Slideshow: How to restore a hard disk with Windows 7 System Image Recovery

As the restore operation progresses, you'll see the progress; however, chances are that it will take a few hours to complete

In a moment, the restore operation will begin. As the restore operation progresses, you'll see the progress bar, as shown. Depending on how big your hard disk is, the restore operation can take a few hours. Now that the restore is under way, it might be a good idea to step away for a while. Go get a cup of coffee or watch some TV. When it is done, your system will restart and you'll see the familiar logon screen.

What's your take?

Now that you know how a System Image Recovery procedure works, you will be prepared if the time comes when you are forced to restore your computer. If you have performed a System Image Recovery procedure before, what was your experience? As always, if you have comments or information to share about this topic, please take a moment to drop by the TechRepublic Community Forums and let us hear from you.


Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.