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System Image and Back up


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#1 Saruman

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 05:56 AM

When I try to make a System Image disk via Windows 7 I cannot because I am informed there isn't enough space. Would I therefore need to back up to HDD? There's 88 GB on the HDD at the moment.

 

Any tips greatly appreciated


Edited by hamluis, 26 July 2017 - 05:59 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.


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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 09:19 AM

While I know next to nothing about using Windows' built-in backup/restore/clone program, I do know that EaseUS ToDo, AOMEI Backupper, Macrium Reflect, Image for Windows, or any other numerous 3rd party utilities will make full image backups of your whole hard-drive or your internal hard-drive's partitions or even folders and files (some but not all free utilities) onto any number of affordable, available, external media.


Edited by RolandJS, 26 July 2017 - 09:20 AM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


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Posted 26 July 2017 - 09:33 AM

You can't back up to the same drive Windows 7 is being imaged from unless it's to a separate partition. What are you using for a backup device?



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Posted 26 July 2017 - 08:37 PM

My back up media are standard Verbatim DVD-R with CPRM for data 4.7GB 16X which I number 1,2,3 etc.

The other option is an external HDD. I've already bought two of those so it seems odd to have to buy one just for a Systems Image back up.

 

I will try again and if it still won't work, I'll check the third party back up tools recommended. I also am considering whether to perform a disk defrag first.



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Posted 26 July 2017 - 08:52 PM

Though I never had a problem with Windows own system imaging tool I would highly recommend you look at alternatives. Some of the free ones are

 

Macrium Reflect Free

Aomei Backupper Standard

Easeus Todo Backup Free 

 

All will let you create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive in order to recover the image from the USB external drive should the computer no longer boot. I also do not recommend using DVDs. There is too much of a chance one of the set could have a bad burn. Use a USB external hard drive.

 

Easeus and Aomei also allow you to do file/folder backups. All allow differential,incremental backups. They all let you easily mount the image to a virtual drive so any file can be copied out of the image. Saving multiple images is also easier with the above programs vs Microsoft's imager.



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Posted 26 July 2017 - 09:33 PM

"...The other option is an external HDD. I've already bought two of those so it seems odd to have to buy one just for a Systems Image back up..."  Saruman

For some time now, I have two dedicated 1TB usb external platter-driven hard-drives for each of my three computers, I on the average have two Cs and two Ds on each of the two dedicated HDs per computer.

Awhile back, I had backup HD A for computer A, backup HD B for computer B; well, computer B's HD developed a logical failure which was fixed by a format, however, that format also eliminated the backups for said computer B.  From then on, it was either each HD would carry at least one C and one D from all the computers, or, better yet -- I decided on the two dedicated HDs per computer.


Edited by RolandJS, 27 July 2017 - 03:29 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 08:50 AM

:huh:

 

Thank you...


Edited by Saruman, 27 July 2017 - 08:51 AM.





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