Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: backing up windows 7

27 Sep 2009   #11
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Good luck and welcome to SevenForums!!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
27 Sep 2009   #12
tech7

Windows 7
 
 

thanks Tews
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2009   #13
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tech7 View Post
thanks for the help guyz
now i can backup my windows 7
thanks alot
You can find several free backup programs that will do the job for you. This Seven Forums site has an extensive list of free programs that work with Windows 7.

FREE Great Programs for Window 7

Among others you will find:

Macrium Reflect

If you have a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive in your system you can get an Acronis True Image HD manufacturer version:

Seagate DiscWizard

Western Digital, Acronis True Image WD Edition Software


If you want to find all your system information and more:

SIW - System Information for Windows


Another Seven Forums thread for 64 bit Win7 free programs:

Free 64-bit programs

You should always keep your system image backups on a different physical hard drive or storage media, an external hard drive works well for this. Depending on the amount of personal data you have a smaller media like DVD or big flash drive might be enough.
If you keep your image backups on the main hard drive and it fails you will loose everything, operating system, personal data and your backup. Hard drives do fail.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

27 Sep 2009   #14
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tech7 View Post
thanks kari

so i will probably just create a system image as my main backup
and if something does go wrong and i need to reload that image
how would i do that?

thnaks
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tech7 View Post
so has anyone used system image
and restored it
becuz i really need to know as i sont want to take any risks with windows 7
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tech7 View Post
one more question

how do i restore a system image
from a portable hard drive
To use System Image as you main backup plan, you need to have some knowledge how to use Virtual PC or Disk Management to extract single files and / or folders from the image. I would recommend you used both: create a System Image to be able to restore your system completely, and create a scheduled backup to use when you only need to restore some files or folders.

I've used the system image and been totally happy with it. At work we have several identical computers (same make and model, same hardware), so to test if we could migrate to Windows 7 I installed build 7100 to one of these computers, installed then all the software we need to have on every computer. After everything was installed, I created a System Image to an external HD, and a System Recovery Disc. Using System Recovery Disc to boot the two other computers, I then restored the image I had created with the first computer. Everything went smoothly, after this procedure all three computers had a working Windows 7 with all of our software.

To restore a System Image you start the Backup and Restore Application and click Recover system images or your computer at the bottom of the page. From the next page you choose Advanced recovery methods, then Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer, following the instructions given to you on your screen.

When your computer has crashed and you can not start Windows, you can use Recovery Disc to boot. Windows 7 Help gives detailed information how to do this:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows 7 Help and Support
  1. Insert the installation disc or system repair disc.
  2. Restart your computer using the computer's power button.
  3. If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the installation disc or system repair disc.
    If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer. You might need to change your computer's BIOS settings. For information about which settings to change, check your computer manufacturer's website. For more information about BIOS, see BIOS: frequently asked questions.
  4. Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
  5. Click Repair your computer.
    This step only applies if you are using a Windows installation disc.
  6. Select a recovery option, and then click Next.
Hope you find all the info you need. I will give you some rep points for showing you understand the importance of backup. On this forum I've often lost my nerves when reading some members posts telling backup is not so important. It is refreshing to notice you really want to be prepared. Nobody wants problems with the computer, nobody wants the computer to crash. But s*** happens.

Kari
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2009   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tech7 View Post
so has anyone used system image
and restored it
becuz i really need to know as i sont want to take any risks with windows 7
Yes, I have used it. Between test boxes at work and getting all of my hardware squared away at home...I've restored using this tool at least 20 different times on 4 different machines and have not encountered any problems at all restoring. I've backed up to internal secondary drive, I've backed up to external USB drives and I've even backed up to DVD media and restored from all of them.

The only "issue" i experienced was backing up a 160GB drive (which was nearly empty) with the utility and then trying to restore it onto an 80GB drive to test out the 80GB drive and the utility would not allow me to restore it onto a smaller disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2009   #16
tech7

Windows 7
 
 

thanks alot guys
thanks kari
i now know how to backup and i will let you know how it goes
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2009   #17
tech7

Windows 7
 
 

good news guys
all went to plan
my system image was created successfully
and system repair disc also worked fine
thanks alot
now i just have to do a rugular windows backup of my personal files
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2009   #18
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

But did you actually try to restore to see if it really works?

Might be a good idea to at least check if you can boot from the repair disk and check if it will find/see and allow you use the backup image you created. That's where it failed for me. Ymm (hopefully) v.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2009   #19
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tech7 View Post
good news guys
all went to plan
my system image was created successfully
and system repair disc also worked fine
thanks alot
now i just have to do a rugular windows backup of my personal files
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
But did you actually try to restore to see if it really works?

Might be a good idea to at least check if you can boot from the repair disk and check if it will find/see and allow you use the backup image you created. That's where it failed for me. Ymm (hopefully) v.
harpua has a very good point, I have made several system repair discs that, for whatever reason, failed to work.
Always check them before you 'need' them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2009   #20
bjrichus

 

I downloaded and installed Macrium Reflect and man - even the free version is impressive!

Much faster then the regular backup program in Windows 7 and the backup image file is mounted as a drive letter for you without any effort once the backup is completed!

I restored a few odd files form that new drive letter (ok, so I used explorer to drag and drop them) to verify that they were all ok and it all worked fine, data was intact and .exe file worked. File sizes were identical to the originals!

You even get a PE-type of CD ISO to use for system recovery.

I'm (almost) sold on getting the paid version to get the easier file at a time recovery thing.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 backing up windows 7




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Backing up pre-installed windows
Hi everyone, My laptop is Asus A45VM. I would need help from you guys. I want to format my HDD while remaining a copy of the pre-installed genuine windows in a external HDD. I know there is a partition that allow me to restore my laptop to factory setting. I want to know the location and how...
Installation & Setup
Backing up Windows 7
Hello, If my hard drive will break, with no way of repairing it , and I will have to switch it with a new one, is there a way to backup windows 7 for case like that or I must buy new windows for the new hard drive? Thanks all helpers
Backup and Restore
Windows NO LONGER backing up
Hello, Everything worked fine until recent. I backup wireless to a external HD drive which is connected to an airport extreme. All of a sudden backup started to fail because: The network path was either typed incorrectly, does not exist, or th network provider is not currently...
Backup and Restore
Windows Backup backing up @ 5mb/s
I want to backup my data partition using windows backup to an external drive connected with eSata and it's only backing up at around 5mb/s. I set it to backup the whole partition. I've done alot research and apperently this has been a well known problem but that was 2 years ago. I can't find...
Backup and Restore
backing up and transfering to windows 7
Guys whats the best way to back up and transfer my documents and settings from a vista computer to a windows 7 computer.
Backup and Restore
Backing up windows
Since i cant do an upgrade to 7260, is it possible to backup my current windows to a separate partition. Then do the clean install and then restore windows?
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:32.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App