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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

26 Jul 2013   #1171

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
I think the free version is more than adequate for most home PC users
I also agree even though I have the Pro version. I originally needed incremental backups when I first started using Reflect because my notebook had the OS and data all on the same partition at the time, resulting in a huge amount to image, and since the notebook was the only working computer I had at the time, I was reluctant to fool around with the partitions. That has changed and I no longer need incremental backups so when v.6 comes out, I probably will just go with the free version.

The only real benefit most people would get from the Standard or Pro versions is differential and incremental backups. Those can save a lot of time if one has large partitions that need backing up frequently. The Pro version also allows one to restore an image to hardware that is different from the original. Example: one has to replace a MOBO. Normally, one would have to do a clean install of the OS. The Pro version would allow an image from an installation of the old MOBO to be "restored" to the new MOBO.


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26 Jul 2013   #1172

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I have paragon HDM Pro. Does everything - any kind of imaging, partitioning, non destructive gpt>mbr and vice versa, file system conversion, boot correcting restore to diff hardware - even makes images restored by competing programs bootable, virtualization, etc.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional - Full Features

Many of the features are available in the BR Home product, a lot cheaper at $39

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/features.htm
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26 Jul 2013   #1173

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Interesting how the options vary among free versions of different programs.

Aomei does everything, except scheduling. You don't even need to d/l waik for it to make pe.

Download free backup restore software ? AOMEI Backupper Freeware.
Thanks. I installed Aomei this morning and gave it a look-see. The clean, compact interface is nice. The PE works beautifully too. There is no scheduler, and log files are non-existent, but that's cool with me. The freeware available these days is great!
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26 Jul 2013   #1174

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

The latest Macrium Linux Recovery Disc doesn't work on my PC.
That makes two in a row.

Luckily Britton30 and whs have made the WinPE version available.
Image your system with free Macrium
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26 Jul 2013   #1175

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I used whs's WinPe version last weekend. It worked like a champ !
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26 Jul 2013   #1176
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The reason Wolfgang, then myself, made the WinPE iso was to save downloading the huge WAIK and install it.
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27 Jul 2013   #1177

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I learned something interesting about Macrium Reflect today.

Short story: it doesn't play well with Speccy.

Longer version: I backup my data drives by cloning them with Macrium Reflect onto a HDD plugged into a hot swap bay in my case. Since the bay doesn't get much, if any, airflow, I was curious how hot HDDs in the bay can get. Since the only time the HDDs run enough for temperature to build up is during a clone, I opened Speccy so I could watch the temperatures during a clone. Part way into the clone, I happened to notice my screen was dark. About then, the computer posted, suggesting I had a BSOD. I figured the backup HDD had failed so I popped in the other backup drive and tried again. About halfway into the clone, I caught a quick glimpse of the BSOD before it started rebooting. Just before a full fledged panic attack could settle in, it occurred to me the variable that was different from previous clones was I had Speccy running so I reformatted the backup drive and, this time, started the clone without having started up Speccy first. The clone finished without a problem. Same for when I cloned to the other HDD. Lesson learned.

In case you're curious, the HDDs in the hot swap bays (WD Greens) ran at pretty much the same temperature as the WD Black installed in the intake airstream in my case I was cloning, roughly 35-36C. Ambient was 27C.
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27 Jul 2013   #1178

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I learned something interesting about Macrium Reflect today.

Short story: it doesn't play well with Speccy.
I've often wondered whether or not, I should shut down various items (e.g. AV) when creating a backup HDD image (you don't want the HDD's contents to change, whilst you're imaging it).

I assume that imaging software can "lock" the HDD, so that things can't access/change it during an imaging operation.

One day I asked my Linux Expert friend, "why do I need to run as root to view HDD stats?"
He told me that the operation is Read/Write not just Read!

Since Speccy presumably accesses the HDD's built-in electronics that may have caused that problem.

Based on that info, I suspect that most, if not all, imaging programs may "spit the dummy", if you interrogate the HDD hardware during an imaging operation.
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27 Jul 2013   #1179

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Well, I always run MR while AVAST! free is running. Usually, Media Monkey and calibre are also running; often, an e-book is open in calibre's e-book viewer. That's never been a problem before. I have no idea why Speccy would crash MR.
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28 Jul 2013   #1180

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Macrium uses VSS to allow backup concurrently with other activity just like Windows own backup. I suspect Speccy may be doing some low level access which caused the problem.
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