Quote: Originally Posted by piattj
So, in the spirit of completeness... what are the forum's experiences of using the native Windows utility to build a recovery disc and *restore* their Windows 7 image successfully?
Mine has been a perfect experience. I install my operating system and get my base drivers
installed. Then, I use the Windows built in utility to create a "system image" which I choose to save to a connected USB hard drive. I pick the C drive as well as the hidden 100MB system partition.
If you need to restore, you put the Windows install DVD back into the computer and boot from it. When prompted for the type of install, you pick Repair. You then are given the ability to choose a "system image" to repair from. You pick it and then it puts the image back on your hard drive.
I've used this at least 15 times now at home and at work in testing. In addition, I've moved from 1 hard drive to another make and model using this and it's been just fine. And I've used it in 32bit and 64bit as well. As far as speed, It's taken less than 10 minutes to make the image and even shorter to restore it.....