windows 7 recovery - create backup

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January 23, 2013 at 14:22:41
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 503 MB
Im a little confused over the recovery backup image. here is why

1- why is it created into a folder instead of backup.img bootable Nero file ?
if a pc has no O.S but has DOS, the windows xp way was that the windows instal would always install from a backup.img file.

2- when I view the folders and files inside my windows instal all I see is more folders and one large _ _ _.vhdx file but no _ _.img file

how will DOS know how to install the windows O.S ?

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#1
January 23, 2013 at 17:54:14
All computers have a Disk Operating System (DOS).

The last computers that ran on top of a separate DOS were Windows 95/98 etc.

XP and above have no separate DOS - effectively Windows is it's own DOS.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
January 23, 2013 at 19:23:36
DOS won't know what to do with the backup file. The Windows Repair Environment will.

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#3
January 23, 2013 at 19:50:00
If you make a Disk Image from Windows 7 back up and your machine will not boot, or your hard drive dies and you need to replace it, you just boot to your Windows 7 Repair Disk (that you make also from the Back Up section) and there is an option on the repair disk to restore your image file to a hard drive or partition. If you also have a current back up of your personal files, which is typically even more recent than the image you saved (if back up is automatic), then you can restore that also and be as up to date as possible.
If I were you, I would make that Disk Image to a second hard drive, an External Hard Drive, or to DVD's, set up automatic back up to back up your personal files (preferably to a external hard drive or at least a second internal hard drive), and make the Repair Disk as soon as possible.

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


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#4
January 24, 2013 at 14:38:51
can I put this on a usb and make it bootable ? and if so how ? do I have to go through Nero and create an .........img file of the backup ? and make how do I make the usb bootable with that backup on it ?

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#5
January 24, 2013 at 19:53:11
Your back up can be stored as an image on a USB device, but Windows cannot be booted from a USB device and your back up cannot be booted to. You CAN however, use the BOOTABLE Repair Disk to RESTORE the image back to the original hard drive or a brand new hard drive, but it must be installed as a permanent drive for Windows to be bootable. The Repair disk should be a CD or DVD disk, but it MIGHT let you make THAT to a USB Flash Drive (I really do not know for sure and have not thought about it before now). If it lets you make it as a Flash Repair Disk, make sure you try booting off it before you rely on it (though I believe an optical disk is a better media for storing it for eventual emergency use).

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


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#6
January 24, 2013 at 23:31:12
Whatever you decide to do, don't assume it is all OK, test it on a spare hard drive.

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