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Windows 7: Partition Windows 7 hard drive and run a full image.

05 May 2017   #1
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Partition Windows 7 hard drive and run a full image.

Good evening,

I have spent the last couple of days cleaning up my computer.
It's amazing what you keep because you think you might need it one day.
Weekly housekeeping is certainly the way to go from now on.
What is the best way please to partition my C: drive and fully image my system to that partition.
Can this be done as the hard drive only has C: at the moment or is it best to reinstall Windows 7 and create two partitions on reinstall.

Thanks in advance .


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05 May 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

You can't image to the drive in use is c you can shrink it create another drive and image to that
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06 May 2017   #3
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you for taking the time to answer samuria, I appreciate it.

I do realise that I can't store an image on the same partition as the OS.
I want to partition the C: drive to setup a partition Z: for example, and then save the image there.
What I really want to know is can I, and how do I go about this please?
Is Windows 7 adequate to do this within its system or is there another more stable and better alternative?

Thanks in advance.
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06 May 2017   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Aomei partition Assistant ( Standard edititon is free). Let it create bootable media.

Free Partition Manager Software - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard
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06 May 2017   #5
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the reply, I will look into that later.

I have spent the afternoon playing detective with regards to this.
Can I not though use the Disk Management to shrink C:?
Then could I not though use Partition or Volume - Create New and then image to that?

Thanks in advance.
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06 May 2017   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Can I not though use the Disk Management to shrink C:?
Possibly, but Diskmgmt is very limited. 3rd party programs do more.
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06 May 2017   #7
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I just read...

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2672-partition-volume-shrink.html

which does seem to do what I want, which is just to make a new partition, say Z: and then image C: to it.
Is the Windows 7 Disk Management not sufficient for my needs?
I was hoping to get this done tomorrow if possible.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my request, it is appreciated.
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06 May 2017   #8
YaMoonSun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You just go to the start menu, right click my computer, and go to manage, and disk manager is going to be on the left-hand side near the bottom. It should tell you how much you can shrink to a new partition. Shouldn't take long at all. The full system image can likely be speedily copied to the partition using CloneZilla. I'd recommend looking up some tutorials.
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06 May 2017   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Diskmgmt may be able to do what you want.

Then just run windows system image.

If you prefer more flexibility and ease for your imaging, you can use Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

Creating the partition takes a few seconds. Making an image takes a few minutes. Depending on the speed of your machine and how much data you have, likely do the whole job in 10-15 mins.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
I just read...

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2672-partition-volume-shrink.html

which does seem to do what I want, which is just to make a new partition, say Z: and then image C: to it.
Is the Windows 7 Disk Management not sufficient for my needs?
I was hoping to get this done tomorrow if possible.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my request, it is appreciated.
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06 May 2017   #10
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks SIW2,

I have just read both articles from AOMEI with regard to partitioning and imaging, they both sound extremely good. I will do some more investigating this evening with the view to using them tomorrow maybe (I can't believe they are both FREE).

One quick question please.
If I was to go with the Windows Disk Management and Imaging, and in three months time I wanted to do another Image, can I overwrite the previous Image or will I have to name it something else, ending up with two Images, and also using more disk space?

I know AOMEI also covers Full, Incremental and Differential Backup which is attractive.

Thanks in advance.
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