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Windows 7: Does creating an image mean that I have a backup?

09 Aug 2010   #1
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Does creating an image mean that I have a backup?

Hi I created an image using the windows 7 inbuilt system from the control panel. Does that mean that if anything goes really badly wrong then all i do is install from the image?

Thanks!


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09 Aug 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I assume that you mean you created a system image. Yes, this means you have a 100% exact copy of your Windows system on whichever drive you backed up to (perhaps a USB drive). So, in the event of a disaster, you boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select a repair install and you can point to the system image on the USB drive. It will put everything back (OS, programs, customizations, data) to exactly what you had when you created that image.
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09 Aug 2010   #3
Curzon

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Works a treat too.

If you have more than one drive, make sure you have the right boxes ticked. I could have formatted a separate drive with data on it! This is system restore on speed. No more reloading windows and then all progs. So instead of all evening, it took me 15 mins. All done and dusted.
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09 Aug 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

There are other backup options, too, Macrium and Paragon are the two most often used by forum members. The best part is that they are free.
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09 Aug 2010   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

It would be a good idea to Create a System Repair Disc from the Backup and Restore window of Control Panel, it's on the left side. That way if your hard drive dies, you can replace it and still restore your system. This is only true if the backup is on another drive, not a different partition on the same drive.
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09 Aug 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Remember that only the files which existed when image was taken will be there when you reimage.

This is why some like to make a backup of latest files as well, on a schedule or on demand.

And that leads some to separate the data from the OS/Programs partition using this: User Folders - Change Default Location

This makes the image leaner with only OS and programs, while files remain separately in their partition "vault" and also backed up externally.
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11 Aug 2010   #7
Curzon

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

You need to make a system repair disk if you don't have the original Windows disk.

My method.
I only image drive c, which is exclusively windows and programs. I have relocated all file locations, Doc's, music, pic's, etc, to a separate physical hdd (e). I manualy backup data to a third hdd (f), which also has the image file (of drive c) on it. This drive is removed from the pc when not in use.

When I fitted a new (faster) hdd, I booted from my windows disk. Then selected repair. It found the image on my third hdd. I then took the tick out of the box, so as I did not format drive e with my data/files on it. It then partitioned my new, larger, drive to the size of my old hdd and, minutes later all was working. All my files were located correctly on drive e. Just as before.

I do it this way, because I personally don't like to use backup programs for files, as I don't want to be tied to a program in order to get them back.

I've always said. Use the method you prefer, so long as you do make backups.
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13 Aug 2010   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Win 7 Backup and Restore works like a charm.

I use frequently.

Has never failed me.

Has saved me more than once.

To actually perform the restore operation, I prefer to use a System Repair Disc. You can also use your Win 7 DVD.

CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button
CREATE AND RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE
CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
START | type Backup your computer | Enter key
In left-hand pane, select Create a System Image
select where you want to save the backup | Next
Select the drives you want to backup | Next
Start Backup button
Finish button after completion


RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
Boot from the System Repair CD you created.
Connect the external drive with the backup image
NEXT button (change language if desired)
Restore your computer using a system image
that you created earlier
radio button
NEXT button
Use the latest available system image radio button
NEXT button
Format and repartition discs checkbox
NEXT button
FINISH button
YES button
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13 Aug 2010   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote:
Format and repartition discs checkbox
I haven't check this box in any of my image recoveries.
Correct me if I'm wrong: but I believe this formats the entire disk and you will lose information in any data partitions.
In my case (Disk 0) I would lose data on D: and maybe the recovery partition.
MS imaging will image System Reserved(active partition) and c:.


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13 Aug 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

From my previous post:

CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
START | type Backup your computer | Enter key
In left-hand pane, select Create a System Image
select where you want to save the backup | Next
Select the drives you want to backup | Next
Start Backup button
Finish button after completion
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