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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

07 Jan 2010   #170
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello DrLangly, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Most OEM computers these days do not come with a set of OEM Recovery discs anymore. Usually they will have a option for you to create (burn) your own set through the OEM partition instead. Depending on what type you have, these two links from Dell will help show you how to create a set OEM Windows 7 Recovery discs to be able to use to do a factory restore of Windows 7 with.

Dell - Support

or

Dell - Support


Creating a system image will take up a few DVDs since the backup image will basically be the same size as what is used on your hard drive. Each single sided DVD can hold around 4.7 GB on average. It's usually best to save system image backup onto another hard drive or partition instead because of this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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07 Jan 2010   #171
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

My pleasure, let us know if that works, then others can benefit from your success!
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07 Jan 2010   #172
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Dr Langly,

If you use a FREE 3rd party app. to create the image for you - it will be almost half the size of the Windows one.

Try these :

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

There are many reports of Windows System Image failing towards the end of placing an image on dvd's

You will probabaly find, as Shawn said - you can create a Dell image as well. However that will return you to the state you bought the pc - all your data, programs, and settings will not be restored.

If you make your image using a 3rd party app.- every now and again - you can restore everything as it was at the time you made the image.
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07 Jan 2010   #173
DrLangly

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, the link in the other thread links me to a Atomic MPC website with a description for VLITE as a "Impressive and free antivirus and antispyware package"

Am i looking at the right one?
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07 Jan 2010   #174
DrLangly

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, correction mates;

My girlfriend just stated she "just found" the bag of discs that came with it. It comes with a re-installation DVD of Windows 7 and neccesary drivers. Nevermind for the laptop!

But, I have a brand new ACER machine at home. Its a desktop computer and i DONT have a re-installation DVD for that pc. Im weary of using the DELL cd on it in an emergency. Bottom line is i just want a re-installation cd for my ACER now.


I am going to follow this link. Will this work?
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07 Jan 2010   #175
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It would be interesting to see what is inside the Dell Recovery partition . You may well find the installation files and be able to make your own bootable installer - as Wally says.

If you have a chance - please post a screenie of the contents of the dell recovery partition.

Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrLangly View Post
Wow wally, thank you for such a timely response. Believe it or not, i do computer work freelance at the moment, im just so new to windows 7 and some of the new menu's and such. Although the pc came with quite the amount of bloatware, i've stripped it bare, and installed only essential tools and always maintain a lightweight, clean and smooth running PC or Lappy.

Thank you for the recommendation on that thread, i'll go look at it now.

Again, thanks for such a timely response!
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07 Jan 2010   #176
DrLangly

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The 'Contents' of the recovery partition? Explain



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It would be interesting to see what is inside the Dell Recovery partition . You may well find the installation files and be able to make your own bootable installer - as Wally says.

If you have a chance - please post a screenie of the contents of the dell recovery partition.

Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrLangly View Post
Wow wally, thank you for such a timely response. Believe it or not, i do computer work freelance at the moment, im just so new to windows 7 and some of the new menu's and such. Although the pc came with quite the amount of bloatware, i've stripped it bare, and installed only essential tools and always maintain a lightweight, clean and smooth running PC or Lappy.

Thank you for the recommendation on that thread, i'll go look at it now.

Again, thanks for such a timely response!
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07 Jan 2010   #177
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes it is glitch on the MPC site - the download is fine.

Just d/l v1.6 and you're good.

You may need to give the recovery partition a drive letter just rt click it in Disk Management and assign whatever letter it offers.

It is worth showing Hidden files as well - go to Folder Options>View>Dot Show Hidden Files and Untick Hide protected operating system files . Apply, OK.

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You should then be able to see what's in it like any other partition.

In the same way this guy took a shot of his C partition:

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That is an HP machine - he found an .iso ( which he burned to dvd and used to reinstall). Strangely, it was in a Hidden Folder on the C drive.

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It would be more normal to find either an .iso, or the actual installation files - in the recovery partition.


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07 Jan 2010   #178
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Anybody got an HP notebook - want to have a look and see if you have an.iso in a Hidden folder on the root of C?
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07 Jan 2010   #179
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

There's one here with Vista presently on it if that helps any? The recovery partition there is about 7gb in size likely being everything compressed to save on drive space however.

The manufacturer's guide is usually the best method for preinstalled OSs while still seeing the bloatware they add into the mix unfortunately. That maintains all of the serial number and other information including the preactivation for that machine something to consider.

A slight update here now seeing some 131gb involved for a complete backup of the 1tb host/boot drive onto dvd-rw media. Think 11 blanks will be enough? 47.85gb between the 11 was the total amount available.

Time to get some more new blanks I guess! Sometime optical media simply doesn't suffice!

Meanwhile I simply went from there to the actual backup folder first used on the RC.


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