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Windows 7: Question regarding Macrium free Backup

05 Mar 2014   #31
whs
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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?
Sure, and you also MUST backup the 100MB system partition. But both you really need to backup only once because they never change.


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05 Mar 2014   #32
gary777

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gary777 View Post
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?
Sure, and you also MUST backup the 100MB system partition. But both you really need to backup only once because they never change.
That's what I thought, some people forget about these two partitions when they BU their c drive they think it includes all of their data on the HDD. I know because this happened to me. I BUed my c drive via Paragon B&R every week then my HDD crashed, I put in a new one and it restored the snapshot without any problems. everything was there, except the system & recovery partitions.

I really did not need the partitions because, I had all disks including drivers that came with the computer. Still would have been a good idea to back up those two partitions though. Just thought I would mention this for others who forget about these partitions.
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05 Mar 2014   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

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I personally never backup the recovery partitions because I always make images at all stages of the installation and I keep those early images in a safe place.

But if you forget to image the system partition, your system will not boot unless you copy the bootmgr to the C partition.
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06 Mar 2014   #34
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gary777 View Post
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?
I think it is a good idea. One of my older PCs is an ACER and I imaged the recovery partition. If your HDD fails you can reimage it along with your system reserved and OS partition. This is more of a personal preference since good images of sys reserved and the OS partition are probably all you'll end up using.
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09 Mar 2014   #35
pabuman

Windows 7
 
 

C partition include system partition and other data
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09 Mar 2014   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

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The C partition does not include the system partition. It is a seperate partition. Only if you have an active C partition can you boot without the system partition.
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22 Apr 2014   #37
VeroKL

Windows 7 32bit HP & x64bit Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I personally never backup the recovery partitions because I always make images at all stages of the installation and I keep those early images in a safe place.

But if you forget to image the system partition, your system will not boot unless you copy the bootmgr to the C partition.
Hi. I have a Dell laptop, and the HDD has 4 partitions:
- Dell system recovery
- System Reserved (active) - NTSF
- C:\ - NTSF
- D:\ Dell Always ON Reader (as silly UNIX based partition that Dell includes as a fast-start up option)

Years ago I tried Macrium & my backups always failed. Recently, I found out that this may be because the Dell partition is FAT16 formatted. If I read the forums right, this partition only has the factory settings, so if I were to recover my system all I need is the "System reserved" partition and the C:\ partition, correct?
I don't understand what the purpose of the Factory default partition is...
Thanks!
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22 Apr 2014   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

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You are correct. Only C and the system partition need to be imaged.

This is a strange setup for Dell. I have 2 Dell systems and each one had the bootmgr (active partition) in the recovery partition. I moved the bootmgr to C. And that Fat16 partition I have never heard of. Very strange.
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22 Apr 2014   #39
VeroKL

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