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Windows 7: Help with selecting a backup software

20 Jan 2012   #1
RalphG

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
 
 
Help with selecting a backup software

Hello all,
I need help in selecting a backup/image software. I tend to try out software
and learn new things on my Win. 7, 64x, system. I have tried windows own
image app. and a couple of others. However I can never get it to work. All I want
is to make a backup/image that I can use to get my computer back to a state
where everything was stable.
What I need is something that is idiot proof.

Thanks for any help you can provide


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20 Jan 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at my brand new tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium
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21 Jan 2012   #3
RalphG

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I will look at your tutorial
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21 Jan 2012   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Have a look at my brand new tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium
Highly recommended.

I have a housemate who has been saved by this program and the tutorial quite a few times in the last few years. And when I've upgraded my hard drive a few times it has saved me days of tweaking.
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21 Jan 2012   #5
RalphG

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
 
 

Thanks for the input
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21 Jan 2012   #6
RalphG

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
 
 

My biggest problem isn't so much creating a backup/image but the restoring process.
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21 Jan 2012   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

It's covered in the tutorial, but basically you just make a bootable recovery CD (the program will remind you to do that) and then follow it step by step. Easy as pie.
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21 Jan 2012   #8
RalphG

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
 
 

Great Thanks alot
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21 Jan 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

There is some chance (1 in 10??) that the recovery disk you make with Macrium will not actually boot your PC.

So--be sure to confirm that the disk is bootable. Boot from it and proceed several steps into the restoration process. Make sure you can locate the image file you want to restore, as well as the partition/drive to which you intend to restore.

If your recovery disk will not boot, the alternative is to use an another method of burning the disk, often called "compatibility" mode. Look for menu choices. Or you could make a "WinPE" recovery disk, but that is somewhat complicated. I'd use the standard Linux-based recovery disk if possible. If you cannot boot from the recovery disk, you cannot restore.
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21 Jan 2012   #10
RalphG

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x and 32x
 
 

Thanks for the heads up. This will help
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