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Windows 7: Win7 Image Backup and Restore

09 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 
Win7 Image Backup and Restore

Not sure where to write this so I decided here under General Discussion.

I truly believe in backups of documents and image backup of HD. In the past I have used many different ones and prior to Windows 7 I was using TeraByte Unlimited Image for Windows V3 which was fast and reliable.

Well last week I decided to try the Windows 7 backup imaging software that comes in Ultimate but not sure if he other versions have it. Well I started the programm and saved my image or whatever Windows 7 now cals it to my backup HD. I have about 25 gb on C: and in less than 6 minutes was complete. The saved area was about 10 gb in size and has mutlimple directories with files in all of them. Will have to do some additional reading on actually what it is but it isn't one file like a true image.

Last night I used Windows 7 to restore my C: Drive and it went flawlessly in less than 6 minutes. Had anyone had any issues with this program?

I did another Windows 7 Backup this morning and it seems that it copied over the one I had stored. I'm sure next time I will change directory or file name so I can have more copies stored

Because I'm not sure yet if I trust the Windows 7 version I will continue to use both backup programs until I know more about the Windows 7.

Any thoughts?

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09 Dec 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
Not sure where to write this so I decided here under General Discussion.

I truly believe in backups of documents and image backup of HD. In the past I have used many different ones and prior to Windows 7 I was using TeraByte Unlimited Image for Windows V3 which was fast and reliable.

Well last week I decided to try the Windows 7 backup imaging software that comes in Ultimate but not sure if he other versions have it. Well I started the programm and saved my image or whatever Windows 7 now cals it to my backup HD. I have about 25 gb on C: and in less than 6 minutes was complete. The saved area was about 10 gb in size and has mutlimple directories with files in all of them. Will have to do some additional reading on actually what it is but it isn't one file like a true image.

Last night I used Windows 7 to restore my C: Drive and it went flawlessly in less than 6 minutes. Had anyone had any issues with this program?

I did another Windows 7 Backup this morning and it seems that it copied over the one I had stored. I'm sure next time I will change directory or file name so I can have more copies stored

Because I'm not sure yet if I trust the Windows 7 version I will continue to use both backup programs until I know more about the Windows 7.

Any thoughts?
For me, the back up of Windows 7 is awesome. The two primary restore options, system restore and system image are incremental. The date that shows on the file represents the date of the first back up. Subsequent backups will record only the changes that are made. To be upfront with you, my information comes from use of my Version of 7, Home Premium. Your post indicates that Ultimate may be (and I think that you are right,) may be different.
I have actually used both system image and system restore and they worked perfectly. The only problem that I had was that I made my system image prior to activating and I had to activate a second time, but the back up was flawless.
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09 Dec 2009   #3
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You probably already know but for anyone who doesn't, you can specify what files are backed up and a schedule of your choice.

On the separate Image backup, be sure to keep an image from when your OS is running fine in case you need to reinstall for performance reasons.

I save my backup Image to a primary partition on another HD, and back it up to an external. In the external I rename it and move it into a folder for that computer.

If you want to store more than one backup image, you can change the file name, but when you want it to be auto-detected by the Windows 7 DVD to reimage from boot, it needs to be placed in the external's root and renamed WIndowsImageBackup, or kept in a primary formatted partition which is detected as a drive.
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