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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup


22 Nov 2008   #19
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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16 Mar 2009   #20
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Nice trick SIW2, but it may be best to allow the hidden system partition to stay as default though. This way it is sure to get backed up as well.

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16 Mar 2009   #21
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Yes , if it's only the 200mb system partition - you're right , it's best to include it.

This is for if your Vista partition is the System partition - and you don't want to include all that in the same image as 7. You might not have space, or you might prefer separate backup images.

In fact, I have just changed my System partition from the First (Vista ) partition , to the second (7) partition.

I have the relevant boot files on both, so if I want to change back, I only need to swap the active flag back to the first partition.
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16 Mar 2009   #22
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, oh I see what you meant now. I was thinking of just Windows 7. DOH!

Yeah, that would be much better.
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31 Mar 2009   #23
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If anyone is wondering, I just did a complete computer backup. I put it on an external HD. It included 100GB with Vista on it and 30GB with Windows 7 on it. 130GB total and it took about 45 minutes. I guess I'll have it if I need it. (until RC1, then it will be deleted) There is compression. It warned me is may take up to 130GB. It took up 59.5GB on the external HD. I didn't test it so I don't know if it would work.
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31 Mar 2009   #24
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Nate for sharing your results.
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31 Mar 2009   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Nate,

Thanks for the info. Is that 60gb backup the same as the USED space on both your 100gb and 30gb partitions?
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01 Apr 2009   #26
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

SIW2, the partitions are 360GB and 100GB. The used space is 100GB (in the 360) and 30GB (in the 100) Those two partitions are my Vista and Windows 7 and take 130GB total. The backup took 59.8GB. It uses compression. It warns you there may be no compression but must compress some files.
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01 Apr 2009   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Nate,

Thanks for the info.
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12 Apr 2009   #28
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have done this twice now. 130GB USED space on two partitions put onto an external HD. The first time I was using build 7048 or 7057 and the 130GB was compressed to 59.8GB. On build 7077 130GB was compressed to 36.8GB. They are using better compression or something isn't working right. It said it was created successfully.
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12 Apr 2009   #29
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Nate,

Thanks for reporting back. That does sound like better compression, on a par with third party apps.

Have you tried restoring either of them ? It should be possible to restore to a different partition , to avoid overwriting your current install.

You might see if you can boot that newly restored partition, if you are in the mood to experiment. Probably need to make a BCD entry for it .
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