Understanding Disk Drive Partitions and what needs to be backed up:
There are numerous partitions and various arrangements of the partitions on your disk drive. If you have a standard BIOS (non UEFI) based computer, you may only see as little as a “System” partition, “Windows” Partition and possibly separate “Recovery” and “Utility” partitions. UEFI based system are more complex so I’ve included some samples listed below.
Each computer manufacture may have their own partition schemes with preinstalled versions of Windows. Systems upgraded from Windows 7 have yet another partition layout and finally to home built systems and the user’s own choice of partitions.
For this article I will be using a UEFI based drive partition arrangements with respect to creating an Image Backup and installing Windows 7.
Image Backup concepts: All backups will be made from the Windows 10 environment and backup restoration / drive recovery will be made from a bootable recovery disk.
One such backup method would be an image of the entire hard drive before you start preparing the drive prior to installing Windows 7. This is the backup method I will be using.
Note: For the upcoming installation of Windows 7 I will be using Acronis True Image 2016 30 day trial version which has already been installed on my Windows 10 Hard Disk Drive, for those of you using other backup software, the backup software should be installed in and the "Drive Image" created from the Windows 10 environment before you make any partition changes and or installing Windows 7. Each of the Image Backup software applications mentioned will backup and restore (restore when using their “Rescue / Recovery DVD”) your Windows 10 and Windows 7 / 8.1 partitions or the entire disk drive.
Image Backup Software:
Please note that backup software like all software are subject to periodic updates or totally new releases. The versions listed below where current at the time of this publication. Acronis: True Image 2016 Has a 30 day trial version available, trial Key sent to your Email Address. User interface has become more complex and less obvious, be prepared to read the user's guide before you start. Pay special attention to the "Options" and don't exclude the "System Volume Information" folder from the backup. Note: Cloning and drive initialization (creating a MBR) are not supported in the trial version. Image Backups and restores are fully functional. For the trial version, recovery / restore image is available only when booting from an Acronis Bootable Media CD. Install Acronis and then create a bootable Restore/Rescue Media CD before you start creating your first image backup http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/true-image-comparison/ 30 day trial: http://www.acronis.com/en-sg/homecomputing/thanks/ati-local/ True Image User Guides and documentation: http://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/documentation/ 2016 supports XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10
Macrium Reflect: Free version: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx (No technical support available for the free version) Macrum Reflect Home Edition ($69.95) http://www.macrium.com/personal.aspx Suport: http://www.macrium.com/ticket.aspx Version 6.1.1023 supports XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10
How to dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 ----->>> Understanding Disk Drive Partitions and what needs to be backed up ----->>> Image Backup Strategy ----->>> Initial Baseline Image Backup ----->>> How to create space for a Windows 7 partition on your disk drive ----->>> Installing Windows 7 ----->>> Final Image Backup ----->>> How to access the GUI (Graphical Boot Menu) ----->>> Chkdsk always runs on my dual boot computer ----->>>