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Windows 7: Backing up before 10 upgrade

11 Jun 2015   #1
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 
Backing up before 10 upgrade

Right now I'm running 7 Pro 64Bit w/SP1.
My OS is on a 750GB SATA HDD.

I've never done this before & there are points the 10 upgrade may do to my machine that I don't personally like, so I would like to know how to go about making a full system backup.

What would be the simplest, but most complete way of doing this?
1. Should I use Microsoft's own Backup program or should I download some other (free) program?
2. I also have a 500GB SATA HDD, can I use this as my backup destination?


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11 Jun 2015   #2
CountryBumkin

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Is the 500GB drive a second drive installed in your computer - if so, that makes a great place to use for an automated backup routine. Regardless, as long as it's not the same hard drive as your Windows system is on, I would back everything up to the 500GB drive - meaning backup your personal files that you have created (not the operating system files).

I just copy everything from "My Documents" which includes all the subfolders (pictures, music, documents, etc.). You may also want to save your e-mails and internet favorites. I use the windows file explorer to copy the files from one destination to the other. No backup program used for this one time backup/copy process.

One thing I do that is not standard is that I create a subfolder under "My Documents" called "Outlook" and then I have my Outlook e-mail program use that folder to store my e-mails rather than the standard location, then when I need to backup everything I don't forget to save the e-mail files (which on a standard windows/outlook install are a little hard to find).
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11 Jun 2015   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

1: Use Macrium Reflect Free Edition or Aomei Backupper to make an image of the current installation.

2: Yeah, that should work fine. The space required for the backup depends on how much space is occupied on the 750 GB drive. Maybe you can post a pic of Windows Disk Management. You may need to back up 1 or 2 or more partitions, depending.

You say "full system backup". That can mean different things, but I assume you are NOT referring to personal data backup.
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11 Jun 2015   #4
CountryBumkin

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The OP is talking about backing up files before the upgrade to Win10, so he wants to back up personal files. At least that's how I read the question.
In this case (Win7 to Win 10 upgrade, a complete image won't help (as OP would then be restoring everything back to Win7 if the image was restored). After the upgrade, making a system image is a good idea.
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11 Jun 2015   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post
In this case (Win7 to Win 10 upgrade, a complete image won't help (as OP would then be restoring everything back to Win7 if the image was restored). After the upgrade, making a system image is a good idea.
I read it differently.

As I read it, he has 7 now and is thinking about upgrading to 10 but is fearful and so wants to be able to go back to 7 if he doesn't like 10.

So I don't understand why you think a "complete image" of the current situation (Windows 7) "won't help". Restoring to 7 is precisely what he might need.
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11 Jun 2015   #6
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 

Thanks for the help both of you.

1. I'll take a look at the Macrium Reflect Free Edition, I've read other's recommending this program as well.

2. What I mean by a Full System Backup is backing up the OS & every program installed (as well as my personal tweaks). I do have all my personal documents, videos, pictures & other files on a flash drive & external USB drive already, so that is not a problem. I want to make sure I can go back to 7 if I have a problem w/10.

I can delete everything that is currently on the internal 500GB SATA HDD, so that is not a problem either.
Below is a pic of my Computer's Disk Management, hope this helps.


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11 Jun 2015   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

With Macrium, you would need to make an image of all partitions on Disk 0.

Macrium should show you a choice that is worded something like "make an image of all partitions necessary to restore Windows". Take that choice.

You have a UEFI system. From what I've heard, that poses no problem with Macrium Free, but I can't personally confirm it as I don't yet have a UEFI system.

You have about 170 GB occupied on disk 0. A Macrium image of that would amount to roughly 70 to 90 GB.

You'll have to make a "recovery" disk in Macrium. AKA "rescue disk". There are 2 methods: WinPE and Linux based. Choose WinPE; it's much less likely to be problematic.

You need to CONFIRM that your recovery disk will IN FACT boot your PC. Test it.

Accept the fact that imaging may fail. Know what your plan B will be if it does. It's got probably a 98% chance of success.
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11 Jun 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You don`t have to delete everything on the D drive yet, see if the Macrium image will fit first, it compresses the image.
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24 Jun 2015   #9
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 

Thank you for the help. I'll update this once I use the program, hope it all goes well.
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25 Jun 2015   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Macrium Reflect Free (here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect).
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