Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

21 Jan 2014   #1351
Mang Nux

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yes, if you do it right. Read here - directions in the picture.

Reflect_v5


Attachment 302658
From that document it seems like I don't have to do anything to preserve alignment since I'm using Windows 7, am I reading it right?

I'm also assuming that 'Copy selected partitions' is now called 'Image this disk'


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
21 Jan 2014   #1352
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I'm also assuming that 'Copy selected partitions' is now called 'Image this disk'
There you have to watch out. If you have several partitions on the image, make sure only those that you want to restore are checked in the little boxes under the partition.


Attached Thumbnails
Image your system with free Macrium-2014-01-21_2325.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1353
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi, I have some questions. I've been using Win7 system imaging but I find it a bit cumbersome, esp. the un-ability to restore the image to a smaller drive (is that possible with Macrium Free?).

I'm thinking of going with Macrium Free. Is it really free (no adware etc.?), trustworthy and reliable? I like one ability of Win7's B&R and that is that I can mount the image VHD file and restore single files etc. and also restore the whole image from the boot (using the Win7 rescue disc). Are these functions possible with Macrium Free?

In the feature comparison chart of Macrium it says that the Free version can't do recovery from Windows boot menu, so I guess that's a no-go then? How would I have to restore it then, first install Windows, then Macrium and then full restore (overwrite the latest Win installation with the one from the image backup)?

Please help me understand. And if you recommend some other freeware imaging software, please do tell too. Thank you!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

23 Jan 2014   #1354
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Yes, you can do all the things you asked about. You can recover from a bootable Linux DVD or a PE Rescue CD or USB drive. What it means by recovery from the boot menu means there is no recovery partition you can boot into when Windows starts. You can also mount, VHDs, recover files from the mounted VHD. It is very highly thought of my most here on Seven forums and widely used. This may help answer some of your questions. Imaging with free Macrium
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1355
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Are you sure that with Macrium Reflect Free I can:

- Restore to a smaller HDD (I have a 500 GB HDD with 3 partitons and I monthly make an image of all 3 partitions - so the whole HDD, but there's just about 250 GB of data on all 3 partitions of mine, so if my 500 GB HDD dies, can I buy a 320 GB HDD and restore the 3 partitions onto it without any problems)?

- Restore from the boot (just like using the Windows 7 rescue disc) without any problems (onto an empty/new HDD), even though it says on the Macrium site that in the free version that's not supported?

- VHD files can be mounted, explored, files copied etc. - just like in Windows 7 integrated tool?

I apologise for being a pain in the ass but backup and restore is an extremely important thing and I have to depend on it so that's why I'm double-asking.

Thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1356
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Some imaging programs create a recovery partition which you can boot into when Windows boots. That's what they mean, that is not supported. What you do is create a recovery CD or USB drive and boot into that, just like the Windows Rescue disk. I'm sure about the VHD files being able to be mounted, explored. I am not sure about restoring to a smaller drive, but I believe it can. When it does the image, it only images the used portion of the partition. So, I see no reason it can't restore to a smaller drive as long as your partitions on the smaller drives are larger than the image (used portion it was created from) It can also clone a partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1357
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The macrium boot menu thing just means you can boot up the macrium winpe from a boot menu entry.

( Essenbe is right that a few imaging programs can make recovery partitions, Acronis and paragon for example, I can't see the point ).

The idea of the boot menu entry is you don't need to carry a flash drive with macrium winpe on it. The downsides are

a) It might not work, if windows boot process is damaged ( which is quite often the reason you want to restore)

b) You will always get a menu for few seconds on startup, which can be quite annoying. ( unless you are multibooting, where you will have a menu anyway)

There are several free imaging programs . They will all be able to restore to a smaller drive and let you get individual files out of an image.

They will all create boot media of some kind to be put on flash/dvd. Many of them do not create the boot menu thing, instead they can reboot themselves into what they often call pre -os mode. That also means you don't need to carry a flash with you ( but, like the boot menu entry, depend on Windows not being too damaged to fire them up ).

You will definitely need the external boot media they create, just in case.

Paragon do a free one. Paragon paid products are great, but the free versions are quite limited.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Easeus do one. It has some nice features, e.g. you can see and copy out of the backup images with windows explorer- you don't need to mount anything. http://www.todo-backup.com/products/...p-software.htm

Macrium does a free one. It works well, I used it for a while myself.

Now there is an even better free one. FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1358
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why don't you just try it on a small 2GB partition. That will amswer all your questions. And yes, it is the best imaging program around - only AOEMI would be a good alternative.

Read and watch the tutorial and Keith an I have put together and you will get the hang of it - Steve linked it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1359
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

- Restore to a smaller HDD (I have a 500 GB HDD with 3 partitons and I monthly make an image of all 3 partitions - so the whole HDD, but there's just about 250 GB of data on all 3 partitions of mine, so if my 500 GB HDD dies, can I buy a 320 GB HDD and restore the 3 partitions onto it without any problems)?

Macrium Reflect can be used to restore an image to a smaller partition as long as the original data is less than the size of the partition it is going to. Even though you can restore your partitions to a smaller HDD, if you can afford it in any way, I would suggest buying another 500GB HDD so that, when your original HDD exceeds 320GB, you will be able to still backup your data on the second HDD.

- Restore from the boot (just like using the Windows 7 rescue disc) without any problems (onto an empty/new HDD), even though it says on the Macrium site that in the free version that's not supported?

The restore from boot you are referring to is an optional feature on the paid versions that will allow you to restore and image without having to use a recovery CD or USB flash drive. When you first boot up the computer, a screen will appear during boot, but before windows itself starts booting, that gives you the option to open up the program that is on your computer that will restore your image. If the drive has been damaged enough that the program can't be opened from the drive, a recovery disk or USB flash drive will be needed. I have the Pro version and use that feature myself because it's convenient (and I'm lazy).

On the free version, instead of a program that can be opened during boot, you have to use a recovery CD or USB flash drive you make ahead of time to restore an image to your HDD. It's not as convenient as having the option on the computer but is more reliable. Even though I use the built in version, I still need the have my recovery USB flash drive on hand just in case I manage to mess up my boot drive badly enough the built-in feature can't be used or I'm using the image to restore to a replacement drive.

If I've confused you thoroughly, just rest assured you will be able to use the free version to restore your data as long as you make a recovery disk or USB flash drive ahead of time.

- VHD files can be mounted, explored, files copied etc. - just like in Windows 7 integrated tool?

Yes.

I apologise for being a pain in the ass but backup and restore is an extremely important thing and I have to depend on it so that's why I'm double-asking.

No apology necessary. You are wise to want to make backups and to make sure you will be doing it correctly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2014   #1360
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you all for sharing the knowledge! I will try Macrium Reflect Free and leave Windows 7 imaging tool. Have you all always had success in restoring a Macrium full image of a drive? Also, let me ask you a few questions about the Macrium program itself. Does it have any processes/services that run in the background all the time or is it a run-when-needed kind of application? Is there any adware or calling phone (since it's a freeware app)? I guess if supports USB 3.0 speeds and I saw that it comes in 32 and 64-bit flavours (I have Win7 x64). The freeware version is a bit hidden on tha Macrium site but I have found it - though it only has a small DL installer.

Anyway, I'm going to go and try it, thank you very much for help, much appreciated!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Image your system with free Macrium




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay
I am using the free version. I have visited the site and read what the pay version does. As far as I can tell the incremental backups is really the only thing that seems worthwhile. I was just curious if anyone has tried the pay version and found a feature that made it worth paying for. Thanks,
Backup and Restore
Macrium Reflect Free, AHCI, IDE system backup & restore
Hi, I have just upgraded my system and am now using a single Windows 7 install on a Samsung SSD hard drive. This was installed and running under AHCI rather than IDE which I was previously used to. This is for the performance benefits of Sata/SSD from what I can understand. I know that I...
Backup and Restore
Macrium Reflect Free ...I'm in :-)
Sorry, it's me again! I started my Macrium imaging experience today with the Tecra R840 laptop (Win7 Pro 64-bit). 1- After installation, I created the Rescue disc with sucess :) (I already had the 1.7 GB WAIK stored in one of my USB 3.0 external hdd, so it was done in a breeze. But...I...
Backup and Restore
Tie In Between Macrium Boot Disk And System Image
I have a Macrium boot disc (CD) and an Image (External HD). Is the Boot disc only for this particular image ? Same question with Windows 7 Repair Disc I made long ago. Is it tied to one particular system image ?
Backup and Restore
Macrium free 5 couldn't create image
Hi guys, I recently built a pc and all is well. Clean install of w7 HP 64. For the first couple of days I was in and out of the system as the default admin (user you are asked to create during w7 install). It wad during this time I installed macrium reflect free 5. I images the system after...
Backup and Restore
Macrium free backup won't end
Every time I do a system backup it progresses fine until both progress bars get to Overall Progress 99% and Time remaining 01 second. It continues to run as long as I allow it. Finally after a half hour I click cancel, but it still continues to run so I have to do a hard shut down to end it. This...
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:34.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App