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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

06 Jun 2010   #330
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Stasioau,

Answers inline.


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Question 1
As I understand Image Backup is important when for some reason I cannot start my computer. And here I have question. How I can use “WindowsImageBackup” where something is wrong with my comp?
You can do a system image recovery to select the image backup to restore your hard drive(s) and Windows 7 back to the way they were when the system image was created.
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Question 2
Cannot understand how I can automatically update “WindowsImageBackup” let say every week or so?
For a automatic system image backup, you will need to create a backup on a schedule (step 12 in tutorial below) with a system image included (step 9 in tutorial below) instead of only creating a system image backup.

Backup User and System Files
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Question 3
When open Control Panel--All Control Panel Items--Backup and Restore, have information "Windows could not find a backup for this computer" ?
This would only be because you created a system image backup instead file backup. If you created a file backup, then you would see one listed in Backup and Restore.
Hope this helps,
Shawn


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06 Jun 2010   #331
stasioau

 

Thank you Bring very much.
I did as you said. Works great.
Regards
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07 Jun 2010   #332
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Stasioau.
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22 Jun 2010   #333
etalmar

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Question About Win7 Home Premium

I have been using Win7 Home Premium 64-bit for about 6 months, on a brand new Compaq Presario tower. I attempted to create a system image, but soon found out that I could not copy the entire contents of my C drive to my D drive, as I had been easily able to do for years with my reliable and recently retired Win98SE OS.

The only option that I was given was to burn a copy of my C drive on to several DVDs, which seems like a complete waste of time, as I have a 500 GB hard drive and I am only using a mere 28 GB out of the 454 GB that is allotted.

Does the only workable solution for creating a complete backup entail that I will have to get over it and purchase an external hard drive? I feel that is an unnecessary expense, as I have plenty of room on my hard drive, but Win7 Home Premium does not allow you to copy your C drive to another partition on your system. The D drive already contains a factory image of my OS, which was automatically created when I turned on the new PC for the first time.

Suggestions? Is it still possible for me to create a complete system image on DVDs that I can rely on, in the event that I would need to reinstall my OS, or is the new trend to buy an external hard drive for backups?


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22 Jun 2010   #334
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Etalmar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) showing all of your hard drive layout? This will help us to see what other options you may have to use to save a system image on.
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22 Jun 2010   #335
etalmar

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Here is a screenshot of my diskmgmt.msc - thanks for any suggestions.
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22 Jun 2010   #336
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Etalmar,

The D: drive is your OEM factory restore drive used to reinstall Windows 7 with. You will not be able to select it to save a system image to.

Instead you could shrink your C: drive by about 50GB (a little larger than what is being used by the C: drive) using a free program like Paragon Partition Manager Express to create unallocated space that you can then use to create a new partition to save your system image to.

The best solution would be to add a second hard drive to save the system image and other backups to instead. this way you will not lose everything if the other drive ever dies.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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22 Jun 2010   #337
etalmar

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Etalmar,

The D: drive is your OEM factory restore drive used to reinstall Windows 7 with. You will not be able to select it to save a system image to.

The best solution would be to add a second hard drive to save the system image and other backups to instead. this way you will not lose everything if the other drive ever dies.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks for your quick response Shawn. Your suggestion confirmed my thoughts as well, in that whether I agree with how Microsoft allocates disk drive space or not on Windows 7, the best solution for creating a system image and other backups is to purchase an external hard drive.

I have been looking at a Western Digital model, as well as one from Seagate.

Not too happy with my new OS after discovering this issue - knowing that I have a tremendous amount of unused space on my system that I cannot use specifically for whatever I would care to use it for - but I do appreciate your response nonetheless.
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22 Jun 2010   #338
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

etalmar, to add to Brink's response, the Windows 7 doesn't allow you to make a system backup in the same drive since that is not a reliable backup. If your drive presents any problem, you are in real trouble, since you cannot reinstall your system. And a hardware problem is usually worse than a software problem, since you might not have access to the files anymore, so they "force" you to use a different piece of hardware
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22 Jun 2010   #339
etalmar

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
etalmar, Windows 7 doesn't allow you to make a system backup in the same drive since that is not a reliable backup. If your drive presents any problem, you are in real trouble, since you cannot reinstall your system. And a hardware problem is usually worse than a software problem, since you might not have access to the files anymore, so they "force" you to use a different piece of hardware
Hello wallyinnc,

Yes..that's what I find disconcerting about Microsoft. They force the end user to buy yet more hardware, just to create a safe and complete system backup. Gone are the days of Win98, when one could simply back up their data to the D: drive and click the restore button if there was any problem with corrupt data on the C: drive.

I have so much room on my hard drive, but it can only be used to add programs or files to it. Should I want to copy those files to another location, I must now do that on an external hard drive, which basically makes the DVD drive useless, except for its function as a player only.

Welcome to Windows 7 everyone ... get your wallet out ... you're going to need it.
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