Create a Windows 7 Disk Image Backup
By Stephen Bucaro
A Disk Image is an exact copy of a disk. It includes the operating system, system settings,
programs, and files, and everything required for Windows to run. You can use a disk image to
restore the entire contents of your computer if your hard disk or your computer stops working.
When you restore your computer from a disk image, you can't choose individual items to
restore, it's a complete restoration. All of your current programs, system settings, and files
will be replaced with the contents of the system image. Creating or restoring from a disk image
can take several hours, so it's recommend that you regularly back up your files using Windows
Backup so that you can restore individual files and folders as needed.
You can create a disk image on a DVD, a flash drive, or a second hard disk. Make sure
that the storage media that you're using is the same size or larger than the disk that you're
creating an image of. If you're using removable media to store your disk image, make sure
that the removable media is available before starting.
To create a disk image:
1. In Control Panel's System and Security group, select Back up your computer.
2. In the left panel of the back up or restore your files page, click on Create a
system image. Windows will search for available drives large enough to store the disk image.
3. In the Create a system image dialog box that appears, select the destination to store
the disk image. Then click on the [Next] button
4. Click on the [Start backup] button to begin creating the disk image. A progress dialog box will appear.