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Windows 7: Backup

30 Jul 2009   #11


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by golden039 View Post
I backup the C drive on the same Hard Drive (2nd) Partition and have been doing it for years with Vista built in Backup so yes you can do that.
I never liked the built-in Windows Backup utility, never used it much. However, after the first lengthy backup, it would do incremental backups, only adding changes. So when you speak about backing up your C:/ drive for example this is what I think you are talking about.

Windows 7, however, also includes the ability to create an image of the entire C:/ drive, and while this may be part of an overall "backup" strategy, it is different than the backup mentioned above. Windows cannot put the image it creates on the partition it is imaging. No one can. A second partition or hard drive is required, and there must enough empty space for the image.

So are you having problems saving an image of your C:/ drive?

Here is some more info from this forum that might help you:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

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30 Jul 2009   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by golden039 View Post
That 100 MB partition you have came from the manufacture but I think you can just copy that.
No, the 100MB partition comes from Windows 7. I built this computer myself. When you have a blank drive and you install Windows 7, when you create the first partition, it tells you that it's going to also create another partition for recovery utilities and such and that partition is 100MB. If you already had data on the drives, then it would NOT have created this 100MB partition.

For me, the entire purpose of using the "system image" is to install my OS, install the bare drivers that I need to get rid of all exclamation points in device manager, then activate Windows. Once it's at this point, I pull 1 "system image". Therefore, if I ever need to rebuild my machine for any reason, there isn't a need to reload the OS, the base drivers or reactivate it. I've got no problems re-installing apps and I have a file server at home which stores my actual "data files". That server has multiple hard drives that are synchronized to each other approx every 4 hours with robocopy. In addition, that data is synchronized to 2 different external hard drives...1 of which is kept offsite. Finally, the "important stuff" like pictures and the like which can not be recreated are stored on DVD's offsite in case of a major issue at home.
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08 Aug 2009   #13

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro

When you have a blank drive and you install Windows 7, when you create the first partition, it tells you that it's going to also create another partition for recovery utilities and such and that partition is 100MB.

This is the first time I have ever heard anything like this. I created 2 disks, a system repair and Backup Restore so I can't understand the 100 MB partition.

I would like to put the C drive on the 2nd partition of the 1st drive and I never worked with a backup that couldn't do this except for the built in backup of Windows 7. (At home, not at work) Why Microsoft has done this is beyond me. However Microsoft also wants to take your entire hard drive and back it up on your 2nd hard drive. I don't need a 1/2 TB Backup. Question is can you backup the C drive only on another hard drive regardless of how many partitions you have on each drive?
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