Solved Making system partition image for Windows 7

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March 21, 2013 at 22:26:20
Specs: Windows 7, 4096
Hi guys,

Could anybody help me please and tell me which is the best software to make an image of the OS partition with Windows 7?
I have tried to make this using the Norton Ghost but unfortunately the system didn't start after this and I had to install other software again, all from the beginning.
Then I tried Acronis True Image but used the option which uses less space for the image (not the one saying "sector by sector" which needs the same space for image as the OS partition) and the result was also negative.
Is the software that I used not adequate or maybe I was doing something in a wrong way?

Many thanks for any suggestion!

Zennon


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#1
March 22, 2013 at 05:45:48
First you must make sure the partition is active. Either of those two are good products, but you can use macrium reflect it is free to use.

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#2
March 22, 2013 at 06:39:41
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Windows 7 has a very good utility built in. No need for any other programs.

Go to Control Panel> Backup and Restore. Follow the prompts.


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#3
March 22, 2013 at 14:58:30
Not only can you create a a system image from the link supplied by OtheHill you can also create a system repair disk which may get you out of a hole without having to resort to restoring from an image,

Both utilities work very well. While you are there you might as well set up a backup schedule which may preclude you from having to use any of the aforementioned disks you have created in the event of some minor problem.

If you ever have to use the system image you will also need the backup because the image will only put you back to where you where when the image was created. All your file modifications since then will be lost.

Stuart


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#4
March 22, 2013 at 20:35:09
To elaborate a little bit more on #2 & #3 above:
The Repair Disk will allow you to reimage a damaged partition from your created image,including onto a new drive if it becomes needed.
The Repair Disk will allow you to access your System Restore feature and your restore points when your system is not bootable, which is why it may save you from needing to reimage the drive.
The Repair Disk will offer you repair options like Start Up Repair
You will probably make either one image of your system drive, or possibly one every 3-6 months but back ups should be at least weekly. If you ever need to restore from your image, you will probably need your back up to bring everything up to date.
Another thing I prefer is to keep a separate partition for your OS and programs and a second one for your personal files. This way, if you need to restore, repair, or reinstall your OS partition, your data partition is not affected.
Yes, I find that all you need are the Window 7 built in backup and image tools that are included with your system. They have worked for me very well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
March 23, 2013 at 08:53:40
Thank you all for complete tips!

Zennon


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#6
September 10, 2013 at 19:52:26
Is there a tutorial on how to use the Repair Disk feature of Windows 7?

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#7
September 10, 2013 at 23:10:48
No tutorial needed. Just boot from the disk and follow the prompts. There are hints and tips along the way.

Stuart

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