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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

08 May 2014   #610
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

in my case, only the C: drive, yes?


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08 May 2014   #611
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Do you have the tiny 100MB System Reserved partition? If so that will also be included in the image.
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08 May 2014   #612
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Kurdman,

In addition, all system partitions (ex: "System Reserved" and "C:") would be included in the image, and would be replaced when restored.

If you like, the tutorial below can help show you more about a system image recovery to help know what to expect.

System Image Recovery
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08 May 2014   #613
Franky

windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Do you have the tiny 100MB System Reserved partition? If so that will also be included in the image.
No I don't have.
Sorry, I meant what previous drives will be erased. For example When I want to use the image (which is in E) to restore the Windows, to the C: drive so only the C: drive will be overwritten and the E: drive (after installing the image) will not be erased, yes? I expect the E: drive still contains the image file even after installing the image onto C:.
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08 May 2014   #614
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you don't have a system reserved partition, then the only partition you need to make an image of is C if that is all you would ever want to restore. The only exception I can think of is that some OEM PCs supposedly put boot files in strange locations, like in recovery partitions. But that's uncommon and wouldn't be the case for a home-built PC. A home-built would likely have C and system reserved or C alone.

If you store that image of C on D and later restore, no other partition would be touched or involved at all UNLESS you make an error and tell the imaging program to restore the C image to E--in which case E would be wiped out. That's why you have to understand the imaging program and be quite careful.

Best to do a practice run through so you are familiar with the interface and on-screen messages you might encounter. Better to be confused during a dry run than when it's for real.

Some imaging programs are fairly easy to understand and others are somewhere between cryptic and outright confusing, especially if you haven't played with them a bit to gain familiarity.
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08 May 2014   #615
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

In terms of ensuring the non OS partitions are not overwritten read Part Two, Section 7 of the tutorial Brink linked to
System Image Recovery
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16 May 2014   #616
Win7User2nd

Windows 7 Home 32bit
 
 
Image Backup

So I can backup my inactive hard drive that has my OS on it? My hard drive last functioned in another system board. I want to be able to boot up in my current system with this hard drive.
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16 May 2014   #617
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Win7User2nd,

What do you mean by "inactive"?

If the hard drive works, then you could select to include that drive with your System Image backup of your current system drive(s).
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16 May 2014   #618
Win7User2nd

Windows 7 Home 32bit
 
 

As a secondary drive that is not active. Primary drive is being used to backup this secondary drive. Does this help?
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16 May 2014   #619
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You wouldn't be able to save a system image on the same partition as Windows is on.
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