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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium


28 Jan 2014   #1461

WIN PRO 7 SP1 X64 OEM
 
 

Is it possible to restore an image file to a drive other than C:\ and then set the BIOS to say Drive X and bootup? I want to replace my existing drive with a new larger unit. Thanks.

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28 Jan 2014   #1462
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mintwaxed View Post
Is it possible to restore an image file to a drive other than C:\ and then set the BIOS to say Drive X and bootup? I want to replace my existing drive with a new larger unit. Thanks.
Of course you can do that. But the OS will always keep C:\. The letter 'C' does not denominate a physical drive but a logical partition which is independent of the disk drive.

Just put the new drive in and initiate it. Then you can restore the image to it. I would suggest you image ALL partitions on your current drive (with 1 run) and restore them all on your new drive. At least the system partition (the little 100MB partition) has to go too because that is your bootmgr. Else you would not be able to boot.

If it is a one to one replace,ent of your current drive, you need not change the BIOS.
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28 Jan 2014   #1463
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mintwaxed View Post
Is it possible to restore an image file to a drive other than C:\ and then set the BIOS to say Drive X and bootup? I want to replace my existing drive with a new larger unit. Thanks.
Sort of, whatever drive is booted will become C.

EDIT: whs said it first.
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28 Jan 2014   #1464
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
When you are creating/editing the definition you need to select Advanced Options to find the verify checkbox...

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Are we talking about the paid version here?
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28 Jan 2014   #1465

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

I am. I'm not sure whether it is in the free version.
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28 Jan 2014   #1466
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

No it is not as far as I can see. You need to verify manually.
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28 Jan 2014   #1467

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Yes you have to do it manually on the Restore tab.

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30 Jan 2014   #1468

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

So with Macrium Free I have to create the image, then go on like I'd want to recover it and then verify it there? That's no problem for me, as long as the verify function is still present.
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30 Jan 2014   #1469

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
So with Macrium Free I have to create the image, then go on like I'd want to recover it and then verify it there? That's no problem for me, as long as the verify function is still present.
That's the way that I do it, if I understood your question correctly.

I don't use the "verify" option when creating the image but I do a "test restore" with the WinPE CD and restore to a spare HDD. I don't do that with each (full-disk) image but I'll test 2 out of 3, for example, to verify the methodology and reliability of the procedure, from the creating to booting up and running on the spare HDD for a few minutes.

As others have mentioned, it's a robust reliable imaging tool. It's hard to beat that "peace of mind" mode you get with imaging (or cloning) tools that are proven HDD restoration backups.
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30 Jan 2014   #1470

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
So with Macrium Free I have to create the image, then go on like I'd want to recover it and then verify it there? That's no problem for me, as long as the verify function is still present.
Yes the verify function is always available. On my system I backup to a 2nd internal drive, verify it and then copy the backup files to an external drive. I then verify the copy on the external drive. Whenever I need to restore I always verify again before restoring.

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