I have a 2012 Dell i3 desktop that came with Windows 7, then got the free Windows 10 upgrade in 2016. Since November 2017 I have used 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' to restore images maybe
10 times (probably more), with zero problems. I have also made several images, with zero problems. I save my Images to couple My Passport
USB drives (one is 500 GB & other is 1 TB).
'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' makes 2 images for my hard drive each time; volume 3482--- [recovery partition]
& (C ) --- [OS partition]
. This Dell has 3 partitions: 39.2 MB Dell Utility / 18.2 GB Recovery / 913 GB OS. I'm not exactly sure if the Utility deal is a partition? Ghost does make 3 image files for system image of the hard drive.
I normally don't use the file Backup
system, I just save things where I want them myself; but I did make a Backup Set
on Dec 7, I selected no image, backup has 75 zip files, and it finished with no errors and is on my 500 GB USB drive. Only reason I ran the backup was because when I connected my 1TB drive, Backup showed that USB drive was connected and when I connected the 500 GB drive, Backup showed the USB drive was not connected. Turns out it will show the 500 GB is connected if you start a Backup, guess 2 USB drives threw it a curve ball, but can back up to either drive.
I also have Norton Ghost 15, which makes three .v2i image files each time for my hard drive (utility, recovery, OS). Ghost 15 (XP, Vista, 7) is no longer supported, and the Ghost installation from my Windows 7 got corrupted during the Windows 10 upgrade, can't run or uninstall or install. Ghost seems to run ok with the CD boot disk. I've made a few images; but have not attempted to restore any images yet.
November - I would try something with McAfee to get 1703 to 1709, and have problems, so would restore image, and try something different. Had a 1703/LiveSafe image and a 1709/Defender image. Would keep trying things and restoring images, until I finally had 1709/LiveSafe. Thread on this site. I've noticed several threads about problems reinstalling LiveSafe on the McAfee forum lately. McAfee was preventing 1703 to 1709 upgrade, people uninstall McAfee and couldn't get it reinstalled. I finally upgraded to 1709 by not uninstalling McAfee, but turning every feature OFF.
Yesterday - I ran Linux Mint 17.3 off the DVD, then I had to download an update for Firefox because my LM DVD had v42 Firefox and needed v57 to play HTML5 YouTube videos. Since I had no idea where all the download files went, I restored my Windows 10 image when I was done.