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Windows 7: Dual Boot Image Backup? Anyone ?

01 Jan 2010   #1

Dual Boot Image Backup? Anyone ?

Existing Dual boot XP/Win7 on same drive.

In the past, with a single os, i always backed up complete image to separate drive, and it compressed nicely.

Now, with dual boot, the size of the image is 350G, and includes BOTH XP/WIN7 os.

Is there a way to backup only the Win7 os, and thus get a smaller footprint on the image? Or is both os needed to actually perform a recovery?

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

What imaging app are you using?

Windows 7 imaging "works", but has little flexibility.

Paragon, Macrium, and Acronis should give you more control.

You should probably make a rescue disk for whatever imaging app you use--and it's probably a good idea to use that disc to restore, even if Windows is still accessible.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #3


Using R-Drive Image
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01 Jan 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Absolutely never heard of that one so I can't help with it specifically.

Paragon and Macrium both have free versions that are well spoken of around here.

Acronis is a paid program, but if you are restoring to a WD or Seagate drive, you can get a free version from the websites of those 2 drive manufacturers.

Generally, I would think that an app is worthless if you can't choose the specific partitions to include or exclude in the image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #5


Reduce the image size drastically by specifying in both OS's that personal archivage should occur on another physical drive. Turning off system restore will also have an impressive impact.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #6
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Try this CMD to image only one drive:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Try running Windows System Image from the command line.

That way, you can select any partition(s) to image, and any location to store the image:

I did it like this:

Open an elevated cmd and type


That will make a backup image of C and store it on G.

If you repeat it - or set up a scheduled task - successive backups will be incremental.

Restore from the boot disc as usual - it will restore to the same offset - you can't restore anywhere else - again , as usual with Windows backup.
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