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A question about Windows 7 System Image

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My current setup is this:
  • C:\\ 64GB SSD - The operating system and most used applications are installed here
  • E:\\ 2TB Hitachi HD - My Users profiles (and all associated files, My documents etc.) and less used programs are installed here
  • F:\\ 2TB Hitachi HD - My internal backup drive
  • H:\\ 2TB WD My Passport External HD - My portable HD for offsite backup

I want to use the Windows 7 System Image to backup both drives C:\\ and E:\\ to drive H:\\ and F:\\ separately (a combined image of C:\\ and E:\\ on each drive). If I have to do a restore will Windows 7 restore each drive individually (C:\\ to the SSD and E:\\ to the Hitachi) or will it try to restore to a single drive and make two partitions?

Maybe I'm over complicating this but I just want to be able to back up two physical drives to a single drive and restore both drives from a single image. I've used System Image to restore and install from a single drive to a new larger single drive successfully before but I'm unsure if an image of two different physical drive will restore to their original drives.

And any suggestions for reliable backup software would be appreciated. The user reviews I've read of various software are disparate. Lost of users swearing by the software but at the same time lots of users calling it garbage. Easeus Todo was a complete fail for me. It restored the data but lost one the drive letters and completely screwed my user account. I tried a second restore and it said the image was corrupt and couldn't restore my data.
Edited by Philistine - 5/23/11 at 9:17pm
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I use Acronis True Image. You can make complete system images and place them anywhere you want. You'll need to make the full image backups separately first, and then you can schedule incremental backups on a weekly or monthly basis. If you ever need to restore, you have to tell it where to restore to, as it can make some assumptions, though I would never trust a program that assumes it knows where I want my data restored.

You can also do this with windows backup but it's not as flexible.
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