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Windows 7: How do I backup entire pc to external HD then Reinstall

05 May 2010   #11
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

check the 128G usb there have been posts on this forum about ebay and this

128GB Flash Drive...

if you haven't gotten it yet. return it if possible. i dont know if its fake, but at $50 there is a high chance that it is. i just dont want you to get burned. If you already got it, or cant return it file a complaint with ebay and retain all info on the seller that you can


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05 May 2010   #12
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
check the 128G usb there have been posts on this forum about ebay and this

128GB Flash Drive...

if you haven't gotten it yet. return it if possible. i dont know if its fake, but at $50 there is a high chance that it is. i just dont want you to get burned. If you already got it, or cant return it file a complaint with ebay and retain all info on the seller that you can
Idk I bought it at like 3am in the morning with 2 hours to go. Didn't really know they were selling legit fakes of kingston. I emailed the seller and asked him str8 up if it was fake. I hope not but who knows. Not to smart on my behalf but I thought I was getting a good deal. Crosses fingers.
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05 May 2010   #13
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
check the 128G usb there have been posts on this forum about ebay and this

128GB Flash Drive...

if you haven't gotten it yet. return it if possible. i dont know if its fake, but at $50 there is a high chance that it is. i just dont want you to get burned. If you already got it, or cant return it file a complaint with ebay and retain all info on the seller that you can
Idk I bought it at like 3am in the morning with 2 hours to go. Didn't really know they were selling legit fakes of kingston. I emailed the seller and asked him str8 up if it was fake. I hope not but who knows. Not to smart on my behalf but I thought I was getting a good deal. Crosses fingers.

In other news my HD got delivered.
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05 May 2010   #14
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I didn't want to make you to worried about it, just make sure it works correctly. There are alot of them posted on eBay, and most of the comments are good, but I have seen bad comments on some. I hope yours is good, but it might not be. just keep all the info on the seller and the order in case you have to demand your money back
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05 May 2010   #15
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

What if any issues do these fake drives have?

On another note: Anybody had a chance to look over my steps? I really want to get started soon but don't want to do it until I am 100% sure.
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05 May 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by se7ensins View Post
Thanks for the detailed instructions that's what I was looking for.

here are the steps I'm going to take.

1. Open control panel click create system image. Go through the steps (I assume I can specify the external hd) Format the external and imaging app wil autodetect it as a drive where you can store image.
2. Drag all files such as documents, media, that type onto the external just to be sure they copied correctly. Just drag their folders.
3. drag all users to the external hd. This is unnecessary duplicative, since All Users contain all of your active files you already have copied, plus a lot of unneeded and empty files that waste space. However if u have a big enough external, it is easier just to copy the Active User - and uses less space than the Backup utility.
4. insert windows 7 os disk click install. Remember I want a clean install for now. (side note: is it a good idea to zero out my hard drive so nothing is left behind from the old install?) A clean reinstall is always the best time to chkdsk your file system, test the HD using maker's diagnostics/repair CD scan, and zero the HD for cleanest possible slate.
5. Boot up windows 7 from external hd. Have to go into the bios for this right? You do not boot Win7 or anything from external drive. You boot the DVD Repair console/ Repair CD to reimage the HD using the backup image stored on external. But this is not a clean reinstall, this is reimaging your HD. A clean reinstall is reinstalling the OS from the install DVD from scratch.
6. go through programs I want installed on new machine. If you reimage from stored image your programs will already be there. A clean reinstall from booted DVD is what you would instead do if you want to reinstall programs.
7. Install them. (side note: if I bought a program how can I recover the key from the external hd?) Audit your Win7 now with Belarc Advisor to get all installed program keys.
8. Drag any media, files etc that I want on my new machine from external HD.
I'm done right?

Side notes: I have a massive iTunes library so will I need to back up the entire library or can I just drag and drop iTunes media folder and iTunes library xml to the new fresh install of iTunes?
does anybody know a good program that transfers files faster then the windows utility? Freeware is better!


Did I miss anything? Suggestions?
see above

You are confusing reimaging your HD from backed up Win7 System image with a clean reinstall of the OS which is an entirely different operation: Clean Install Windows 7
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05 May 2010   #17
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by se7ensins View Post
Thanks for the detailed instructions that's what I was looking for.

here are the steps I'm going to take.

1. Open control panel click create system image. Go through the steps (I assume I can specify the external hd) Format the external and imaging app wil autodetect it as a drive where you can store image.It's a mybook external HD so it auto plays. If I format it I lose the data already on it correct Backup utility say's it doesn't support image creation because it isn't formated ntfs. Am I out of luck? If I let window manage the backup it only backs up the user, app data, and librarys. I want the whole entire drive. Right?
2. Drag all files such as documents, media, that type onto the external just to be sure they copied correctly. Just drag their folders. Got it.
3. drag all users to the external hd. This is unnecessary duplicative, since All Users contain all of your active files you already have copied, plus a lot of unneeded and empty files that waste space. However if u have a big enough external, it is easier just to copy the Active User - and uses less space than the Backup utility.How do I find the active user?
4. insert windows 7 os disk click install. Remember I want a clean install for now. (side note: is it a good idea to zero out my hard drive so nothing is left behind from the old install?) A clean reinstall is always the best time to chkdsk your file system, test the HD using maker's diagnostics/repair CD scan, and zero the HD for cleanest possible slate.I googled the HD serial number to find the makers website but there were no results. How else can I find it? Do I want to do it before the clean install so I wipe out current HD or during the install? how does that work?
5. Boot up windows 7 from external hd. Have to go into the bios for this right? You do not boot Win7 or anything from external drive. You boot the DVD Repair console/ Repair CD to reimage the HD using the backup image stored on external. But this is not a clean reinstall, this is reimaging your HD. A clean reinstall is reinstalling the OS from the install DVD from scratch.
6. go through programs I want installed on new machine. If you reimage from stored image your programs will already be there. A clean reinstall from booted DVD is what you would instead do if you want to reinstall programs.
7. Install them. (side note: if I bought a program how can I recover the key from the external hd?) Audit your Win7 now with Belarc Advisor to get all installed program keys.It saved it to a local html file. Do I copy that to the external so I have it on file or will it atuomatically be copied?
8. Drag any media, files etc that I want on my new machine from external HD.
I'm done right?

Side notes: I have a massive iTunes library so will I need to back up the entire library or can I just drag and drop iTunes media folder and iTunes library xml to the new fresh install of iTunes?
does anybody know a good program that transfers files faster then the windows utility? Freeware is better!


Did I miss anything? Suggestions?
see above

You are confusing reimaging your HD from backed up Win7 System image with a clean reinstall of the OS which is an entirely different operation: Clean Install Windows 7
See above^^^
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05 May 2010   #18
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

I read that you can reformat your mybook and it won't cause you problems such as connecting and the like. Is this true?

If I reformat will it just be one big mass storage device or what?
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05 May 2010   #19
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

I read that you can reformat your mybook and it won't cause you problems such as connecting and the like. Is this true?

If I reformat will it just be one big mass storage device or what?
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05 May 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

The Active User is your named User account.

Did you try to save a Windows System Image to external and it errored saying it needs NTFS formatting? If you want to use Win7 imaging then you'll need to move your data off temporarily to format NTFS, or try using free Macrium Reflect to capture the image.

If you have decided to do a clean reinstall, then follow the tutorial I posted earlier. You can wait until after all of your programs are reinstalled and files in place and it is running as you like before capturing your backup image. Then you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or a replacement.

Backup image is different than your folders which should be backed up separately. The image is an image file which is only able to reimage your HD in the exact image that was captured when u ran it. All of your files will be only current to that point in time, hich is why you should back them up more often so you have a current set

Also, sometimes the backup image does not work so you need your files and program installers (kept IN Downloads folder) backed up in case you must reinstall your OS from scratch.

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