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Windows 7: best practice for OS only backup

11 Nov 2015   #11
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Hi,

I don’t think hibernate is enabled – it certainly is not shown as an option when Shut down is expanded but as I’ve never used it, nor can think of ever doing so, I’ve used the command prompt method to delete it.

Your page file min and max sizes have been put in. System restore is set to 8GBs. It has been useful sometimes so I want to lkeep that.
After restarting - 80.7GBs show up as unused.
With that amount of wiggle room I do feel able to load some apps onto C!

The Macrium Tutorial is bedtime reading .

Thank you very much to everyone who’s commented, especially ignatzatsonic


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11 Nov 2015   #12
kado897

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Just a warning about the Macrium tutorial. There are links there for the PE recovery ISO. These are for version 5 and are INCOMPATIBLE with the current V6 images. You will need to create your own.
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11 Nov 2015   #13
ignatzatsonic

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You should get in the habit of running Windows Disk Cleanup or maybe CCleaner's "Cleaner" section periodically to keep the used space to a reasonable minimum.

Not necessarily daily or anything like that, but often enough that it becomes a habit and is part of your regular maintenance routine. Try to restrain yourself regarding registry cleaning.

Occupied space will grow due to Windows Updates alone, whether or not you install more applications over time, but in my experience that should not be by more than 2 or 3 GB per year. Develop a feeling for what the normal growth rate is and raise your good eyebrow if that growth rate seems to be increasing for no understandable reason--at which point you investigate.
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11 Nov 2015   #14
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I'll probably read everything going on macrium later today before doing it.
CCleaner is an old favourite and I love it - at the default settings. Registry cleaning is definitely NOT on without prior checks - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing; total ignorance is a recipe for disaster! I used it once, understood about 2% of the issues, chose not to fix. Only do now if consensus among advice posted on the web confirms it's OK!
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18 Nov 2015   #15
RolandJS

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I recommend making both a USB flash drive boot and a DVD boot; if one fails [for whatever reason], the other one probably will not fail to boot. I have to sometimes remind myself that although Macrium Reflect can make images from within Windows, it has to externally boot [either from usb or dvd] to restore.
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18 Nov 2015   #16
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I recommend making both a USB flash drive boot and a DVD boot; if one fails [for whatever reason], the other one probably will not fail to boot. I have to sometimes remind myself that although Macrium Reflect can make images from within Windows, it has to externally boot [either from usb or dvd] to restore.
It's always wise to test your recovery devices and I have more than one external device.

I'm not sure whether the free version can do this yet but the paid version can also create a Windows boot entry and boot from the Windows disk. Useful if the disk is still operational.

Edit. I've just checked and it appears that it can.
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