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

The System Recovery Options menu display

Have you used Microsoft Windows 7's Backup and Restore to create a system image of your hard disk? If so, do you update it on a regular basis? If so, then you are prepared for a problem that leaves your hard disk in an un-repairable predicament, such as the one that I described in my recent blog post, "Access More Troubleshooting Tools with Windows 7 System Recovery Options." This is the predicament where the Startup Repair Tool can't repair the problem and you then access the System Recovery Options menu, as shown, which provides you with a set of tools that can help you revive your system. If for some reason neither Startup Repair nor System Restore is able to get you back up and running, you can use the System Image Recovery option to revive an unbootable system.

While knowing that you have a system image provides you with a certain level of comfort, using it is another story. The reason being that the only time you'll ever get to see what a System Image Recovery operation looks like is when you need to perform one. And, chances are that you'll be pretty stressed at that point and won't really want any more uncertainty in your life.

With that in mind, in this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll show you how to use System Image Recovery. That way, if the time comes when you need to use it, you'll know exactly what to expect.

By Greg Shultz

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.