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Windows 7: Can I store/employ a system image on C: Drive ???

12 Jan 2017   #1
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Can I store/employ a system image on C: Drive ???

Like the title says, can I store a system image on the active C: drive and then employ it from there should I ever need it?
If so, can I just store it in an ordinary folder in My Documents or somesuch ?
I do have system images stored on ext-drives in the event that a hard-drive crashes; but in most situations, it is not a hard-drive failure that creates the need for an image and it would be a lot handier to access from within.
Thanks for reading.


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12 Jan 2017   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

No backup software I've ever used would allow this. How can an image be taken of a drive and then be stored on the same drive? That's like taking a picture and having that picture be part of the picture.

It doesn't make any sense to do it anyway. If the C: drive fails or gets corrupted, your backup would get corrupted as well.
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12 Jan 2017   #3
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
No backup software I've ever used would allow this. How can an image be taken of a drive and then be stored on the same drive? That's like taking a picture and having that picture be part of the picture.

It doesn't make any sense to do it anyway. If the C: drive fails or gets corrupted, your backup would get corrupted as well.
That makes perfectly good sense and makes me feel dumb for the asking.

Thanks !
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12 Jan 2017   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post
That makes perfectly good sense and makes me feel dumb for the asking.
Thanks!
Actually, that was not a dumb question; it makes sense to be prepared for computer software failure. All that is needed: have that full image of that partition on any reliable external media.
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13 Jan 2017   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post
That makes perfectly good sense and makes me feel dumb for the asking.

Thanks !
I apologize that my answer to your question made you feel dumb, it was not intended that way. As RolandJS suggested, it's great that you asked the question since now you know. It's definitely a good idea to make an image backup, just not a good idea to try to save it to the drive being imaged.
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13 Jan 2017   #6
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
No backup software I've ever used would allow this. How can an image be taken of a drive and then be stored on the same drive? That's like taking a picture and having that picture be part of the picture.

It doesn't make any sense to do it anyway. If the C: drive fails or gets corrupted, your backup would get corrupted as well.
Recursive or self-referential photos are a genre in graphics eg Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album sleeve.

Droste effect - Wikipedia

How to create a Droste Effect recursive photo | Discover Digital Photography
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13 Jan 2017   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badcrc View Post
Recursive or self-referential photos are a genre in graphics eg Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album sleeve.

Droste effect - Wikipedia

How to create a Droste Effect recursive photo | Discover Digital Photography
From what I read on your links, it's an "effect" meaning the picture is altered AFTER it was taken, in order to add a smaller image to the original. As far as I know, it couldn't be done real-time.

The closest you could get to real time would be to take a picture of a monitor displaying what the camera sees. It still wouldn't be a picture with the picture in it though.
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