Windows 7 was released with a built-in backup and restore feature. You can find this feature in “Control Panel\System and Security\Backup and Restore”, with which you can do Windows 7 system backup. In fact, Windows provide backup and restore feature in most editions, but few people like to use this function, because it is just a built-in feature, not a professional backup and restore software.
Windows 7 improved this backup and restore feature, however, there are still many disadvantages.

What is the shortage of Windows 7 system backup?

Firstly, Windows 7 system backup creates many folders and files for one backup and it makes the partition to be in a mess.

Folders created by Windows 7 system backup

Files created by Windows 7 system backup

Secondly, you cannot compress image archive when using Windows 7 system backup, so it will consume your drive quickly.
Thirdly, you cannot protect the image archive with password. Though Window 7 provides BitLocker to encrypt a partition, this feature only exists in Ultimate Edition, to home users, you cannot use this function.

Fourthly, you cannot split image archive by Windows 7 system backup, if you want to save the file to CD/DVD, you have to split the image archive. Generally, the system partition is very large but CD/DVD has capacity limitation, so you need to split the archive to save to several CD/DVDs.

Fifthly, you cannot save the image archive to network share by Windows 7 system backup if you do not use Professional or Ultimate Edition.

Another solution to do Windows 7 system backup

In this article, we’ll introduce a free system backup software – EASEUS Todo Backup to do Windows 7 system backup.

EASEUS Todo Backup is an award-winning and Free backup and restore solution for a good reason: with detailed instruction wizards, your computer will be in a safe condition within minutes without the help of an IT specialist to backup your system state, partition and disk. And this program is totally free to use!

EASEUS Todo Backup can backup system partition to quickly get the system up and running in the event of a system crash or hardware failure. It allows you to backup and restore disk or partition after viruses attack, unstable software download, hard drive failure, etc. Meanwhile, EASEUS Todo Backup is useful if you want to upgrade the older smaller hard disk without reinstalling the operating system and applications once again.

If your system is crashed, you can use Linux based or WinPE bootable CD to restore the system.

How to do Windows 7 system backup with this free system backup software?

Free system backup software main window

Click “Backup” to run backup wizard, with this wizard, you can backup Windows 7 system partition, or multi partitions on the same hard disk, entire hard disk, multi partitions of different hard disks, including all kinds of hardware RAID disk or partition. It provides the features that Windows 7 system backup doesn’t have.

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