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Windows 7: AOMEI Are there any hidden, known issues when using it?

10 Feb 2015   #1
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 
AOMEI Are there any hidden, known issues when using it?

Hi everyone!

Since I'm now purchasing AOMEI because of the VSS issue with Macrium...

(for those new here to my problem, see prior questions here:

Macrium Reflect Backup Aborted Error Code 0x8004230f

Macrium etc Free Software--How to avoid CNET Virus/Adware/malware prog

and

Need a new Backup & Storage program )

For the person who is paying for their laptop to have a Backup through a paid, "Professional" $49 version of AOMEI to avoid any possible adware, spyware, toolbars, candy stuff, etc etc with the "Free" ware version of AOMEI Standard,

Question: They would like to know with 100% certainty (I know impossible but as close as we can do here!), that some hidden, (i.e. Hidden to my limited knowledge), unknown issue might pop up and there goes another $50 wasted on a backup program that still is not successful in copying the 1 yr behind the times Hard Drive to brand new, WD HDD (after having also spent $100 for that one!)

So what pre-purchase testing can be done to make certain AOMEI will work on this laptop??

Simple question! I'm certain knowing more about computers than they do, its fraught with potential conflicts and stuations depending upon which 205 programs installed would have interfered with something it should not have....

Thanks again! (Kept it short!)

XP VM USER (Sorry got stuck with name on first posting)


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10 Feb 2015   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Download the Aomei Pro 30 day free trial
Download Backup Software 30 Days Free Trial - AOMEI Backupper

Scan the download at VirusTotal
https://www.virustotal.com/en/

Install it and create a backup image, see how it works for you

Try to fix the Macrium VSS issue

Decide if you want to purchase Aomei Pro
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10 Feb 2015   #3
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Thanks for reading my posting and replying!

Hi DavidE!

Thanks for taking the positive steps to show me (again) the way.

I will be downloading the "free" Trial version today.

Why? Because unlike the others, this is the Free version of the same Professional that I would purchase later on if it works....

Why? Because of this "sign" "notice" that none of the other top Backup software recommended for use by the members of Windows Seven Forum happened to have (I did not look at EVERY one on the Top Ten listing so might have been one or two there with the same notice---but again that was "one" commercial company reviews, not actual "users" like I find here on Windows Seven Forum...

The link DavidE provided (I went to the paid site immediately so I missed this one)... says:
Quote:
100% Clean Installation
No SPYWARE, NO ADWARE, NO VIRUSES! Certified by Softpedia - Free Downloads Encyclopedia. Please set your mind at rest.
Nice!

I thank you for the "link" again (as sorry I lost all my Opera History, and don't know how to find the name of that "total virus" link unless I remembered its name, which (as you see I did not and could not while typing this!) --I had the "window" open in the Opera, which I lost the history of in the crash......

Link I got again now to open the window:

Quote:
Scan the download at VirusTotal
https://www.virustotal.com/en/
AND of course, at the end of everything, (a proper Backup is only a means to get to the end) I do want to fix what is wrong with computer=clean system again....so VSS etc will be fixed (I have the steps posted by whs ["to reregister the VSS.dlls"] printed out so I saved it from losing it on History), and will follow them once I have the "two" AOMEI backups to get to use Macrium product as well since I now have 2TB drive plenty of space to hold everything!

Finally, I do appreciate the help here---once I get a good copy, you'll see I'll be more willing to follow Reg Edit etc cures knowing that I have ERUNT etc backups in case something goes wrong and a friendly forum here where I can write (albeit long) for some answers!

Thanks again DavidE and everyone!

P.S. Made a Restore Point before beginning the download of 30 day trial version of Professional 2.2 today---I'm Learning!
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10 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I hate to throw a monkey wrench into the discussion, but AOMEI is work in progress. I tried to use the Backupper and their OneKey products and had some problems with both of them.

AOMEI is not as stable as e.g Macrium and whether it is reliable like Macrium needs to be seen. Their user interface is simple but hard to read in that little Window.

Here are the problems I had:

1. The backupper did not work correctly on one of my 32bit systems
2. Imaging a partition that was encrypted at a previous time but is now decrypted does not work
3. OneKey does not write a BCD for recovery if the bootmgr is on C rather than in the system partition.

I have corresponded several times with the AOMEI developers but the feedback is meager. At least they answer (saying nothing).
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11 Feb 2015   #5
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Thank you for your research whs

Hi whs!

Thank you for doing the extra steps in researching this issue!

Perfect! You said:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I hate to throw a monkey wrench into the discussion, but AOMEI is work in progress. I tried to use the Backupper and their OneKey products and had some problems with both of them.

AOMEI is not as stable as e.g Macrium and whether it is reliable like Macrium needs to be seen. Their user interface is simple but hard to read in that little Window.
Yes! Thanks for checking! I know its a work in progress by seeing all the "beta" choices and its only "version 2.2" so far... relatively brand new backup program to put my "faith" in .... (some here want me to just blindly follow instructions "on faith" nothing more.... I need proof that is all I ask before placing trust in backup programs for all my hard hard worked data!!! (and programs without any current Product Keys!)

If you remember..... I'm using AOMEI to get ONE or TWO perfectly working (i.e. recoverable backups) on external Hard Drives, before attempting to FIX the VSS problem (I might lose computer doing Reg Edit commands you suggested in Post #8 elsewhere to me..... so before I can use Macrium, I need to fix the VSS, but ENRUT is too small a save to risk ruining everything else while I try to follow the instructions and not make a worse problem attempting to get the "better" backup program i.e. Macrium working ) sorry for longer description----I just felt I did not explain it in a few words above.

Also (yes longer typing) I had to enlarge!!!! the little window image to present it in my post below of the success (?) of my first AOMEI backup.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Here are the problems I had:

1. The backupper did not work correctly on one of my 32bit systems
Yes, If it works I'd be considering using it to help my older XP system have a "second" type of backup to the old (legacy help only) Norton Ghost---I have both x32 and x64 bootable HDD's there.. (Of course I can use Macrium too... but so far not yet successful on that so not willing to trust it on XP until it works somewhere else first)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
2. Imaging a partition that was encrypted at a previous time but is now decrypted does not work
I have this only with the XP system (a program or two uses encryption.... Norton copies exactly what it sees, so never had to unencrypt it..... are you saying it must be unencrypted for AOMEI to actually copy it? Might be a difficult or impossible program to use in my XP system with various scattered FILES or partitions encrypted and not encrypted... its a mess due to program saved stuff everywhere until I learned how to use it properly (a few years!)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
3. OneKey does not write a BCD for recovery if the bootmgr is on C rather than in the system partition.
Question: Is OneKey part of AOMEI? Is it something I have not used as I never recovered from AOMEI backup copy (as see below I just did my first one???)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I have corresponded several times with the AOMEI developers but the feedback is meager. At least they answer (saying nothing).
I assumed as much from the poor English translations of their (Chinese I assumed is native language) manual.... and the fact NO telephone support at all just long distance Email support (somewhat poor given my slow methods of thinking out any problems I have with programs/computers as you see this could take me months to get messages back and forth if I have any problems I need to ask them about!!!)

Thank you and see the post below for where I am with the AOMEI backup and some questions too!
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11 Feb 2015   #6
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 
AOMEI Backup was Successful!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks go to everyone who helped me! (Reps will go around as soon as I give 10 others--up to 8 now).
Also here is a final Screenshot for anyone who is considering purchasing/using AOMEI (just trying to be complete in my threads!)

AOMEI Are there any hidden, known issues when using it?-aomei-first-backup-successful-pic-ps17599.jpg

Now one question is left... difficult one!

How do I make certain the copy is 100%???

Norton Ghost let me SEE inside the copy... using Ghost or Windows Explorer!

Of course I can't do it with modern Backup programs like AOMEI

See result below:

AOMEI Are there any hidden, known issues when using it?-aomei-windows-explorer-cant-use-ps17605.jpg

So now how do I make certain this is a RECOVERABLE/RESTORABILITY of this copy.... without actually doing the restoration? I don't have a lose drive to try it as I don't know if Windows 7 allows for external booting tests while hooked up to a laptop (On a desktop I go into the BIOS and use settings there to allow this external boot.....as a test for Norton stuff.... I've NEVER found or seen (probably I should not) the "bios" on a laptop anywhere.... they just "work" without showing that Bios Step that all my Desktops always ask me to "press F1 to continue or Press F2 to enter Set up" (at least the DELL ones do that).......

Thanks for figuring out next steps for me to take to test this.

The reason I ask, is that I want to test AOMEI somehow....... BEFORE I make the second backup copy that will erase all my OLD NORTON copies on the other external Hard Drive.


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13 Feb 2015   #7
LittleSomething

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

I don't think aomei allows you open backup file in Windows Explorer
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13 Feb 2015   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You already checked the image. You can look at the contents with Explore Image.

AOMEI Are there any hidden, known issues when using it?-explore.jpg


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13 Feb 2015   #9
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Thank you SWI2

Hi SWI2 and others here:

Thank you for that in Post #8.

So Image(s) have been checked/verified by my checking the box on advanced settings....

I can use Windows Explorer to actually "view" a image once I mount the drive.......

This is important as various times I've had one or more programs/files corrupted, but not enough to want to do a WHOLE Drive, Format/wipe/Restore everything process---and possibly mess things up worse... so Ghost and these programs I see all allow me the option to restore just folders, or files.. which seeing their original "size" comparing to what I see on the computer is the only way to make the decision to do this drastic restoration step.

Thanks for the information!
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13 Feb 2015   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, if you mount the image, you can view the contents and copy out any individual files/folders if you like.
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