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#1 Philip Brampton

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 05:32 AM

I thought it would be a good idea to create a backup of my system
Can somebody please explain the difference between "create system image" and "backup"
I find it very confusing
Thanks
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:37 AM

I'll try :huh:.

A system image, IMO...is a clone of the entire C: partition/drive. The result is an exact copy of the C: partition exactly as it exists on the system at the time that it is made. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...-a-system-image.

A backup is (typically, but does not have to be) a compressed version of the existing Windows system...which must use the same program creating the backup...to install the backup or parts thereof.

http://www.daleisphere.com/how-to-use-wind...backup-feature/

Depending on the utility used...individual files may be accessed/restored from either, without restoring the whole backup/image.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 11:55 AM

Thanks.
What i am not convinced about is does "System Image" create an image that includes everything that is on my hard drive.
If it does what is the point of have "Backup" as well.
Does that make sense?

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 06:32 PM

IMO, it's a matter of preference by the user.

IMO, an image or clone, is preferable to a mere backup. A disk image is a copy of the entire hard drive...an exact copy. If I make a disk image on the hard drive containing XP (I have several hard drives) on this system...I can use that as an instant replacement for my current drive containing XP, should I develop problems. All I have to do is switch the drives.

OTOH...if I use a program to back up that same drive...I then have to reinstall XP first, then restore my backup to the existing install I have just created.

One takes 35 minutes, while the other is a matter of seconds.

Due to the variances in software capable of being used for either a backup or an image...this is a gross simplification.

There is no point at all in doing both...an image and a backup. Both result in a user safeguard against system failure or other problems preventiing use/access to the hard drive containing Windows.

I suggest that you do both...as a trial...to see the differences...and then decide which you like better.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 02:27 AM

I think i understand now.
Thanks.
I use "Copy Commander" on my XP machine.
It's a brilliant piece of software.You just load(not install) the disc and it transfers the entire contents of one hard drive to another.You have of course have to have two hard drives installed.
Depending how big your hard drive is,it takes just over the hour to transfer from A to B.
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 02:38 AM

More.
I did try"Backup"
There was a problem.
On trying to use,it said "There was a file missing" and couldn't complete.
I think i will look for a third party program that does the job perfectly.
Unfortunately "Copy Comander" dosn't work with W7 and the company will not be doing one for W7.
Best Wishes

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 10:32 AM

Win 7 has native backup capability...no point in spending money or searching for an alternative until you explore that option, IMO.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:04 AM

Yes
I agree with that.
I was just concerned that there was a file missing when i came to run the backup and therefore would not install.
It's no big deal.
I have a W7 disc and all the other programs and easy transfer on a USB drive
Thanks again for your interest

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:26 AM

Macrium Reflect is free http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
It works with Win 7

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 04:07 PM

Interesting.
Thanks




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