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Windows 7: Can Hard Disk Image be copied?

19 Nov 2009   #1
Cluent

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Can Hard Disk Image be copied?

I've used Backup to create an Image of the hard drive on an external drive. Can I copy that image from one location to another?


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19 Nov 2009   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I would say yes, without trying myself. I thought that was the point of the image. You make an image of your HD, it crashes and you buy a new HD. You will not have to reactivate or use your Win 7, DVD because you have the image.
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19 Nov 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent View Post
I've used Backup to create an Image of the hard drive on an external drive. Can I copy that image from one location to another?
I think he's asking if he/she can copy the image to another location. i have never tried this but as long as you point it to the correct location when using the image, you should be able to copy it to another location. Windows 7 imaging might be different than other imaging programs. You should try it, then try restoring it, just to see if it gives you the option to use the new location. I would like to know myself. It should work.
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21 Nov 2009   #4
awrightUK

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent View Post
I've used Backup to create an Image of the hard drive on an external drive. Can I copy that image from one location to another?
Exactly the question I need to know the answer to. The Windows "create image" function only allows saving of the image to the root of a drive and I have 3 laptops that I want system images for.

I intend to move each image into a dedicated folder on the backup drive but I am sure I read that the image must be in exactly the same place as it was created for the restore to work. Hopefully that just means moving it back to the root before restore but I can't be 100% sure it will work until someone tries it!

Andrew
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21 Nov 2009   #5
Flik

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes you can, I've done it a few times.

My external HDD had to be sent back a while ago for replacement and I copied the images I had onto the main drive then back again when I received the new external one.

Since I've had this one back I've partitioned it into 4 so I can keep 4 at max if I wanted (to save the moving back and forth)...prior to this though I used to move them into individual folders then back again if I needed to restore.
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21 Nov 2009   #6
SIW2

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Hi Flik,

How does The Restore react to having two copies of the same image- does it list them both as available?

Is it unaware of the copy?

Or were you careful not to let it see the original and the copy at the same time.

Thanks.
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21 Nov 2009   #7
Flik

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Flik,

How does The Restore react to having two copies of the same image- does it list them both as available?

Is it unaware of the copy?

Or were you careful not to let it see the original and the copy at the same time.

Thanks.
When restoring I'm pretty sure it will only see the images that are in the folders that windows puts them in. If they are in another folder then they won't be seen.

Whenever I have copied one over I have always put it in another folder.

*Edit*
Yup, I've just tried it...made a test folder, stuck the image in it and rebooted with the recovery CD - not seen or showing up in the list of images to be restored
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