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Windows 7: Backup and Restore with Windows Built-in

25 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Backup and Restore with Windows Built-in

First I did not know where to post this and next let me describe my system:

It is barebones called Windsys that I built a few months ago.
2.00 Gb ram
32 bit system
300 Gb Sata Drive that is partitioned into three partitions
There are NO ide connections in this computer, everything is USB.

I have been playing around imaging programs with Acronis 11 being the main one. Ghost 2003 does not like usb, so I did not bother with it.

The way I image is to make two images, one for C-drive and one for D-drive. Acronis is slow from what I am used to. To make the C-drive image on one of the partitions on an external drive took 1 hour and 20 minutes. Compression was from 10.1 to 8.1 gb. To restore that C-drive image took 2 hours and 30 minutes. I know usb can slow things down but that seems ridiculous.

Then I tried Windows 7 imaging built-in. It did much better timewise than Acronis. The thing was or maybe I am wrong, I use images to assure that the system is running properly so when I have one good image, then I make a second good image, then delete the first image. What I did not expect was that Windows 7 imaging program would not let me make the second image (C-drive) without deleting the first image (C-drive) before hand.

I have all kinds of room and why I could not make the second image baffles me, makes no sense at all.

If someone can shed some light on this I would appreciate it. Thank you.

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27 Jul 2009   #2


One of the reasons I ended using Paragon's Drive Backup over Acronis several years ago was speed. It takes me about 17 minutes to image my notebook's 23GB C drive to the other partition (I then copy it to an external or network drive). In my workstation it takes me less than 2 minutes to image my current 19GB RAID 0 C drive to another RAID 10 disk.
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