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# 180524 12-Sep-2015 11:01
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I havnt done an image for a long time, but doesnt win7 come with a utility?

I use to use trueimage but would prefer to use windows if possible.

Ive basically installed win 7 and all my drivers and updates and want to make an image now before making any further changes.

My drive is only 56GB, not sure how much is used. When I use system image, will it literally need a spare external drive of 56GB or will it be smaller?

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  # 1386103 12-Sep-2015 11:09
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Do you want to create an image of your current OS, as backup, or do you want to create disks to help you reinstall Windows?

If you want a backup, use Macrium Reflect, ideally using a boot USB/DVD/CD. While I think Windows does have a utility the third party products tend to be better at it.



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  # 1386124 12-Sep-2015 11:20
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Just an image to restore to its current point, have created a bootable repair disc.

My question is, how big an external drive will I need for the image? is it the same size as the data used (ie the os and all the drivers/programs)?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1386127 12-Sep-2015 11:30
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TeaLeaf: Just an image to restore to its current point, have created a bootable repair disc.

My question is, how big an external drive will I need for the image? is it the same size as the data used (ie the os and all the drivers/programs)?


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  # 1386129 12-Sep-2015 11:33
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So in its current state it may fit on a 16GB thumb drive?

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  # 1386131 12-Sep-2015 11:36
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I use Macrium Reflect Free V6. My C: is around 80GB and the Macrium image is around 42GB.

This version of Macrium gives impressive compression rates.

YMMV but I wouldn't be surprised for you to only need 32ish GB.

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  # 1386134 12-Sep-2015 11:41
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Windows 7 provides an image backup utility, free. It's not as full of features like Acronis and others but will do the job. To restore you need to boot from Windows 7 media and follow instructions.

It will keep multiple versions and delete old ones if space is needed.

Instructions here: Windows 7 Image Backup.




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  # 1386135 12-Sep-2015 11:43
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To make the image smaller:
 - Move your data and media to another disk
 - Run diskclean (both regular and hitting the "clean up system files" button)
 - Reduce your system restore image size allocated (don't just turn it off - that doesn't delete the restore points)
 - Manually clean up temp folders

My W10 image is usually around 20GB.

 
 
 
 




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  # 1386184 12-Sep-2015 12:49
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This is a win 7 pro totally fresh install, absolutely no data or programs loaded yet. I thought it would be about 8GB?

Thanks all, Im not a PC IT guy so I realise these are noob questions.



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  # 1386216 12-Sep-2015 14:12
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No win7 wont let me back an image to my 16GB USB. Dont have any more external storage HDDs free. dang it.



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  # 1386652 13-Sep-2015 15:27
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windows tech support site says you can backup to USB flash, and i can select it, but it says i cannot use it and the next button is greyed out. its a 16GB stick. i formatted it NTFS. any ideas?

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  # 1386672 13-Sep-2015 16:12
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Ok that makes sense, cheers for that. Surprised as its just a base install and updates, thought that was 7-9GB.



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  # 1386680 13-Sep-2015 16:18
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Darn got that wrong, base install and drivers and updatedes windows 7 pro = 24GB

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