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Windows 7: win7 system image backup problem

07 Oct 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
win7 system image backup problem

i just ran the win7 systems image bu first time. completed and created recovery disk. message said completed. when i look at my external hard drive, the created file contains 0 bytes; this doesn't seem right to me based on previous imaging software I have used. what should i do?

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07 Oct 2012   #2

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Hello rnhende and welcome to Seven Forums.

Just for confirmation, when you created your system image did you get all of the dialog boxes shown in this tutorial? Or did you perhaps by mistake click on the "Create a system repair disc" prompt?

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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08 Oct 2012   #3

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
systems image backup problem

I deleted the Systems Image file and reran the backup systems image. I looked at the usage on the hard drive before and after i ran the backup. It went up by 60 gb; however, when I click 'properties' on the backup file, it says 0 gbs. Am i to assume that it worked correctly?
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08 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rnhende View Post
It went up by 60 gb; however, when I click 'properties' on the backup file, it says 0 gbs. Am i to assume that it worked correctly?
Windows images - "WindowsImageBackup"
and Windows file/folder backups will show zero bytes under properties. They are protected folders and this is just the way MS do it!!
You can browse your file/folder backup using the Backup & Restore window and attach your images under Disk Management to browse your images.
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
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09 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Like mjf said, the "WindowsImageBackup" and Windows file/folder backups will show zero bytes under properties because they are protected folders.

But go ahead and open WindowsImageBackup > click Continue > open user-PC > Continue > open Backupxxxxxx > Continue

Then go back to WindowsImageBackup > right click on it > Properties and you'll see the size now.
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