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Windows 7: Backing up System

26 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Backing up System

Howdy

Just recently I did a fresh install on my friends system for him. It was a very nice install because you guys helped me with the details. Anyway I want to back his entire system to an external drive. The reason I want to do this is because the current drive It is installed to is a few years old and I want to be able to restore the system in case of hard drive or Windows failure. He has Windows 7 x86.

The primary drive is 465 Gig drive that is where Windows is installed on. His 2nd internal drive is 1TB which is used as a data drive. He also has an external drive.

So the plan would be to back up the current OS on the 465G drive to his external drive and in case of failure then restore it to his back to the TB drive should there be failure. Is it possible to restore to the TB drive even though it is a different drive and all?. Can you tell me what the best software is for this?

Thanks

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26 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Acronis or Macrium. I have not been succesful transferring to another drive using windows imaging, you may have to use sys prep to do that. Greg will know more about it.
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26 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

System prep?
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26 Jan 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sysprep remove all hardware IDs from an OS to put in another computer. I would recommend using Macrium as well to make an image of the OS drive which can be restored to any other drive and it should work fine. Imaging with free Macrium
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26 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hypothetically how would I do the whole process. Sorry to be demanding.

Thanks
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26 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

You'd only need SysPrep if you were changing to different mobo or other major hardware changes. Just a HD itself is usually not a problem when reimaging to it from either Windows 7 backup imaging or one of the other more favored apps like Macrium which is probably the favorite around here.

For many the fact that you can change the partitioning layout when using Macrium is enough reason to use it, since Windows 7 backup imaging requires you to keep the same offsets.

How it's run is in the Manual at the Download link Gary provided above.
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26 Jan 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The link I posted has all the steps plus a link to download the WinPE bootable recovery iso.
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26 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

In my experiments, with windows imaging, to another hard drive, it always says it can not find the original drive to put the image back on.

That is, doing the image with no changes. No sysprep etc.
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26 Jan 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Thanks, Brian.

Then I'd not use Windows 7 backup imaging based on Brian's report.
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26 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Although, I just found this, but haven`t read it yet.

How to move windows 7 to a new or larger hard drive using Backup and Restore

Oh boy, another experiment.
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