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Windows 7: Win7 image backup

28 Feb 2010   #1
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 
Win7 image backup

I am using the image backup on an HP laptop (dv7) that has a recovery partition (E) as well as the OS (C). When I do the image backup the recovery partition gets selected along with the OS partition and it CANNOT be deselected.

Is there someway to deselect E:? I like using the built in image backup in Win 7 but I really don't need to write the recovery partition every time I do an image backup.


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28 Feb 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello BWW,

Sorry, but no you cannot deselect the C: and System Reserved partition for the System Image. These are both required for Windows 7 to run properly if restored from the image backup.

You might give the program Macrium Reflect Free Edition a try to see how it works for you though. It will allow you to select which one to backup or not.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Feb 2010   #3
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

thanks, I will look into it and go from there.
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28 Feb 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello bww, welcome to Seven Forums!


I seem to be able to select which Partitions to back up.


Win7 image backup-backup.jpg


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28 Feb 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello BWW,

Sorry, but no you cannot deselect the C: and System Reserved partition for the System Image. These are both required for Windows 7 to run properly if restored from the image backup.

You might give the program Macrium Reflect Free Edition a try to see how it works for you though. It will allow you to select which one to backup or not.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

I wondered if it had to do with it being a recovery partition, thanks Brink.
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28 Feb 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hi Ted,

He's referring to the System Reserved and C: (Windows 7) partition that have their check mark option grayed out, and not able to uncheck them. Since they are both required to run Windows 7, that is why they are selected by default and cannot be unchecked. It's Microsoft's way of making sure that you will have a backup image that will work. That's all.

Win7 image backup-backup.jpg


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28 Feb 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the info Shawn.


I look at mine again and they are greyed out.
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28 Feb 2010   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No problem Ted. Anytime.
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28 Feb 2010   #9
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

I was referring the the Recovery partition put there by HP when they ship a new computer so you can restore it to the factory condition. It along with the 2 partitions for the OS are selected. I wanted to have the two for the OS selected but I can't see any reason to keep backing up the Recovery Partition (I also have made dvds so I can restore from them).
Sorry I did not make myself clear.
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28 Feb 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

We knew what you meant but Windows 7 will automatically select (gray out) the recovery partition also, that's just how it's set up. Just as it grays out my Vista as it's the "system partition" and that's where the system boot files are.
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