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11 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Yesterday's Adventure With Problems

My computer had been running slow for the past few days. Yesterday I started have multiple problems. I decided to restore my Macrium Image. My PC was running so slow that it was taking hours for the restore. Midway through it just crashed. I reinstalled Windows but had no backup. It suddenly hit me that since my PC is running good, I will try the Macrium Restore again. Sure enough it restored perfectly. == I just thought I would post this as it might help someone in the future.


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11 Feb 2012   #2

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

That is good to know.
A new way to repair install (sort of) without having to do EVERYTHING after Windows installs.

Sounds like a major registry glitch or malware of sorts which was removed when Windows wiped the disk.

2 thumbs up!
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11 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Thanks for sharing that bigmck. Re-installing Windows only takes 15 minutes on an SSD, but it is all the updates that take forever on a slower internet connection like mine. So restoring a system image over the new windows installation sounds good to me.
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11 Feb 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That sounds very strange. It could not have been a Windows problem because the Macrium restore does not use Windows. And even if you used the WinPE recovery DVD, it is a different Windows.

I suspect that you had an intermittent hardware problem which, unfortunately, may reoccur. Keep watching it.
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11 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That sounds very strange. It could not have been a Windows problem because the Macrium restore does not use Windows. And even if you used the WinPE recovery DVD, it is a different Windows.

I suspect that you had an intermittent hardware problem which, unfortunately, may reoccur. Keep watching it.
See it this sounds like a HD problem. -- When I attempted to reinstall Windows the first time, it would not work because the partition showed "Unallocated". It could not Format due to an Error Message. I then tried a couple more times and it finally showed Primary instead of Unallocated. It installed fine. I have been considering a new HD for a while. Do you think it is time I buy it now instead of waiting until the price goes down?
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11 Feb 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If it is a desktop, I would just install a second HDD as backup (if you order one e.g. from Newegg, do not forget the Sata cable). There I would configure a 60GB (bigger if you have big games) partition for the OS which you leave on standby in case the other HDD really fails. Then 1 partition for data and transfer my data out of the blinking disk. If there is a good chunk left, you can use it for a partition to which you can image.

On the blinking disk I would run a chkdsk /r
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11 Feb 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Might be worth checking the drive. Crystaldiskinfo will show any SMART data. Crystal Dew World
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11 Feb 2012   #8

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Make sure the disk is plugged correctly to data and power cables, then if possible wipe it clean, then restore the macrium image.
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