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Windows 7 Pro Backup, Copy WindowsImageBackup folder

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I have created a system image to an internal drive (backup all C stuff to the D drive). I notice that there is a folder WindowsImageBackup that looks like it has the system image in it. Can I copy that folder to another location, then copy it back at a later date if I need it? Are there any considerations (gotcha's) I should be aware of? (For example, System Restore will not find it, it will not work if your hardware config changed, it will not work at all, etc.)

Once the WindowsImageBackup folder is copied back to the D drive (probably because something very bad happened), I would plan to use it and the recovery disk to restore the system. I would then use other backups to restore user data.

I would like to create full C-drive system images every month, keeping the current backup on the D drive and having several copies of images rotated in other places (mostly external drives). This whole scenerio requires that I can copy the desired image back to my D drive, then use it to restore my system.
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I cant see why this would be a problem.

As far as i undersad its just a file that contains the package data for a back up.

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7performance/thread/d9992c02-2ef2-42f2-8bf0-6f55803daa71

This looks like it backs my thoughts up somewhat (see the last post not the answer)

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The person didnt talk about if the restore would work. The only way to test would be to wipe the disk clean and try it. I was hoping to hear from somebody that has successfully done it.
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