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Windows 7: How to make, and then use, an Image file of disc.

27 Jun 2015   #1
Stevekir

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How to make, and then use, an Image file of disc.

New to the Windows world.

Using W7's Backup and Restore, I have made a System Image of my (C: drive (which is an SSD).

Q1. How would I make use of it if I had to restore my (C: . Just run it?

I want to make an Image of my other internal drive (a conventional hard drive) (X:, which contains only data (Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music etc.) again to restore (X: after a fault.

Q2. How would I do that?

Q3. How would I make use of that (X: Image if I needed to restore my (X . Just run it?.

I have searched widely on this but no sign of any answer.

Thanks.


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27 Jun 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
New to the Windows world.

Using W7's Backup and Restore, I have made a System Image of my (C: drive (which is an SSD).

Q1. How would I make use of it if I had to restore my (C: . Just run it?



You don't "run" image files.

I've never used Backup and Restore--I use a competing program. If you wanted to restore, most likely you'd boot from your Windows installation disc or repair disc and use some menu choice to restore that image you made.


I want to make an Image of my other internal drive (a conventional hard drive) (X:, which contains only data (Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music etc.) again to restore (X: after a fault.

Q2. How would I do that?

You'd do it the same way you made an image of the C drive.

But--if you are trying to make a "backup" of your personal data, why bother with an image? How would that be advantageous?

Just make another copy of your personal data, either with a non-imaging program intended for that purpose or with the mouse/keyboard. There are numerous programs intended for that purpose, both free and paid. When configured, they can be run with one or two mouse clicks, including or excluding whatever folders and files you want.


Q3. How would I make use of that (X: Image if I needed to restore my (X . Just run it?.

You could do the same thing you would do with the image of C--boot from the Windows installation disc---if you wanted to restore the entire partition.

There's probably also be a way to drill into the image and restore individual files, without restoring the entire partition.

If you backed up your data without using an image, you'd just navigate to the backed up files in Windows Explorer and drag them wherever you wanted--presumably back to their original location.



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27 Jun 2015   #3
AddRAM

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Yep, just boot from your install dvd or system repair cd and run it just like you were going to install windows, but instead you choose repair my pc.

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