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Windows 7 image backups?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Glock!9, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Glock!9


    Oct 5, 2001
    South Eastern PA
    Does anyone know if the disk you need to create for a bare metal restore is generic to boot into the recovery console or is that also specific to the PC?
  2. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    It is generic for 32bit - All 32bit systems I have tried this on worked fine.

    It is also generic for 64bit systems ...

    I don't recall trying a 32Bit with a 64bit recovery, or visa versa...

    Just match the 32bit and 64bits on the same disk - 3 computers in the house, one 64bit and 2 32bit = 2 disks, 1 32bit, 1 64bit...

    That is what I do.



  3. Are you using the built-in Win7 image utility?

    I had a bad experience with it - I created a system image, did NOT create the recovery disc as it prompted me to.

    I wiped my drive and reinstalled 7, I'm 99% sure using the same disc I had originally used.

    Tried to restore from the image I had created previously, and NO luck. None.

    Fortunately I had everything double-backed up, so I didn't lose any data, but I had really wanted to avoid reinstalling all my programs.

    I'd give it a try before you trust your data to it, that's for sure.

    May have had something to do with the fact that I created the image on my NAS, but it shouldn't....
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011