Quote: Originally Posted by keith99
Quote: Originally Posted by whs
Do NOT use Windows imaging for what you are trying to do. It is so restrictive and touchy that you will not be happy with it.
I suggest you use free Macrium or free Paragon.
Thanks for that interesting suggestion. I have tried Paragon Free - it took a very long time to produce a backup. (i've also given up on Axcronis as their tech support is awful)
On the other hand the experience so far with Windows 7 Ultimate has ben quite good in so far as production of backup and doing a restore. I'm not sure what you meant in this context by "touchy" but apart from the multiple version problem of having to nama and rename it seems to work well
I had difficulties finding the reference to the specific situation Windows imaging was unsuitable.
I use Windows imaging as my primary tool and Macrium Reflect as
1) a reliable secondary imaging tool in case Windows own fails
2) at times a more flexible tool.
In over 30 full system restores (2 PCs) including to new HDDs with a host of paid, licensed software, Windows imaging has never let me done. I do use Macrium from time to time for partition specific imaging that Windows imaging was not designed for. I may still need Macrium for item (1)....but I'm still waiting.