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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

22 Nov 2008   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2008   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
That's OK, thanks anyway and if you do find a way let me know. Here is the screen I have.
I sure will.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2008   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Mr Grim,

Can't see a way round that as it's a complete pc backup, and the 7 boot files are on the System partition, it wants to back that up too.

Backup size would be huge, also be interesting to know how long it would take!

3rd party apps. would be better for this - quicker and with compression, plus more flexibility.

I am using the free version of Macrium Reflect - it is unbelievably small and fast, also allows you to schedule and to mount a backup
and also to copy back any files you want - in addition to being able to restore the image.

It does all that for free and you can make a boot disc if you need to boot in to restore an image.

The paid version adds a few extra bells and whistles , but the freebie will be enough for many people.

Macrium Reflect Free Edition 4.2 build 2033 - Downloads - ZDNet Australia

Hope you like it

SIW2
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2008   #12
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Mr Grim,

Can't see a way round that as it's a complete pc backup, and the 7 boot files are on the System partition, it wants to back that up too.

Backup size would be huge, also be interesting to know how long it would take!

3rd party apps. would be better for this - quicker and with compression, plus more flexibility.

I am using the free version of Macrium Reflect - it is unbelievably small and fast, also allows you to schedule and to mount a backup
and also to copy back any files you want - in addition to being able to restore the image.

It does all that for free and you can make a boot disc if you need to boot in to restore an image.

The paid version adds a few extra bells and whistles , but the freebie will be enough for many people.

Macrium Reflect Free Edition 4.2 build 2033 - Downloads - ZDNet Australia

Hope you like it

SIW2
Thanks heaps for that, I will give it a try soon.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2009   #13
rerice

windows 7 RTM
 
 

I Have the same problem.

When selecting Image Backup, My Vista partition and the Windows 7
partition are both selected by default.

Both Drives are selected and are grayed out so that neither can be unselected.

This is only true for the Image only backup, not the backup which automatically
includes an image.

Please Help!
Thanks,
Richard
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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22 Jan 2009   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Richard, and welcome to Seven Forums.

My guess is that it may be including the boot sectors from both locations for the backup, so that may be why none of us can deselect them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2009   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Shawn,

There's one way to test our theory.

Find someone who installed 7 first, and then Vista. The 7 boot files would not be on the Vista partition.

If they are not forced to back up the Vista partition , that would be a good indication.

Anybody done the install that way round?

SIW2
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2009   #16
rerice

windows 7 RTM
 
 
Backup Image Quandry

According to Microsoft, Installing Windows 7 before Vista will cause the whole install
to fail. ( From the Windows 7 Forum ).

At one point I had done a Recovery using the Windows 7 Recovery Disk.

The result was that the systems were labeled " Recovered Vista "
and " Recovered Windows 7 "

While this was true the image backup only defaulted Windows 7 and not Vista.

Perhaps this is a clue to what is going on.

Thanks for your help
Richard
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2009   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Richard,

Thanks. I wasn't able to find that thread on 7 Forum using search - if you could point me to it I'd be grateful.

Had you already repaired Vista before you did the 7 startup repair?


SIW2
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2009   #18
rerice

windows 7 RTM
 
 

No Thread.

" Recovered Vista "
and " Recovered Windows 7 " Is what the screen showed at reboot.

For unknown reasons after installing Windows 7 the reboot only showed one of the two systems,
I than did a recovery using the Windows 7 Restore Disk. The restore process created
the " Recovered " items.

Richard
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Mar 2009   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Shawn,

If the 7 Boot partition and the System partition are one and the same - it only defaults to that one partition.

Like this:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup-windowsbackup2009-03-16_144609.jpg

You can fool it into thinking that simply by marking the 7 partition as active.

May be as well to make it a "secondary" system partition , by copying across the relevant files - in case you forget to hand the active flag back.

It seems to need the same amount of space on the target drive as the used space on the source partition - no compression, it appears.


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