In my opinion You might consider an off-line backup to do an image of the disk.I am running Win 7 and wondered what is the best backup software? Use a TCC command? Windows Backup? Robocopy? something else? What I am lookin for is a full drive backup, includoing every file / folder included.
I use Disk2vhd;I am running Win 7 and wondered what is the best backup software? Use a TCC command? Windows Backup? Robocopy? something else? What I am lookin for is a full drive backup, includoing every file / folder included.
These scripts can be used to mount/unmount the VHD from the command line;Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows' Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).
One of the reasons I've used Macrium (and DriveImageXML before it) was that it can be used with BartPE. For those unfamiliar with BartPE, it's freeware that lets you build a bootable CD with to help restore a fubared system. A lot of vendors make BartPE modules that can be run from that CD, and Macrium is one of them.Edit to add: Even default Windows 7 image level backups will let you do granular restores. The backups are stored in VHD format which you can mount and extract specific files. But Windows 7 image level backup is a poor choice for long term retention of multiple versions as each backup is large.