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Windows 7: Back up onto partion

04 Jan 2010   #21
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

83gigs should be enough.

Lol i dont know what the imaging app is?


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04 Jan 2010   #22
gregrocker

 

Win7 has built-in backup imaging. It makes a compressed image of your OS partition which you save to an external drive or a primary partition. Then if you need to reinstall your OS, instead you can just boot the DVD, select "Recovery Using An Image" and it will find the image and restore your HD exactly as it was.

Go ahead an choose the 83 gb which it has filled in there, click Shrink. Later you can run Disk Cleanup and Defragger to see if it gives up more space for a Backup Image partition.
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04 Jan 2010   #23
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

okay so once i shrink my disc to 83 gbs, what do i have to do? Show how create a new partion?, and should u be going to bed its like 2 -3 in the morning for you
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04 Jan 2010   #24
gregrocker

 

I chose this to show you because it has the steps in screenshots:

Partition or Volume - Create New

Start with step 5, right click on Unallocated Space once it is shrunk.
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04 Jan 2010   #25
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

i will look at this also, will it make it easier to install 7 if i back up all my stuff on a CD?

Or i can try and get my sis external hard drive for a night (she not good with PC so dont ask her for anything)


Dont wanna be a pain, but seems confusing.

i would leave 7 the way i have it, but cant stand freezing after sleep
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04 Jan 2010   #26
gregrocker

 

I thought you were going to back up your files to the data partition?

If they all fit on the CD, then fine.

If you can get your sis's external, then store a Win7 Backup Image there. Type backup into the Start Search box and make it there. That way you always have a path back to where you are now. Just boot the DVD into Repair>Recover using an image and it will detect the image in external root and reimage HD.
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04 Jan 2010   #27
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

i was going to use the partion and most likely am, but will using the CD or sis external make installtion easier?
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04 Jan 2010   #28
gregrocker

 

Not really make installation easier. You have a really big HD so can afford to store Data and a System Image so you always have a way to recover to Win7. Otherwise most of the drive is wasted space.

But putting the data you cannot afford to lose on a CD is a really good idea in case of HD failure.

And having a backup of your System Image on your sister's external is good so that if you needed to recover your Win7 you could borrow it back and reimage instead of having to reinstall. It is a path back.

So you would have double backup this way.
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04 Jan 2010   #29
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Can i suggest you invest in an external storage drive. Sooner or later you will need it, and it's best practice to have storage such a backup as image backup off the system.
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04 Jan 2010   #30
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

i doubt she would let me keep a image there,

i was thinking put all my files i need and think clean install 7


Anyway what should i be doing? trying to create a partition to save my files?
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