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Boot CD & Bare metal restore in Windows 7 Home & Professional editions


The above link give the steps to take image backup (which I presume is bare metal backup like
what Acronis & Ghost backup do, right? )

But I saw an option in the link to create an image disc but don't see the instructions.
Is it possible to create a boot CD to start recovery to read recovery data from a USB disk
like what Acronis could do?  Kindly indicate the steps for both Windows 7 Home & Professional.

Will the above backups allow me to restore with drivers like Acronis Universal Restore?

I know & ever take bare metal backup in Win2008 R2 but have not tried to create a
'bootable CD' yet.   Ideally can boot up from USB HDD (I'm using Lenovo X220 & X230)
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i think it is NOT an image backup at all - just a normal backup
for an image backup - intended for restoring on other hardware -  which i presume you want to do; i use the paragon adaptive restore software  http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/adaptiverestore/
Manojkumar RaneCommented:
You can use normal windows CD to restore the bare metal backup that you have taken using provided procedure.
Ref : http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2011/05/12/bare-metal-restore.aspx
Windows 7 backup actually has 2 backup options. One is an image type backup which backs up the complete system, and the other is a folder based backup system that more or less just backs up the folders into something like zip files.

The image backup of Windows 7 doesn't have an option to restore to different hardware. But Windows 7 is less picky when it comes to different hardware and sometimes it might work. But you must be aware that this will require re-activation of the OS, and if your original Windows 7 license is OEM, you might not be able to activate the OS (it depends on whether you live in the EU or Switzerland, where phone activation will work, or other countries, where it won't work). But the activation issue is something that you will have with all image backup or cloning tools, not just with the one built into Windows 7.

A further disadvantage you have with the Windows builtin backup utility, is that it doesn't compress the image, so it will take up a lot of space on the disk you are backing up to (although you could set the ntfs file-system for "compression", which would do some compression, but that is not optimal).

You can use the Windows installation DVD to boot from and restore the backup, or you can also create a recovery CD which you can create as explained in the link you posted. This CD just holds a minimal WinPE environment with recovery options, the backup image you made will be on an external HD.

Better than Windows built-in backup is Paragon's backup and recovery tool. If you aren't using this for business, you can use the free version.
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
>i think it is NOT an image backup at all
Well, I happy enough with the Win2008 R2's image backup so if Win 7's
image backup is comparable to what Win 7's backup could do, that's
good enough for me.  I've found that Win2008 R2's image back did
compress the backup: I've found from the past backups, the backups
consume slightly less than half the space of actual total data bytes of
the C: & D: drives that I backup.

>create a recovery CD which you can create as explained in the link you posted
Bear with me, but I can't seem to locate any info on how to create this bootable
recovery CD in that link, care to paste it here?

My current need is just to backup Win 7 from the older X220 & restore it to
the X230 : guess their hardware are close enough to allow the restore to work?

Thanks all
If you select "Backup and Recovery" in your control panel, there is an option to create a "System Repair Disc". That is used to create your boot CD, which can be used to fix OS boot issues, but also to restore from your backups.

A problem you could run into when you restore to different hardware is that you might not be able to activate the OS.
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