Quote: Originally Posted by seven2
Does that mean you are in your pc, not the usb drive and are unplugging some cables?
If so, I totally understand the issue but would not be able to do it because I have no experience with hardware and am still under a Dell warranty.
So, if one could not unplug these cables and never imaged before, they stand a chance of losing everything. I remember reading a long time ago that one of the drawbacks of imaging is losing everything on both ends.
Does it apply to backing up also?
Would backing up a system[if it can be done] be safer than imaging it?
Thank you for your time and patience.
Yes, you are in the PC. I've only worked on non-warranteed PC's, so that is never an issue. Unless you've tested with a restore, there is always a possibility of "something going wrong."
Let me relate something that happened to me last night, and also relates to Macrium - in a good way.
I used Sysprep before to transfer my system to a different computer, using Ghost 15 as my imaging tool. No problem.
Yesterday my son totally revamped my wife's tower PC with new components - MB, graphics, HD's, PS, RAM, the whole shot. He's an overclocker and has many PC's.
Before he did it I made images of her system drive with Ghost 15, one pre-Sysprep, one post-sysprep. Really needed only the post-Sysprep, but it takes only a couple minutes to image. I was surprised to find the PC had a 100mb system recovery partition. My son had failed to partition the system drive when he installed Win 7
last time he revamped the PC, so Win 7 set up the recovery partition.
Anyway, I imaged both the recovery and system partitions.
After the PC was assembled and we went to restore the Sysprepped system image to the new drive, Ghost 15 found it to be an "invalid recovery point" and would not use it.
Instead of reinstalling Win 7 - the avoidance of which is my whole purpose for imaging - we put the original sysprepped drive back in the case. That booted successfully loading the newly required hardware drivers, and my wife's original Win 7 system was retained.
I don't want that system recovery partition, and we were putting a different HD in the revamped PC, so I made another Ghost 15 system partition image to restore to the different HD.
That image gave the same error and was no good.
I made a Macrium image, and that restored to the different HD nicely.
Just had to rebuild the MBR with the Win 7 recovery disk and our new drive was installed with the wife's original system, and no system recovery partiton.
Here's the kicker: Any Ghost 15 image taken from this new drive is invalid.
A Macrium image is fine.
I haven't figured out why this is so, and might not bother. I am surprised by it.
I will continue to use Ghost 15 on my PC because it has been flawless there, but it looks like I'll have to use Macrium on my wife's PC.
My point is until you test the software with the hardware, you can't be 100% sure what's going to happen. And having a drive with a working system is better than having an image process that hasn't been tested on the actual hardware.