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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium


04 Dec 2009   #21

windows 7
 
 

I have previously used Drive Image on my win2000/xp machines. What I have always done is put an image on the internal HDD, differet partition, and restored from there. This can usually be done in a few minutes after booting into caldera dos. But of course DI will not work with ntfs.I find this method extremely useful after modifying/trying out new programs/problems etc etc.

Will Macrium allow me to restore my win 7 machine in the same way. Unfortunately my C drive is about 13Gb which I find, contrary to what a lot of peope think, much too big. I do not want to wait an hour or so to restore - my DI solution on my desktops, which have C drives <3Gb, mean't I was never down for more than 5-10 minutes max.


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04 Dec 2009   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I alternate. Every second image goes to a partition on an internal HDD, then the next one to an external disk. The image I took this morning from my Windows 7 C: ( 13.2GB used) took 3.40 minutes. A restore from the external disk took 20 minutes (have not yet tried from the HDD). And that was without prior image verification. With verification, the time doubles.

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04 Dec 2009   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

I used Macrium on Vista, but now use 7's options. No point installing extra software when Windows does everything you need.
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04 Dec 2009   #24

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I alternate. Every second image goes to a partition on an internal HDD, then the next one to an external disk. The image I took this morning from my Windows 7 C: ( 13.2GB used) took 3.40 minutes. A restore from the external disk took 20 minutes (have not yet tried from the HDD). And that was without prior image verification. With verification, the time doubles.
So I can restore from the internal HDD directly - If so does it do this by installing its own dos, like drive image when booting up ?

How big would an approx 13Gb C drive compress to and can this be made into 1 bootable DVD ?

Thanks
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04 Dec 2009   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can restore from an internal HDD provided it is from a different partition, better even different physical drive. An image of a 13GB OS footprint is a little over 6GB (which would not fit on a DVD). But the recue CD fits on a cd or DVD. You should burn that first because else you cannot recover.
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05 Dec 2009   #26

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 
Making recovery disk with Macrium

With all do respect, you sure brushed by the making of the the Recovery Disk.

I just went through the process and they gave two options: Linux and BartPE.
In Bart PE they mention XP which i was using to make an Image. I had no idea what BARTPE was all about, so I used the Linux option.

After reading i have some idea about BART, the fellow said it took 2 days to make a BART disc. No thanks.

Question : do you feel my image disks will work to recover my XP system ? I tested the Recovery disk and it asked for the vital data to proceed. Also the individual disks report the Macrium image in the proper order. i didn't go any further...
Your help would be welcomed. thanks
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05 Dec 2009   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Use the Linux version. It works. I recoverd several times already with it - just for testing.
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05 Dec 2009   #28

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Thanks very much.. did you test the linux ver. with XP? The reason I ask because in Bart they mention " if you are using XP" ... just a little confusing.
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05 Dec 2009   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I tested with Windows 7 and Vista. Not XP (I have no XP), sorry. But why don't you test it if you have XP and report back.
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05 Dec 2009   #30

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

valued suggestion, only problem i could lose my data . I'll wait till I have to do a reload of XP .

I used it for my Win 7 computer so your info has been encouraging, thanks again.
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