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    Hey All,

    I'm close to taking the plunge and putting Win 7 on my system. Before I do, I would like to make an image of the disk as is in case something goes goofy. Once Win 7 is all up and running, I woyuld then like to use it to regularly create images to safekeep against problems.

    If possible, please offer suggestions for a backup and imaging software. I am looking for a basic program here, simple backups and imaging (unless there's a better solution offered) As with everyone now a days, money is tight and I'd like to spend as little as possible.

    TIA for any info provided and 'talk' to you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant B View Post
    Hey All,

    If possible, please offer suggestions for a backup and imaging software. I am looking for a basic program here, simple backups and imaging (unless there's a better solution offered) As with everyone now a days, money is tight and I'd like to spend as little as possible.
    As always user preferences abound on this topic. If you click Lobby and scroll down to Other Technologies Security & Backups then you will find alot of previous threads addressing this issue. Maybe you can check these out and post back with further questions until someone else responds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant B View Post
    Hey All,

    I'm close to taking the plunge and putting Win 7 on my system. Before I do, I would like to make an image of the disk as is in case something goes goofy. Once Win 7 is all up and running, I woyuld then like to use it to regularly create images to safekeep against problems.

    If possible, please offer suggestions for a backup and imaging software. I am looking for a basic program here, simple backups and imaging (unless there's a better solution offered) As with everyone now a days, money is tight and I'd like to spend as little as possible.

    TIA for any info provided and 'talk' to you soon.

    Regards,
    Grant
    Hi Grant,
    If possible maybe you could use a new hard disk for putting win 7 on (They are quite cheap now). Then if goes wrong can just put old hard drive back in. Once happy with win 7 can use old hard disk for extra storage by reformatting.

    There is no need to spend money on backup or imaging software for win 7 home premium and higher. Win 7 has built in disk imaging and backup programs that work very well.
    I have been using the create disk image regularly and have had no problems at all.

    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiousclive View Post
    Hi Grant,
    If possible maybe you could use a new hard disk for putting win 7 on (They are quite cheap now). Then if goes wrong can just put old hard drive back in. Once happy with win 7 can use old hard disk for extra storage by reformatting.

    There is no need to spend money on backup or imaging software for win 7 home premium and higher. Win 7 has built in disk imaging and backup programs that work very well.
    I have been using the create disk image regularly and have had no problems at all.

    Hope this helps
    Clive
    Hi Clive,

    I have a question about the Win 7 built-in imaging utility that I am hoping you or perhaps someone else can answer. Specifically, is it possible to create a bootable image disk in Win 7? In other words, if the OS fails completely will I be able to re-install my system from the image without having to reinstall the OS first?

    Thanks in Advance,
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    Hello all, as Hey Jude posted there are a number of threads already in the Security/Backups forum and you will likely find plenty of answers to your questions in those already established threads.
    It is better to check out threads to see if your issue has been addressed already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Turner View Post
    Hi Clive,

    I have a question about the Win 7 built-in imaging utility that I am hoping you or perhaps someone else can answer. Specifically, is it possible to create a bootable image disk in Win 7? In other words, if the OS fails completely will I be able to re-install my system from the image without having to reinstall the OS first?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Doug
    Do you have the Win 7 DVD???? I created a System Image of my Windows 7 Pro using my Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini EHD. All I did was open Control Panel and clicked Create a System Image and the screen brought up my E: drive and I clicked next and it saved 60 GB in 18 minutes. This is the handy portable HD which a friend told me about a year or so ago. I can take with me when I travel in the event I have any malfunction issues.

    You boot from your Win 7 installation disk. When you get to Install or Repair, choose Repair. It will ask you which installation you want to repair, then you get a screen with five options. Choose the third, System Image Recovery, give it about 30 minutes to do its thing, and you're good to go.

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    Do you have a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive? If so, download Seagate Tools from the Seagate web site. This is a striped-down version of Acronis (sp?) and provides partition imaging. I have used it to move my OS partition among drives, and to take occasional backup snapshots of my OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWTNA View Post
    Hi Clive,

    I have a question about the Win 7 built-in imaging utility that I am hoping you or perhaps someone else can answer. Specifically, is it possible to create a bootable image disk in Win 7? In other words, if the OS fails completely will I be able to re-install my system from the image without having to reinstall the OS first?

    Thanks in Advance,
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    You do need the win7 install disk. Boot with that and navigate to repair option (not install). In this option there is a choice to restore computer from a backup image.
    If you have done the image on an external hard drive you just need to show the program where it is then click go, (often it will find it for you).. It will reformat the hard drive and replace the OS with your backup.
    I have tested this on both 32bit and 64bit win 7 and works fine with no problems.
    The backup option in windows I have not tried as seems pointless if I have a complete image, so cannot say how good that is.

    Hope this helps
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    I switched from Acronis True Image 11 to Macrium Reflect 4.2 a couple for months ago. It's $40 and doing a spectacular job for my needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWTNA View Post
    Hi Clive,

    I have a question about the Win 7 built-in imaging utility that I am hoping you or perhaps someone else can answer. Specifically, is it possible to create a bootable image disk in Win 7? In other words, if the OS fails completely will I be able to re-install my system from the image without having to reinstall the OS first?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Doug

    Yes you can. When you make your image, after it finishes it will ask if you wish to create a system repair disk. This repair disk is bootable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SofaRider View Post
    I switched from Acronis True Image 11 to Macrium Reflect 4.2 a couple for months ago. It's $40 and doing a spectacular job for my needs.

    Acronis has released True Image 2010 for $40.
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    Clonezilla is free and will create a drive image or restore a drive from the image.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/clonezilla/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SofaRider View Post
    I switched from Acronis True Image 11 to Macrium Reflect 4.2 a couple for months ago. It's $40 and doing a spectacular job for my needs.
    Macrium Reflect also has a FREE edition which does full backup images and does not allow for incremental, etc. Check out the FREE edition first.

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    Thanks to everyone for their assistance. It would seem that the long & short of it is that Microsoft has provided the necessary tools in Win 7 so I'll take the plunge today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Acronis has released True Image 2010 for $40.
    That $40.00 no longer includes the interim updates or support. Those options now add $12.00 and $9.00 respectively, raising the total to nearly $69.00. That's the full and honest price of TIH 2010.
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