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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

03 Feb 2011   #410
PappaG

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi WHS,

The free one's are my priority in trying them out and if they give me what I'm after then there would be no point looking any further.

I have done some of what you have suggested already but not creating partitions, so will definitely give it a go.

I will be adding 2 new HDD's that arrived today into my system over this weekend so will be doing some image backup & restores and will test out your 12 point procedure then.

I will of course update you on how I get on.

Thanks again.


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03 Feb 2011   #411
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good, keep us updated. Always good to share experiences. The 12 points procedure looks more complicated than it really is. I like things plain, simple and straight forward.
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03 Feb 2011   #412
PappaG

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Good, keep us updated. Always good to share experiences. The 12 points procedure looks more complicated than it really is. I like things plain, simple and straight forward.
Will do.

I'm sure if I take my time I will be able to follow them thanks.

"I like things plain, simple and straight forward" Ditto, I would rather spend time trying to make something simple than rush in and spend even more time putting it right. Making it simpler makes it easier next time round.

Looking forward to being able to update over the weekend, like you said to share experiences has got to be good.

Thanks
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11 Feb 2011   #413
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Is there a way to limit the backup just to the boot drive? for some reason it insist on including my entire game drive in the backup, it's nearly 1TB of data, leaving me incapable of creating a backup as I have no drive large enough to hold the roughly 1.35tb's of data it wants to backup.
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11 Feb 2011   #414
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Is there a way to limit the backup just to the boot drive? for some reason it insist on including my entire game drive in the backup, it's nearly 1TB of data, leaving me incapable of creating a backup as I have no drive large enough to hold the roughly 1.35tb's of data it wants to backup.
Use Macrium. Then you do not have those problems. And Macrium works a lot better anyhow. Imaging with free Macrium
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11 Feb 2011   #415
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Is there a way to limit the backup just to the boot drive? for some reason it insist on including my entire game drive in the backup, it's nearly 1TB of data, leaving me incapable of creating a backup as I have no drive large enough to hold the roughly 1.35tb's of data it wants to backup.
Hello David,

Did you move your page file, any user folders, or any other system item to be stored and ran from your game drive?

If so, that would cause your game drive to be marked as a "System" drive in Disk Management and to be required to be included in the system image.
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11 Feb 2011   #416
PappaG

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I also have an additional HDD being included in the image backup but this is because I have redirected My Documents to the additional drive, so this is to support what Brink has stated.
Also when attempting to create the image it should show in brackets which is system, in my case both show as system due to my redirect of My Documents.

Also WHS has some very helpful videos to support using Macrium for the first time.

WHS,
I haven't had the chance to change around the HDD configuration but will let you know when I do.
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11 Feb 2011   #417
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello David,

Did you move your page file, any user folders, or any other system item to be stored and ran from your game drive?

If so, that would cause your game drive to be marked as a "System" drive in Disk Management and to be required to be included in the system image.
Actually yes my pagefile is on that drive. That clears things up a bit. Hopefully changing it back temporarily will solve the problem. Will let you know if it doesn't.
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11 Feb 2011   #418
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hopefully that will do it. Please let us know how it went.
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11 Feb 2011   #419
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It still wants to grab some files off that drive but the size is down too a much more manageable 300 gigs. Which I can deal with, I only plan on making the one backup as my system is basically in it's final state right now. I can probably pull another 100gigs off that if I choose to move my personal files before starting the backup as I have 2 independent back ups of them already.
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