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Windows 7 Pro System Image

By abruzzo ·
In windows 7 Pro is it possiable to save more than one system Image without over writing, similiar to other Disk Imaging Software like Acronis? I want to be able to do a bare metal recovery from different points in time not just from the most current image. Documentation seems to indicate that it is possiable to save more than one image. How do I do that?

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Well, you have three choices to choose from

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows 7 Pro System Imag ...

1. On a hard disk

2. On one or more DVD's

3. On a network location


I would use an external hard drive or a second drive if one is fitted. Using DVD's is another option but you would probably need a few. The other alternative is to use a share on a network drive.

Keeping different versions of system images
If you're saving your system images on an internal or external drive, or on CDs or DVDs, you can keep several versions of system images. On internal and external hard drives, older system images will be deleted when the drive runs out of space. To help conserve disk space, you can manually delete older system images. For more information, see What backup settings should I use to maximize my disk space?

If you're saving your system images in a network location, you can only keep the most current system image for each computer. System images are saved in the format of drive\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\. If you have an existing system image for a computer and are creating a new one for the same computer, the new system image will overwrite the existing one. If you want to keep the existing system image, you can copy it to a different location before creating the new system image by following these steps:

Navigate to the location of the system image.

Copy the WindowsImageBackup folder to a new location.

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You da Man!

by seanferd In reply to Well, you have three choi ...

I knew you would have an answer to that.

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Vista and Windows 7

by Jacky Howe In reply to You da Man!

Help files. They're a good place to start when you are not familiar with the Operating System. They are often overlooked.

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You are not kidding.

by seanferd In reply to Vista and Windows 7

I'll bet half of the most common tech questions on the internet could be answered just by looking in the appropriate help file.

Never used Vista, and unfortunately, I don't have a copy of 7 up at the moment. Saving up to get me some retail package action.

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The Help

by Jacky Howe In reply to You are not kidding.

in Vista and W7 is worth checking out, as it seems to be more user friendly, and packed with a lot more info than in XP. Yes a lot users could answer their own questions if they looked at the Help section.

I bit the bullet and reinstalled Vista Business to see how it performs with SP2. So far it has been OK, except for explorer crashing occasionally. It doesn't seem as frequent after a couple of updates.

I'm still running the Beta of W7. I don't think that I'm going to be able to afford it for awhile yet, but I will eventually get a copy.

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XP help.

by seanferd In reply to The Help

You know, I think you are right. Prior versions of Windows had better help files than XP as well. Er, couldn't say about ME, but 95, 98, & 2000 help files seemed pretty good at the time.

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I felt a bit let down

by Jacky Howe In reply to XP help.

with XP help, it seemed that there wasn't a great deal of effort put into it.

LOL ME, I could only ever get it to run reasonably well on a System that had an Intel processor and chipset.

I recommend looking at Vista and Windows 7 Help as a lot of answers are at your finger tips.

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Vista help was definitely helpful

by seanferd In reply to XP help.

on the two or three occasions I had to troubleshoot it or help someone configure their system. Especially considering I had so little experience with Vista.

7 help files seemed rather good as well, when I was running the beta & RC. (Actually, I'll just plonk myself down and read through the help files. I also read instruction manuals and use maps when needed. Go figure.)

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