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Windows 7: Macrium - Which Disks to Include in Image

12 May 2016   #11
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Any restore the data is only as "new" as the last backup. My point, with doing whole drive backups, there is only one image to restore, regardless of whether the OS partition is the only one that needs restoring or the whole disc.
And, if the data partition has stuff much newer than the last backup, then what? Well, one could do a folder/file backup of the newest of the new, re-image the drive, then copy back the newest of the new on top of the material coughed up from the restored backup. For me, I'll stick with OS and data partitions being separate full images; but, hey, whatever works


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12 May 2016   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I Whole drive restore could very well result in over-writing newer material with an older image.
That works for me as well.
I've found that it is more likely that the OS develops problems that I'm not prepared to jump through hoops to "fix". I just go back to a previous image as far back as needed.
But my data drives aren't backed up as frequently as they should be.
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15 May 2016   #13
abredt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Many thanks to all who replied.
cb
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15 May 2016   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Ticked as solved so what was your final decision.
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15 May 2016   #15
abredt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have a spare 2 TB external hard drive with lots of room on it, so I took the easy way out.

I ran Macrium 4 times - once for each "drive" and again combining all three drives together.

If I have to do a complete restore, I'll come back and ask all of you how to do it.
cb
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15 May 2016   #16
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Fireberd!
"I only do full drive back ups. Eliminates several backup steps if the drive needs restored. With selective partitions, if the full drive has to be restored it requires several separate operations."
At first, I disagreed, 'cause separate OS and data partition full images have served me well.
However, I recently realized that you are a backup/restore genius! By having at least one full image of the whole internal hard-drive, following a catastrophic HD failure, leading to a HD replacement, that full image will place any and all partitions back onto the replacement hard-drive [matching what was on the original HD]. Then, simply follow through with the separate OS and data partition restores, if such partition images are newer than your full HD image. I'm adding your idea of a full HD image next week to my three computer's two dedicated usb ext backup HDs.

I have a backup/restore thread in five different forums, including this one. May I quote you? And, I will adjust any quotation of you to suit you

Thanks for PMg your yes! And, done -- I edited the URL of this thread to: [sevenforums]
You will have your "5 minutes of fame," I will probably remain "Confusingmous."
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16 May 2016   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If you have say a 1TB HDD and image the whole drive every time you make an image then you won't be making many regular images. This assumes you have a decent amount of data on the drive as well.

For my system (see specs) system image times to an external USB 3 drive using Macrium Reflect (default compression) are:
55 GB ~ 10minutes
extrapolate
550 GB ~ 100 minutes
1 TB ~ 182 minutes (3 hours)
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17 May 2016   #18
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

mjf, I meant doing the full drive full image only once on each of the two ext HDs dedicated to each of my three computers. Once that is done, it is done no more unless I change the partitions. You're very correct! Not too many full drive full images will fit on a 1TB ext HD
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