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Windows 7: Performing 1st Image Backup

02 Jan 2016   #21
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hey Thelma,

The pic you posted looks like the disk management of you computer. If you just want to do an image of your computer, you will not need to do anything in disk management of your computer. You will use Macrium to create an image and store it on your external drive. You will then use that image to re-image your computer. Kind of like if your hard drive failed and you had to replace it, an image would be used to put your computer back to where it was when you made the image. Is this what you are wanting to do?

Post #2 has a video and how to stuff for doing this. I recommend anyone trying this for the first time to review the instructions and video before attempting to do the image. Of course for me I need to read/watch it a couple of times minimum. But that's just me.

If your external hard drive has but one large partition and nothing on it, you will not have to partition anything on the external hard drive. You may want to later but for practice purposes of creating an image and restoring it you don't have to. Post #3 above talks about space needed. I did not partition my external drive. I just created the image to it.

Hope this helps. I know its new to you as it was for me, but its not that bad. And your right, these folks on this site gave clear instructions. They always do. Let me know if there is any questions. I will help as best I can.

By the way, I am about to do one. Then do a repair install on the PC. This way if I botch the repair install, I will be able to use the image to return the PC to the state it was in prior to the repair install. You can also use images as backups. Post #3 mentioned that.

Don't forget to make the boot disk. You will need it to put the image back onto the computer.


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02 Jan 2016   #22
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Yes Bigmck, and thanks for your help here .

That makes sensePerforming 1st Image Backup-diskmamagement-toshiba-untitled.png, and now I see the image I expected from the tutorials of Brink. There is some stuff on this Toshiba, I don't know what.
I know a lost of pictures backed up from this laptop.
That's my big interest photography.


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02 Jan 2016   #23
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The F: drive on your external drive is where I would save the image to. You have plenty of space and no data on it.
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02 Jan 2016   #24
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, Copiman, for your help.

Yes, I just ( for the moment want to do an image of my computer.

I started wrong and read through the whole thread last night at least 4 times, I am not technical at all

Been watching the video on post 2 again and I have downloaded the newest version of Macrium.

I do understand that if you do an image you start with sort of copying your C; drive and end op with an external C:drive that you can use later if something goes wrong on your computer.

I also understand that if you restore, that you start with the image ( made with Macri um ) on your external hard drive and download that on your computer to end up with a new ( sort of ) c: drive the way it was before the problems.

Wh at I don't understand is why I need a CD or DVD ?
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02 Jan 2016   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You need the CD for recovery purposes. Imagine your PC goes on the blink and cannot be started any more. It is then when you want to make use of your image.

At that time you load (boot) the PC from that CD and pull the image in. That will give you an operational system.
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02 Jan 2016   #26
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The cd/dvd is a rescue cd/dvd. You would need it to boot your computer. Lets say you had to replace your hard drive. Once you replaced your hard drive (hard drive is blank) you would insert the rescue cd/dvd and boot from it. Once it boots you would then be able to access your image and restore it to your computer.

If you are just practicing, say creating an image and restoring it on the same computer, you don't necessarily need to use it. But if it were me I would create one just to be safe. If for any reason your computer crashes you will be prepared to recover. Only takes a few minutes to create the rescue media. I strongly recommend it.

If you are going to image your computer, I recommend you image the entire computer. To do so you would check all 3 partitions only on the top of the pic you posted (Disk 0). Deselect any partitions on (Disk 1). Disk 1 is your external.
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02 Jan 2016   #27
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

I have so often tried to make a Rescue cd/DVD, it never works .

I think there's something wrong with the cd/dvd/ player

Well, I will try again NOW
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02 Jan 2016   #28
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

This id what always happens .

The disk is in the compartment.
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02 Jan 2016   #29
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Just tried again Performing 1st Image Backup-system-repair-disk-could-not-becreated-untitled.jpg


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02 Jan 2016   #30
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Looks like your using the right dvd media. That is good. I think you may not be using the right method though. When you open Macrium did/does it prompt you to make a rescue media? If so, place the dvd in the dvd tray and then continue. If not you can select the icon in the top left corner (looks like a disk with an arrow in it) under the word file. Give that a try. That's it. You don't use backup to create dvd rescue disk.

One thing I forgot to ask. Did you download and install Macrium on your computer?
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