Windows 7 comes with several new features that are not available in Vista. System Image backup is one such handy feature available in Windows 7 to create an exact copy of a drive, which can then be used to restore the contents of your computer if your hard drive or computer ever stops working.
In the earlier versions of Windows, we would have to use third-party applications to create and restore a system image. But in Windows 7, you can easily create a system image backup by following the simple procedure given below.
Creating a system restore image is simple. Here is how to do it:
1. Type backup and restore in Start menu search box and then hit enter to open Backup and Restore window.
2. In the left pane, click on Create a system image option.
3. Once the Create a system image dialog-box is opened, select the location where you want to save your image backup from the available three options. Although you can use a different partition on your hard disk, we recommend an external hard disk for this purpose. In this guide, we save the image backup on an external disk.
4. After selecting the backup location, click Next button to continue. Here you need to select that you would like to backup. The drives that are required for Windows to run smoothly will be included by default. If you want to add other drives in the list, simply select the check box.
5. Here you need to confirm the backup settings by making sure that you have selected the right backup location.
6. Hit the Start backup button to kick start the image backup process. It might take a few minutes depending on the size of the drive or system performance.
Once you are done, keep the system image backup safely so that you can use if your PC ever stops working.