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Windows 7: Question regarding Macrium free Backup


01 Mar 2014   #1
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 
Question regarding Macrium free Backup

Good evening to all.I did a backup of my C drive today using Macrium backup free.Backed it up to an external HDD and also made a Boot disc.
All went well,May I ask two points on this backup
1st,Does this backup of the C dive include the program files etc or is it just the operating system?
2nd.When the time comes (never I hope) but we don't know that when the existing C drive fails and take it out of the desktop and fit a new one,I understand when it comes to start up pc I place the boot disc that I made into the disc drive and that will start windows install from the external hdd that the macrium backup is on.Am I correct in the both questions Please.
Many Thanks.
ps I followed the macrium procedure to the tee from a tutorial on this forum.
Thanks.


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01 Mar 2014   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

1. If your programs are on the C: drive then yes, they are backed up.

2. Also yes. You may need to set the boot order in the BIOS or UEFI so your computer will boot from the disk when it is in the optical drive.
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01 Mar 2014   #3
trendy

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

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2. Also yes. You may need to set the boot order in the BIOS or UEFI so your computer will boot from the disk when it is in the optical drive.
Thanks for the prompt reply,When yo say set the boot order in the Bios or UEF1.Can you Please explain that part to me.I place the disc I made into the optical drive and what do I do next from there.
Excuse I'm not very technical minded more on the mechanical side yet but getting there with help from here.
Thanks.
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02 Mar 2014   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The reference to (legacy) BIOS and UEFI is the firmware code stored on a chip on your PCs motherboard. This is the code that runs to start your PC before Windows is loaded from your hard drive. UEFI is a modern enhancement which most new PCs use.
During the booting process a screen will appear telling you which key to press to enter the BIOS or newer UEFI firmware. You will then find an option to set the device boot order.

However, rather than change the boot order you should hopefully see an option to select the boot device for this boot only retaining the normal boot order for normal boots. Here you select the CD/DVD drive. This is the most desirable option to select.
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02 Mar 2014   #5
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

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and that will start windows install from the external hdd that the macrium backup is on
In my experience, that is NOT how MR works; instead, when you boot from the restore media, it will launch MR. You will then have to select restore, select the image you want to use, and select the disk to which you want the restore done.

Once you do that, the restore will run. When done, you exit from MR and reboot.
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02 Mar 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Following Mark Phelps comment. You need to be telling the BIOS/UEFI to boot from the CD/DVD. The Macrium restore CD contains a mini operating system totally independent of Windows that extracts an image from your nominated external HDD. The restore process will restore the appropriate partition(s), typically the Windows partition and then the new restored partition will boot. Up until then Windows doesn't enter the scene. This is the whole point of having images so that you can replace your existing Windows partition with a healthy image.
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02 Mar 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Following Mark Phelps comment. You need to be telling the BIOS/UEFI to boot from the CD/DVD. The Macrium restore CD contains a mini operating system totally independent of Windows that extracts an image from your nominated external HDD. The restore process will restore the appropriate partition(s), typically the Windows partition and then the new restored partition will boot. Up until then Windows doesn't enter the scene. This is the whole point of having images so that you can replace your existing Windows partition with a healthy image.
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02 Mar 2014   #8
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Seven Forums has a tutorial on Macrium Reflect
7 minute video
Imaging with free Macrium

Hope this helps
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02 Mar 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
Seven Forums has a couple of tutorials on Macrium Reflect
7 minute video
Imaging with free Macrium
And this one
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

Hope this helps
Plus this one from Keith which is embedded in the first tutorial but sometimes overlooked. It describes the recovery process - very useful.
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03 Mar 2014   #10
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
Seven Forums has a couple of tutorials on Macrium Reflect
7 minute video
Imaging with free Macrium
And this one
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

Hope this helps
Plus this one from Keith which is embedded in the first tutorial but sometimes overlooked. It describes the recovery process - very useful.
You seen my post before I edited it I gave that link to one of my friends and he said it was to complicated for him and I reread the post and I agreed with him so I removed it.

The video from Kieth ( no offense Kieth ) But I hate video's with music in the background with no verbal guidance from the author

Macrium Reflect is a very simple program to use all you need is a separate partition or separate drive and a blank CD and after clicking about four or five settings and your done
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