Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: System Backup with AOMEI

14 Apr 2016   #1
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
System Backup with AOMEI

Hey guys, am trying to wrap my head around all this backup stuff. As we all know it is a terrible hell to have to spend most of a Sunday reinstalling.

So I used AOMEI to make a System Backup as asked questions at their site. The answers I got were not very good, guess if your not a paying customer then that is what is to be expected. So here is my question. I asked if I needed to use the Clone function if I was planning on using it later to put on an SSD? Simple question, perhaps I asked it wrong?

Now that I have a "System Backup" will I be able to use that for a new drive, going from an HDD to an SSD? If not then I got to start all over and get that Clone done!

Also, can I use a Clone as a System Backup also. Perhaps it is a longer process or something, don't know, don't care? I say "don't care" because my only backup drive is a 128GB USB 3.0, but good enough for now. So as you see, I need to use this for a backup, but also want to be able to use it to install to new SSD.

Thanks Nasty7, Looooove me some W7!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 Apr 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

see comments in bold

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nasty7 View Post
I asked if I needed to use the Clone function if I was planning on using it later to put on an SSD? Simple question, perhaps I asked it wrong?


I don't use Aomei, but as far as I know, it is similar to Macrium, which I do use.

With Macrium, you could do either of the following:

Clone directly from the HDD to the SSD. The SSD would be immediately bootable and fully useable. There would be no interim state, such as a "system backup" file. A clone is simply a real time copy of a working system to another known good working drive.

Make an "image" of the HDD installation. That creates a file. Save that file on some other drive. Later "restore" that image file to the SSD. Without the restore, the image file isn't of much use and is not bootable.

Either method would serve the same purpose of moving an existing installation from one drive to another. Either can fail.

The terms "clone" and "image" are sometimes used carelessly and/or interchangeably, but they are two entirely different processes, each of which is most suitable for a particular purpose.



Now that I have a "System Backup" will I be able to use that for a new drive, going from an HDD to an SSD? If not then I got to start all over and get that Clone done!

I'm not sure what Aomei or you mean by "system backup", but I'd assume that means you created an image file and saved it to some other drive and are now wondering if you can somehow put that backup on an SSD. If you in fact created an image file (not a clone), yes, you can "use that for a new drive", but that image file must be formally "restored" to be bootable. You can't just copy it to the SSD and boot from it.

Also, can I use a Clone as a System Backup also. Perhaps it is a longer process or something, don't know, don't care? I say "don't care" because my only backup drive is a 128GB USB 3.0, but good enough for now. So as you see, I need to use this for a backup, but also want to be able to use it to install to new SSD.



An image file normally takes up about half the occupied space on the partitions that it represents. If your C drive is 500 GB and 150 of that is occupied, an image of C would take up about 75 GB. So your 128 GB backup drive would likely hold only 1 image file. I'd try to use a larger internal or external if possible.

Clones can be used as system backups, but they are not generally regarded as the best method for that purpose.

Clones are most often attempted when you have a good working system and simply want to move it to another hard drive, whether HDD or SSD.

Images are better suited for a system backup. You can make a new one in a few minutes--rarely more than 30 minutes. You can keep as many as you have space for, perhaps dating back years. You can restore them and be back up and running within 30 minutes to an hour. Since you can make new ones quickly, they aren't like to be very stale. Since they take up a relatively small space, you can usually store a dozen or more on a 1 TB drive. An image does not tie up an entire drive---the image file is just another file like any other on the drive and can be moved around or copied at will. Image files are best suited for "disaster recovery" and are about as good a "backup" as you can get for a Windows system.

If you want to backup personal files, you could use an image, but an ordinary file by file backup program is better suited.

All of the above based on Macrium, but I'm pretty sure the ideas would also apply to Aomei, perhaps with different terminology. Macrium images have an mrimg extension. Aomei would use something else.

Some say that imaging is more reliable than cloning. Regardless, don't get yourself in a position where you MUST rely on either of them as both can fail. They are simply time-savers that usually work.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #3
Oldhead

Windows7 home premium 32bit
 
 

I use Aomei for all my monthly full system backups,
Aomei adds the separate (partition with MBR) included with all system backups , so as a follow up to previous answer ,could someone chime in and expand upon???
I was under the impression that ,if the (MBR) was included with your backup ,there would be no issue ,with restoring this file backup to any new HDD or SSD.
Cheers
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Apr 2016   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Imaging and cloning both backup the disk byte-by-byte so the result is an exact copy of the original disk. Since the MBR is on the disk, it will be copied along with everything else. The major difference between cloning and imaging is that a clone is written directly to another disk and the 2nd disk is immediately bootable whereas an image is saved as a file and needs to be restored from that file to another disk in order for that disk to be bootable. Images can be compressed in order to make the resulting file smaller for storage purposes.

When you create a system image, always make sure you create a boot disk (pretty much all backup programs have this capability) which will allow you to boot and run the restore program to restore the image in case of catastrophic failure where the computer can't boot from it's internal disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oldhead View Post
I use Aomei for all my monthly full system backups,
Aomei adds the separate (partition with MBR) included with all system backups , so as a follow up to previous answer ,could someone chime in and expand upon???
I was under the impression that ,if the (MBR) was included with your backup ,there would be no issue ,with restoring this file backup to any new HDD or SSD.
Cheers
I assume you are referring to the "System Reserved" partition typically found on Windows 7 machine.

I'd guess Aomei handles it much like Macrium.

With Macrium, you can choose to "Create an image of the partitions necessary to back up and restore Windows". If you tick that choice, both C and System Reserved should be included in your image. When you restore, both of those partitions would be restored.

Or you can choose the specific partitions you want manually. You could manually instruct Macrium to make one image containing both System Reserved and C. Or you could instruct Macrium to make separate images of each of those partitions.

The point is that to restore Windows, you MUST have an image of BOTH C and System Reserved (or whatever partition is marked as "system" when you view Windows Disk Management).

I've configured my Windows installation so that C is also my "system" partition. I don't have a System Reserved partition. So, C is the only partition I need to image.

Regarding your statement "there would be no issue......". I'd never say that.

You can have issues when restoring for unknown reasons. Your bootable rescue disk may fail. Don't put all your faith in the process, particularly if you have never done a restore before and are not familiar with the menu choices you will see on-screen during the restore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #6
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks a lot guys that really helps. I do have a Recovery Set so all is good there, and other computers. This is a bit of a hobby for me, but, this is my only secure Windows machine, the other being XP, so need it for a few things like Taxes, Banking etc. So I got the "System Backup" -By AOMEI's terms-and feel good enough about that for now. Like was said, it has all the partitions needed to boot!

I have also used Macrium, but read somewhere, or multiple sites that AOMEI was good for W7, why I don't know, advertising I guess. When doing a search that was just the most hits I got. So, used Macrium for my XP backup Image in the past. Used it as a bootable USB and don't see this in AOMEI. As far as I remember it did not need any Bootable medium to transfer the Image back to the pc. I did have to use it once and all worked well? That was a while ago so really can't be sure, perhaps someone can confirm this for me. That is a really nice function, to be able to just boot straight from a USB and re-install. But this was XP and the image was small. It did however help me in a jam when I was on the road and needed to get back up and running. Had that USB with me and just reinstalled!

Thanks a lot! Clone: Directly to the new drive as I understand it now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Imaging and cloning are quite different.

Imaging takes the data from the drive and places it on a new drive - which can be a smaller drive as long as the data fits.

Cloning makes copies of all tracks of that drive and copies them to another drive which must be at least equal size.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #8
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@whs, thanks again. I really need to get my head wrapped around how all this works, it is maddening to me lol. I have health issues, so it is hard to think, and need to learn slowly, one thing at a time. When I get it will usually really get it!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2016   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome. Ask any question. I will try to answer. My main problem are my eyes. At age of nearly 80 I have a hard time seeing things. And my macular degeneration cannot be corrected with glasses. But up to now I have always managed - somehow.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 System Backup with AOMEI




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
VSSADMIN errors during Aomei backup
I have Win XP Pro SP3 on a Dell Optiplex 755 Desktop with 4GB RAM. I know this forum is for Win 7 (which I have on a different PC), but my question may apply to all. Last November, using Aomei Backupper Pro 2, I did a FULL backup of my XP machine (Disk Backup.adi - 85GB). Yesterday...
Backup and Restore
Basic Clone/Backup Protocol with AOMEI Backupper (free) 2.0.2
I'm a very busy person but try to keep up w/ PC maintenance with my Win. 7 64-bit (Ultimate) PCs. I've had a few major breakdown issues in the past (and with XP) but fortunately have been able to recover after lots of applied work and stress. So when I heard about HDD cloning I though it should be...
Backup and Restore
Is this a general backup or system IMAGE & BACKUP
Can someone tell by these jpgs if the 6/28/10 "backup" is just a user files backup or a complete System Image Backup with user files backup included which I think is my default b/u setup now ? Thanks....TR
Backup and Restore
system image backup - how does windows pick the drives to backup?
Hi From times to times I load my disk image backup from win7 system and install the new programs/drivers i was using and save a new backup. I usually to do this by backing up my C: drive, but this turn to my surprise, windows for some reason wants to backup C and D, is it possible to pick a...
Backup and Restore
Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 and System Backup 9.5 Free till 7/12
Both 32 Bit and 64 Bit Versions of Backup & Recovery 10 Compact and System Backup 9.5 for free until 7/12. Info: Paragon Backup & Recovery Suite System Backup Downloads:
Backup and Restore
Why Backup user and system files fails to create system images to optical disc?
1. Open center 2. Set backup settings and Select a optical disc as the location to save backup 3. An informaion pops up, says "System images cannot be saved on this device" Click for help, and can find "you can't save a system images on a CD or DVD" So, my question is why we can't do it,...
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:01.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App