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Windows 7: Dos and Dont's?

05 Jul 2014   #1
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 
Dos and Dont's?

Hi,

What precautions should one take before creating a full back up image and/or after restoring an earlier fully backed image, using Macrcium Boot CD?

Thanks.


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05 Jul 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Make sure the PE rescue disc/USB boots correctly.
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05 Jul 2014   #3
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks for replying, once the CD boots and displays the options, is it wise to eject it or should it remain in till the image is created/restored or it doesn't matter?
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05 Jul 2014   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Leave it in till the image is restored.
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05 Jul 2014   #5
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Same for creating a full back up?
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05 Jul 2014   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Yep
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06 Jul 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Before making an image, I'd prefer to know that the involved partitions were malware and virus free.

After image restoration, I'd probably confirm that proper alignment was maintained. As far as I know, imaging programs will keep proper alignment if the partition was properly aligned at the time the image file was made.

I'd try to keep Macrium itself reasonably up to date. I periodically make a new recovery disk, maybe once a year--particularly if Macrium has had several new versions since my most recent recovery disk was made.

As a test, walk yourself several steps into the recovery process so you have an understanding of the menu choices you will face to better know what to do when you are in a jam. Cancel out before passing the point of no return.

I know some Macrium users do in fact restore every image they make as a test immediately after making the image file. I guess that's a personal decision. I don't do that because I don't want to take the risk of fouling up a perfectly good installation with a failed restore.
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06 Jul 2014   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alexey2912 View Post
Same for creating a full back up?
Reflect should be installed on the PC being backed up.
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06 Jul 2014   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alexey2912 View Post
Same for creating a full back up?
Reflect should be installed on the PC being backed up.
Not strictly required...the PE can image without the need for installation.
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06 Jul 2014   #10
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks for replying with your expert comments.
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