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Windows 7: what is best practice for image backup/restore of 1TB drive?

26 Apr 2016   #1
gordon55y

windows 7 pro
 
 
what is best practice for image backup/restore of 1TB drive?

Hi,
I believe the following statements are true for win7 image backup.
1) The win7 image is for the entire HDD (or SSD).
That is, you cannot make an image of just one partition.
2) When you restore the image, there is no option to restore
a single partition. That is, you have to restore the entire image.
3) The new disk must be larger than the image disk.

This is very restrictive. And it discourages large C:\ drives :-(

Are there any image backup/restore tools that will backup/restore
just one partition?

If I could do an image backup/restore for a selected partition
then I could have a C:\ partition of maybe 200GB for OS and a
D:\ partition of maybe 800GB for data on a 1TB disk.

What is best practice?
thanks


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27 Apr 2016   #2
MeOnMine

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM
 
 

Hello Gordon and welcome to SF,
Most forum members here would advise you to use Macrium Reflect Free.
The Windows back up system is a little flaky and can fail on you.
Yes you can back up or restore to Partitions or full HDD/SSD.

There is a Tutorial here.

Have fun
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27 Apr 2016   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gordon55y View Post

If I could do an image backup/restore for a selected partition
then I could have a C:\ partition of maybe 200GB for OS and a
D:\ partition of maybe 800GB for data on a 1TB disk.


What is best practice?
thanks
This is a very good strategy.
I would not recommend your OS partition be the full 1TB and 200GB for the OS partition is generous enough.
I would also support Macrium. If you go onto their website they have a knowledge base that may assist in the creation and restoring of system images.
It is important that you create and can boot from a CD/DVD/USB restore device. When you make an image (preferably on an external drive) make sure that you can locate the image from the restore boot.
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