Reply To: Documents and Settings
Generally speaking, no operating system is good at backing up its own open files. Most simple backup systems assume you’re backing up things you created – documents – and not the operating system itself. Many don’t even back up hidden files. Also, backing up a whole drive to the same drive means you could get caught in a loop that backs up what you’ve already backed up to your backup!
If you want to back up the entire operating system as well as the documents, you should do it to a separate (internal or external) drive. Windows 7 has Backup and Restore, but Macrium Reflect Free is free for personal use, and lets you either clone or image.