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Windows 7: how to back up and reinstall

27 Apr 2010   #1
lffoar

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
how to back up and reinstall

Hi all,
I have purchased an external HDD and want to know is it possible to back up everything, (OS, files, everything) and in the event of a need to format/reinstall due to bloating, virus or whatever, being able to reinstall the whole lot from my external HDD. I'm a novice with this sort of thing, haven't a clue about "imaging" etc so is there a tutorial or simple explanation somewhere? Txs for any help


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27 Apr 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at my imaging tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium

And read this also: http://www.vistax64.com/software/261...e-macrium.html
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27 Apr 2010   #3
theog

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27 Apr 2010   #4
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

I use BartPE.
Our dev's added network connections and ghost.
5 minutes to load, and 30+ minutes to image up to network.
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27 Apr 2010   #5
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xarden View Post
I use BartPE.
Our dev's added network connections and ghost.
5 minutes to load, and 30+ minutes to image up to network.
When backing up Win7 with Ghost 11,You Will must likely have a bad backup.
You will need Ghost 15.
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27 Apr 2010   #6
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

We do use ghost11.
However, I havnt noticed anything wrong with our backups. Everything appears to work as expected. Could you elaborate on that?

Coincidentally, I'm bringing the dev's image down right now...
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27 Apr 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

You can backup a Win7 System Image to your external so that reimaging your HD is as easy as booting the WIn7 DVD/Repair CD and applying the saved image to the HD or a replacement.

However, if you are wanting to reinstall to overcome bloatware or for performance reasons, then you want to back up your files so that you can transfer them back after a clean reinstall of Win7 to your HD.

If you are familar with your active User files, then you can just drag their folders (Documents, Pictures, Videos, download, etc) over to the external one-by-one from the C:Users folder. If you are afraid you will forget something then just drag your active User file over.

After clean reinstall, drag them back by opening the folder in external, selecting all, then dragging the whole group into the new folder in Win7.
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