1.    20 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 1
    Win 10, 1511 Pro, x64

    Dual Boot Setup 10 and 8.1 and 10 and 7 using image backup / restore

    I have multiple computers with Dual Boot setups and have questions about the correct way to do system image backups to be able to restore only one OS in event of issues. After cloning hard drive that already had dual boot with 10 and 7 working successfully, the new hard drive would not boot Win 7, only Win 10. Both OS versions were visible, from both 10 and 7 dual boot menus. I had taken image backups from within each of the OS software, and tried to do a restore of the win 7 from the win 10 recovery media ( i did not want to risk doing a restore from Win 7 recovery media that would not be aware of the newer OS.). It found the Win 7 OS and the backup image when I selected the win 7 OS from the restore option, but it wanted to delete all other partitions on the drive (only one hard drive on system), which would have wiped out the working Win 10 partition.

    Is it possible to restore only one OS partition from System Image Restore for dual boot setups using one hard drive, and, if so what is the image creation scenario and image restore scenario to follow.

    I had a system image that I created in Win 7 (system and OS partition option) before I did a clean install of Windows 10 to a new Partition. I created a system image of Windows 10 after the successful install. I set up dual boot and was able to access both version of the OS successfully multiple times. I cloned to a new, larger hard drive and was able to access the Win 10 partition, but got an error ( unable to boot from partition) and wanted to restore only the Win 7 partition from win 10 recovery media. It found the OS and the image restore set, but wanted to delete all other partitions on the hard drive. I wound up re-cloning the hard drive.

    Is there a known process for being able to use the existing windows tools to create system images for each OS in a dual boot system and be able to restore one or the other

    Do you have to do a system image backup from Win 10, and include all partitions on the drive and then restore everything if you have a problem with either?

    Any thoughts or suggestions how to be able to use system image backups to maintain a dual boot system with maximum flexibility on the restore side of things?
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  2.    20 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,871
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    The easiest way is to use a third party imaging software such as:
    Macrium Reflect Free
    Make a backup image of the entire disk then you can selectively restore one or more partitions
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    20 Aug 2016 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,154

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    The easiest way is to use a third party imaging software such as:
    Macrium Reflect Free
    Make a backup image of the entire disk then you can selectively restore one or more partitions
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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