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Windows 7: System Image Recovery

28 Jan 2010   #70
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, I was a bit "tired" though.

I'm happy to hear that it seems to be going good so far.


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29 Jan 2010   #71
catherine

Wndows 7 Build 7100
 
 
Hope this doesn't stop yer chuckling :(

DANG! It was all there in black and pink....

"A system image recovery will format EVERYTHING on your hard drive and restore
ONLY what is included in the system image backup."

Yup! I tried and now i'm tired.
And so i bid adieu to Windows Imaging till they come out with Version 2.
Windows Imaging is a DISK imaging program, not a PARTITION imaging program.
It will IMAGE a partition, but will only RESTORE to an entire disk.
The 'exclude disk' parameter excludes OTHER disks on the system. If you
chose to exclude THE disk that contains partitions beside THE one you imaged,
then Windows Imaging halts with a prompt that says 'get a life ditz'.
For OBVIOUSLY you can't exclude the disk you wish to restore the particular
partition to. DUH me!!!

Partimaging is such sweet sorrow :(
Back to the future....Linux and PING and Windows Dream.
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31 Jan 2010   #72
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catherine View Post
DANG! It was all there in black and pink....

"A system image recovery will format EVERYTHING on your hard drive and restore
ONLY what is included in the system image backup."
Did you get this message because you had checked the "Format and repartition disks" option?
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31 Jan 2010   #73
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't think that is an option.

It is a warning. I assume if you click No - then it won't do the restore.

http://www.shivaranjan.com/shivauplo...temimage10.png

It is asking if you want to continue. It is not asking if you want to restore without formatting the entire Disk.

Catherine appears to be right.

Much better to use a 3rd party app. - there are some great free ones.
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13 Apr 2010   #74
KekszNET

Windows 7
 
 
D: won't be overwritten

Hi there,

after I spent hours because of wrong descriptions, and forum threads, and moved my 1TB data to an other disc (partition D: ), and let Windows 7 to restore my system (from the system image, which was created of the partition C: ), the partition whit all the data hasn't been changed!

Thanks! Why just they wrote disc will be formated, and NOT partition?

So, if you have C: and D: on the same HDD, but your system image is on a 2nd HDD, than you don't need to backup D: --if you trust Microsoft--, because if you have only C: in the system image, as backup, it won't harm D: with all of your data(!).

It took me ~ 3 hours to backup all my data, but I have moved the whole big files, and after Windows didn't formated the whole HDD, only the first partition!!!

Now it will cost me an other 3 hour to copy them back.
Nice! isn't it?
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13 Apr 2010   #75
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello KeksxNET, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm sorry to hear that. Usually the hard disk is formatted that includes the drive letters included in the system image backup. It would have been best to backup your data and be safe than not to have done so and risk loosing it all.
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17 Apr 2010   #76
wizbit

win 7 Home premium X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catherine View Post
DANG! It was all there in black and pink....

"A system image recovery will format EVERYTHING on your hard drive and restore
ONLY what is included in the system image backup."

Yup! I tried and now i'm tired.
And so i bid adieu to Windows Imaging till they come out with Version 2.
Windows Imaging is a DISK imaging program, not a PARTITION imaging program.
It will IMAGE a partition, but will only RESTORE to an entire disk.
The 'exclude disk' parameter excludes OTHER disks on the system. If you
chose to exclude THE disk that contains partitions beside THE one you imaged,
then Windows Imaging halts with a prompt that says 'get a life ditz'.
For OBVIOUSLY you can't exclude the disk you wish to restore the particular
partition to. DUH me!!!

Partimaging is such sweet sorrow
Back to the future....Linux and PING and Windows Dream.
I was reading on this website The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog : Learn more about system image backup

and it quoted "Create a new image after a disk layout change ­ During system image recovery, the UI will check if the current layout on the disk matches the layout information captured in the backup. If it matches, then it will allow restoring only the data in the critical partitions without formatting and recreating partitions on the entire disk. However if the layout has been changed, then it will need to recreate the partitions using information from the backup, which means formatting the entire disk and potentially deleting any non-critical partitions and their data. Therefore its recommended that if you ever change the disk layout on your computer, you should create a new system image to allow for a more flexible recovery experience. "

So was your layout different from the image to the restore? If not it says it should not do that.

I am very interested as my main drive has 3 partitions on it (system C and two data drives E & F) and I only want to image the Main system partition to another independent drive.
And if I restore just that partition I only want that system partition to be formated and restored leaving the other two data partitions not changed and untouched.
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18 Apr 2010   #77
Win7dba

Windows 7
 
 

Will Win 7 Restore Image also restore my Office 2k7 software (Binaries and Data) that are on my HDD(s) without having to reinstall Office 2k7? And can I use the image to restore to a different machine (same mobo / disk arrangement)?
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19 Apr 2010   #78
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Helo Win7dba, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A system image is a complete copy/clone of the selected hard drives as they were when you created it, so yes it will also include the Office 2k7 if it was on a selected hard drive. If the different machine has the exact same motherboard brand and model, then yes you can restore that machine as well. However, if that motherboad has a different serial number you will not be able to activate it unless you uninstall it from any prevouse machine first or enter a new product key number.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Apr 2010   #79
Win7dba

Windows 7
 
 
Will Image keeping Office 2k7 and other binaries?

Thanks Shawn -

I'll have to give it a try (restore Image to the same computer (comp-a).

As far as using the Windows 7 Image to restore from an Image taken on (comp-a) to a different computer (comp-b) I think I'll have a code key issue.

Since the chipid on (comp-b) will be different from the Image taken from (comp-a), I'll probably have to use the original code key as (comp-b) had in the first place and re-activate.

Thoughts?
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