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Windows 7: Clarifications on Windows 7 backup options


18 Oct 2012   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawkeye10 View Post
Hi, I attached the screen shot of disk management. (I will free up some space on my drive D later)
are there no software that can automatically create that partition backup? anyway, give me instructions i'll try it first.

btw, i think i should drop the 2nd option since it will eat up to many DVDs. Maybe i should use an external drive for the second option. can you suggest me the best method to do that?

and i am still confused with rescue disc, why would I create that if I already have backups in hdd?
a rescue disk is for restoring in case Windows 7 partition is corrupted or just doesn't start

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18 Oct 2012   #12

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ah.i got it now, i also saw a video a while ago about using rescue disc and restoring an image from hdd.

but are there no other options that i wont be needing this rescue disc, just an external disc perhaps?is it possible? like restoring from external hdd?
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18 Oct 2012   #13

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The paid for version of Macrium allows you to do that. It gives you the option on Windows start up of booting either to the Macrium recovery environment or Windows. The problem with this is that if your Windows disk is hosed you have no way of booting. It should therefore only be considered as a convenience and not an alternative to a bootable CD.
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18 Oct 2012   #14

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There are some problems:
  • partition DATA is almost full
  • Windows 7 partition is almost empty
You wanna backup C-drive only I assume? But where do you want to put the backup on?
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18 Oct 2012   #15

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Are you willing to take an usb stick with you, so you can boot from that? If so I can give you instructions to make it bootable with macrium winpe on it
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18 Oct 2012   #16

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
There are some problems:
  • partition DATA is almost full
  • Windows 7 partition is almost empty
You wanna backup C-drive only I assume? But where do you want to put the backup on?
I actually reformat this laptop few days ago.no problem at all, i just want a fresh install. that is why I came up with this post,since i reformat, reinstall everything,download software, etc. too much hassle.

I dumped most files on Data. But i'll free up some space later.

yes, i dont need to backup data, I just need the windows partition C.
I will create another partition from drive C to place the backup..


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Are you willing to take on usb stick with you, so you can boot from that? If so I can give you instructions to make it a bootable one with macrium winpe on it
ahm, i was reading a while ago, about the rescue disc and also the use of winPE. so it is almost clear to me how it works. (boot from cd to run winPE, then restore the image from an external drive, that is if my main hdd fails or windows wont boot)

but my main concern now is,i wanted to use just one,
either a full dvd that will restore everything, but as per previous reply, that will need to many DVDs,so it isnt a good option..
or use an external hdd alone, that will restore my image without needing a Cd or bootable usb.
since I will only be using this recovery just in case everything fails,(that is maybe months, or maybe years from now)that is why i am worried that i might misplace the recovery cd or erase the usb. so even if I have the image on my external hdd then it is no use.

I hope that this is possible..

Thanks.
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18 Oct 2012   #17

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Don't create an extyra partition on your physical harddrive!! It already has 4 partitions.... Windows 7 will change it to "dynamic" if you make more!!


So you want the following:
  • Only backup C
  • put the backup image on external usb disk
  • the same external usb disk must be bootable and must autostart macrium reflect
Correct? You already have an external usb disk with lots of free space?
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18 Oct 2012   #18

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Don't create an extyra partition on your physical harddrive!! It already has 4 partitions.... Windows 7 will change it to "dynamic" if you make more!!




So you want the following:
  • Only backup C
  • put the backup image on external usb disk
  • the same external usb disk must be bootable and must autostart macrium reflect
Correct? You already have an external usb disk with lots of free space?
Thanks for the warning,because I know nothing about dynamic partition and its risk.

yes,exactly.
yes, I have here 1TB external hdd with lot of free space. It wont affect its purpose as external storage even I make it bootable right? before, I thought that when I make a drive bootable I cant use it as storage anymore.
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19 Oct 2012   #19

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Because you are not a computer specialist, I give you the steps to do one by one.

first attach the 1TB external to the system. Then post a screenshot of disk management.
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19 Oct 2012   #20

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Drive G and F is my external drive.
Thanks


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