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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

12 Feb 2010   #230

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Palustris,

Since it's a new machine I would have the hard drive checked in your computer to be safe. You can usually go to the hard drive manufacturer's website to download a utility to check the hard drive as well. In addition to that one, here are 7 free ones that you can use if you can't find one from the manufacturer.

If you are able to repair the corrupt sectors, then you should create another system image backup to replace the other one.

Hope this helps,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2010   #231

Windows 7

Thanks. I will take it back to the shop when I am able to drive. Ran a diagnostic and found no corrupt sectors. Very odd.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2010   #232

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ok. Please let us know how the results turn out. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2010   #233

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit

well it actually happened.
My dell vostro 1500 laptop running windows 7 home premium as an upgrade to vista hd died 3 days ago.
I had followed your instructions here in Jan to make a system recovery disk and image to my wd external hd.

Since i have a service contract with dell they shippped me another hd.

I prayed once i put the HD in, changed the boot order to the cd rom and booted to the system recovery dvd that i had created Jan 15 2010. Plugged into the usb the external hd that had the image.
I followed your tutorial and within an hour it had restored everything correctly to the new hd.

This is a live saver because i would have had to reinstall vista sp1 then upgrade to windows 7 again.

Thank you so much for putting this tutorial in.

Once I know all is fine, i will do another system image at the end of this month because the only thing i had to update was the feb security updates.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Feb 2010   #234

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Robin,

I hope all goes well and smooth for you. Please let us know how it went for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2010   #235

Windows 7

Further to my problem. As usual on sunday I ran the back up facility to an external drive. It reported that some files were on corrupt sectors and not saved. In Details, it gave a list of the files thus affected. I saved the file, but now it will not let me access it. I do not have permissions, even as admin. I ran Chkdsk which found nothing. However, from memory I checked the files and indeed they were 'corrupt'. So I saved separately all the places mentioned, that is all my music, pictures, documents, Favourites. These went to the external drive no trouble. I then ran the Backup again, this time it found no corrupt sectors and saved everything. I examined the supposed corrupt files and all seem ok. Very odd.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2010   #236

Windows 7
Ultimate Restored to proffessional

This tutorial says you cannot restore a back up from a 64bit version onto 32bit version of 7 (and vice versa). I am just wondering if you can restore an ultimate backup to a Proffesional installation (both 32bit).
I currently have a beta version of 7 ultimate. I plan to install 7 Proffessional and restore the original backup.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2010   #237

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Isn't the beta version going to expire very soon ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2010   #238

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Lecva, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but a system image backup is a clone of the selected drives and partitions. When you restore it, it replaces what you currently have with the backup image. Because of this, you will not be able to restore your Ultimate image backup into the Professional installation using the normal system image recovery methods.

You can manually copy the files you want from the Ultimate installation into the Professional one though with one of these two options below.

1) Do a custom install of Professional to have all of the files from your current Ultimate installation saved into the C:\Windows.old folder in the new Professional installation, then restore from the C:\Windows.old folder. (easiest method)

2) Extract the files you want from the Ultimate system image backup file, and copy them into the Professional installation when it is through installing.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2010   #239

WIN 7 Ultimate 64bit
Please verify


Ive read through the guides and wanted to make sure that the following is possible.

So at the moment i have a raid 0 with two 500gb HD's with two partitions. (Windows 7 Ultimate is installed on one of the partitions)

Now i use the backup and restore to create an image of that raid onto my external 2TB HDD. (I guess i will have to select the two partitions)

I create a System repair disc.

Then i delete the raid and recreate it using a different stripe size.

I insert the system repair disc and boot from that.

Then i restore the Image onto my newly created Raid.

Now my system should be back up and running just as it was before.

Could you please tell me if that is all correct?

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