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Windows 7: What exactly does a Windows system image backup save?

24 Oct 2015   #11
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
I am looking for a totally unqualified answer to the following question: "Does a System Image made by Window 7's Backup and Restore routine definately, without question, result in all Programs on the C: drive being restored perfectly in such a way that they will immediately run exactly as before, including major programs such as Adobe Photoshop and MS Office?"
Yes, a disk or system image is a complete snapshot at the instant you click 'make the backup'. Changes you make from that moment on (if you keep using the PC) will not be reflected in the backup currently being made.

When you restore the backup you get a fully working system exactly as it was at the instant you started.


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24 Oct 2015   #12
DavidOdden

Win7-64 pro; XP
 
 

I'm now sufficiently satisfied that I have the answer: a system image (and only a system image) saves everything, at least as long as we're not dealing with dual-boot Linux / Win7 setups. There is still a question about whether a somewhat defective invisible partition would get saved, but that's a question for later (or, with any luck, never). Thanks to all for contributing to this thread.
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24 Oct 2015   #13
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
My method might be helpful.

I use Windows 7 built in backup (clone) to a external and Macrium backup (clone) to a different partition on the same external.

I'm paranoid. If one doesn't work when needed the other should.
Your idea (the bold part) seems the only definitive way to confirm that the programs are included in a system image. To do that without going the whole hog and restoring my C: drive when I don't need to (some day perhaps but not now when the system is working well) I would like to go through one of Windows 7's Backup and Restore routines to restore that image to an external USB HD. (I know that Windows will not reliably boot from such a drive but that's not relevant at the moment.) I could then simply look at the restored files and see if my programs are included. Job done.

I have looked at the restore options but can't clearly see a way to make the restore to occur on that ext. HD, NOT the C: drive.

--- So how can I do that please? (From your post it looks like you have done that, but how?)

The attached image points to a likely candidate but I don't want to go too deeply into that for fear of it charging off and restoring on to my C:

--- Does it offer an option to restore to an external drive?

Thanks.


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24 Oct 2015   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm not sure I understand you question but I will try to answer what I think your question is.

First off I don't use usb externals for back ups.
I use hot swap sata ssd's or eSata ssd's.

But to the best of my memory once you put a back up/clone on a external of any kind you can open it to see what data is stored in the backup/clone as long as your system recognizes the external drive. All information you have chosen to put on the external should be there and searchable.

To me a hot swap ssd clone is the best for me.
I can installed the clone ssd into a sata hot swap, change the boot order and boot the clone.
I have only had to do that once quite a while back.

Because I seldom have to get information off of a backup of any kind my 3 brain cell are limited on the subject.

If I haven't answered your question I'm sure Brink can post one of his millions of tutorial that will answer your question. Well maybe not million but he has a huge amount of tutorials and somehow remembers all of them. I use them often.
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24 Oct 2015   #15
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I'm not sure I understand you question but I will try to answer what I think you question is.

First off I don't use usb externals for back ups.
I use hot swap sata ssd's or eSata ssd's.

But to the best of my memory once you put a back up/clone on a external of any kind you can open it to see what data is stored in the backup/clone as long as your system recognizes the external drive. All information you have chosen to put on the external should be there and searchable.
Thanks. That's very helpful.

My other concern was whether the routine (with the red arrowon my post) allowd me to specify an ext. USB drive as the place for the restore. I think your post answers that.
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24 Oct 2015   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can put your restore to any external your system will recognize. I would recommend a hard drive or ssd.
Flash thumb drives is no place for restore items in my opinion.
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24 Oct 2015   #17
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You can put your restore to any external your system will recognize. I would recommend a hard drive or ssd.
Flash thumb drives is no place for restore items in my opinion.
Excellent. I will do that, then use the two sevenforums tutorials to look inside the image and look for the programs.
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28 Oct 2015   #18
bruakerche

win10
 
 

Quote:
Correct. A system image is an exact clone of the Windows disk and any system disk with all their partitions.

Unfortunately, other than the successfully created message when it's finished creating the image, the only way to know 100% is to restore the image. This is one main reason why it's best to have a few different backup sources to be safe.
Browser cookies and password also backed up?
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28 Oct 2015   #19
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes they are.
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