1.    29 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 103
    Windows 7 and Windows 10

    Confused about Imaging

    Ok so I have been making System Images with Windows 7 (and now Windows 10) for a long time now, onto a portable hard drive. I rename them afterwards to things like "HpJune2016cleaninstall" so I know which one is which. I just read somewhere that to restore an image it has to be named "WindowsImageBackup". Which might explain why I couldn't restore one a few months ago. On the other hand I know I have restored System images before successfully. I rename the folder. Does that mean the image doesn't get renamed and just the folder? And by renaming the folder does that mean a new image will go in a new folder (rather than overwrite). I now have images for 3 different machines at various stages of install/set up and with both Windows 7 and Windows 10 so some kind of workable system to know which is which and to make sure I've got naming right, would be gratefully received. Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    29 Jun 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Covington, Louisiana
    Posts : 735
    Windows 10 1703 Pro 64

    I don't use the built in image system because of the naming limitations you mentioned.

    For years I have used Macrium Reflex Free and it lets me name the image what I want and can put them anywhere on my disks.


    I have three systems and have a Backup folder and under that a folder for each system. Here is how images are named for my main system. I also copy the Backup folder to 2 external drives. I can rename these at any time and still restore them as long as the extension .mrimg is not changed.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	backup.JPG 
Views:	18 
Size:	12.0 KB 
ID:	87417

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Backup Jim.JPG 
Views:	1 
Size:	29.5 KB 
ID:	87418

    Hope this helps.

      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    29 Jun 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 103
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks! I had heard that Macrium was popular. As I have some Windows images already, can I just rename the one I want to restore back to WindowsImageBackup? And if I have just renamed the folders and not the contents, does that matter?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Mac SSD adapters for imaging
I have been tasked to image a macbook pro, not sure what year yet. I know they changed SSD spec in late 2013, so i need to be able to go onsite with bother adapters to image the SSD. Can anyone point me in the direction to have all eventualities...
Drivers and Hardware
I see where macrium is charging now. I have all my images with them but 80$ per pc per year is steep for a retiree. It will be a lot of work to switch. Aomei and paragon are free but they soon will follow Acronis and macrium if I have any business...
Software and Apps
Hello I was wondering about imaging programs as I have been using free Macrium Reflect for a decade now but the last image was 1 hour and the verification 25 minutes. It used to be about 30 minutes for both with Linux and the earlier versions. I...
Performance & Maintenance
Solved Imaging a HD
Will an image 223GB of 1 Tbite HD go into another 500GB HD ?
General Support
I noticed today that my old standby Macrium Reflect free has a new build which is drastically different and has no Linux disk only Win PE. Is the native imaging program reliable with 10? I am not sure about my old reliable anymore? Thank you
Software and Apps
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:24.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App

Windows 10 Forums