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Windows 7: How to System Image C: Partition only?


08 Dec 2009   #1

7 RC; XP SP3
 
 
How to System Image C: Partition only?

I want to use Windows Backup & Restore - Create a System Image. I have 3 hard drives, one of which is partitioned into C: & D:. I just want to image the C:.

7 insists on doing both C: & D: because "The drives that are required for Windows to run are included by default". D: is huge and is mostly data, which I back up routinely in another fashion. D: does have some D:\Program Files but these are not important for me, and the majority are at C:\Program Files. The Paging File is on C: & F:.

How can I get it to image just the C: ?

I know I can use Acronis True Image etc, but I love the idea of imaging from within Windows with a Windows tool.

btw, its 7RC

Thanks so much
Chris

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08 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Wonder if D: has somehow marked itself active, causing Windows 7 Backup Imaging to think that it is a system drive.

Just to confirm, the checkbox to deselect D: is greyed out, correct?

Can you post back here a screen shot of your full Disk Management map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attached using paper clip in reply box.

Or check if D: is marked Active there.
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08 Dec 2009   #3
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrisb View Post
I want to use Windows Backup & Restore - Create a System Image. I have 3 hard drives, one of which is partitioned into C: & D:. I just want to image the C:.


Thanks so much
Chris
If im not mistaken, unless your C and D are on seperate physical HDD, you won't be able to use the 7 to just image C and not D as these are partitions of the same single HDD.
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08 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Think you might be right aem.

On my HD, it lets me uncheck the partition where I have the WindowsImageBackup stored, so I thought just maybe he could uncheck a data partition.

But most of what i've read is that it images the whole HD.

Others recommend free Macrium Reflect to image single partitions.

Edit: Just installed and looked over Macrium. You can def choose any partition listed with checkbox, and save to drive, network or DVD. It reimages using Linux CD it will make.
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08 Dec 2009   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Well the idea of doing an image backup (or as i refer it as ghosting) is so you get the exact copy of your HDD so when you go to re-image your HDD or a new HDD you'll get the exact clone. For a whole reimaging of a HDD, best to go with Acronis or Ghost (others i have not used so can't recommend). If you just want a partition backup, this is not alot different to a system restore (restore points).
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08 Dec 2009   #6

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I guess the consensus is that if C and D are on the same drive, you can't use the Windows tool to image C alone.

Under that scenario, has anyone confirmed that if you therefore image the entire drive (C and D), can you then restore only C???

If not, the tool is useless for my purposes. I would never want to restore my D (data) drive from an image because that would overwrite existing data--which would be newer than the data in the image file.

Looks like I'll stick with either Macrium or Acronis.
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08 Dec 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Iggy I recommend you try it because it does show boxes to check and uncheck next to partitions both on the imaging and restore.

Right now it will let me uncheck my D recov partition (where image is stored on drive).

Sometimes they are inexplicably greyed out but maybe not for your purposes.
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08 Dec 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I may take a further look at it. My goal of course is to never get in a situation where I would have to rely on an image. I have my data backed up in other ways and am willing to reinstall if I have to.
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09 Dec 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Why reinstall?

Imaging puts it all back in 15 minutes!

Just save the one from when it was running best.
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10 Dec 2009   #10

7 RC; XP SP3
 
 

Yes, C: & D: are on the same drive. D: is grayed out, cant untick it.
D: isn't Active in Disk Manager. (Ive tried to attach a Disk Manager snip via the paperclip).

Having to image D: is not on for me; I want to image C: fairly regularly, with manageable image sizes. Storing multiple C:+D: images is way over the top size-wise.

Shame the 7 Imager is so inflexible. It could be a great feature.


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