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Windows 7: Drive image question!

07 Sep 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

Not sure you can clone a single partition as it is a direct copy HD>HD. Imaging is a better solution as you have a stored copy rather than having to keep the old HD as storage of itself.

You can image your choice of partitions although WIn7's backup imaging will require you to include the partition which contains the System MBR. Others give you that choice. I use Win7 Backup imaging for 6 home computers, with image stored in a primary partition on each backed up to external. No probs so far.

Also have Acronis for my XP/Vista imaging. It has a lot more choices but not ones I need for my Win7 images.

I like having the built-in imaging. The 100mb System Reserved partition places the Repair console on F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu, so I can reimage from stored image partition without the DVD/CD if there is enough RAM to load image into memory using F8 Repair tools. This means I could reimage my laptop on the beach if needed, but might need to use my stick to boot repair console if image wouldn't load into memory using F8.


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07 Sep 2010   #12
Alsenor

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Not sure you can clone a single partition as it is a direct copy HD>HD.
That is what I thought. Which is unfortunate, because my main drive is larger than my second drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Imaging is a better solution as you have a stored copy rather than having to keep the old HD as storage of itself.
Well, except that in case of a catastrophic drive failure you can't just pop it into the tower and be back in business. You always need to restore the image to another drive first. I have also experienced restore problems when it is not the drive that it came from, which is particularly annoying.
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07 Sep 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

Try shrinking the source drive partition leaving the rest Unallocated, just to see what happens with cloning. Others may know.

Good point on keeping a clone-source HD backup, if you dont' need the HD. Why not?
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07 Sep 2010   #14
Alsenor

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try shrinking the source drive partition leaving the rest Unallocated, just to see what happens with cloning. Others may know.
I always thought the target drive has to be at least equal size to the source drive. I'll have to try that.
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Good point on keeping a clone-source HD backup, if you dont' need the HD. Why not?
Well, the drive is tied up either way, with backups or as a clone.
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07 Sep 2010   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

You desire to backup your drive to restore, possibly to a larger size drive.

Is this correct?
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07 Sep 2010   #16
Alsenor

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
You desire to backup your drive to restore, possibly to a larger size drive.

Is this correct?
Not exactly. I have a 650GB main drive, and a 500GB second drive, which I will place externally.
I have made an image backup of drive 1 to drive 2 with Acronis.
My desire is to have a clone of my main drive. In case my main drive fails I can just plug in the clone and be back up instantly, rather than getting another drive and restore the backup to it.
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07 Sep 2010   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

And will you then be using another dirve, that is, a third drive as the "clone" drive?
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07 Sep 2010   #18
Alsenor

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
And will you then be using another dirve, that is, a third drive as the "clone" drive?
No. I prefer to use my 500GB external enclosure drive to store a clone of my main drive rather than making Img backups.
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07 Sep 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

You really need a place to back up your files more often, unless you plan to regularly clone your HD as backup.
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07 Sep 2010   #20
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alsenor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can make the image smaller by putting your User folders on a separate data partition (also backed up - I drag and drop to external). This also keeps your data safe in its own "vault" in case of irreparable OS failure.
I just ran a backup image on Acronis, aand there is so much room left on my 500GB second drive that for now it's no problem at all.
I will look for an external enclosure and take that drive out of the tower, so it won't be running all that time for nothing.
With Acronis you can schedule several types of images. Full for the once a week. libraries for other times, whatever you need.

BTW their images are double click-able so you can view, or restore a single file.
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