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Windows 7: Created System Image using DriveImage, put onto DVDs

06 Mar 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

First to set the record straight, I make no comments on products which I've never used.
I can only agree with you. I very rarely comment on a product that i did not at least try out - unless there is a well documented record regarding this or that particularity.

Now to your question as how do you view the files backed up by Backup and Restore
But this is an important function for me. I lose files all the time and then I recover them from my images of which I keep plenty. This is ever more important as I have disabled the shadows.

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07 Mar 2010   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64


I am glad you tested it so thoroughly.

Perhaps you would be good enough to answer the following:

1. What happens if you image only one ( of several ) partitions on a disk.

Then restore the image.

What happens to the partitions you did not include in the image ?

2. What if you want to make an image of , for example the first partition a disk , then restore it to the third partition ?

3. What happens if you restore an image to disks of different types/sizes ( particularly a smaller disk) ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Let me repeat and repeat and repeat. Win 7's Backup and Restore works. It is easy to use, It is free. It is reliable.

Now to your question. I tried all different combinations of backing up partitions (and restoring). Not a single effort failed.

In the last three days, I've been testing different scenarios of backup and restore, of enlarging, of shrinking, of deleting, and of creating partitions.

What I did was first I would make a backup, Then I'd do my experimentation. When time came to restore, I'd do a restore. A couple of times, afterwards I had to so a system repair from the the Recovery Disk but this was due to my changing of partition sizes and locations.

I always use DiskPart to create, delete, grow, shrink, format, make active, assign drive letter to partitions.

I have also used ImageX to create and apply WIM files.
When it comes to requirements that will involve anything more than a simple grow of a partition or no change to partition size, then I work with WIM files.
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07 Mar 2010   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I apologize for the delay in replying. Something came up which took up some time plus I've spent a good bit of time doing partial and full backups and restores.

When you use MS's Backup & Restore, you need to choose Custom Backup to selectively backup/restore. Now I can write for a long time but best would be that you simply try out Backup & Restore and see what all of your options are. If you've made a backup and in the meantime increased or decreased the size of the partition then MS will try to fulfill your resizeing. You may find that afterwards, you need to use your recovery cd/ufd to repair but all will be there. I've done it as part of my testing. With that said, my preferred approach when I need to put Win7 on another partition or different size partition is to use imagex to create a WIM file and use imageX to apply a WIM file. For the backup/restore operations to Joe NormalUser wants and needs then MS's Backup and Restore is ideal, free, and works like a champ.

For sophisticated cases, then I recommend that one familiarize themselves with the power of WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit).

Of course, for partition operations alone, then I'm a great fan of DiskPart. DiskMgmt.msc is good but there are some things that can only be done with DiskPart.
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07 Mar 2010   #14

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by beautiful View Post
Hello, So I used DriveImage XML to backup my C: Drive. all the stuff is in a folder in C: Drive. That folder with all the backup data (image) is a compressed 7GB.

How do I put this 7 GB folder onto DVDs in such a way that if I have to restore the Win7 computer, I can do so?
Also I would keep an eye out for USB 2.0 external drives to get cheap very soon. They should start dumping, er, discounting them heavily, when the flood of USB 3.0 stuff arrives. Backup to USB drive is much less stressful. You start a wizard going and go make something to eat. When you're done, so is it.
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07 Mar 2010   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Thanks Karl,

They were rhetorical questions.

Imo , Windows system image is very limited. The control provided in Server 2008/R2 is much better, curious that MS decided to limit it so much in 7.

I recommend people use a 3rd party app. instead . Even some of the free ones are much more flexible.
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07 Mar 2010   #16
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Karl, you seem to know your stuff and it is encouraging that you vote for Win7 imaging. Maybe all those reports we are getting about failed images or restores are user errors. Nevertheless, I vote with SIW2. I found the other options more useful. But I have only used Ghost, Paragon and Macrium. I did try Acronis too.
I just come back from a neighbor where we had to get stuff off her old XP because she forgot about it when we had reinstalled her XP (which was getting delapidated after 5 years). I had taken a Macrium image of the old system before we shredded it. So I just made an image of the new system, pulled the old one back in, recovered the stuff, pulled the image I just took from the new system back in - all of that between dinner and dessert without any hassle at all.
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20 Apr 2011   #17

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon

Hello, So I used DriveImage XML to backup my C: Drive. all the stuff is in a folder in C: Drive. That folder with all the backup data (image) is a compressed 7GB.

How do I put this 7 GB folder onto DVDs in such a way that if I have to restore the Windows 7 computer, I can do so?
OK guys, I read all your answers but I kind of got lost and didn't really get if the question got answered.

How do I create a bootable DVD (Win 7) with that bunch of files I generated (see pic) with Drive Image XML?
I wouldn't like to start over with another tool but rather use what I already generated (I installed a lot of applications by now so it's not a "fresh install" anymore).

Is there a way to use the tools you mentioned with what I already have?
What about AIK?
Download details: Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)
Would that do the trick?...any pointers?

Thanks for your help,

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