seeing a lot of positive posts over Macrium Reflect I thought I would try out the FREE edition.
NO GOOD -- if a STAND ALONE BOOTABLE CD DOESN'T WORK THEN THE WHOLE THING IS USELESS.
The whole point of decent backup / recovery is that you should be able to restore an image using a bootable media if your own hard disk or Windows 7 system becomes non operable.
Both with normal and stand alone editions the boot fails on a laptop
CPU1 Machine check exception 00000000005
CPU 1 Bank 1 32000004000000800
CPU 1 Bank 5 320000121020080400
Kernel Panic not syncing CPU context corrupt.
Now for Windows 7 it's no point attempting to create a Bartpe option since this is only good for XP.
I don't have any problem with ACRONIS - paid for version -- but my version is OLD so I want to upgrade to something newer especially for SSD's and e-sata disks).
I'll try DANTZ to see if that is any better.
Doesn't matter HOW GOOD the product is on Windows itself -- a backup / restore MUST work from an external bootable medium to be of any proper use after any system failure.
Incidently I don't also like ther idea of using the Volume shadow service -- VSS for backup -- doubles the space needed while running from within Windows -- although it doesn't double the final size ofthe backup on disk. It's done because it speeds up the backup -- but for backup I think I prefer ACCURACY over SPEED if either has to be compromised.