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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

01 Sep 2011   #301
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
I am backing up to a drive connected by esta, never tried that before so that seems the obvious culprit. I forgot to mention that! Sorry.

The drive works fine in other respects though, I just recently ran WD-Lifeguard extended diagnostics on it because I hadn't used it for a while, it has lots of space on it and is not defragmented. I just dragged and dropped a 10GB file onto it and it transferred at 100MBs.

So if it the problem the problem only exists between it and Macrium.

@Golden, it isn't defragmented.
I used the Pro version 4.2 on a 32 bit Laptop with XP and no eSATA,
and created a PE Boot Rescue CD.
I was surprised to find that on my new 64 Windows 7 bit Desktop,
the same PE Rescue CD could both save to and restore from from eSATA.

I am sure the Free version 4.2 should have the ability to save to eSATA,
but as with all partition image backup software,
any Linux based Boot CD may fail to include all relevant hardware drivers.


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01 Sep 2011   #302
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
I am backing up to a drive connected by esta, never tried that before so that seems the obvious culprit. I forgot to mention that! Sorry.

The drive works fine in other respects though, I just recently ran WD-Lifeguard extended diagnostics on it because I hadn't used it for a while, it has lots of space on it and is not defragmented. I just dragged and dropped a 10GB file onto it and it transferred at 100MBs.

So if it the problem the problem only exists between it and Macrium.

@Golden, it isn't defragmented.
I used the Pro version 4.2 on a 32 bit Laptop with XP and no eSATA,
and created a PE Boot Rescue CD.
I was surprised to find that on my new 64 Windows 7 bit Desktop,
the same PE Rescue CD could both save to and restore from from eSATA.

I am sure the Free version 4.2 should have the ability to save to eSATA,
but as with all partition image backup software,
any Linux based Boot CD may fail to include all relevant hardware drivers.
I am sure Macrium should have no trouble in general with esta but maybe it does with my esta, for whatever reason.

I am not using the boot CD, I am doing it within Windows. Esata is just sata anyway, it doesn't require extra drivers.

I am thinking the issue is not with Macrium so much as it is with the esata connection or the drive itself.....
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01 Sep 2011   #303
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I found errors using check-disk, it fixed them but now it's transfer rate has plummeted. So, despite passing Lifeguards extended diagnostic etc, there must be something wrong. It might be the esata connection.


edit
Actually, the transfer rates are the same, I got confused for a moment - but I just tried the same job to another location and Macrium did not get stuck. So that confirms that there is a problem with the esata connection or disk.
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01 Sep 2011   #304
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
I am not using the boot CD, I am doing it within Windows. Esata is just sata anyway, it doesn't require extra drivers.
You have misunderstood me.
I am NOT saying that your Windows needs extra drivers to create an image.
I AM saying that a LINUX based Boot CD may lack ESATA capability.

I am warning that even though Free Macrium under Live Windows may be able to both backup and restore images on eSATA,
You should check that capability of the Boot CD to restore from eSATA,
and it is prudent to avoid "restoring" your vital partitions such as boot and C:\ until a successful restore to unallocated space.
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01 Sep 2011   #305
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
I am not using the boot CD, I am doing it within Windows. Esata is just sata anyway, it doesn't require extra drivers.
You have misunderstood me.
I am NOT saying that your Windows needs extra drivers to create an image.
I AM saying that a LINUX based Boot CD may lack ESATA capability.

I am warning that even though Free Macrium under Live Windows may be able to both backup and restore images on eSATA,
You should check that capability of the Boot CD to restore from eSATA,
and it is prudent to avoid "restoring" your vital partitions such as boot and C:\ until a successful restore to unallocated space.
OK. Got you.
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01 Sep 2011   #306
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

The video in this tutorial shows you what to do to test your boot disk.
Imaging with free Macrium
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01 Sep 2011   #307
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I am sure the Free version 4.2 should have the ability to save to eSATA
I have made free Macrium images using eSata with no problems.
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01 Sep 2011   #308
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Kado I have tested my boot disk, but not with esta connected as I only just go that. I still don't see that there would be a problem, because esata is sata, just external. I can't even backup to the esata so whether I can restore from it or not is a moot point atm, lol.
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01 Sep 2011   #309
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
I am sure the Free version 4.2 should have the ability to save to eSATA
I have made free Macrium images using eSata with no problems.


Yep, what I have is a problem other than Macrium - it is just that I discovered the problem when using Macrium.

I should have waited and investigated further before posting...
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02 Sep 2011   #310
JDH1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

While contrasting Macrium Free to the competition, someone said that Paragon can restore a Win 7 image to a new HDD, and that restored machine will then boot, run, activate, and validate, etc., but they said that this is not the case with Macrium Free.

Are they mostly speaking to the issues of validation and activation, especially with regard to what happens after a restore to the machine specific ID codes, etc.? I would think it would be absolutely mandatory for all image backup programs to have to be able to handle those things when restoring. Is this not so?
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