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Windows 7: Free Backup Software for your HD

20 Sep 2009   #11
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes
Thanks...


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20 Sep 2009   #12
SIW2

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You're welcome.
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20 Sep 2009   #13
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I installed the Macrium Reflect as guided by SIW2. However, i have some questions.
I created backup of my system reserved partition and C drive on my E drive.

Q1: When finishing the backup, it said that i can double click on the .xml file to restore the backup. However, the .xml file is in C drive. So what if the C drive itself is inaccessible?

Q2: I have been using Windows System image backup and i could easily restore the backup by booting into WIN RE and selecting the Windows Complete PC Restore option. Can i restore my backup created by Macrium from WIN RE?

Thanks,
Dinesh.
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20 Sep 2009   #14
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
I installed the Macrium Reflect as guided by SIW2. However, i have some questions.
I created backup of my system reserved partition and C drive on my E drive.

Q1: When finishing the backup, it said that i can double click on the .xml file to restore the backup. However, the .xml file is in C drive. So what if the C drive itself is inaccessible?

Q2: I have been using Windows System image backup and i could easily restore the backup by booting into WIN RE and selecting the Windows Complete PC Restore option. Can i restore my backup created by Macrium from WIN RE?

Thanks,
Dinesh.
Dinesh,

I don't think that WIN RE will work with Macrium files, different file extentions. You might try it to see!

Easier to use a bootable media, like USB stick. If your OS crashes you can boot from the USB stick and restore the OS partition. It's best to keep your backup images on a seperate physical hard drive, I use an external hard drive.

Q1. Your right accessing a file from the same drive and partition is not a good idea. I run my imaging program from my external hard drive. Then it can be used if your OS is still running, even from safe mode.

The Macrium site gives tut on doing this using a bootable Linux USB stick.

Gen Tuts:
Macrium Software - News and Articles - Tutorials

How to create a bootable Linux USB stick

Hope this helps,
Dave
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20 Sep 2009   #15
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi Dave, thanks for the explanation. I already have an Ubuntu live cd so i can boot using it. However, i wanted something easy to restore my backup incase the OS goes bad.
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20 Sep 2009   #16
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Dinesh,

There are a number of ways to initiate the restore with Macrium.

To restore a different partition - not the one you are booted into from within Windows:


You could use the xml file ( advanced scripting options are available - for the techy types).


Or from within the program interface :

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Or by rt clicking the backup Image itself:

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To restore from outside of windows - like all image programs - Macrium has it's own bootable restore disc.

You create that from within the program - I use the Linux based disc - some prefer to create the BartPe disc ( if you get the paid version , you also get a PE2 disc - use whichever you prefer).

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I have been recommending it for a long time - here and on VF and elsewhere.


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20 Sep 2009   #17
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Hi Dave, thanks for the explanation. I already have an Ubuntu live cd so i can boot using it. However, i wanted something easy to restore my backup incase the OS goes bad.
SIW2 gave a much clearer explanation on how to do it.

From the OS and Macrium program Restore tab, if possible.

An alternative boot program if the OS is not working.
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20 Sep 2009   #18
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I guess i will create a restore cd and will use it . Thanks SIW2.
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20 Sep 2009   #19
SIW2

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You are welcome - select the Linux based version - it's only 6.5 mb and is very fast.
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20 Sep 2009   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I just used the defaults - Click the picture of the cd as the screenshot as above - dot the Linux option - click Next - click Finish.

It burns itself to a cd-r , don't format the cd-r, obviously.
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