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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

10 Jul 2013   #1121
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Update

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
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).
...
I just updated Macrium Reflect.
As near as I can tell, there have been 2 updates since last month.

Checking the details showed that there was a bug in the Linux Recovery CD.
That might have been responsible for the problem I experienced.


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10 Jul 2013   #1122
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Peter maybe the Grub boot loader screwed it up for you.
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10 Jul 2013   #1123
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Weird

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Peter maybe the Grub boot loader screwed it up for you.
I've never had a problem re-imaging my triple-boot setup before.

I have done multiple re-imaging operations on all my operating systems (mainly to eliminate software that I had tried, but that hadn't lived up to its creator's promises).
This was the first failure I've had with Macrium.

I usually image/re-image XP (and Linux) from W7, but for some reason this time Reflect refused to allow it.
I had to use my Recovery CD.
I re-imaged my XP partition, which succeeded, but crucial parts of my Linux Mint partition got corrupted.

Luckily my friend (Linux expert) was able to force a disc check on the partition.
This fixed Linux Mint and my PC booted up normally.

My hypothesis:
According to the bug description, that version of the Linux Recovery CD sometimes attempts to re-image additional partitions, not just the selected one.
I chose the XP partition (#2), only.
The Linux Recovery CD may have tried to also re-image Mint partition (#3) but it only had the image data for the XP partition.
This may have "confused" it, resulting in some file system corruption.

I shouldn't have updated my Recovery Disc.
The previous version had worked correctly.
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10 Jul 2013   #1124
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good story Peter. I still use the, I think, 5828 PE and it works fine for me. New isn't always better.
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10 Jul 2013   #1125
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Next time I have to do a re-image from outside my Windows OS installs, I'll try the WinPE disc that you and whs provided.
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10 Jul 2013   #1126
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I can verify both work, I've used them both to image and reimage.
I also used YUMI to make a bootable USB stick and added the WinPE as an unlisted iso, works great.
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
I suspect you have it though.
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11 Jul 2013   #1127
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I can verify both work, I've used them both to image and reimage.
I also used YUMI to make a bootable USB stick and added the WinPE as an unlisted iso, works great.
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
I suspect you have it though.
I haven't tried YUMI.
My previous motherboard wouldn't allow USB booting (my current one does).
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12 Jul 2013   #1128
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi all,

I've been reading the posts here but haven't read the complete thread yet. I'm interested in trying Macruim and have been reading about it at their site and here as well.

I have a couple of questions to see if I'm understanding the Imaging process. I'm mainly a cloner, cloning every 6 weeks, but am interested in getting up to speed with basic full-disc imaging (basically identical to cloning, complete backup HDD with all OS, MBR, included).

I use Acronis 2011 but am wanting to try another tool as, for me, the Imaging dialog with Acronis isn't too clear to me as a novice with Imaging.

- When I select the Image option within Macrium, does it offer a "full-disc" imaging option without asking the user numerous partition/custom-image questions? Since I'm primarily interested in imaging the entire HDD, with no customization of partitions, that's all I'm wanting to do.

- Regarding incremental backups, I would like to run scheduled incremental backups and merge/write that backup into a pre-existing full image of the HDD.

Do I have the right understanding of the following?

- Day 1: Image my entire HDD, a full bootable HDD replacement.

- Day 2 and thereafter, depending on defined frequency, set up an incremental backup with the Scheduler that will write any changes to the previously-created image, thus keeping an up-to-date complete HDD image restorable with the Recovery media.

Looking at the comparison chart at the Macruim site, it looks like I'd need the paid "Standard" version to have incremental capability.

The "recover to new hardware" option looks interesting but I'd need the "Pro" version for that option.

Has anyone used that option to install a HDD from an older machine to a new one and how complex is that operation? I assume that you'd need to find a way to load all-new drivers and to deploy that data into the new machine's OS registry.
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12 Jul 2013   #1129
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
Looking at the comparison chart at the Macruim site, it looks like I'd need the paid "Standard" version to have incremental capability.
Correct


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
The "recover to new hardware" option looks interesting but I'd need the "Pro" version for that option.

Has anyone used that option to install a HDD from an older machine to a new one and how complex is that operation? I assume that you'd need to find a way to load all-new drivers and to deploy that data into the new machine's OS registry.
You better do this..it's free Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap
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12 Jul 2013   #1130
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
- Day 1: Image my entire HDD, a full bootable HDD replacement.

- Day 2 and thereafter, depending on defined frequency, set up an incremental backup with the Scheduler that will write any changes to the previously-created image, thus keeping an up-to-date complete HDD image restorable with the Recovery media.
An image must be restored.... it's not a bootable HDD!
What is incremental and differential.... v5: How to create Incremental and differential disk images (Backup, Differential, Image, Incremental, v5)
You only have to restore 1 image. It knows what previous differentials/incrementials/full backup to load.

Notes on scheduling:
  • User that runs it must have password
  • If system shutdowns while running backup... backup will be cancelled
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