image" option to backup, wipe clean, and restore. Will the computer boot from the USB? Any pointers on this process? I really appreciate the forum help!!!!

Patrick


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06 Jan 2015   #2
Kaktussoft

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The ISO can be downloaded from Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River . You can put on usb flash stick by doing Windows USB/DVD Download Tool - Microsoft Store

Does the machine boot from that stick? If so... with that stick you can "wipe clean" and do the win7 built-in restore. Use USB2 ports .... most likely usb3 doesn't work.
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06 Jan 2015   #3
DavidE

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06 Jan 2015   #4
PatrickRobinson

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
a bit further

What about information that I already have on this external drive I plan to use for the system image? Will it remain untouched?
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06 Jan 2015   #5
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PatrickRobinson View Post
What about information that I already have on this external drive I plan to use for the system image? Will it remain untouched?
No will NOT remain!!! Use an empty flash stick. Or copy all files that are inside the ISO to the root of the usb drive and make that drive bootable.
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06 Jan 2015   #6
PatrickRobinson

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Davide help

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
What about information that I already have on this external drive I plan to use for the system image? Will it remain untouched?
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06 Jan 2015   #7
PatrickRobinson

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Sorry for all the confusion. The external hard drive will be formatted also? That doesn't make sense.
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06 Jan 2015   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't use the built in Windows Imaging program, so I don't want to give you answers (guesses) that might be wrong.
I use Acronis (paid) and Macrium (free) because they offer more control and options that I like.

You can follow Kaktussoft's advice, or post questions in Brink's tutorials.
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06 Jan 2015   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

We were posting at the same time...
I agree with your last post of
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The external hard drive will be formatted also? That doesn't make sense.
With the built in program, it can decide what to include in the Backup Image, so you have to make sure you know what it is doing.
I don't believe it could include the external drive when that is the destination for the image...but like I said, I don't use this program.
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