Possible to restore system from Windows 7 backup, not just files?

Hi...I did a Windows 7 backup through the control panel to an external drive.  When I got my replacement hard drive and went to restore from the backup, it seemed there were only options to restore files.

I remember when the drive was crashing and it was in the emergency utility, it seemed to be able to find a restore point stored in the backup on the external drive.  So for that reason, I believed that I had a an image backup.

Is there a way to tell if it's an image backup and not just a file backup?  (Or if an earlier backup is an image backup, how can one tell?) Also, whatever type of backup it is, could there be a restore point in it somehow, and if so, how could I access it?

If it is an image backup, how do I restore it as an image, instead of just copying individual files? 
Some Seagate GoFlex drives use a USB3 interface, others use a Gigabit network cable. You did not state which one yours uses. If it has a USB interface then you should try all USB ports on your machine. If it has a network interface then you need to check if networking is active on your machine while in Repair Mode, e.g. by pinging your router.

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Last updated December 22, 2017 Views 237 Applies to: