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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

12 Dec 2009   #150
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Patrick,

Sorry, I was referring to trying to manually delete the backups instead of through that. Deleting them from there is fine.


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23 Dec 2009   #151
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

Ok I used the system image backup in windows 7 home premium.
btw i backed it up to an external HD
It made a folder with several subfolders after the backup and was about 55gigs
Now it is next month and i added programs, updates etc and i want to make another image
does it go over the existing image backup or does it create a new folder with new subfolders?
I would like to understand this because i plan on purchasing a bigger HD and want to estimate how much I need
Also when i get the bigger external HD and do another backup image since it will not see the first one will it make a new beginning one? or will it have a fit and look for the old one on the other smaller external HD- then what would I do?
I did the first one just so i could see how it is done and to have something until I get a bigger external HD

thanks
robin
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25 Dec 2009   #152
Ballie

windows 7 home pre 64 bit
 
 

so can I use this to clone my current (win 7) 300gb hard drive on to a 500gb drive which is blank but formated then use the new cloned drive as my boot drive?
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25 Dec 2009   #153
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You should be able to make an image of the drive with any imaging app. , then restore that image to another drive.

That is a 2 step process, but should work fine.

Many apps . have a clone feature , which copies one drive to another in 1 step.

3rd party apps all have a GUI which allows you to restore an image anywhere.

Restore from a system image backup

Alternatively , you could use e.g. the free Partition Wizard and simply use the Disk Copy feature - will be quicker.

Partition Wizard Copy disk
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26 Dec 2009   #154
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

does creating an image backup on a external hard drive with saved music, documents, etc...erase any of the saved music, documents etc?
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26 Dec 2009   #155
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Gabriel,

No, not at all. The system image will just be saved into a folder (see NOTE box at top of tutorial) on the external drive, and will not affect anything else on the drive.
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26 Dec 2009   #156
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

i just found out that i can't create a system image on my external hard drive because it is not in NTFS format, it is in FAT32, how do i get a external hard drive that is already NTFS, I don't wanna format mine from FAT32 to NTFS because then i would loss all my saved stuff right?
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26 Dec 2009   #157
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

See Brinks tutorial on conversion -=> here
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26 Dec 2009   #158
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
See Brinks tutorial on conversion -=> here
Yea that looks good but it says their is still a minimal chance that it could get corrupted by using the command prompt way and i don't have any other external hard drive to resave the backed up files, so I can't take that chance...thx for your help though! looks like im going to have to buy another hard drive
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26 Dec 2009   #159
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

That is probably the best solution.. I just bought a 500gb external drive for $75.00 new so you shouldnt get hurt too bad, just remember to format it to NTFS first....
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