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Windows 7: Multiple Backup Images

10 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 64 Ultimate
Multiple Backup Images

Hi all,
I use the image backup only. (Use another cool software for regular backup). The problem I have is that it keeps only the last Image.
Isn't there a possibility to have multiple images available.
I have a folder which is created by Windows on my backup drive. I just can't find more than one backup,.
Any ideas?

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10 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

If it only makes one back up, you probably do not have enough space for the second. Try increasing the size of the drive that holds the image.
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10 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 64 Ultimate

Thanks. I have a 80GB Intel x25 where Windows 7 is installed. The backup drive is a 1TB WD Black. So there should be plenty of space.
I mean perhaps there are several versions I just can't figure out if it's the case.
Is it incremental?
Any possibility to have just multiple full images.
Thanks again
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10 Nov 2009   #4

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Try it yourself to be sure. Take several images. Then go to restore from image. Before it actually installs it will show you what is available. If only one is available, it will just install the copy. Either way you lose nothing. If you have more than one, you will see it. If you do not have more than one, you are merley copying a recently made image to your HD.

According to what I read, if the space is there you should have more than one, however several on this forum were complaining that there is only one and that it is incremental. But try for yourself.
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11 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 64 Ultimate

ok thanks again. I'll try and will post my findings
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12 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 64 Ultimate

Hi all,
here's what I found out. It's an incremental Image backup. Whenever I run the image the folder gets slightly bigger.
Well, hope I'll never need it ...
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13 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 home Premium x64

In regards to its size, should it be the same size as the main hdd? In my system my main hdd has about 50gb used, but the image created on my external hdd is next to nothing? Any ideas why?
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14 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 64 Ultimate

my C is 34GB and the initial image was 17. After a couple of images it is now 18GB because it added the changes. The image is compress. What means almost nothing?
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14 Nov 2009   #9

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hanshanshans View Post
I just can't find more than one backup ... Any ideas? ..Thanks
Sounds to me like you need to look at Acronis True Image ... The trial DL is fully functional for 15 days

I haven't used Windows 7's Imaging backup .. But from what I've read, it has too many limitations.
With Acronis .. You can create full or incremental backups .. put them in any storage media ..
and have as many as you can hold.

It's also easy to mount an Backup Image as a virtual HD and fetch any data it may contain.

I don't think you really want to make Incremental Backups of your operating system.
Any acquired problems will just modify/corrupt what was a good System backup.
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09 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7
How to make mulitple backup images

Windows names the backup image folder as:


When you make another backup the above folder contents is rewritten with the new image.

To avoid this problem, rename WindowsImageBackup to WindowsImageBackup1 or some other name. When you a perform new image backup the folder "windowsImageBackup" will be re-created. You just keep renaming them so that you will "force" a new image creation.

When you do a restore, just rename the desired image folder back to WindowsImageBackup. Windows only will restore the folder contents with that name.

I have no idea why Microsoft does this. I think the inflexibility is poorly thought out.. What if you later find out that the last backup image has problems?....well duhhhhh

Jim Gilliam
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