Quote: Originally Posted by simonwinkler
I have copied my system image files to my external HDD and now need to restore. However, Win 7 cannot see these files since I moved them onto my external HDD and then copied them back into the folder: windowsimagebackup.
Note: I had a problem with my data drive where the windows images were stored, which required a disk format... and had to copy the data off(to my external HDD). Then I deleted the drive and formatted it, then copied the data back. This has now caused the problem.
I have looked at the security settings as I realise there may be some difference but I cannot find anything major. If I make a new system image file Win 7 can find this however, the previous one that was moved onto the external HDD and copied back cannot be found by the system.
IT must be possible to copy this file to a back up disk in case of failure/prob
Note I have a number of system image files including the vanilla build of my system, I would like to be able to use this in the case of any problems to be able to restore the system back to day one.
Any help gratefully received.
Due to the many things that people can do to do themselves in, I recommend the following for system image backups which are handled differently from data backups by Windows Backup & Restore, then
if you want to keep different System Images--
Make yourself a new small partition on your external drive let Windows Backup & Restore put the new system image there.
This is not ideal but I try to come up with solutions that will always work for all people.
Make extensive use of WIN + F1 key combo to learn more about Backup & Restore and system images and data backups.
Personally, I find that there are only two system images that I want anyway, namely, the one made after installing Windows 7 and Office and all updates and then
the current one which I make about once a month. I install/uninstall different software and despite all its wonderful features, system restore still doesn't cover all the damage that I can inflict upon myself.