Windows 7 System Image Backup: Helpful on Failure

Windows 7 comes with an option of creating a system image or hard disk image using which you can take snapshot of your Windows partition which will contain Windows and all the programs along with settings and files. This is a similar functionality that is provided in the by software tools like “Acronis True Image” to backup your computer and restore windows 7 from system image when something goes wrong.

The advantage of using this tool is that you don’t have to reinstall Windows 7 if it becomes unbootable and irrepiarable, you just have to restore windows 7 system image that you have taken, which will overwrite the current unbootable volume and restore the files, programs and all settings as it was present when the system image was taken. The windows 7 system image that has been created will be stored in a different partition. Please note Windows 7 will not be able to create the snapshot or system image in the same partition which is being backed up.

1. Go to Start Menu >> Control Panel >> System & Security >> Backup and Restore >> Create System Image, refer to the below screenshots.

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2. Now the system will ask you to choose the backup location for saving the system image, there are three options available:

 Windows 7 System Image Backup: Helpful on Failure
  • System image can be saved on different hard disk partition.
  • You can save the system image on DVDs. The no of DVDs required will be equal to the size of the partition that you are backing up.
  • The system image can also be stored in a network location or drive.
 Windows 7 System Image Backup: Helpful on Failure In addition to the Windows 7 partition you can also backup any other partition along with that, choose the partitions in addition to the Windows 7 based on your requirement.

3. A summary of partition that is getting backed up and the windows 7 backup location is displayed. To start the backup or start the imaging process hit the ‘Start backup’ button.

  • windows7systemimage06 Windows 7 System Image Backup: Helpful on Failure4. Now wait for the backup process to complete.windows7systemimage07 Windows 7 System Image Backup: Helpful on Failure

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    5. After the backup is complete the system will prompt you to create system repair disc, if you have not created it then you can create it. You may not do this, if you have a Windows 7 DVD or disc.

    6. You can see that there is a folder created in target drive called “WindowsImageBackup”. This folder contains all the data that was backed up and don’t delete this folder.

    That’s it! Now an image of your computer has been taken and you can use it later when you want to do windows 7 restore from image.

    Images Courtesy: shivaranjan.com

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