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  1. apb
    Posts : 78
    win 7 pro x64
       #630

    malvoglio said:
    Re-asking the question in case it got overlooked :)

    So am I interpreting the above-quoted instructions correctly to mean that in order to keep two full image backups on H:, I should keep System Protection turned off for H: (it's Off now) but increase its slider to a higher value, say 200 GB?
    I don't know if this will help, but it's my understanding that Windows only keeps one of these at a time, at least on any one backup "drive" (i.e. something that gets a drive letter, which usually means a partition somewhere, but I guess it could be a remotely shared dir.). If you want more than one, you will need to rename the existing one. If you later need to use the one you renamed, you have to rename it back to what Windows likes to call it (the original name), which will involve renaming the current one unless you want to clobber it.
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  2. mjf
    Posts : 5,969
    Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
       #631

    Brink said:
    Hello Malvoglio,

    The easiest way to keep multiple full system images is to rename the WindowsImageBackup folder like in the note box at the top of the tutorial. :)
    Ditto. I've being doing it for a number of years now. Also, you can move WindowsImageBackup (or a renamed version) into a folder called say "MyImages" if you like tidiness then move the one you want to restore back to the root to restore. Just don't move across partition boundaries because this involves a physical move of the large image files- slow and risky.

    You can of course also consider (free) Macrium Reflect. I keep Macrium and Windows inbuilt system images on a number of external drives.
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  3. Posts : 70,208
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #632

    Agreed. Macrium Reflect is a great option as well.

    Imaging with free Macrium
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  4. Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       #633

    Thank you all for replies. But my question was specifically about the first method suggested in the tutorial. That is, not the renaming, but the increasing of space using the System Protect slider. Is this deprecated now?
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  5. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #634

    No, it will increase space available but if you chose to let windows automatically save multiple copies, as I posted earlier, then a maximum of 30% of your drive can be used for images. This is a Windows imposed limit and you cannot change it. If you use the renaming technique then you can use all of the available space.
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  6. Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       #635

    kado897 said:
    No, it will increase space available but if you chose to let windows automatically save multiple copies, as I posted earlier, then a maximum of 30% of your drive can be used for images. This is a Windows imposed limit and you cannot change it. If you use the renaming technique then you can use all of the available space.
    Sorry, I guess I did not read carefully enough what you wrote earlier.

    I don't think it matters. Windows backup will only use up to 30% of your backup disk to store images. If you allow it to (Don't select the single image option in manage space) it will store a full image and as many incremental images as it can fit in. When the space is used up it will drop the oldest to make room for more. You have no control over this process.
    So it actually isn't possible to tell Windows to make more than one full image, only one full image plus incremental images?

    If so, then the renaming method would appear to be the superior of the two options.
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  7. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #636

    So it actually isn't possible to tell Windows to make more than one full image, only one full image plus incremental images?

    If so, then the renaming method would appear to be the superior of the two options.
    This is the preferred route of many here that still use Windows imaging.
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  8. Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
       #637

    clarification please


    Will using system image effect other files, etc on the external hard drive? What do I need to do to make sure the computer will boot from the USB device?
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  9. Posts : 12,013
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
       #638

    PatrickRobinson said:
    Will using system image effect other files, etc on the external hard drive? What do I need to do to make sure the computer will boot from the USB device?
    Images shouldn't affect any other file. They are just a file of another type.

    Regarding booting. Are you talking about booting from the image file on the external? No, you can't do that. Image files are not bootable. They aren't very useful UNTIL they are RESTORED to the internal drive.
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  10. Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
       #639

    What am I missing? I make the image, then aren't I essentially formatting the computer and putting the OS etc from the image back on the computer?
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