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    Back-up of OS (Windows 7)

    I am sure this has been answered countless times but I can't find it.

    One of you once gave advice on how to back up the entire or part (?) of the OS in the event that something should go wrong. I don't believe this was the direct answer to the problem but simply some advice from one of you to someone in order to avoid future problems.

    I am about to do a fresh re-install of my Windows7 this coming week. I wasn't aware that such a procedure was possible. I have seen advertisements and promos for software around the internet but I would like to know if there is a possible of doing this manually (ie: backing up to an external drive) or other procedure? If so, how is this done or does one actually need to purchase a software app to do this.

    If this has been answered before can you point me in the right direction to find out how this is done step-by-step. I am really belaboured by the re-installation of the OS at least every-other year. Thank you.
    15.10.11
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    HDDs: C: 350Gb-SATA; D: 2TB-SATA; E: 750Gb-SATA
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    Thank you for that quick answer.

    The backup utilities in Windows 7 seems to be pretty straight forward but I'm guessing that the Acronis True Image Home is a bit more thorough. Which do you personally recommend?
    15.10.11
    Windows7 Ultimate x64 6.1.7600 build 7600
    PROCESSOR LEVEL: Intel i5 661@3.33GHz
    MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P7P55-M
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc 0312, 13.11.09
    RAM: 6Gb DDR3
    GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR: EVGA/NVIDIA e-GeForce 6200LE 128Mb DDR
    HDDs: C: 350Gb-SATA; D: 2TB-SATA; E: 750Gb-SATA
    MONITOR: HP x23LED
    DVD/CD: Plextor PX750A

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    I like Acronis for a number of reasons. First, it allows you to make multiple disk images and keep each one whereas Windows imaging program requires you to move the previous image to a new location because it won't allow more than one at a time. Acronis also compresses the images to save considerable space.. as much as 50-60% depending on circumstances. It also allows you to add to an existing image rather than create a complete new one. And lastly it also optionally creates a pre-boot environment/version of itself that you can boot to (by pressing F11) if you've had a catastrophic Windows boot failure from which you can more easily get back to a known state.
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    Another vote for Acronis.

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    Thanks this has been more than helpful.

    I'm sure all this will be as much help to someone coming along in the future.
    Cheers.
    15.10.11
    Windows7 Ultimate x64 6.1.7600 build 7600
    PROCESSOR LEVEL: Intel i5 661@3.33GHz
    MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P7P55-M
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc 0312, 13.11.09
    RAM: 6Gb DDR3
    GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR: EVGA/NVIDIA e-GeForce 6200LE 128Mb DDR
    HDDs: C: 350Gb-SATA; D: 2TB-SATA; E: 750Gb-SATA
    MONITOR: HP x23LED
    DVD/CD: Plextor PX750A

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