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How to clone Windows folder only?


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#1 Firespike

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

I am looking to make a backup of my computer in the event of a virus or windows folder corruption. Is there a way to clone ONLY the windows folder and have it still bootable. All cloning applications don't seem to have this feature, it's always clone entire drive. My reasoning for just wanting to clone the windows folder is because the image would end up being near 100gigs if I were to do an entire drive clone, I would much rather just clone the OS. I used google, and got nothing since I don't know how I should phrase it. Would creating a recovery disk using paragon be able to do a complete reinstall of windows? I hate how manufacturers don't ship the original install disks anymore...

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:38 PM

Assuming Windows 7 or Vista?

You would need to clone the Windows folder, The Program Files folder, The User folder, several other folders and misc files from the root of C:\

to boot you really need to clone the entire drive. Windows has folders and files everywhere. That is why you don't see a how to do it on the web.

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#3 Firespike

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:57 PM

Ah dang, well thanks for informing me Roger! Cheers,

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:49 PM

You could reduce the size of the primary drive by mocving your data folders to another drive. Data can be backed up separately from the system+programs.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:04 PM

Thanks for the idea, I think I've got it all sorted out now. I recently got a hold of some free sata drives (among other things!) :thumbsup:




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