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Windows 7: Backing Up Different Drives Via Win7

29 Dec 2009   #1
elmo2006

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Backing Up Different Drives Via Win7

Hi there...

Has anyone ever used the Win7 Backup/Restore functionality to image different drives?

My intent is to have multiple images of multiple partitions in my system to restore from if the drives themselves fail and theoretically use the boot disk to pick and choose the images to restore to different locations.

I'm a former Acronis 2010 TIH user - the reason, the Acronis app is a complete shambles since they have moved from 2009 to 2010.

Clear as mud eh!



Comments/opinions are greatly apprciated.

Thanks


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29 Dec 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I have never used Windows 7 built in imaging. Many here have and some have reported issues with it--I guess it is not particularly flexible. It may (for Home Premium and below?) only allow one full image--all later images are incrementals? Not sure about that, but others will know.

I am guessing you have a drive with multiple partitions, such as C and D. I think you are on the right track to image them separately, but I don't know if you can pull that off successfully with Windows 7 imaging given its limitations.

Macrium and Paragon are other free alternatives that may give you more control.
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29 Dec 2009   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I seem to remember, (does not really apply to me), that when you use back up and restore (system image), you are asked what drive to back up and where you want to back up to. You then have the option to make it the default. Why not go through the process of making an image and see what choices are available.

Whatever you decide happy new year to you and your loved ones.

I think you are referring to system image, which is a copy of the drive of choice.
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31 Dec 2009   #4
elmo2006

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks I will try that...
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31 Dec 2009   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There are limitataions with Windows sys img GUI - you don't have much choice what to image - or where to restore them to.

If you just want to make images of complete partition(s) of your choice - then restore whichever you want to wherever you want - there are better free alternatives.

PARAGON:

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition

How to Create an Image with Paragon B&R 10

How to Restore Data with Paragon B&R 10


MACRIUM:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

How to create a disk image with Macrium Reflect

How to create the Macrium Linux rescue CD

How to recover your PC using the Linux rescue CD
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31 Dec 2009   #6
Etihtsarom

7 Prof
 
 

Acronis's True Image will do this very well. It will even allow you to compress the images and mount them to a virtual partition for easy access. But for partitions that merely contain data, the easiest and most troublesome-free way to back them up is just to copy them onto external drives using a sync program, this way, your data doesn't need to be opened using proprietary software.
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31 Dec 2009   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Etihtsarom View Post
Acronis's True Image will do this very well. It will even allow you to compress the images and mount them to a virtual partition for easy access. But for partitions that merely contain data, the easiest and most troublesome-free way to back them up is just to copy them onto external drives using a sync program, this way, your data doesn't need to be opened using proprietary software.
To any one that uses a Western Digital Hard drive, go to their site and you can get a free Acronis software. If you do not use Western Digital, there is a 30 day try out period.
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31 Dec 2009   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is your solution ( http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...-anywhere.html ). I made this tutorial especially for cases like yours. It works extremely well (I tested it many times - on Win7 32bit) and does not cost a penny. The Win7 imaging facilities seem to be "problematic" - to say the least.
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