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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

07 Jun 2013   #1091

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You are welcome agile1. Macrium has saved my bacon several times.

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10 Jun 2013   #1092

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
First Failure

Well I just had my first re-image failure using Macrium.

I tried to re-image my XP partition and somehow my Linux Mint partition suffered some sort of damage, which rendered my PC unbootable.
Not only that, it totally hosed the recovery disc functions.
I couldn't use the Linux Recovery disc to restore any images at all (it would "stick" on the image folders and then reboot the machine).

Luckily my friend (Linux Expert) was able to force the Live Linux Mint DVD to perform a disc check on the damaged partition and it miraculously fixed what ever had gone wrong (it listed a lot of changes).

It looks like I might be forced to image the entire disc from now on.
Creating 500GB+ images are going to be lots fun.
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10 Jun 2013   #1093

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure macrium handles ext4 all that well. It seems to make a sector by sector copy - as if it doesn't understand the filesystem.

I use Paragon. Perfect for windows and linux filesystems. You do have to reinit linux bootloader after restore .
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10 Jun 2013   #1094

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Weird

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Not sure macrium handles ext4 all that well. It seems to make a sector by sector copy - as if it doesn't understand the filesystem.

I use Paragon. Perfect for windows and linux filesystems. You do have to reinit linux bootloader after restore .
I haven't had any problems in the past.
It has always restored NTFS and EXT4 partitions correctly (no tinkering required) using the restore disc (albeit that was using the older version).

I was restoring a NTFS partition (XP) and somehow it corrupted the adjacent EXT4 partition (it did successfully restore the XP image though).
Macrium verified the XP image before and after the incident.

Normally I restore Windows 7 from XP and Linux from either Windows OS.
I couldn't restore XP from Windows 7, because it said the partition was being used (the boot files?).
That meant I had to use the restore disc.
It's a pity that I don't know how to transfer the restore functions, from the Linux Restore disc, to my Linux Mint OS.

I wonder if the latest version of my restore disc is defective (i.e. maybe it didn't burn properly).
I have an earlier version, but it wouldn't select any locations on my other internal HDD (after the other restore disc damaged the target HDD).

I think that because the target HDD was damaged, Macrium couldn't figure out where the backup image was supposed to go and that made it crash.

The GRUB Rescue utility listed all partitions on that HDD as MS-DOS.

The Linux Mint Live DVD couldn't see the EXT4 partition either (using Caja).
I was able to locate it using the Terminal and my friend was able to make it perform a disc check, which fixed it.

Next time I'll try the WinPE disc that I got from whs and Britton30.
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10 Jun 2013   #1095

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
It's a pity that I don't know how to transfer the restore functions, from the Linux Restore disc, to my Linux Mint OS.
I don't know how to do that either. If I did, I would put paragon into ubuntu.

I am enjoying using Unity now. Interesting Ubuntu can also claim to be the first os to include search scopes ( MS will be doing it in 8.1 ).
There are only a couple in 13.04 - including amazon, but I see there may be up to 100 in 13.10
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10 Jun 2013   #1096

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote:
It's a pity that I don't know how to transfer the restore functions, from the Linux Restore disc, to my Linux Mint OS.
I don't know how to do that either. If I did, I would put paragon into ubuntu.
Paragon uses a Linux based recovery disc too (like Macrium)?
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10 Jun 2013   #1097

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, Paragon comes with Linuxbased iso . There is a separate package at no extra charge to create winpe media.

Paragon Linux iso looks like this:

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14 Jun 2013   #1098

Win 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit
 
 

I Downloaded this today, it looks pretty neat and will do the job.
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22 Jun 2013   #1099

vista home premium x32
 
 

So having updated to MRF 5.2.6249, I attempted making first a Windows PE 3.1 and then a 4.0 Rescue Media. Repeated attempts have failed, all ending in "An error occurred mounting the Windows Image File".

Viewing the waiklog one reads: "Failed - Error code 6, The handle is invalid. Unmounting the Wim". I've searched online and find nothing.

Any thoughts on where to go from here would be appreciated.
Karen
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22 Jun 2013   #1100
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why don't you just download the WinPE .iso from my Skydrive. Then burn that to CD.
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