Image for Windows – Making a Full Backup

The following tutorial walks you through backing up the main Windows drive on your computer to an external hard drive connected to your computer through a USB port; this tutorial uses the most commonly selected options. You can back up using other types of devices and use other options; please see the Image for Windows manual for complete details.

This tutorial also assumes that you installed PHYLock so that you can back up Windows while it is running. If you did not install PHYLock, you can install it by running the Image for Windows setup again, or you can create a BartPE boot disk and use it to back up under a Windows-like environment where you won’t need PHYLock. Use the tutorial, “Creating a BartPE Boot Disk containing Image for Windows” to create the BartPE boot disk and boot your computer with it. Then, when you have either installed PHYLock or booted your computer using a BartPE boot disk, use this tutorial to back up your computer.

  1.  Attach the external hard drive to a USB port on your computer.

  2.  Click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to TeraByte Unlimited, point to Image for Windows, point to V2, and click Image for Windows as shown below.

  3.  On the Welcome to Image for Windows screen shown below, click Backup (Full) and click Next.

  4.  On the Select the Hard Drive or Partitions to Backup screen shown below, check the box beside HD0 and click Next. Image for Windows automatically selects the drive and all partitions on it.

  5. By default, Image for Windows searches your entire network for resources.  As Image for Windows searches, you see this window.  You disable the Show Entire Network setting by clicking the Settings button in the window shown on Step 3.

  6.  On the Select Where You Want to Save the Backup screen shown below, select the drive from the list of Windows Drives or click the plus sign (+) beside the drive on which you want to save the backup. The plus sign changes to a minus sign and Image for Windows displays partitions available on the drive. You can identify a partition by the green icon beside it, followed by a drive letter. Click the partition on which you want to save the backup and click Next.

    Warning: If a drive letter doesn't appear next to the target partition, but a drive letter is assigned in Windows, ensure you use the drive letter.

  7.  On the Enter a Filename for the Backup screen shown below, make sure the partition you selected in Step 6 appears in the upper right corner. Then, accept the suggested file name or type a name for your backup in the Filename box and click Next.

    Tip: The suggested file name includes identifying information about the backup. In the figure below, "w" identifies the Image program used to create the backup (Image for Windows). The "0" identifies the number of the drive you selected to back up, and the subsequent characters append the date and time you created the backup to the file name. If you are backing up a partition instead of a complete drive, the partition ID number would appear after the drive number.

  8.  On the Backup Options screen that appears, select the options you want to use and press Enter. Most people select Validate Byte-for-Byte along with the options pre-selected by Image for Windows.

    Selecting this additional option makes your backup take longer but ensures the integrity of the backup by catching any unknown system related problems; by selecting this option, you’ll know you have a valid backup in case you need to restore it. For details on using the rest of the options shown on this screen, see the Image for Windows manual.

    When you click Next, the Summary screen appears, showing you the actions you're about to take. When you click Start, the imaging process begins, and a progress bar appears on-screen. You can interrupt the backup and validation operations at any time by clicking Cancel. Image for Windows will ask you to confirm that you want to cancel before it interrupts the current operation. When Image for Windows finishes, a message appears on-screen indicating that the backup completed successfully and you can click Close.