I have upgraded from Vista to Win 7 Home Premium 32. I want to create a system image for recovery purposes in the event of disaster. Tried it several times on discs and it didn't work. Would it work better with an external hard drive? I looked at HP250GB Pocket Media Drive with USB cable for about $80. Would this work for creating the system image and for recovery? Does a recovery put the operating system back on my laptop? I know that sounds really dumb, but it's all pretty confusing to me.
Would it work better with an external hard drive?
Yes, it's always better to keep a drive backup safe and sound on a external storage device.
I looked at HP250GB Pocket Media Drive with USB cable for about $80. Would this work for creating the system image and for recovery?
Most certainly, 250 GB goes a long way, most drive backup programs offer compression of up to 50%
Does a recovery put the operating system back on my laptop?
But of course.
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I would always recommend doing a full backup to either a USB flash drive or an external hard drive.
Windows built in backup utility is brilliant for a full image, but if you want another tool, look for ImageX in the WAIK (Microsoft Windows Automated Installation Kit).
It is a tiny tool. I personally made a custom WindowsPE disk with this on it (the WAIK guides you through this) but you can put it on a usb stick and run Windows setup from the dvd or BartPE. You can then create a full drive backup very easily
Read here for more information on the tool. You basically need the
I would partition the laptop's hard drive into a C:\ (system) and a D:\ (storage) type of layout. That way when you do use a system imaging tool you only image the actual operating system instead of a lot of data that changes often. Using a live CD might actually be a little easier to work with since you can have networking and internet access if need be. You can usually save off an image to just about anyplace such as a CD, DVD, external drive or network drive. If you're thinking about disaster recovery, you might also want to think about doing a nightly backup of your data so that you can also recover it if the laptop's hard drive fails.
Good luck, and hope this helps some.
You can easily create a restorable image using Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010. They have a 60 day demo that will allow a running system to create an image. That image can be restored to same or different hardware or even convert to an MS or VMware Virtual machine image.
I used this before I upgraded to Windows 7 anad have used it to back up numerous systems before as well.