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: Back up system?

11 Mar 2010   #21
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Hi, here is a screen print of my options and there is an option of both, well thats what I think.

I think I will do Create a System Image. And the a back up of pics music, etc, just in case.

How will it be moved? It would only be copied?
or am I missing something?
I have never had a problem with the Windows Backup and Imaging Utility. It is simple (and without many advanced features) compared to the paid utilities available, but it suits my simple needs.

I have my computer re-imaged once each week and stored on a second hard drive. The files can be moved anywhere (I suggest putting them in an identifying folder) but must be located in the root of a hard drive (internal or external, and not in a folder) before Windows can find them:

Back up system?-backup_image.png

A couple of options, if in the worst case senerio the hard drive crashes and must be replaced, the DVD can restore your image to a blank hard drive, or you can reinstall Windows to re-create the exact partition sizes then restore your image.

Cheers!
Robert




My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
12 Mar 2010   #22
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi All and thanks.

I am going to send the laptop to service on Monday and I am NOW trying to Create a System Image to an external harddrive.

My problem now is, the Ext HD says it is not formatted to NTFS??

I have used this drive before to do a back up but not Create a System Image

I can make more space on the Ext HD, but I dont think that is the problem?

Need some help with this please.

Thanks in advance.


Attached Images
Back up system?-capture-back-up-2.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #23
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Hi All and thanks.

I am going to send the laptop to service on Monday and I am NOW trying to Create a System Image to an external harddrive.

My problem now is, the Ext HD says it is not formatted to NTFS??

I have used this drive before to do a back up but not Create a System Image

I can make more space on the Ext HD, but I dont think that is the problem?

Need some help with this please.

Thanks in advance.
Can we have a look at the external drive with Windows Explorer (not IE) and Disk Management drive map?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Mar 2010   #24
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Is this what you require?

Not sure about Disk Management drive??


Attached Images
Back up system?-capture-back-up-3.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #25
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Is this what you require?

Not sure about Disk Management drive??
Well ... based on the error message you received, you are going to have to create the Image Backup on a NTFS partition, either on a partition on an internal drive, or reformat (at least part of) the external drive?

Example Disk Management:

Back up system?-xp_plus_7_01.png

Cheers!
Robert


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #26
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Macrium Reflect has never let me down. It will backup and compress an exact image of your hard drive. The best part about it is that it's free.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #27
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

OK

Can I create a partition on my Ext hard drive and have both Fat 32 and NTFS? Or do I have to format it and then make it NTFS??
How do I do this? Either way?

Macrium Reflect is it good, can you rely on it? Will it store to my Ext HD with it being FAT32?

Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #28
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
OK

Can I create a partition on my Ext hard drive and have both Fat 32 and NTFS? Or do I have to format it and then make it NTFS??
How do I do this? Either way?

Macrium Reflect is it good, can you rely on it? Will it store to my Ext HD with it being FAT32?

Thanks
With your external hard drive plugged in, type disk management in the start search box. You will see something similar to the screen shot I just posted. Right click on the external drive, select "Shrink". Then create a new partition in the empty space and format it as NTFS. You will have two partitions on your external hard drive, one FAT32, and one NTFS.

Cheers!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #29
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Shrink volume and extend volume are greyed out, I cannot do anything with it? Only delete volume is available?
Do I have to format it and start from scratch?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2010   #30
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Shrink volume and extend volume are greyed out, I cannot do anything with it? Only delete volume is available?
Do I have to format it and start from scratch?
I must confess, I have not formatted anything in FAT32 in a long time. However, my Windows 7 Disk Management will format in FAT32. Likewise, I have not tried to format an external usb drive either.

So I leave it to you, if you are in a hurry and there is nothing on your external drive you must save, you could try to reformat the existing partition in NTFS?

Can you easily remove the hard drive from the external case and plug it into the computer? It may be possible to shrink and format an internal drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Back up system?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to do a back up - full system
I am after a way to back up - I have a lot of data that requires transferring from an external hard drive and my desk top. Is the simple drag and drop the best way? Thank you Forum
Backup and Restore
Need help getting old System back on line
Hello and Happy New Year to all, I need some help and was told you were the guys to contact. I hope you can help and let me say in advance how much I appreciate your taking the time to read and help if you can. I just wiped off an old Systemax computer and reinstalled XP which had been on it...
Hardware & Devices
My C: is no more system disk, How to back it ?
Hi SevenForums! Today, I wanted to make new partitions, to extend Windows 7 C: to 150GB and to make Windows 8 H: with 150GB too. I shirked Data Storage partition and I extended SysReserved partition (I think too much but nevermind). For this I used EaseUS Partition Master Home (free) Edition....
Installation & Setup
Do I need a system image for my back-up
About a week ago my computer somewhat died on me, luckily I recently did a back up on my new external hard drive. I had a small problem when I was creating the back up, it would never complete. So, I decided to try taking things out, nothing worked. Until, I tried taking out the creation of a...
Backup and Restore
system back up not working
I have a w.d. external drive for my backup, did the backup worked ok now cant set a backup time sends me back to c drive when i go to change time.I uninstalled the w.d. software windows is running it anyway just cant set time worked before as far as i know. Thanks Doc
Backup and Restore
System Restore How far back is ok?
I have a system restore point from 24-June. It shows the restore point but that is also from when my system image was taken so not sure which would take precedence. I would first try system restore rather than reinstalling the image. Is it safe to restore from that far back? Someone here...
Backup and Restore


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 19:49.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App