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Windows 7: Performing 1st Image Backup

02 Jan 2016   #31
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

I just found a thread that says try in safe mode so I will do that now.


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02 Jan 2016   #32
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi Copiman ( we posted at the same time ) Yes I have downloaded the very last version and have even registered

Thought that would not harm.
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02 Jan 2016   #33
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Not sure about safemode. You should only have to open Macrium and create the cd/dvd from there.

select the icon in the top left corner (looks like a disk with an arrow in it) under the word file. Give that a try. That's it. You don't use backup to create dvd rescue disk.
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02 Jan 2016   #34
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Hey it worked with Macri um and I used a USB stick instead

I have to leave now, unfortunately but will continue later ( if still sober enough )

Otherwise tomorrow.

Great stuff, THANKS ALL FOR HELP
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02 Jan 2016   #35
copiman

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Before you attempt to image make sure your USB will boot. You may need to change your boot order of the computer. You want to make sure it boots in case something goes wrong.

Have fun. See ya later.
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02 Jan 2016   #36
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copiman View Post
The cd/dvd is a rescue cd/dvd. You would need it to boot your computer. Lets say you had to replace your hard drive. Once you replaced your hard drive (hard drive is blank) you would insert the rescue cd/dvd and boot from it. Once it boots you would then be able to access your image and restore it to your computer.

If you are just practicing, say creating an image and restoring it on the same computer, you don't necessarily need to use it. But if it were me I would create one just to be safe. If for any reason your computer crashes you will be prepared to recover. Only takes a few minutes to create the rescue media. I strongly recommend it.

If you are going to image your computer, I recommend you image the entire computer. To do so you would check all 3 partitions only on the top of the pic you posted (Disk 0). Deselect any partitions on (Disk 1). Disk 1 is your external.
When making an image, I make the C: drive and the System Reserved (if you have one) as one image and make a separate image for the Documents. This way if I need to restore the OS, I do not have to restore the Documents. It makes the restore a bit faster.
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02 Jan 2016   #37
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Thelma:

I noticed something about your Toshiba external based on the Disk Management picture you posted.

It's a 2 TB drive, quite large.

It is currently split into 4 partitions of about the same size. All of the data on this 2 TB drive amounts to roughly 70 GB, very little.

Here's the issue: why is this drive split into 4 partitions? Multiple partitioning like this is generally an inefficient use of storage space that could cause you problems.

Here's why:

Your other drive containing C is a 500 GB drive that's about half full--about 235 GB occupied.

An image file of this 500 GB drive will be somewhere between 100 and 150 GB in size. That image file will have to be saved onto the Toshiba drive. In it's current state with those 4 partitions, the Toshiba probably could not hold more than 3 saved images in any of it's partitions.

I would re-partition the Toshiba so it contained just one huge partition of about 1.8 TB to make more efficient use of that drive's capacity.

You would have to TEMPORARILY move the data on the Toshiba onto your C drive. The C drive has enough space to hold all of the data now on the Toshiba. Then delete all the partitions on the Toshiba and make one big partition on it. Then move the data you temporarily moved to C back to the Toshiba.

Split the data up as you wish on the big partition on the Toshiba by using a folder structure, rather than separate partitions.

If you intend to do this, now is the time to do it--before you get involved with imaging with Macrium.

This isn't a requirement, but I think it's a good practice that means you are less likely to run out of space on those relatively small partitions now on the Toshiba.

Then continue with Macrium, storing your images in a folder called "images" on the Toshiba. I'd just make a single image file each time, making sure that the image file contained ALL THREE partitions shown on your internal drive (OEM, Recovery, and C).

It's an easy job that might take 3 or 4 hours copying files back and forth.

Yes---do confirm that your PC will in fact boot with that USB stick you made. If it won't boot, you can't recover from a disaster.
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02 Jan 2016   #38
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

ignatzatsonic -- I am asking you this for my own info and to help Thelma. - Isn't there an issue with Win 7 reading a partition that is over 1 TB? I am not sure exactly what it is but it seems I have heard this. Could the large partition be a problem?
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02 Jan 2016   #39
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
ignatzatsonic -- I am asking you this for my own info and to help Thelma. - Isn't there an issue with Win 7 reading a partition that is over 1 TB? I am not sure exactly what it is but it seems I have heard this. Could the large partition be a problem?
Not in my experience.

The issue you may be thinking about is this:

Data disks over 2.2 TB must be formatted as GPT to see the entire disk as a single partition.

Thelma's external is a 2 TB, under the limit, and she should not have any problem seeing all of that disk as one partition. Even if she did, she could choose "GPT" rather than "MBR" when formatting to avoid the limitation.

I don't think she would have a problem with this. Even if it didn't work, no harm done--she could always go back to using small partitions like she has now.
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02 Jan 2016   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
ignatzatsonic -- I am asking you this for my own info and to help Thelma. - Isn't there an issue with Win 7 reading a partition that is over 1 TB? I am not sure exactly what it is but it seems I have heard this. Could the large partition be a problem?
There was a problem when the partition is over 2.2GB. But I don't remember the details.
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