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Windows 7: Macrium Image file 87 GB, can't browse files

27 Feb 2015   #1
zeek

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Macrium Image file 87 GB, can't browse files

Hello, I have Macrium Free, imaged my entire computer, made the boot CD for the Windows PE....I boot up, do exactly what the sticky thread says . . . . the image is on a brand new Western Digital 1TB external HDD, when I try to image the internal HDD (seagate drive) Macrium simply puts the contents of the WD drive on the Seagate internal HDD, sort of like a simple copy/paste. Of course when I restart it doesn't load Windows because what is on the internal HDD is simply a few folders. I figured oh well do a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate install and grab the files after I mount the Macrium image, but when I do it just takes in a circle, I mount, open the image, which has a folder, with an image....this happens until there is nowhere else to click, but there are never any files to browse, the image files are large, I made 2, one on 2-20-15 (87GB) and one on 2-23-15(174GB)

Any ideas?
Thanks you
Zeek


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27 Feb 2015   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Did you image both partitions, System Reserved and the "C" drive on the hard drive when you made the backup? If you only imaged the "C" drive that is incorrect and probably why its not working.

See my Win 7 drive, below for an example and also the Macrium screenshot of my Win 7 drive and both partitions selected for imaging.


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27 Feb 2015   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zeek View Post
when I try to image the internal HDD (seagate drive) Macrium simply puts the contents of the WD drive on the Seagate internal HDD, sort of like a simple copy/paste................the image files are large, I made 2, one on 2-20-15 (87GB) and one on 2-23-15(174GB)
I agree with Fireberd.

It certainly sounds like you are simply not choosing the correct partitions to be imaged in the Macrium interface. If you are trying to image the internal Seagate, that should have nothing to do with "the contents of the WD drive". I assume the WD is the destination drive---where you tell Macrium to store the image of the Seagate.

If the Seagate has a System Reserved and a C, you need to include both in the image file. Or you could make separate image files of each. But they both have to be imaged if you intend to have a bootable drive when restored.

Regarding size---the image file of the C partition should be about 40 to 50 percent as large as the actual occupied space on the C partition. Is that true in your case?

It's peculiar that your Feb 20 image is 87 GB and your Feb 23 image is 174 GB--twice as large. I'd expect images separated by only 3 days to be quite similar in size unless there were MAJOR changes in the C partition during those 3 days or unless you made an error and they are not in fact images of the same partition(s).
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27 Feb 2015   #4
zeek

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I am pretty sure that I imaged all the drives that showed up in Macrium and then saved the image to the external WD drive. My computer went all screwy so I decided to restore the image from the external WD to the internal Seagte and there is my problem. Even if I imaged only the c drive shouldn't I be able to see all my files?

AT this point all I really want is my files from the image file.

As far as size . . . yeah strange it is 2 times as big, which tells me I did something wrong..which I think was after I created the image I mapped the WD external drive, which has the image file in a folder called "Zeek" which is in a folder called "back_up", so I assume Macrium included the mapped drive.

Is there a way I can at least get my files from the mrimg image file?
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27 Feb 2015   #5
ignatzatsonic

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You should be able to double click that mrimg file, which will force it to open in an Explorer interface with a drive letter attached to it. You can then browse the files within the mrimg file and copy them wherever you want.

When you make an image you have to be careful---you can select individual partitions to be included in the image file and exclude other partitions on the same drive. You've got a lot of control and it looks like you made some type of error there.

You can control where that image file is stored. You can make a new storage folder for an image within the Macrium interface after you select the partitions to be imaged. Or you can make that folder before you even open Macrium and then just tell Macrium to put the image file in that folder.

When I make a new image file, I make a new folder for it, using the date as the folder name. For instance D:\images\022715 if I were to make an image today.
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27 Feb 2015   #6
zeek

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

OK, so I may have neglected to include the "system reserve", so what in the world is in that 87GB mrimg file? I figure it is all that data from the "c drive", I can live with with a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate install, but why can't I browse the mrimg file? When I get home I will post some screenshots so y'all can see what I mean.

To make matters worse, my other external HDD, that is files only, no image . . . just died, so it looks like mu only hope of getting my docs, pics.music . . . back is that mrimg file.
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27 Feb 2015   #7
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zeek View Post
OK, so I may have neglected to include the "system reserve", so what in the world is in that 87GB mrimg file? I figure it is all that data from the "c drive", I can live with with a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate install, but why can't I browse the mrimg file? When I get home I will post some screenshots so y'all can see what I mean.

To make matters worse, my other external HDD, that is files only, no image . . . just died, so it looks like mu only hope of getting my docs, pics.music . . . back is that mrimg file.
The 87 GB mrimg file contains all the files on whatever partition it is an image of--data, Windows files, pictures of your cat, whatever.

Do you in fact have Macrium installed on your hard drive?

I don't know why you can't browse that mrimg file if you poke it with the mouse. Possibly it is corrupt? You should see the first picture below. If you then put a checkmark in that checkbox below the "O" in the word "original", you should see something like the second picture. The G drive shown in that second picture is in fact the mounted image file. You can see the folders within it on the right. They can be browsed and copied out to another drive.


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27 Feb 2015   #8
zeek

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I have Macrium on my wife's laptop, I plug in my external WD HDD, which has the image file . . .I go through all the steps you listed, but the image file never actually opens. I am at work, when I get home I will make a screenr video of exactly what it does, and then share the link. I really appreciate your guy's help, like I said at this point I want my files . .
Thank You
Zeek
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27 Feb 2015   #9
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

My images are stored on an internal.

I don't know what type of goofiness an external USB drive might introduce, so I'd at least try to copy the image file to the internal on your wife's laptop and see if that let's you browse it. Or try to plug the external into some other port on the laptop if available.
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27 Feb 2015   #10
zeek

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Great idea . . .will try that too
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