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Windows 7: My emergency toolkit?

04 Aug 2011   #1
markg2

Windows 7
 
 
My emergency toolkit?

With you all suffering through my 32-->64 bit upgrade I want to be as proactive as reasonable in being prepared for the inevitable.

Here's my current 'problem' toolkit--if it's missing important stuff, let me know please:
1. Win7 64 bit OS ISO boot (the one I just used)
2. Win7 Repair disk
3. Magic Partition Manager boot CD
4 ?

Mark


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04 Aug 2011   #2
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi Mark,
4. A recently made 'System Image' when everything is working before the wheels fall off again.
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04 Aug 2011   #3
markg2

Windows 7
 
 

Got that covered. I replace a quarterly image from the nightly Acronis scheduled image + Second Copy data backups that run each night between our two computers.
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04 Aug 2011   #4
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markg2 View Post
Got that covered. I replace a quarterly image from the nightly Acronis scheduled image + Second Copy data backups that run each night between our two computers.
What version of Acronis and have you had trouble with it. I'm on TIH 2010 build 5055.
Newer builds have suffered various glitches.
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04 Aug 2011   #5
markg2

Windows 7
 
 

'10--7154, no problems at all. I was advised to stay put--newer is no better.
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04 Aug 2011   #6
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

My theory is, if its not broken, don't fix it.
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06 Aug 2011   #7
preiius

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

My emergency toolkit:
Acronis True Image 2011
Macrium Reflect
Windows 7 32/64-bit Repair Disc
Memtest86+
UBCD 5 (contains hd diagnostic utils)
SystemRescueCd (Linux system rescue disk)

Do yourself a favour, and use the fantastic tool below to create your multiboot usb/iso:
XBOOT
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06 Aug 2011   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Hirens Boot CD
Partition Wizard (already on Hiren's I think).
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06 Aug 2011   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
Hirens CD or similar -- It's all very well having an ISO image etc -- but sometimes you need a FUNCTIONING OS with web access too.

Any of these "Magic CD's" with things like Partition manager on them are fine -- they are usually Linux based but start up with a "Windows like" interface so Windows users should be able to navigate around quite easily.

Ideally this toolset should contain also your backup / restore program and your W7 image from your current OS.

With cheap 32GB USB sticks you should be able to put all this stuff including a W7 image on to it. 64 GB USB sticks are also around too although a little more pricey.

I prefer a USB stick --saves carrying DVD's or even portable HDD's around. Pretty well all computers now including laptops can boot from a usb stick - and some smaller laptops don't even have internal DVD drives any more either.

BTW I'm not sure if older versions of Acronis recognize eSata type disks or SSD's so you need to check that your backup / restore program REALLY DOES WORK before you find out in some place where you have to restore / repair a computer and the restore program doesn't work!!!.


BTW XBOOT technology is actually quite interesting -- I think the developer starts a mini Linux system which then runs QEMU (now there's an oldie !!!) which then acts as an application which boots a "Virtual Machine" from the ISO you have selected --- neat little trick. However I think the method below is even easier and has the advantage that you can use a standard Linux live CD.

Simply create a custom Live Linux CD of your choice, install vmware player for linux (version 3.01 available and is FREE) and then boot up your application ISO as the Virtual machine. QEMU is not the best way to run Virtual machines any more !!!!

Cheers
jimbo
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06 Aug 2011   #10
markg2

Windows 7
 
 

Why have both Acronis and Macrium Reflect?
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