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Windows 7: does the windows 7 backup do everything Ghost & Acronis will do?

28 Nov 2011   #1

does the windows 7 backup do everything Ghost & Acronis will do?

I want to create a full DISK IMAGE, ie: one big file so if I need to restore my whole hard drive, I can.

Does Win 7 backup do that?

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28 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

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28 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bansaw View Post
I want to create a full DISK IMAGE, ie: one big file so if I need to restore my whole hard drive, I can.

Does Win 7 backup do that?
Yes, windows image backup will restore your drive.

Both Ghost and Acronis will allow you to create multiple images and restore to your drive. Both will allow you to pick directories and files from the images and restore them.

If you have multiple partitions on your hard disk, I recommend Acronis which is really cheap and works. It will do incremental and full disk/partition backups.
I buy acronis for $25 from the user group store at which is the cheapest place. but something tells me that Acronis might be having a cyber monday sale that you can get in on. don't know about symantec and ghost but they all are hungry at this time of the year.
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28 Nov 2011   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Acronis and Ghost can do things the built in backup cannot. (ie convert a win backup to their format and convert theirs to win 7's)

My preference between Ghost and Acronis is Acronis.
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28 Nov 2011   #5


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sardonicus View Post

lets say my laptop was stolen. I have the backup on an external HDD in my house.
Can I BROWSE that backup (made with the inbuilt Win7 backup tool) and extract individual files?
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28 Nov 2011   #6
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Not easily. You have to mount the VHD. It is easier with all other imaging programs I know - Macrium, Paragon, Acronis, etc.

But you can also use the Wbadmin which is a built in cmd function and creates a VHD file.

Example: WBADMIN START BACKUP -backupTarget:f: -include:e:

F is the drive to which you image
E is the partition you image
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 does the windows 7 backup do everything Ghost & Acronis will do?

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