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Windows 7: Create a back-up of only systems files?

26 May 2016   #1
STU9000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Create a back-up of only systems files?

I'd like to create on last back up before I go Windows 10, so I can get back to where my system was just prior to this if I want to. I have a factory reset reset button on this machine so I will always have the option to downgrade to Win 7 again if I want to. With a recent back up this makes it easier to recover my system to where it was just before upgrading to 10.

I have all my files backed up on ext drives, however is there a way to make a disk image of only systems files, omitting all my data or do I need to remove all my own files and then put them back?


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26 May 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by STU9000 View Post

I have all my files backed up on ext drives, however is there a way to make a disk image of only systems files, omitting all my data or do I need to remove all my own files and then put them back?
You can easily make an image............but........................

Image programs typically work on a partition-by-partition basis. The image contains EVERYTHING on the chosen partition. The "system" as well as pictures of your cat, if they are on that partition.

So---is your personal stuff--your cat pictures on C? Or on some other partition like D, E, etc?

If everything is on C, that complicates matters.

I think some advanced imaging programs may allow you to exclude certain folders from the image--but I haven't personally investigated that because I keep all my data on a separate partition and don't need that capability.

I'd go to Macrium's web site and investigate the feature list for their more advanced imaging programs--the ones you'd have to pay for-----not the free one that most of us around here use.
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26 May 2016   #3
STU9000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Everything's on C yes. Well, not everything, but all my recent work. Cat pictures and all that. If there's no easy way to do this I'll just double back everything up, wipe my drive and then reload everything back on to my laptop afterwards.
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26 May 2016   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Before doing any reinstall, do at least two full images of your harddrive onto at least one if not two usb external hard-drives. Better to be close to 100% assured than to rest on "maybe."
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26 May 2016   #5
STU9000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I already have two images. Well I thought I had, seem ones of the folders now appears to contain nothing so not sure what happened there. In any case, I always have the option to factory reset this machine, so I can always get back to Windows 7.
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26 May 2016   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Finding an empty folder in an image where there should be files would be a concern for me.
What program did you use to create the backup images ?
Many of the backup programs have logs you can view, there may be info in there about an error.

I'm assuming you are browsing the backup image file, and that's where you see files are missing.
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26 May 2016   #7
STU9000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Just using the built in Windows software, following the steps in the tutorial.
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26 May 2016   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't use the Windows built-in imaging utility so i don't know what logs, info, etc. are available.
If no-one reply's here with help, you can ask a question in the tutorial.
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26 May 2016   #9
STU9000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

It's not really an issue, unless the next back I create goes through a wormhole again.
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26 May 2016   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

OK.
You could try Macrium Reflect free and see if it copies the files correctly, if you want to compare it to W7 Imaging.
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