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Windows 7 - System Image, Repair Disk, & ISO Image Questions


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

I recently had problems with BSOD. I was able to fix the underlying cause, but this got me nervous. So I am thinking of starting a program of periodically creating system images of my laptop - both the C & D drives - so that I could restore my system in the event of hardware failure. Make sense?
 
I have some questions to make sure that I understand the underlying System Image & Repair disk process, & also when I would use a Windows 7 ISO image.
 
(1) Am I correct that when I restore from a system image of both C & D drives, that both drives are **totally** recreated?
 
(2) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using the system image?
 
(3) Should I make sure that I have a repair disk before I restore from system image? If so, why?
 
(4) Is it necessary to periodically recreate a repair disk? Or once a repair disk is created, it is good for any future repair that may be needed?
 
(5) There are sites where one can download a Windows 7 ISO image.   
    (i) Am I correct that restoring from this image just installs Windows 7 and no other programs? 
    (ii) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image? 
    (iii) When would I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image rather than restoring from a System Image?
    (iv) What is the recommended site to download a Windows 7 ISO image?
 
(6) Now for an open-ended question: Is there anything else I need to be aware of?
 
Thank you.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:05 PM

Users have (at least) two ways to go to overcome those unforeseen problems that occur.

 

a.  Make clones of the hard drive reflecting the O/S.

 

b.  Use backup software which creates a file which can be restored, item for item.

 

I have done both at some time...right now, I prefer making a clone of my O/S (dual-boot) partitions...while backing up data files on extra hard drives I have lying around.  User preference determines whether a user backs up...or creates a cloned image.

 

You might take a look at Macrium Reflect, a program that seems to do each pretty well.

 

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

 

Those ISO files of Windows 7...are covered by this pronouncement here at BC:  Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE-BartPE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382841.html .

 

In addition to being illegal...those .iso files...or any file NOT obtained from a legal, authorized source...are subject to reflect code, errors, malware...or something else that the user has not bargained for, IMO.  If I were a malware misanthrope...that would be my favorite vector...giving an unknowing public something "for free" that they have no desire to legitimately obtain.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 20 March 2013 - 01:07 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

Actually I have software I wrote that I use for incremental folder/file backup to external hard drive. Works very well, is fast, & I have a backup of all of my files (about 15GB of stuff).

 

Windows 7 has image backup & restore functionality. If that functionality works well, why would I need a program from a 3rd party?

 

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

Question:  

 

When creating the system image, by default, the System and the System Reserved partitions will automatically be selected.

 

Can I also select my D partition which has not only all of my files but also some software that I installed here rather than on the C drive?

 

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