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Windows 7: System image windows 7 empty?

01 Jan 2020   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Once in a while. If you have to restore an image it will restore everything as it was at the time the image was made.

When the shadow storage has filled up, older images will drop off.


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02 Jan 2020   #12
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Donbo View Post
I did a windows image backup on the old drive. I looked on my drive that I did the image on and it has this.

F:\windowsimagebackup
size 0 bytes
size on disk 0 bytes
contains 0 files 0 folders

I am assuming it didn't work? What did I do wrong?
Nothing. It almost certainly did work. The permissions on the WindowsImageBackup folder don't allow you to see the files and folders it contains, that's why Explorer cannot tell you the size.

Try to open the WindowsImageBackup folder. The system will say 'you do not have permission, do you want to gain permanent access?'. Say Yes and you will open it.

Here you should find a folder with the name of your PC. You will need to gain permission to open that too. In that folder you will find three folders: Catalog, SPMeatadataCache, and one with the date of the backup: 'Backup yyyy-mm-dd hhmmss'. You will need permission to open those. Once you have permission for all the folders then Explore can tell you the correct size.

NB: granting yourself permission does not interfere with the ability to restore the image. But do NOT change anything in any of the folders - look but don't touch. Any modification to any of these files may result in the image not being able to be restored.
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02 Jan 2020   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It was done hours ago. The OP should mark this as solved
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02 Jan 2020   #14
Donbo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thank you SIW2 I learned a lot. Thank you BREE!
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