Join 3,496 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)


Win 7 install problem
February 8, 2010 11:38 AM   Subscribe

I did a clean reinstall of Windows 7. When I did, rather than creating a small "recovery" partition, it designated an entire separate hard drive a system drive. Now if I want to use the built in drive image program it insists I back up both...when I just want to back up the OS. Can this be changed? If not, if I use a third party image program can I just back up the C drive?
posted by jmf2525 to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
 
The recovery partition is pretty tiny.
If you decide to go third party I recommend acronis, but personally, I used to use acronis on xp and vista, and stopped to switch to the built in backup on w7.
posted by lrodman at 11:59 AM on February 8, 2010


The problem is that when I reinstalled Win 7, it didn't create a separate small "recovery" partition, as I'd expected. It designated an entire 125G internal hard drive (not the same HD as the OS is installed on) as the "recovery" partition.
posted by jmf2525 at 12:22 PM on February 8, 2010


The backup utility wont backup the empty space. The partition could be 500gigs but if it only has 500megs of data then only that gets copied. So its probably not a big deal.

If not, if I use a third party image program can I just back up the C drive?

DriveImageXML is free.
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:34 PM on February 8, 2010


Okay, I just logged into a Win7 machine. If you run the backup app you'll see a shield with the words "Setup backup." In this screen you can select the drives you want to backup.
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:37 PM on February 8, 2010


« Older Should we rent a car in Aruba?...   |  Is there actually a link betwe... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.