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  1. Posts : 72,283
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello Patrick,

    Sorry, I was referring to trying to manually delete the backups instead of through that. Deleting them from there is fine. :)
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  2. Posts : 1,219
    Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit

    Ok I used the system image backup in windows 7 home premium.
    btw i backed it up to an external HD
    It made a folder with several subfolders after the backup and was about 55gigs
    Now it is next month and i added programs, updates etc and i want to make another image
    does it go over the existing image backup or does it create a new folder with new subfolders?
    I would like to understand this because i plan on purchasing a bigger HD and want to estimate how much I need
    Also when i get the bigger external HD and do another backup image since it will not see the first one will it make a new beginning one? or will it have a fit and look for the old one on the other smaller external HD- then what would I do?
    I did the first one just so i could see how it is done and to have something until I get a bigger external HD

    Last edited by robinb9; 23 Dec 2009 at 11:14.
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    windows 7 home pre 64 bit

    so can I use this to clone my current (win 7) 300gb hard drive on to a 500gb drive which is blank but formated then use the new cloned drive as my boot drive?
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    7 X64

    You should be able to make an image of the drive with any imaging app. , then restore that image to another drive.

    That is a 2 step process, but should work fine.

    Many apps . have a clone feature , which copies one drive to another in 1 step.

    3rd party apps all have a GUI which allows you to restore an image anywhere.

    Restore from a system image backup

    Alternatively , you could use e.g. the free Partition Wizard and simply use the Disk Copy feature - will be quicker.

    Partition Wizard Copy disk
    Last edited by SIW2; 25 Dec 2009 at 11:11.
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  5. Posts : 30
    Microsoft Windows 7

    does creating an image backup on a external hard drive with saved music, documents, etc...erase any of the saved music, documents etc?
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  6. Posts : 72,283
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello Gabriel,

    No, not at all. The system image will just be saved into a folder (see NOTE box at top of tutorial) on the external drive, and will not affect anything else on the drive. :)
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  7. Posts : 30
    Microsoft Windows 7

    i just found out that i can't create a system image on my external hard drive because it is not in NTFS format, it is in FAT32, how do i get a external hard drive that is already NTFS, I don't wanna format mine from FAT32 to NTFS because then i would loss all my saved stuff right?
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

    See Brinks tutorial on conversion -=> here
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  9. Posts : 30
    Microsoft Windows 7

    Tews said:
    See Brinks tutorial on conversion -=> here
    Yea that looks good but it says their is still a minimal chance that it could get corrupted by using the command prompt way and i don't have any other external hard drive to resave the backed up files, so I can't take that chance...thx for your help though! looks like im going to have to buy another hard drive
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  10. Posts : 11,840
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

    That is probably the best solution.. I just bought a 500gb external drive for $75.00 new so you shouldnt get hurt too bad, just remember to format it to NTFS first....
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