Creating an image
Backing up data by generating an image file
It is advisable to generate an image file of the installation in order to backup partitions and
hard disk data (e.g. after reinstallation).
An image file maps all of the data on the backed-up medium (hard disk, logical drives). It is
used to back up data on partitions or hard disks. Many of the software packages that can be
used to generate image files also offer data compression.
Boot partitions are included in the backup. This enables you to save all the PC settings
including the Windows system settings.
All the data of a PC can usually be restored from an image file within a short amount of time
(e.g., 2 GB data takes approx. 10 minutes). In the event of a fault, you can restore the complete
● You must use the same hardware to restore data.
● Note the following settings of the hard disk for the image file
● Authorizations and license keys cannot be included in the backup.
● The image software must be compatible with the current operating system.
1. Move the authorizations and license keys to another medium (diskette, partition, etc.) before
2. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the image software when creating an image.
Service support and diagnostics (V8.0)
Service Manual, 03/2012, A5E02779775-02
Process Control System PCS 7; SIMATIC Route Control
(you can find additional information on this in the section "Managing the operating system
– Partition size
– Formatting of partition or hard disk (e.g., NTFS, FAT32)
generating the image.
3.2 Data backup