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Windows 7: System Image Recovery

04 Sep 2013   #370
pat222

windows7 home premium x64
 
 

hi all just read all the post im new to sevenforrums very cood new to computers will be back thnk you all


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04 Sep 2013   #371
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven forums pat222.
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06 Mar 2014   #372
jgl6008

Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 
Manual renaming of system image files

I'm not understanding the need/method for renaming the System Image files in order to save multiple versions on a given media. If Windows creates multiple System Images (based on size allocation in System Protection) and the recovery has an option to Select the System Image that I want (other than the latest), then why would I ever bother to manually rename the System Image files?
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06 Mar 2014   #373
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello JGL, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's just another option to be able to use to keep multiple saved system images without worry about them being deleted if the set max space in system protection is reached.

It really depends on your needs and how often you create system images for what option may work best for you, but I just like to give as many options as possible for those that may need it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Mar 2014   #374
jgl6008

Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.
While experimenting with a new W7 Home Premium machine, I'm finding that your proposed
'renaming' of SystemImage folders is (maybe) the only way to go. I've been doing System Image backups
for over a week and have yet to find more than one system image folder on the backup drive, so it appears
that Windows is doing an incremental backup when I want it to create multiple system images
OR
System Image backups are created much like system backups where the folder name represents a 'backup
period' and Windows decides when a full system image backup will be created. If this is true, then I'd like to
see some documentation on it.
What I want (in case I've not fully described it) is to have multiple System Image backups on a (large) external
drive, so that I could restore the complete installation (via a W7 Rescue CD boot) in case of a virus attack that
leaves Windows dead (which has happened twice: moneypak and pr?ss.dll corrupt). This would act much like a System Restore if Windows wasn't dead.
My guess is that I'll need 3rd party software to do this - any suggestions?
Thanks again for your help and direction.
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17 Mar 2014   #375
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

JGL,

You could do that with System Image, but it may be easier to use Macrium Reflect Free instead though.

Imaging with free Macrium

MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive
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17 Mar 2014   #376
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'll add my vote for Macrium too. You have much more control and makes a smaller image file.
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17 Mar 2014   #377
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There are several free 3rd party programs for imaging. They all work fine.

I started popularising macrium some years ago on Vista Forums. There wasn't much around back then, and only the higher editions of Vista including an imaging fuction. It is still a good program , does the job fine.

Paragon also do backup and recovery free. It is bit bigger than most , and doesn't include a way to make winpe media, but it does come with linux bootable media, which seems to support bios and efi boot, secre boot too. Paragon has an unusual ability to exclude files/folders from images. If that is important to you, you could give that a go.

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

There is also a newer entrant called Aomei Backupper. It offers much more than other free versions, and is noticeably faster too. It is so good, I now use it for my normal backup images, instead of the fancy paid programs I have.

FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012
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17 Mar 2014   #378
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes, Aomei Backupper is a good one and seems to be more intuitive to use with a simpler interface.
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18 Mar 2014   #379
jgl6008

Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the help. Sounds like I have some good options to work with.
Just for curiosity, can some one answer the question I had previously about Windows System Image Backup:
does it do incremental backups rather than a full one each time, or are System Image backups are created much like system backups where the folder name represents a 'backup period' and Windows decides when a full system image backup will be created.
John L.
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