Creating A System Image For Back-up By Using the Command Line

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This discussion covers creating a system image to back up your entire computer by using the command line.

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Normally, creating a system image can be done by accessing Control Panel->Back-up and Restore Centre (Windows 7)->Create a system image. However, creating a system image can be done by using Command Prompt. To do this:

1. Press WINDOWS LOGO + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin).

2. Type the following command and press ENTER:

    wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:x: -include:c: -allcritical -quiet

Make sure that you replace x: with the drive-letter that your hard drive uses. For example, you could type

    wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:e: -include:c: -allcritical -quiet

and press ENTER if your external hard drive uses E: as a drive-letter. For another example, if your computer has two hard drives and your external hard drive is using F: as a drive-letter, you could type

    wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:f: -include:c:,d: -allcritical -quiet

and press ENTER.

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Last updated March 30, 2021 Views 5,314 Applies to: