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    My OS is "Win7 Home Premium. An external hard drive I use for periodic image and data backups also has a lot of other folders, data files, program .exe files, picture files, etc. on it 78 in total that I had saved from my former XP system.

    Can any one tell me how to identify which are the Win7 data and image files on this backup drive?

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    Check the dates created. This should help to identify new ones from older ones. From this point on make sure you name your images to identify easily. Append a date to the images.

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    Nice annotation Ted!

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    Thank you for your response,Ted. I assume that "EMySeagate)" is your back up drive. When I created my total image backups, I just selected my J: (backup) drive without any specific destination. For the future I suppose the solution is to create a "My Backups" folder on that drive and be more specific with the destination when doing an image backup.

    In the meantime I did find what I think are the earlier image backups in a folder titled "Our Computer". There are 6 sub folders called "Backup Set" with dates and in each sub folder there are folders called "Backup Files" (again with a date). Next on the tree are zipped backup files numbered from 1 to 9 and expanding each of them is C>Users>Our Computer>...... and so forth. I don't have anything nice and neat like your Complete_HD_Image files with a ".tib" extension. Is that something I can do when I do another image backup? In the past I wasn't aware of that option.

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    Further to my last post, I have determined that what I thought were image backups were in fact data backups. When I go to Backup & Restore in Control Panel and click on "Manage space" it shows that I have 69.46 GB in System Image. The files I found only add up to 10.22 GB and they are data files. There is another folder on my backup drive titled "WindowsImageBackup". That folder has three sub folders - "Backup 2010-11-06 014900", "Catalog" and SPPMetadataCache". Those folders account for about 30 GB. My challenge now is to find the other 39 1/2 GB of System Image, and I have no clue as to where to look!

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    Yes, the Seagate is an Ext. USB 1 TB Free Agent Go HD. My laptop Images are stored under My Backups, my wife's laptop Images are stored in a different named folder (Don't recall exact name, too lazy this morning to dig out the Ext HD) I always try to recreate images whenever I make a change to my PC. This allows me to restore to a point very close to where I was when I screwed up and hosed my OS (Most of my recoveries are due to things I do myself while playing) That's why I have to name the Images properly and append the date so I can find the Image I want. Good luck in finding your images and future Imaging attempts.
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