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Windows 7: Reformating computer with two Hard Drives.

27 Dec 2012   #11
marsmimar

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You can backup/system image Drive C: to Drive D: as long as Drive D: has enough free space. After the backup/system image finishes Drive D: will contain the original 200gb of data plus you'll see a new file called WindowsImageBackup.


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27 Dec 2012   #12
Erick Aguilar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
You can backup/system image Drive C: to Drive D: as long as Drive D: has enough free space. After the backup/system image finishes Drive D: will contain the original 200gb of data plus you'll see a new file called WindowsImageBackup.
Ohhhhhhh...
And here I was thinking backups were stored in the hard drive like some sort of partition and not just a simple folder
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27 Dec 2012   #13
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Erick Aguilar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
You can backup/system image Drive C: to Drive D: as long as Drive D: has enough free space. After the backup/system image finishes Drive D: will contain the original 200gb of data plus you'll see a new file called WindowsImageBackup.
Ohhhhhhh...
And here I was thinking backups were stored in the hard drive like some sort of partition and not just a simple folder
Just to add to the mix, the WindowsImageBackup file is what's created when using the native Windows 7 backup/system image utility. If you use Macrium it creates a unique file name with a bunch of random letters and numbers. If you want to save more than one Windows 7 image the easiest thing to do is rename each WindowsImageBackup to something else. I rename my Windows 7 images to WIB122712 (the date it was created.) If I ever need to restore my computer using a particular image I rename it back to WindowsImageBackup.
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27 Dec 2012   #14
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Erick Aguilar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
You can backup/system image Drive C: to Drive D: as long as Drive D: has enough free space. After the backup/system image finishes Drive D: will contain the original 200gb of data plus you'll see a new file called WindowsImageBackup.
Ohhhhhhh...
And here I was thinking backups were stored in the hard drive like some sort of partition and not just a simple folder
Just to add to the mix, the WindowsImageBackup file is what's created when using the native Windows 7 backup/system image utility. If you use Macrium it creates a unique file name with a bunch of random letters and numbers. If you want to save more than one Windows 7 image the easiest thing to do is rename each WindowsImageBackup to something else. I rename my Windows 7 images to WIB122712 (the date it was created.) If I ever need to restore my computer using a particular image I rename it back to WindowsImageBackup.
Alright. I think the road I'll take is save and backup all my personal folders, and application installers to start a new to avoid any sort of.. shennanigan.
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