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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup


22 Nov 2008   #499
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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10 Mar 2012   #500
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Here is the performance of a simple portable 500GB WD Elements HDD (size of a pack of cards). Takes on the order of ~30min to do a decent size image. That's what I'd recommend over a high capacity flash drive.

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I wouldn't go too "cheap" with image storage when they can save you a lot of pain and grief. One image alone is risky.



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02 Jul 2012   #501
friTTe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks alot for this guide...have never really cared about backups.
But got couple of old internal hdds i hook up in the external cradle via usb, so now im doing a backup that i will move when done =)

Can never be to safe right hehe
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02 Jul 2012   #502
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome friTTe, and welcome to Seven Forums. Agreed. It's always nice to have a backup available when it's needed.
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02 Jul 2012   #503
friTTe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah =D

Atm im moving the backup to an ext hdd..takes some time for 75GB

Btw, a pic of my usb haxxor cradle hahaha. instagram style

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15 Jul 2012   #504
baritompa

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Brink,

I've new to Windows 7 and have been trying to set up a back up plan.
I've made WindowsImageBackup on a separate USB 3.0 drive. Initially as part
of Windows Backup. Later did a few separately. I only realized that I have
no control of which images will be saved, other that the most recent that
will fit on the drive. This tutorial gives a way to save the images by renaming
before new images are made. However, is there a way to save the previous images
I made?

Thanks
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15 Jul 2012   #505
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Baritompa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

By default, it will save as many images that will fit in the WindowsImageBackup folder for up to 30% of the HDD's size. To save more than that on the same HDD would just require renaming the WindowsImageBackup folder as outlined in the tutorial.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Jul 2012   #506
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Baritompa,
you should also note that your USB3 drivers load when you run Windows normally but when you attempt a system image restore using a standard "System Repair Disk" you need to manually load the drivers. This is described here
Problem recoverying from backup via USB 3.0 external drive

You can store the drivers on a USB flash drive.
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15 Jul 2012   #507
baritompa

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Where are the drivers located?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Baritompa,
you should also note that your USB3 drivers load when you run Windows normally but when you attempt a system image restore using a standard "System Repair Disk" you need to manually load the drivers. This is described here
Problem recoverying from backup via USB 3.0 external drive

You can store the drivers on a USB flash drive.
Hi mjf, thanks for the warning. I've look at the above post, and while it suggests putting the drivers somewhere convenient such as a flash drive, I'm not sure where to find the drivers files to copy. Could I have some more details please. Thanks.
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15 Jul 2012   #508
baritompa

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Baritompa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

By default, it will save as many images that will fit in the WindowsImageBackup folder for up to 30% of the HDD's size. To save more than that on the same HDD would just require renaming the WindowsImageBackup folder as outlined in the tutorial.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi Shawn, Sorry I wasn't clear. I have a 2TB USB 3.0 drive which I bought to be a backup drive. I have run windows backup twice (I think) to this W: drive. The first time requesting a systems image. I have also done "create a systems image" a few times. I have not used this drive for anything else (however I did put a deny "list folders/read" for the guest account on it). Attached are snapshots of what is on W:.

1. Do I still have 4 system images on this drive? If so how can I tell what dates and times for them? and if I rename WindowsImageBackup folder as described, will it keep them all saved?

2. Concerning the backup of my data. There seems to be one back up set folder which has two back up files folders. I thought
the second file folder was a differential one, but the earlier folder
has 10059 files 552GB, while the later has 10089 files 553GB. Could it be that because I changed permissions that they were saved twice?

3. Vaguely related to this concerns how file permissions get changed. I have a user account for using most of the time and an admin account for installation and backup tasks. Often when running with the admin acct, to open a file I get a pop up saying I do not have permission (even though the files and folder have full control for administrators), and the option given is to get perminent control. When I do this then my admin account is added to the permissions. Could this be what is causing them to be copied again by the backup?

Sorry to be so long winded. This forum is very helpful, although I really want to use the computer and not have to spend so much time trying to get Windows 7 to work for me. Thanks.


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16 Jul 2012   #509
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baritompa View Post
Hi mjf, thanks for the warning. I've look at the above post, and while it suggests putting the drivers somewhere convenient such as a flash drive, I'm not sure where to find the drivers files to copy. Could I have some more details please. Thanks.
Mine are located here
C:\Program Files (x86)\Renesas Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Driver\x64

They should come with your motherboard or supplied installed if using a prebuilt PC.
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