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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

09 Jan 2015   #650
malvoglio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am talking about what happens when I choose "Create Rescue Media" from the "Other Tasks" menu item, then this warning message appears. To be sure, there already is a checkmark in "Check for unsupported devices each time the rescue media loads".

Backup/Restore software is unlike all other application software. Generally when a program malfunctions, it means you cannot do the particular job you intended to use it for, but nothing more. Rarely does it impact the system as a whole and when that happens, you can roll back changes by returning to an earlier Restore Point.

But if a Restore fails, you are up the creek without a paddle. Your system is bricked and the safety measure you were counting on to save you is useless. That is why B/R software must come with an ironclad assurance of reliability and usability. A warning message that confuses or scares, because it can be interpreted to mean that the Rescue Media will not be able to perform its job because of missing drivers, is a "fail" criterion for me.




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09 Jan 2015   #651
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

That is a perfectly sensible message. You need to check that you can boot from the media and that it can see your disks otherwise you may not be able to perform a recovery. This doesn't happen often with the WinPE disk but it is a regular problem with the Linux disk, which is one of the reasons we always recommend WinPE.
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09 Jan 2015   #652
malvoglio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I think you are not understanding my concern ... or I am expressing myself poorly.

Why the warning message when there already is a checkmark in "Check for unsupported devices"?

What point in time does "If you are unable to access the source or target drives for your restore..." refer to?

I am reading this as it telling me that I can (1) create a Rescue Media disk and (2) perform a system image Backup but when (3) I try to perform a Restore, I may be unable to access the source or target drives due to missing drivers (no info on what drivers are missing or how to make sure to include them).

How can I make absolutely certain that this will not happen?
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09 Jan 2015   #653
kado897

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The only certain way is to boot from the rescue disk and see if it can locate your partitions and backups. If you really want to rehearse this all the way then create a small test partition and make an image of it to restore. You can do the entire restore process for the test partition.
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15 Jan 2015   #654
Spac3man

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

is there an option just like this to backup a regular slave harddrive/partition?
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15 Jan 2015   #655
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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But if you want to only backup a data drive, use free Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium


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15 Jan 2015   #656
Spac3man

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
yeah i just tried this and when i checked the box for my slave it just added the whole size of that disc.
then i can just buy another external drive for my backup just like i planned to do, it was just the slave i wanted to backup.
thanks for answering! awesome forum :)
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15 Jan 2015   #657
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spac3man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
yeah i just tried this and when i checked the box for my slave it just added the whole size of that disc.
then i can just buy another external drive for my backup just like i planned to do, it was just the slave i wanted to backup.
thanks for answering! awesome forum :)
Did you read what I posted below the picture.
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24 Apr 2015   #658
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 
? on METHOD 1

Correct me if I am wrong since it has been awhile, but will method 1 actually save multiple images at different times? My practice has been METHOD 2 because I seem to recall that I had problems with old images being written over when I attempted METHOD 1 regardless if I dedicated an entire drive for image backups. If it does multiple images of the same computer at different time are the images incremental, differential, or full?

1 other question & probably applies to both methods: Does the image backup preserve SYSTEM RESTORE points that exist at the time the image is created? I seem to recall that those RESTORE points did not carry over. Of course, the only way I can confirm that is to do an actual SYSTEM IMAGE RECOVERY to verify. Do you have any information on this matter?
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24 Apr 2015   #659
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Method 1 will save multiple backups. It will use up to one third of the partition (drive) size to do this. You have no control over this. Older images will be deleted when there is no more room for a new one. The images are incremental. It's a long time since I have restored one of these images but if I remember correctly RPs are not backed up.
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