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Windows 7: windows 7 v Acronis for system image


01 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
windows 7 v Acronis for system image

Hello. what is the best or most reliable way to create a system image of a new install of windows 7?
All I want is (windows 7 with SP1 plus a few needed programs) in the image.

I have just purchased Acronis home 2012 edition but it keeps restoring all newly installed programs as well.

Am I doing something wrong in the backup process ?

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01 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Soundesciple, when you create an image with Acronis (BTW, they have 2013out) It is all or nothing if you create a new image. There are options for incremental but I always do the whole hard disk.

If your getting programs restored, you are picking the wrong option in Acronis.

Rich
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01 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok Cheers Rich, I will try a different option.
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02 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW: I imaged my new C drive install of Windows 7 which was a Western Digital 160 gig hd..
With Acronis 2013, I was able to install the same image on a 160Gig SSD (intel oem) and when it booted
up, all was fine. It works just great and I kinda like the 2013 version, at least so far.

Rich
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02 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well i I have given up on Acronis and un-installed it as I am having too many problems with it.

First of all as in this thread, it will not restore an image only, without them new programs that i have installed, which is defeating the object, because its the programs that are causing the faults, making me restore the drive in the first place, so it is just restoring the faults as well.

And secondly, every time i do a restore i get the old MBR ERROR-2 fault on bootup that has been a problem for some time and Acronis are just turning a blind eye to it.
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02 Sep 2012   #6

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Imaging programs in general are going to image EVERYTHING on the selected partition and won't allow you to pick and choose.

Paragon has a migration tool that I think may allow you to pick and choose, but I think it's a paid program.

You might want to take a look at Macrium. It's easier to operate than Acronis and at least as reliable---but like Acronis will image the ENTIRE partition, not just selected parts.
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02 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Imaging programs in general are going to image EVERYTHING on the selected partition and won't allow you to pick and choose.

Paragon has a migration tool that I think may allow you to pick and choose, but I think it's a paid program.

You might want to take a look at Macrium. It's easier to operate than Acronis and at least as reliable---but like Acronis will image the ENTIRE partition, not just selected parts.
I have just tried Macrium and when i try to recver the image it cant see my pci-e drive, even after i install the driver for that drive. I suspect its because it is a raid 0 pci- e card.
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02 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you want the best size I would recommend Macrium, Macrium does not backup your hibernation and page file (since those files get recreated when you boot into windows anyways).

I also don't recommend any of the new Acronis software past 2010.
2011, 2012 and 2013 are nothing but bloatware and bug hell.
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02 Sep 2012   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soundesciple View Post

I have just tried Macrium and when i try to recver the image it cant see my pci-e drive, even after i install the driver for that drive. I suspect its because it is a raid 0 pci- e card.
Did you use the Linux-based recovery disk?

Or the WinPE-based recovery disk?
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02 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The WinPE-based recovery disk
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