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Solved Creating an image of my Windows 7 vomputer

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  1. FLYNNE

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD A6-4400M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 7650 Mb
    Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7600M Series, -2048 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 931724 MB, Free - 863424 MB; D: Total - 21840 MB, Free - 2343 MB;
    Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 18A7
    Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

    I wish to make a full image of my Window 7 computer on a USB Flash Drive.

    Is this possible ?

    What size (Gb) of drive would I require and how would I go about making an image ?

    Regards

    FLYNNE
     
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    An "image of my Window 7 computer" makes me think of using a (digital) camera to take a picture, copy the resulting image to a computer, and then copy the image to a USB flash drive.

    What do you really mean? To image all the partitions on the (1 TB?) hard drive?
     
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    Hello Terynet and Lance 1

    Thank you both for your quick responses.

    I want to image the whole hard drive ( 1 TB).

    I presume the external USB flash drive on which the image is created will have to be 1TB.

    I don't think 1TB USB flash drives are available .

    Will I have to burn this information on digital DVD's or many Flash Drives.

    Please advise

    Regards

    Flynne
     
  5. Lance1

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    The size of the image would be the size of C:\ Highlight the C:\ and select properties. There you'll see the amount of data to be backup up.

     
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    Looks like you're using 100 GB to 150 GB of the hard drive. Most imaging programs compress the data, so that is the upper end for the image size.

    I use Macrium Reflect Free to image to an external hard drive. I do not know if it will accept an USB flash drive for the destination.
     
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    Hello Terrynet and Lance 1

    Pardon me for being a little slow.

    Terrynet says "Looks like you're using 100 GB to 150 GB of the hard drive" - does this mean I can use 150GB capacity Flash USB Drive to create the image ?

    Regards

    Flynne
     
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    The image is compressed so I can't see why you can't use a 150. Did you highlight and right click the C:\ and check the properties to see what the actual size is?
     
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    In your specs you show a C drive and a D drive. You could create your image of C onto D. But if I were you and even thinking about purchasing a huge flash drive for one image, I would go for an even bigger external USB drive for many backups and additional storage. I prefer Acronis myself and quite a few external drives come with it bundled in there software.
     
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    Bad idea to create an image on the internal hard drive. If the hd dies, you have no image.

    I buy external portable hard drives. They would be better for long term storage than a USB stick.

    example of what I use: http://www.walmart.com/ip/WD-My-Passport-Ultra-1TB-External-Hard-Drive-Assorted-Colors/44786025

    I image four Windows 7 computers monthly. I own 6 of these in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB sizes. I rotate the monthly images so if one drive dies, I still have images available.
     
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    captainron276, that goes against what the OP wants to do - make an image OFF the computer. You do not create a partition and put the backup on the hard drive! If the hard drive dies, everything is gone. You want the backup stored off the computer.

    Windows 7 allows you to create partitions without installing yet more software.
    I used Windows 7 inbuilt tools to partition two of our four windows computers to store movies on a partition rather than in C. That way, when I do my monthly images (stored off the computer), I am not backing up all the movies every month.
     
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    I don't understand. A partition assistant is for partitioning a hard drive.

    http://www.aomeitech.com/download.html
    AOMEI Backupper would be the proper program to
    Backup, Clone, and Restore Software.
     
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    It also does a complete copy of the HD. I will ckeck out the Backupper.
     
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