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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

20 Jan 2012   #470
irakli

windows 7
 
 

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

It doesn't appear that you have a "System Reserved" partition. Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing all of your HDDs' layout to see if you do or not?

yes there was but previously I assigned a letter so I think it didn't recognize any more, I reinstalled windows and it can see now. thanks for the replay.


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20 Jan 2012   #471
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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23 Jan 2012   #472
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Hi Brink
I'm here to whine again.

I didn't notice anything about, how to verify if your backup image is valid.
A backup is no use if it's corrupted.

Perhaps a section could be added explaining that procedure (or a link to another tutorial, if one already exists).
The issue has just popped up on a thread I'm reading.
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23 Jan 2012   #473
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lehnerus,

You have the The backup completed successfully message (step 10) if the system image was successfully created. Unfortunately, there isn't any real way to verify if a system image is valid or works or not unless you actually do a system image recovery to test it.

However, if someone is not able to do a system image recovery with a system image, then one of the tutorials below would be a good workaround to either try and restore it or at least recover any needed files from the image.
How to Restore your System with a Broken Windows 7 System Image

How to Extract Files from Windows 7 System Image using Virtual PC

How to Extract Windows 7 System Image Files Using Disk Management
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23 Jan 2012   #474
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Fair enough

I use Macrium Reflect and it has a separate "Verify" function.
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23 Jan 2012   #475
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

From what I have seen I would say it is safe to assume that you can encounter difficulties when you want to recover from a Windows7 image. And a corrupted image may be the least of your worries.

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I use Macrium Reflect and it has a separate "Verify" function
Here you go !!!
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23 Jan 2012   #476
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The main thing about a Windows 7 system image backup is that when created, it should not be moved, renamed, touched, or looked at to funny. Doing so will most likely end with the system image getting corrupted and not being able to be fully restored.

Otherwise, they have always been reliable for me at least.
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24 Jan 2012   #477
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Otherwise, they have always been reliable for me at least.
Yes me to.

But you never know regardless of the imaging program until you restore. Even then you may need to do some boot file fixes.

With Windows imaging you can "Attach" the image under Disk Manager. Browse your image and see if all looks well. At the very least you can pull files if you need to.

The bottom line is if you don't have confidence in an imaging utility then don't use it. There are a number of alternatives out there.
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24 Jan 2012   #478
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Shawn, apart from you I have only seen Karlsnooks and mjf say good things about Windows7 imaging. We were teaching Windows7 imaging as the preferred method at our computer club (over 800 members). There were so many complaints and systems that came to a screeching halt that we switched to Macrium. Have not seen a single complaint since. That tells me where to hang my hat.
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24 Jan 2012   #479
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I can't argue with that. I always say use what works best for you.
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