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Windows 7: System Image files

08 Mar 2011   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit
System Image files


When creating a clean install, I tend to take backup images at various stages, for ease of re-installation if required.

Although Windows 7, makes this quite easy with the System Image function, I cannot seem to be able to store more than one image per backup drive.

I have a number of backup drives and can store a single image on each one in the folder called "WindowsImageBackup", which is created when making a system image. I moved other folders (named the computer name, but renamed slightly for reference) from different backup drives into one of the "WindowsImageBackup" folders and rebooted using the recovery disk. This only then shows one of the backup folders, the others are not shown through this system recovery disk.

Is there a way to store more than one system image on a single backup drive ?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes, move to another backup software like Macrium or Acronis. That 1 image per device is one of the limitations of the built-in tool.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2011   #3
Orbital Shark


Hi, welcome to the forums :)

Have a look at the following

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

It has a note regarding multiple backup images

My System SpecsSystem Spec


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