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  • Question

  • I have Windows 7 which already comes with backup software which has this function but there are other freeware software out there

    What is your favorite freeware program to make this? Have you used it already to restore your system drive to a different drive? 

    Thank you very much!
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:47 AM

Answers

  • There are dozens of apps available, one on them is : https://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

    It depends on the usage and features which one to use. 


    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:53 AM
  • hi,

    win 7 built-in backup tool is free. but I think it is hard to use.

    some third-party backup tools are free, you can goolge find a lot.

    one of them: aomei backupper will do http://www.backup-utility.com/features/create-bootable-disc.html  

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:46 AM
  • Hi,

    What's your requirement that the built-in utility is unable to achieve it?

    System drive is where Windows resides. It won't care if you install an application on another drive.

    If you want to include additional drives in the system image, you can manually create a system image.

    Please refer to the following steps:

    1. Go to Backup and Restore interface, in the left pane, click Create A System Image.

    2. On the Where Do You Want To Save The Backup page, use the options provided to specify a backup location. Click Next.

    3. On the Which Drives Do You Want To Include In The Backup page, the computer's system drive is selected by default. You cannot change this selection, but you can add other drives to the backup image by selecting the related check boxes. Click Next to continue.

    4. Click Start Backup.

    In addition, system image is a complete restoration. You could delete and reformat all disks on this computer to match the layout of the system image.

    However, I wouldn't recommend you do that.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Edited by Karen Hu Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:00 AM update
    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:18 AM
  • check out this link on how to image your drive


    Create System Image Win 7

    Every second counts..make use of it. Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.
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    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:30 AM

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  • There are dozens of apps available, one on them is : https://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

    It depends on the usage and features which one to use. 


    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:53 AM
  • hi,

    win 7 built-in backup tool is free. but I think it is hard to use.

    some third-party backup tools are free, you can goolge find a lot.

    one of them: aomei backupper will do http://www.backup-utility.com/features/create-bootable-disc.html  

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:46 AM
  • Hi,

    What's your requirement that the built-in utility is unable to achieve it?

    System drive is where Windows resides. It won't care if you install an application on another drive.

    If you want to include additional drives in the system image, you can manually create a system image.

    Please refer to the following steps:

    1. Go to Backup and Restore interface, in the left pane, click Create A System Image.

    2. On the Where Do You Want To Save The Backup page, use the options provided to specify a backup location. Click Next.

    3. On the Which Drives Do You Want To Include In The Backup page, the computer's system drive is selected by default. You cannot change this selection, but you can add other drives to the backup image by selecting the related check boxes. Click Next to continue.

    4. Click Start Backup.

    In addition, system image is a complete restoration. You could delete and reformat all disks on this computer to match the layout of the system image.

    However, I wouldn't recommend you do that.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Edited by Karen Hu Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:00 AM update
    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:18 AM
  • check out this link on how to image your drive


    Create System Image Win 7

    Every second counts..make use of it. Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.
    IT Stuff Quick Bytes

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:24 PM
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:30 AM