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Windows 7: Windows Image folder is empty !

19 Oct 2016   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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Reading through the forum it seems moving images from one drive to another is not recommended. But then there are other postings saying it's OK. What's the latest consensus? I ask because until I get another EHD for Macrum images they would have to go on the same one with the Windows images. And then moved later, unless that's really taboo.
Firstly moving an image across partition boundaries involves a physical movement of all the image data (50GB+ maybe). Moving images within a partition (eg. to a new folder) involves a simple file system (directory) entry change.
Secondly, I see no problem in have Windows images and Macrium images on the same drive - I used to do it all the time. Remember Windows image naming is clunky. If you want more than one you need to rename it to say WindowsImageBackup-No2. Whatever you want to reimage must be renamed back to WindowsImageBackup and placed in the root of a partition. See the tutorial by Brink.


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19 Oct 2016   #12
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post
Reading through the forum it seems moving images from one drive to another is not recommended. But then there are other postings saying it's OK. What's the latest consensus? I ask because until I get another EHD for Macrum images they would have to go on the same one with the Windows images. And then moved later, unless that's really taboo.
Firstly moving an image across partition boundaries involves a physical movement of all the image data (50GB+ maybe). Moving images within a partition (eg. to a new folder) involves a simple file system (directory) entry change.
Secondly, I see no problem in have Windows images and Macrium images on the same drive - I used to do it all the time. Remember Windows image naming is clunky. If you want more than one you need to rename it to say WindowsImageBackup-No2. Whatever you want to reimage must be renamed back to WindowsImageBackup and placed in the root of a partition. See the tutorial by Brink.
Does that mean you should not move an image across partition boundaries? Wouldn't that also pertain to moving an image to a different drive?

My thinking about putting the Macrium images on a different drive was that in case the drive with the Windows created image stopped working then I would still have a Macrium image on a hopefully working separate drive.
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19 Oct 2016   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post

Does that mean you should not move an image across partition boundaries? Wouldn't that also pertain to moving an image to a different drive?
Moving an image to a different drive is still moving across a partition boundary. Partitions have different file systems. I have moved a Windows image across a boundary as a test and could restore it but I wouldn't want to bet my life on it. If it is a last resort then go for it but I wouldn't do it as a normal practice.

Using 2 different imaging programs both on 2 different drives is more robust than putting Windows imaging on one drive and Macrium on another. I used to do this then I eventually stopped making Windows inbuilt images on my 3 active PCs. But I definitely store Macrium images on more than one ext HDD.
My preference is sata drives in USB3 docking stations rather than say a WD MyBook essentials but I don't want to deviate from your main questions.

Ultimately you have to make the decision that you feel comfortable with.
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