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Windows 7: Multiple images from two PCs to one external HDD

13 Sep 2013   #11
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slipstream55 View Post
I think I was looking for an image creation application that would allow me to create images without having to actually have that application reside on the laptop
Its possible to create a standalone Macrium application that can be installed and run from a USB thumbdrive. With this application, you can create and restore Macrium images without ever having to install Macrium to your computer.

It does unfortunately require a huge download as part of Macrium to do this, but I do have a pre-built version if you are interested.

Download it from here, scan for malware for your own piece of mind, then write it to a USB thumbdrive using YUMI or similar tool. Boot from the thumbdrive and you are away.


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16 Sep 2013   #12
slipstream55

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I'm still reading up on Macrium and hadn't run across this bit of info yet. Thanks.
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17 Sep 2013   #13
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slipstream55 View Post
I think I was looking for an image creation application that would allow me to create images without having to actually have that application reside on the laptop
Its possible to create a standalone Macrium application that can be installed and run from a USB thumbdrive. With this application, you can create and restore Macrium images without ever having to install Macrium to your computer.

It does unfortunately require a huge download as part of Macrium to do this, but I do have a pre-built version if you are interested.

Download it from here, scan for malware for your own piece of mind, then write it to a USB thumbdrive using YUMI or similar tool. Boot from the thumbdrive and you are away.
Hmm darn it I wasn't thinking and it wasn't that long ago I used this but the other way via WHS's tutorial
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29 Sep 2013   #14
slipstream55

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hello, all.

I'm back with another couple of questions. I have my HDD partitioned and Windows 7 clean installed with the initial batch of updates I want on it. I'm ready for the first backup using Macrium Free. I can't believe how intimidated I am feeling right now going into this backup. I've built my own PCs and installed various OSs over the years and felt very confident doing so. Shame on me, but when it comes to doing backups, I'm very much the newbie and probably very lucky disaster has never struck.

The only backups I have ever attempted/done was with the Windows 7 built in utility and that was the first of this year when I first installed Windows 7 on two of my laptops. I am uncertain as to the integrity of them and felt somewhat confused during the whole process.

Anyway, on to the questions.

I downloaded the cd installable iso version of Macrium and have it burnt to disk. I'll be doing the backup to an external USB drive. What, exactly are the steps to perform the backup using the iso I burnt to disk? I did watch the Macrium video tutorial but am somewhat confused.

Also, my Windows system partition is slightly over 200GB. If I ever had to restore this backup on a new HDD, does the partition on the new HDD have to be the same size (200GB) or larger or can it be installed on a partition slightly smaller, say 180GB?

Thanks for any help/answers in advance and sorry this post is soooo long.

Mark
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29 Sep 2013   #15
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Mark the Macrium tutorial mate does take a little watching I found anyway but it gets simpler.
I am not real sure sorry mate what you mean by using the ISO on the disk - have you not installed Macrium on the machine? If it is on the machine then you do not need the ISO the backup using the Macrium on the machine should be fairly straight forward.



Now the partitioning I find the Partition Wizard easy for setting those up the Windows way I find a bit confusing.
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29 Sep 2013   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

He's talking about this post of Colin's

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slipstream55 View Post
I think I was looking for an image creation application that would allow me to create images without having to actually have that application reside on the laptop
Its possible to create a standalone Macrium application that can be installed and run from a USB thumbdrive. With this application, you can create and restore Macrium images without ever having to install Macrium to your computer.

It does unfortunately require a huge download as part of Macrium to do this, but I do have a pre-built version if you are interested.

Download it from here, scan for malware for your own piece of mind, then write it to a USB thumbdrive using YUMI or similar tool. Boot from the thumbdrive and you are away.
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29 Sep 2013   #17
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
He's talking about this post of Colin's

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slipstream55 View Post
I think I was looking for an image creation application that would allow me to create images without having to actually have that application reside on the laptop
Its possible to create a standalone Macrium application that can be installed and run from a USB thumbdrive. With this application, you can create and restore Macrium images without ever having to install Macrium to your computer.

It does unfortunately require a huge download as part of Macrium to do this, but I do have a pre-built version if you are interested.

Download it from here, scan for malware for your own piece of mind, then write it to a USB thumbdrive using YUMI or similar tool. Boot from the thumbdrive and you are away.
Thanks Derek missed the point there a bit eh?
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29 Sep 2013   #18
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
He's talking about this post of Colin's

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post

Its possible to create a standalone Macrium application that can be installed and run from a USB thumbdrive. With this application, you can create and restore Macrium images without ever having to install Macrium to your computer.

It does unfortunately require a huge download as part of Macrium to do this, but I do have a pre-built version if you are interested.

Download it from here, scan for malware for your own piece of mind, then write it to a USB thumbdrive using YUMI or similar tool. Boot from the thumbdrive and you are away.
Thanks Derek missed the point there a bit eh?
Nah, I was wondering the same thing till I re-read the thread.
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