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Windows 7: Question about system images

03 May 2014   #31
DavidE

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Do you have an external USB drive you can attach to the PC?
If you do, plug it in, and you should be able to use it as the backup destination.

If you don't have an external USB drive, do you have a DVD burner ?
If you have a DVD burner, you should be able to use that as the backup destination.

I don't normally recommend backing up to DVD discs, but I would use it rather than have no backup at all.
If you do use DVDs, it may take many discs depending on how much data needs to be backed up.


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03 May 2014   #32
jonnyhillow

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Sounds to me like you are trying to save the image on a drive that is part of the image.

No can do. Verboten. Not possible.



If you have a C drive and want to make an image of the C drive, you MUST store that file on some other partition.

It's up to you to come up with the location.

If you have no such location, you may as well uninstall Macrium.
I don't have a external hard drive, just C drive but it has a lot of room that I never use.
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03 May 2014   #33
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Do you have an external USB drive you can attach to the PC?
If you do, plug it in, and you should be able to use it as the backup destination.

If you don't have an external USB drive, do you have a DVD burner ?
If you have a DVD burner, you should be able to use that as the backup destination.

I don't normally recommend backing up to DVD discs, but I would use it rather than have no backup at all.
If you do use DVDs, it may take many discs depending on how much data needs to be backed up.
Tell me about it , it took 7 disks for one backup , not doing that anymore.

Thank you
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03 May 2014   #34
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Guys , I am going to need to partition the C drive to make room for the backups correct?
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03 May 2014   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
Guys , I am going to need to partition the C drive to make room for the backups correct?
You don't want to make the backup on the same disk - what if that disk breals. You want to put your backup images on an external disk.
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03 May 2014   #36
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You mean go buy an external hard drive I guess.
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03 May 2014   #37
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

This thread had me curious so i played around with downloading/installing Macrium.
To me it seems you may get some specific version such a 32Bit/64Bit depending on where you get the installer from.

i.e. FileHippo downloads the 32 Bit installer only ...

I found Major Geeks has the "Universal Installer", the download filename is reflectdl.exe
Download Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - MajorGeeks

snip from Major Geeks page:
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I downloaded the MG installer on a 64 Bit OS and then installed Macrium on a 32 Bit OS - no problems.
Some snips of my install ...

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03 May 2014   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
You mean go buy an external hard drive I guess.
Yeah right - a PC without at least one or two external disks is only half a PC. I have more than a dozen, LOL. Get a USB3 model if you have a USB3 port. Example
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03 May 2014   #39
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I agree, the more devices a person has for backup redundancy the better ...
Having said that, in my experience HD failure is not the primary reason I need to restore ...

99.99 % of the time I RESTORE is to undo some change I made ...
Usually some program I installed, caused issues, I didn't like it, whatever.
Maybe some "configuration change" I read about and tried, and it "was a bad idea" for me ...
Maybe Patch Tuesday updates broke my system.

In my years with PCs I've had 1 HD failure.
I can't count the number of times I recovered from my playing around ...

Restoring from a partition on the Same HD as the OS works for me 99.99%
It is just another backup location ...
I recommend having ANY (including the same HD) backup, rather than NO backup available at all.
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03 May 2014   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I recommend having ANY (including the same HD) backup, rather than NO backup available at all.
I would not argue with that. However, if you image to the same disk, it will be awfully slow because of the arm contention - unless it is a SSD.

I did have a few disks die on me, even one SSD. So these things do happen. And that's when you need your images the most. And as you said, in backups you want to have redundancy.
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