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Windows 7: Disk Imaging Software


10 Feb 2012   #1

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 
Disk Imaging Software

Okay, in your OWN personal option, which software would you get to do the following:

1. Shink the image before writing.
2. Make a recue disk.

Thanks.

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10 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I use Macrium Reflex Free which lets you select the degree of compression of the image and has two types of rescue disks, one Linux and one Windows PE.

Jim
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11 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

I suggest Acronis TrueImage for both. Kindly note that the image can be compressed to various degrees with Acronis but the more one compresses the more time it takes to create and restore the image. I therefore use the default "Normal Compression" for my images.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955 View Post
Okay, in your OWN personal option, which software would you get to do the following:

1. Shink the image before writing.
2. Make a recue disk.

Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


11 Feb 2012   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I use Macrium Reflex Free which lets you select the degree of compression of the image and has two types of rescue disks, one Linux and one Windows PE.

Jim
1. Macrium Image compression in the moderate(default) setting will compress to about 60%

2. With the free edition to get the PE rescue disk you need to download the WAIK which is 1.7GB but it is worth it.
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11 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I use Macrium Reflex Free which lets you select the degree of compression of the image and has two types of rescue disks, one Linux and one Windows PE.

Jim
+1

I have used this to image about 90 times now and have restored about a dozen times without any problems. I used the Linux boot disk if I recall correctly. I have also used Acronis successfully in the past but have no experience with the latest editions.

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11 Feb 2012   #6

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You may wish to look at this tutorial on Macrium. Imaging with free Macrium
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11 Feb 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Beware of Acronis "Leftovers" Issues - Wilders Security Forums

I knew it a couple of years ago, moved to Macrium Reflect Free and never looked back, and yeah Macrium has good compression and also makes a nice rescue disk.
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11 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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11 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have to chime in on the side of Macrium Reflect. I used the free version for a year or so and liked it so much I bought it. The paid version allows incremental and/or differential backups which I use regularly after creating the original image.

Since version 5.0 came out a few months ago, when using the paid version you get a menu at boot up to allow you to run Macrium (to do a restore) or boot regular Windows. You still need the backup disk in case your computer won't boot and you have to boot from the backup, but option at startup is a lot simpler if you can boot.

As they say, this is just my 2 cents worth.
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11 Feb 2012   #10

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

I don't mean to sound dumb but what is incremental and/or differential backups ?
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