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Windows 7: Macrium PE system backup changed Vol. letter?

21 Aug 2012   #1
strum101

Windows system 7 64 bit & Windows 8.1
 
 
Macrium PE system backup changed Vol. letter?

Hi...I am not that experienced with system backups.
I used to do system clone backups on my XP
I am using an HP Pavilion Win 7 64 bit.

I just used free Macrium Reflect as suggested and created at PE to do the image at bootup.
I noticed that it changed the System vol. to "H". My computer has it as "F".
The other 2 volumes - Vol. C: HP NTFS and Vol. D: Factory Image. (which I have recently read here and MS that I can delete it - intending soon after this backup - if that doesn't create any additional problems - its nearly filled up and I dislike those persistent error messages - sorry to change the subject for a moment)

My question - will that be a problem if I have to do a restore?
If it does, how would I change it back since it is a Macrium Image?

Sincerly with much appreciation for your help
Strum101


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21 Aug 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strum101 View Post
Hi...I am not that experienced with system backups.
I used to do system clone backups on my XP
I am using an HP Pavilion Win 7 64 bit.

I just used free Macrium Reflect as suggested and created at PE to do the image at bootup.
I noticed that it changed the System vol. to "H". My computer has it as "F".
The other 2 volumes - Vol. C: HP NTFS and Vol. D: Factory Image. (which I have recently read here and MS that I can delete it - intending soon after this backup - if that doesn't create any additional problems - its nearly filled up and I dislike those persistent error messages - sorry to change the subject for a moment)

My question - will that be a problem if I have to do a restore?
If it does, how would I change it back since it is a Macrium Image?

Sincerly with much appreciation for your help
Strum101
Can you rewrite that?

Will what be a problem?

What are you trying to back up? Your Windows installation only? Or?

If you are trying to back up only your Windows installation, you need to make an image of the partition on which Windows is installed---regardless of the drive letter you may see.

You also would need to back up your "System Reserved" partition if you have one.
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21 Aug 2012   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strum101 View Post
Hi...I am not that experienced with system backups.
I used to do system clone backups on my XP
I am using an HP Pavilion Win 7 64 bit.

I just used free Macrium Reflect as suggested and created at PE to do the image at bootup.
I noticed that it changed the System vol. to "H". My computer has it as "F".
The other 2 volumes - Vol. C: HP NTFS and Vol. D: Factory Image. (which I have recently read here and MS that I can delete it - intending soon after this backup - if that doesn't create any additional problems - its nearly filled up and I dislike those persistent error messages - sorry to change the subject for a moment)

My question - will that be a problem if I have to do a restore?
If it does, how would I change it back since it is a Macrium Image?

Sincerly with much appreciation for your help
Strum101
I use Macrium and the letters changing does happen often. It is not a problem. Macrium just does not read them correctly. You need to go by the names that the drives are called, not the letters. When it restores, you will be fine. I just downloaded the latest version of Macrium and the letters did not change. You might try the new version. At any rate, it does not matter. Just go by the names and you are OK.
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21 Aug 2012   #4
strum101

Windows system 7 64 bit & Windows 8.1
 
 

Thanks bigmck for that reply.
The drive letter changed by free Macrium from D: factory image to F: factory image, along with the other 2 partitions, will restore properly and not hangup on me if I ever needed to use it. I'm somewhat new to backing up and with free Macrium.
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ignatzatsonic
My fault. I shouldn't have included another question on the side.
Sorry to have created a confusion and appreciate your interest in giving me a helping hand...with appreciation...strum101
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I was a bit confusing by inserting another question...I'm sorry for that. I was wondering about that Factory Image partition. I was at Microsoft Questions...it was suggested that it can be deleted. I wondered if that deletion would create an error as well. Mine is getting full so I thought of preventing that error message.

I have an HP Pavilion 64 bit system 7. Would that mean I can't use the Recover RE boot disk I made if I delete the Factory Image partition.

Sorry for ending up with another 2 questions. Maybe you might refer my note to the right direction...person. I am new to 7s Forum.

I have been told that I tend not to express myself clearly at times. I will try to be cautious about that in the future.

I appreciate your help.
Sincerely strum101
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21 Aug 2012   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strum101 View Post
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I was a bit confusing by inserting another question...I'm sorry for that. I was wondering about that Factory Image partition. I was at Microsoft Questions...it was suggested that it can be deleted. I wondered if that deletion would create an error as well. Mine is getting full so I thought of preventing that error message.

I have an HP Pavilion 64 bit system 7. Would that mean I can't use the Recover RE boot disk I made if I delete the Factory Image partition.

I appreciate your help.
Sincerely strum101
No problem about the questions, that is why we are here. == The Factory Image partition is so you can restore your PC as it was when you got it out of the box. You might need that one day so I would not delete it. You say it is getting full. Are you putting any files on it? What is making it full? It should not get bigger. It would not affect your boot disk, but you could not restore to factory condition if you got a virus. Where are you putting the Macrium Images that you are making?
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21 Aug 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strum101 View Post
I was wondering about that Factory Image partition. I was at Microsoft Questions...it was suggested that it can be deleted. I wondered if that deletion would create an error as well. Mine is getting full so I thought of preventing that error message.

I have an HP Pavilion 64 bit system 7. Would that mean I can't use the Recover RE boot disk I made if I delete the Factory Image partition.
"Factory Image partition". Is that the exact name? Or are you referring to a recovery partition?

A "recovery" partition is meant to restore your PC to factory specifications. Those discs you apparently made should also restore you to factory specs, although the discs aren't as reliable as the partition---if you have such a partition.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean by "Factory Image partition".

If the occupied space in this partition is changing, as you imply, that implies to me that it is NOT a traditional "recovery partition", but something else, possibly peculiar to HP computers?

Images can be made by Windows itself or by separate software such as Macrium Reflect. Perhaps this "Factory Image partition" is a place where images made by some type of HP software are stored?

Or are you deliberately saving some type of files to this "Factory Image partition"?

More detail needed.

Ideally, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can see what is going on.
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21 Aug 2012   #7
strum101

Windows system 7 64 bit & Windows 8.1
 
 

bigmck...
I just got a reply from HP Support on how to change the settings regarding the D: "Factory Image" partition.

I made a PDF file of it. I read of several comments regarding the HP Factory Image.
Maybe others might be interested in these step-by-step instructions from HP Support.

If you want this PDF and wish to share it with others that are using HP computers, or especially HP Pavilion win 7 64 bit...let me know.

I really don't know how to attach it here to send. I'm new here and not very bright with computer trouble shooting either.Sincerely...strum101
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21 Aug 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strum101 View Post
bigmck...
I just got a reply from HP Support on how to change the settings regarding the D: "Factory Image" partition.

I made a PDF file of it. I read of several comments regarding the HP Factory Image.
Maybe others might be interested in these step-by-step instructions from HP Support.

If you want this PDF and wish to share it with others that are using HP computers, or especially HP Pavilion win 7 64 bit...let me know.

I really don't know how to attach it here to send. I'm new here and not very bright with computer trouble shooting either.Sincerely...strum101
What did you ask them as far as "changing the settings"? What are you changing? Can you give us a brief rundown of what the PDF says?
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21 Aug 2012   #9
strum101

Windows system 7 64 bit & Windows 8.1
 
 

bigmck...
There are 4 pages with several images.
I noticed some of it is slightly different then the instructions.
With Windows Explorer I can see the 'D: Factory Image' partition.
Start > Right-click Computer > Properties > System Protection.
I'm to check and see if D: Factory Image is checked...C: 'on' D: 'off'
So I have to move to the next step...which I on't be able to do until tomarrow...I have to leave in a few minutes...unless some change occurs.


I, then have to allow the 'hidden' folders and files and then use Windows Explorer.
Double click on 'D: Recovery'
Delete any files there...if you put files there and files (restore(?)) has put there.
Delete folder with the same name as the computer name in the Recovery (D partition.

Do not delete essential items: RECOVERY, $RECYCLE.BIN, boot, hp, PC-Doctor, pcdr, or PRELOAD!
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I wouldn't trust my quick copy of these instructions.
Best for you is to upload the PDF.
Besides I wouldn't someone that knows what he's doing to check it out for me.
I am not very confident with any of this stuff. I haven't as yet changed to be able to read the 'hidden' files which is the first thing in order to see the files and folders in the 'D:Recovery' partition
sincerely...strum101
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21 Aug 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

What do you intend to do with this Factory Image partition?

What "settings" are you trying to change?

It's generally a bad idea to mess with it and I'm not sure what that document from HP is intended to do.
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