Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Independant imaging solution

14 Nov 2015   #1
Tranquil Hegemo

Windows 7 64bit
Independant imaging solution

I have just purchased an Icy Dock along with a Samsung 850 240GB driven and also a Hyper X 120GB drive. I have after a few moments of discomfort getting the BIOS booting from the new drive (Gigabyte seem to put new drives at the end of the boot chain regardless of which sata port is connected to) I successfully transferred the OS drive across to the new Samsung 850 and got it booting. Anyway I now have the OS on the above Samsung, a user files partition on a Samsung 840 240GB (E:\) and all my music files etc on a 1TB WD spinner (F:\).

This leaves me with 2 x Hyper X 120GB drives which I want to use as weekly rotating backup drives but the plan is that they will never be "live" unless I move them to a specific slot in the Icy Dock so I am seeking some information on the best way to achieve this.

What I would like to do is as follows:

1. Make each of the Hyper X drives bootable so that I can shutdown the PC, move one of the drives to a connected slot in the Icy Dock and then select that drive at bootup so that it will launch the backup software and backup all of the drives to that specific backup drive. I am pretty sure that this is doable by creating a small bootable partition on each of the backup drives but if someone can confirm this it would be appreciated

2. The next question that I would like answering is the best method of creating an "image" of the C: F: & G: drives - I did a straight image of the C: drive to copy across to the new Samsung but this was 11GB (out of 37.9GB used of a 120GB SSD) so is there a better way to do this? Also does the above change if the drive is the OS drive or a data drive? Should also add that the used drive space is as follows:

C: 37.9GB \ 232.8GB
E: 8.7GB \ 232.8GB (yep it's a waste of a good drive but hey ho)
F:\ 48.9GB \ 931.5GB

3.Lastly what software would you recommend (preferably free) to do the above? I used Redo Backup Live to perform the move of the C: drive and while I like its simplicity (simple GUI, limited options etc) is is too simple for what I would like to achieve which is an option where I plug in the backup drive and it does the backup of all three drives without further user input and that's it. Compression would also be nice albeit dependent on the answers to the second question...

I have no doubts that there will be further questions but I will throw those above out there for now and step back for a while.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I think I know what you are trying to do but your post is confusing.

Your backup do not need to be bootable.

I use HotSwap bays which is basically the same thing you want to do.

The first thing I do with my back up ssd is label it as such in My Computer.
(Back Up #1 C partition)
I do this so what ever slot I install the ssd, what ever partition letter Windows gives it I know what it is.
Plus some 3rd party backup programs can call the same drive/partition something else. Naming each partition is very helpful.

It will look something like this.

Independant imaging solution-capture.pngdisk-management-today.png

Because I have the same problem with a Asus motherboard (UEIF) moving drive numbers around when install HotSwap drives I must name each partition to keep track of them. That is why Disk #1 has each partition Named.

I use Macrium Reflect to do back up and I also use built in Windows 7 back ups.
That is why you see the different names of partition.

Now comes the easy part. When booted into Windows 7 and select backup you just select the drive you want to backup and select the destination.

In Macrium you can select which partition/s you want backed up and then select the destination. (Remember you have already given the destination a Name.)

If you want your back up to be bootable you can us Macrium and do a Clone of the complete drive with the C partition included.

Here is a tutorial by WHS with a video that will explain even better than I can.

Imaging with free Macrium

It's actually easier than my explanation of how I do it.

The big key is name each partition so you can tell one from the other. Which also helps if you want to delete a partition. Many of people have deleted a partition and drives because they couldn't tell one from the other.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Independant imaging solution

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Best Free Imaging Solution for a business
I work for a small business and lately we have had a quite a few computers that are in need of re imaging. Currently we are using an old and outdated version of ghost left by the guy that was here 2 people before me. I am not really happy with it and would like to move on to something better. ...
Backup and Restore
Multi independant boots
I would like to make three independant bootups, mind the red numbers in above picture. First one: startup from volume 1 with C: assigned and volume 4 with D: assigned. Volume 2 & 3 invisable. Second one: startup from volume 2 with C: assigned and volume 4 with D: assigned. Volume 1 & 3 invisable....
Installation & Setup
Hardware independant imaging
What 'm trying to figure it out is making a windows 7 image that is hardware independant, meaning that I should have all the files needed to install windows 7 then could add all drivers needed for a specific computer (and eventually the software I might want to be installed when that install will...
Backup and Restore
Soundmax Independant Front Headphones
Hi I have soundmax installed and working on my pc. I would like to use the independant front headphone feature built into soundmax which from the sounds of it means that the front headphones can play audio at the same time as the front speakers playing different audio. When I enable...
Sound & Audio
Multi independant boot's
Hello, I'd like to have a multi independant boot with my acer computer. I explain myself. I install the first os on my hdd, so this partition is active. C:\ From this partition i build a second one, and i active it. So i've got a d:\ I reboot my computer, install the second os on d:\ ...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 13:23.
Twitter Facebook Google+