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Windows 7: Question regarding Macrium free Backup

03 Mar 2014   #21
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Yea Maybe you are,But I was a late starter with this computing stuff.
I'm pushing 65. At 60, I was doing good to know how to turn a computer on. A year ago, I built one.


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03 Mar 2014   #22
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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sml156,
A problem with the video you post is that it suggests cloning is the way to transfer your existing software installation (ie. OS, installed programs, data etc). It is one way and generally not the most efficient. System imaging is more efficient. I think the term cloning suggest a "pristine copy" and therefore the best way to proceed.
It depends on what you're doing as to which is more efficient. If transferring an existing installation to another drive, cloning is more efficient. Using an image would involve an intermediate drive and an extra step. If backing up an OS partition, imaging is best. An image takes up less room if compressed and can be used to restore a damaged OS partition without having to remove the drive from the computer. If backing up large amounts of data, a folder/file syncing program is more efficient.
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04 Mar 2014   #23
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

whs.Thanks for the reply and I did download your iso and burnt it to a disc.
many thanks.

And also many thanks for all the support you have given me here,It was nice to hear that there are some late starters like myself.
Many thank You's till the next time.Cherio.
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04 Mar 2014   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are very welcome. Make a test with the CD. Define a small 1 or 2GB partition with Disk Management (shrink a bit of space off somewhere), then copy a few folders into that partition (pictures are handy), image and restore it with the CD. Before I restore it I always take some pictures out of the partition and if those comes back, I know the restore worked.

Btw: I keep that 2GB partition permanently on my system(s) for testing purposes like that.
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04 Mar 2014   #25
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

Quote:
You are very welcome. Make a test with the CD. Define a small 1 or 2GB partition with Disk Management (shrink a bit of space off somewhere), then copy a few folders into that partition (pictures are handy), image and restore it with the CD. Before I restore it I always take some pictures out of the partition and if those comes back, I know the restore worked.

Btw: I keep that 2GB partition permanently on my system(s) for testing purposes like that.
whs,
Hi Sorry to get back to you,Now I'm seeing your last reply.Regarding the above it looks a good idea just to clarify one thing once I have made that small partition on my drive is it correct that I must use macriun to backup that partition then re install it from another drive using the iso file you sent me?
Do I read your posting correctly?

Many Thanks. David.
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04 Mar 2014   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With the CD you burnt from my iso file you can do both backups and recovery - although the main purpose is for recovery. You can make an image of the little partition with that CD or with the Macrium you have installed on your system. Best is to place the image on an external disk.

Then you use the CD (boot the system with the CD) to recover that small partition from the image. I always make a few small modifications to the data in that small partition just to make sure the original content came back with the recovery.

There are 2 advantages to this little exercise:

1. You now know that your recovery CD works
2. You have learned the recovery process because at a time when you are in panic because you have to make an emergency recovery is not a good time to start learning the process.
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04 Mar 2014   #27
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
With the CD you burnt from my iso file you can do both backups and recovery - although the main purpose is for recovery. You can make an image of the little partition with that CD or with the Macrium you have installed on your system. Best is to place the image on an external disk.

Then you use the CD (boot the system with the CD) to recover that small partition from the image. I always make a few small modifications to the data in that small partition just to make sure the original content came back with the recovery.

There are 2 advantages to this little exercise:

1. You now know that your recovery CD works
2. You have learned the recovery process because at a time when you are in panic because you have to make an emergency recovery is not a good time to start learning the process.
Rather than horse around with another partition on my computer, I run my tests using an external HDD. I put a few test files on an external drive, then make an image of it. I then erase the external HDD and try restoring the image to it. If works, I know I'm good.
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04 Mar 2014   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's another possibility, But I have that small 2GB partition all the time on my system for testing purposes.
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05 Mar 2014   #29
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

Many thanks both.I think I have enough info now.
Diolch from S Wales.
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05 Mar 2014   #30
gary777

windows -7 premium 64bit
 
 

When backing up the c drive, wouldn't one want to also BU the factory recovery partition also, to still be able to have this feature in case the HDD actually crashed and had to be replaced?
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