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Windows 7: how good is win 7 drive image vs buying a 3rd party software

28 Feb 2011   #1

how good is win 7 drive image vs buying a 3rd party software

how good is win 7 drive image fs buying a 3rd party software. I used accronis in xp but will win 7 internal drive image on a external hard disk give me equal results

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01 Mar 2011   #2
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

A lot of us on here use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Works great and fast. Give it a try it is FREE.

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01 Mar 2011   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Acronis, or Macrium are my vote
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01 Mar 2011   #4


Had problems with ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE in the past on both Vista and Win 7.
If you use Eset Home Security and Vista Acronis is not compatible, confirmed by Acronis.

I now use Paragon Hard Drive Manager and never had a problem.
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01 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit

good question i've been looking at this to marty. anybody got a good insite and issues with 7 clone/backup i was considering this myself to.

i do currently use paragon as i dont like giving my cow to Mc Donald's.....same deal with the M$ corporation
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01 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1

The only issue I've had with the Window's 7 drive imaging is that it only lets me keep one copy per device it backs up too. Other than that it has worked flawlessly and efficiently for me every time.
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01 Mar 2011   #7

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I use the Win 7 imaging tool as well as Macrium free just for the redundency of having more than one system image. Some folks have said they've experienced problems with Win 7. I never have. When you image with the 7 utility it creates WindowsImageBackup file. That's the name of the file it looks for if you have to restore the image. If you create a second image it will overwrite that first file.

If you want to save that first image and not have it overwritten, rename it to something like SysImg03012011. The new second image will then be called WindowsImageBackup. As long as you keep renaming WindowsImageBackup to something else you can save as many images as you have room for. If you want to restore your computer back to SysImg03012011 (for example) rename it WindowsSystemImage and you're good to go. Once the restore is finished you can rename it SysImg03012011 again and it won't be accidentally overwritten.
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01 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The thing that I don't like about the built-in that rather than create a single file (that is the backup), it creates a folder and plops a whole mess of files and folders there. And it doesn't allow you to copy this folder to another drive or folder. While you can copy it, you are no longer able to restore from it. However, when I have just used the backup and made a single image to my external drive, I've been able to restore from it it's worked as advertised.

I like the third party tools as I can create a full image at the end of each week and keep 5 weeks worth of files in a folder and if I want to copy them someplace else, I can do so with Windows explorer. The other thing that I like is that with the third parties, I can easily mount that backup image and copy files and folders out of there if need be.
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01 Mar 2011   #9
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

I use the Windows7 backup and System Image.
Also use Macrium free version.

I have used both to reimage and both have worked well.

I'm using 2 internal HD's one 640GB for back ups/ extra files. I have the space so why not use it.

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01 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I use Windows System Imaging and Macrium as a secondary safeguard.
Even though Windows is my primary imaging tool and has never failed me I don't trust it fully.
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