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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

14 Aug 2010   #370
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok Karl, I have the results in, and I cannot get it to list more than one image either. I posted this in the NOTE box in the tutorial to help people to be able to have multiple copies though.

Quote:
If you're saving your system images in a network location, you can only keep the most current system image for each computer. If you have an existing system image for a computer and are creating a new one for the same computer, the new system image will overwrite the existing one. If you want to keep the existing system image, you can copy it to a different location or rename it before creating the new system image by following these steps:
  1. Navigate to the location of the system image, then do either one of these options below. (see above)
  2. Copy the WindowsImageBackup folder to a new location.
  3. Right click on the WindowsImageBackup folder and click Rename, then give rename to something like WindowsImageBackupCopy1. You can continue this with Copy2, Copy3, etc for other system images that you would like to keep.



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14 Aug 2010   #371
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Shawn,
Excellent. That should cover all bases. Somewhere MS changed non-networked computers to work the same as networked computers. On networked computers the new overwrote the old.

This change thru me for a loop because I thought I had several system image backups and when I went looking there was only the one VHD file. Damage was not serious but sure meant that I couldn't recover to an image file which I thought I still had since the external drive was not even near to being full.
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14 Aug 2010   #372
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If you're saving your system images in a network location, you can only keep the most current system image for each computer. If you have an existing system image for a computer and are creating a new one for the same computer, the new system image will overwrite the existing one. If you want to keep the existing system image, you can copy it to a different location or rename it before creating the new system image by following these steps:
  1. Navigate to the location of the system image, then do either one of these options below. (see above)
  2. Copy the WindowsImageBackup folder to a new location.
  3. Right click on the WindowsImageBackup folder and click Rename, then give rename to something like WindowsImageBackupCopy1. You can continue this with Copy2, Copy3, etc for other system images that you would like to keep.
You might want to change that so that there is one Step 2 and no Step 3 with an OR between the two alternatives of Step 2.

I simply rename before performing the next backup as this keeps all of my system images together.
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14 Aug 2010   #373
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post

I simply rename before performing the next backup as this keeps all of my system images together.
Same here
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15 Aug 2010   #374
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Done.
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15 Aug 2010   #375
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Terrific. I've been pointed anyone with backup questions to this tutorial. Sure does save me much agony and time. Thanks for another excellent tutorial.
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15 Aug 2010   #376
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for pointing out these issues to make them easier for everyone.
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26 Aug 2010   #377
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Brink or
one of the other "Professors" on the forum.

Let me see if I got this all straight.

For a new HD drive to use for the storage.

1) Follow Brinks set up on page one on this thread.
2) Use an external HD or an internal non-raid storage only HD.
My choice I realize there are other devices.
3) Select my BSC'ed XP and it will include that in the image.


Pre image new HD setup.
A)If needed on the new HD: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
B) Will need on the new HD: Partition or Volume - Create New
C)Make sure one of the volumes of the partition are big enough for the "image" ahead of time.
D)The non-image side of the partition can be used for other storage etc? Correct?

If I need to reinstall Win7 on new HD or the System Repair CD won't repair then I'll need the image.
If the above is all good then I get to my next question.

Is my next step this?
I think I reinstall my Win7 CD then go here: System Image Recovery

If this is it then I'm set when I get the other HD.

Thanks in advance. I know someone will set me straight if the above is wrong.

I thought this was what a RAID was for until I checked out the RAID discussions on the forum.
RAID1 is best left for bug spray it would seem.

Mike
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26 Aug 2010   #378
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mike,

That sounds right to me. When you restore the system image, it wil restore both XP and Windows 7 since you included both partitions/drives in the backup. Restoring the image will normally format the drive that you are restoring the image to.
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26 Aug 2010   #379
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks Brink.

I haven't done the image yet. I have to get the HD.
I think I'll order up another WD Black SATA-2 to match the one I have.

Will Win7 auto detect the new HD?
I suppose it would as new hardware?
If not use the search for new hardware?

Thanks again Brink.
Mike
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