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Published on 03.31.09 by Brent Trahan

Create a System Image Saved On a Hard Drive

Learn how to create an image backup of Windows 7 which backs up Windows, programs, settings, and files.

Note: System images can only be backed up using Windows 7 Ultimate or Business additions.

If you need an image based backup, try one of these backup packages.

Create a System Image

  1. Open the Control Panel in the Start menu.
  2. Open Backup and Restore in the Control Panel.

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    Note: If Backup and Restore is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click Create a system image in the left column of the Backup and Restore window.

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  4. Select On a hard disk, select the hard drive you want to save the system image on, and then click Next.

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    Note: A system image should not be save on a different partition on the same hard drive as Windows is installed on. If the hard drive crashes, the backup goes down with it. Save the system image on a separate hard drive.

  5. Review what you’re backing up and then click Start backup.

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  6. You’ll be asked if you want to create a system repair disk. A system repair disk is used to boot a computer up that can’t boot on its own. The system repair disk can automatically fix most boot problems or restore your computer from a previous system image. I highly recommend creating a system repair disk. Click Yes to create one now or see my guide How-to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disk.

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  7. When the backup is finished click Close.

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