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Windows 7: Problem restoring Macrium image, please help!


22 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Problem restoring Macrium image, please help!

Hello all,

Few months ago, I made an image with Macrium Rescue for my whole C HD. Yesterday I decide to restore that image because the computer starts showing some problems (slow starting on reboot etc…). I used Macrium Rescue CD – V2.1.3775 (Linux 26) which I made during the backup. The CD works good and I could get the recovery menu. When the Macrium menu starts I could chose the source drive for the image which is in this case a USB HD and chose to restore all the HD. The operation took about 10 hours because the image is about 300 GB. After that I got the message that (Partition image is successfully restored, press cansel to reboot).

Doing so, I got a message BOOTMGR is missing, Press CTR+ALT+DEL ro restart. Then go back in a circle! Anyone knows what is going wrong in this case. The computer is running on Win7Ultimate/with Raid Intel volume0 (2 HD mirror of each others).


Thanks & Best regards,

Anne



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22 Jul 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You apparently did not image nor restore the system partition that contains the bootmgr. You may be able to fix it by running system repair 3 times with an installation or repair disc.

It is not such a good idea to use the Macrium Linux recovery disc because it can only restore the whole disk. Download and burn the WinPE recovery disc which gives you a lot more options. You can download it from my Skydrive. That saves you several hours versus creating it yourself. https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211812
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26 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello whs,

Thank you for your answer. I downloaded and burned the WinPE CD from the link you mentioned. Unfortunately it did not work and the computer did not reboot with it! I have no idea about the reason for that, maybe the raid construction which I dismantled now? Any way, I decide to make a clean installation for windows 7 which went fine. Luckily I copied all documents to a USB drive before starting this restoration work so I did not lose any document.

I have been regularly backing up both my documents and the OS (Windows 7) once a week, but pity I could not get them back when needed.

My PC is working very good now and I am thinking to backup both my Doc's and OS again. The question is: shall I do it with the same (Macrium Rescue) or it is better to use another software? By the way, up till now I don't know what went wrong in the restoration (or backup) process.

My PC is just little over one years old running on Windows Seven 64 Bit.

Any advice will be highly appreciated.


Best regards,

Anne
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26 Jul 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Macrium is still as good as any software for the task.

Post a picture of your Windows Disk Management if possible.

You most likely have a System Reserved partition.

I think WHS recommends that System Reserved be imaged separately from C. So you would have 2 image files: System Reserved and C. Both would have to be restored.

Or you should be able to make 1 single image file containing both System Reserved and C partitions.

Back up your personal documents with a regular file by file program, rather than an image.

I can't help you with the WinPE problem.
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26 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Macrium is still as good as any software for the task.

Post a picture of your Windows Disk Management if possible.

You most likely have a System Reserved partition.

I think WHS recommends that System Reserved be imaged separately from C. So you would have 2 image files: System Reserved and C. Both would have to be restored.

Or you should be able to make 1 single image file containing both System Reserved and C partitions.

Back up your personal documents with a regular file by file program, rather than an image.

I can't help you with the WinPE problem.
Hello Ignatzatsonic,

Thanks for your answer. Please explain me how to make a picture of the Windows Disk Management if possible. Sure I will make it and post it to the forum.


Best regards,

Anne
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26 Jul 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, strange, many people downloaded the WinPE .iso and it worked. I recommend to burn it with ImgBurn. Maybe you try again.

For the imaging part I would stick with Macrium. It is the easiest and most efficient. As was said, image the system reserved and C partitions seperately to 2 seperate folders on your backup disk. Then you know which image is in which place.

For a system restore it is usually not required to restore the system partition because that gets rarely damaged. But it does not hurt to restore it and it takes only a few seconds anyhow. Just be aware that the system partition does get modified the day you install a second OS in double boot. Then you would have to make another image.

On my desktops, I keep my data in a seperate data partition (because my OS is always on a small SSD) and image that too. But there are other methods for data backup. I am just too used to imaging that I stay with that method.
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26 Jul 2012   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anne1982 View Post

Hello Ignatzatsonic,

Thanks for your answer. Please explain me how to make a picture of the Windows Disk Management if possible. Sure I will make it and post it to the forum.
Anne:

You should be able to post a screenshot with these instructions I found in another thread:


1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Not a major deal if you can't figure it out.

Ideally, we'd like to see what partitions you have and how they are marked. That info is revealed in Disk Management.

At a minimum, go to Disk Management and notice how many partitions are shown and what it says beside each of them, such as "system" or "boot" or "active" or "crash dump" etc?

Do you see only System Reserved and C on your main hard drive?
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26 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello whs & Ignatzatsonic,

Here is a picture of the Windows Disk Management! The first partition is a system partition of 100 MB NTFS. The last (Freecom) is a USB HD.

Best regards,

Anne


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26 Jul 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Good job!

I'll defer to WHS as he is more experienced on this stuff than I am, but at first glance.......

It appears that your System Reserved partition is on Disk 0 and that the C partition is on Disk 1. That's unusual. Normally, you would want System Reserved to be on the same drive as C---Disk 1 in this case.

I assume the image you made is of C only, excluding System Reserved?

There are ways to get System Reserved onto Disk 1 and for that matter there are ways of getting rid of System Reserved entirely. I don't have a System Reserved.

I'd wait for WHS to respond, but your partition situation is fixable.

If you then still have issues with making and restoring an image, that would have to be investigated at that time.
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26 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello ignatzatsonic,

This picture shows, of course the system with the new installation. The old was different because the system had (raid 1) which I dismantled.

To be honest I did not put the System Reserved partition on Disk 0 and the C partition on Disk 1 intentionally but it just happened automatically during the installation. If you know a better, easier and safer construction then please let me know it and I will change it.

By the way, which version of the free Macrium rescue is good and where to down load it?

Thanks & best regards,

Anne
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