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06 Jun 2014   #1
ulao

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 
mirroring drives in windows 7.

I think I just did something stupid? Can you not mirror an OS drive? I just set up a mirror drive and it converted both my source and destination to a dynamic disk.

I'm ok with the mirror disc being dynamic but I'm thinking my OS disk is now not bookable?

So now I need to break the mirror and convert it back and hope it boot, I guess. This used to work in xp... So how can one mirror the OS drive for a back up?




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06 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The standard way to backup an OS drive is to use an imaging application.

Dynamic disks are generally to be avoided.

I can't recall anyone mirroring a disk like you have done. What was your motive?

You may as well download Partition Wizard bootable disk from here, you are going to need it. It's "pw422".


https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=b0a22...89320E3247!215

Burn it to a disk and see if anyone else comments about your mirrors. Partition Wizard can undo dynamic disks, but you should backup whatever is on them.
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06 Jun 2014   #3
ulao

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

Well this explain it a bit but instead of mirroring data drives I'm mirroring an os drive.
RAID 1 Mirroring with Windows 7 Buildegg Articles

This concept agreed is old but I'm not looking for back up solution as none of the data is important. This is just a quick recover config. If a drive gets wacked you just swap and your back up (regardless of my ups this occurs a lot in FL). The down fall would be it can't recover from a virus or f'd registry because it will re sync before you know you have a problem. Many call this a poor mans raid.

I dont have any interest in going raid so this is the next in line, open to here about other option but not backup option at this time.
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06 Jun 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ulao View Post
I'm not looking for back up solution as none of the data is important. This is just a quick recover config. If a drive gets wacked you just swap and your back up
I'm confused.

In the first sentence above, you say you are not looking for a backup solution.

Then you say you want a "quick recover config" and "If a drive gets wacked you just swap and your back up".

What exactly would be wrong with imaging in your situation? You are back up and running within 30 minutes with no complications of RAID, mirrors, or dynamic disks. Imaging doesn't necessarily have anything to do with "data". It has to do with partitions and whatever is on them---operating systems, applications, or data.
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06 Jun 2014   #5
ulao

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

Could you provide a link to what you mean? I figured you meant making a back up image file.

Oh I see you did post a link, ill look in to that.

Edit: So this file you linked is not part of that online backup service? I can put in a disk and rebuild my os with some drive or highly compressed files? Just a bit foggy on how 120 gig can be recover ( unless it goes on my secondary drive ?). Any technical info on this?
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06 Jun 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ulao View Post
Could you provide a link to what you mean? I figured you meant making a back up image file.
I do mean making a back up image file.

The standard recommendation here is Macrium Reflect Free Edition:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Windows has imaging capability built in, but it's not as flexible or as easy to understand.

Other imaging apps include Acronis, Aomei, and EaseUS. Macrium's the favorite on this forum.

The image file takes up maybe 40 or 50 percent of the space occupied by the partition imaged (image of C with 50 GB occupied would take up 20 or 25 GB). You can make images of C, D, E, whatever; all in one image or separately.

Takes about 6 minutes to make on my PC and 20 minutes or so to restore.

You make the image file daily or weekly or monthly, your choice. You store it on another partition. Preferably on another drive.

You make a "recovery disk" from within the app to boot the PC to make the restore. The recovery disk can be Linux-based or Windows-based (WinPE). If the recovery disk won't boot, you can't restore. Not absolutely foolproof, but very high probability.
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06 Jun 2014   #7
ulao

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

Sorry change my post on you, but ok ill check it out I have reflect installed.
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06 Jun 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ulao View Post
Could you provide a link to what you mean? I figured you meant making a back up image file.

Oh I see you did post a link, ill look in to that.

Edit: So this file you linked is not part of that online backup service? I can put in a disk and rebuild my os with some drive or highly compressed files? Just a bit foggy on who 120 gig can be recover. Any technical info on this?
It has nothing to do with online.

You download the app and install it. From that point on, it's entirely on local drives. The image file is just one single large file that must be restored to be able to boot a drive. The image file is compressed to some degree but is not bootable as it sits. You can explore it to extract individual files if needed, but the standard usage for it is to "restore" it in its entirety. It includes EVERYTHING on the partition--data, apps, OS if there is one, licensing info, configuration details.

Can be used to move to a larger or different drive or to recover from a bad install (virus, broken partition, whatever). It would take you back to the point in time when the image file was made, so most people make images weekly or monthly, so they wouldn't have to do a lot of updating after the image was restored.
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06 Jun 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition and Windows 7 back up.
On a separate external SSD with two partitions.
The use of a external drive is best in my opinion because if anything from lightning or a hacker hits your computer you back up is not attached. Therefore safer.
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06 Jun 2014   #10
ulao

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

thx guys I'm liking this!
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