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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

15 Nov 2011   #461

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64

Many thanks


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16 Nov 2011   #462

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well I haven't tried the imaging function yet, but 'clone' is useless. No matter what I do it always gave a VSS error. I tried everything in Macrium's KB. So I gave up and used MiniTool Partition Wizard for cloning, which worked perfectly.

I hope reflect can do a better job of imaging, because I'm about to do a reformat and I want to take a backup of the new install.
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16 Nov 2011   #463

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64

VSS errors are entirely between Microsoft Windows installation and your computer.
Macrium does not cause VSS errors.

Macrium has also built in its own replacement for when VSS is unavailable,
but making an image with this takes longer than with VSS, and possibly is less suitable for cloning.
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04 Dec 2011   #464

win 7 pro x64
Raid Problems

Finding it fun to play with raids for the 1st time.
Finally got Win7Pro Installed and running,
I usually use Marcium anyways, so I just ran a backup or my Raid-0 (2x64gbSSD's).
Booted with my Marcium Flashdrive, and checked to be sure I could restore it.
It shows both my SSD's as single drives, not as 1 drive.

How do I fix this?

Relevanant system info,
MSI NF-980 Motherboard
2x64gb SSD's
Win 7 X64 Pro
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05 Dec 2011   #465

win 7 pro x64

Can someone tell if this is possible with the free version,

I have a backup of a 160gig drive, it's a boot drive.
I do not have another 160gig or bigger drive to use atm,
I noticed when trying to restore to a smaller drive it wouldn't let me without also
restoring to an additional drive.
I have 2x120gig drives that I can use,
but my question is if I restore it onto 2 drives, can I copy all the files it puts onto the 2nd drive back to the 1st drive and will it be ok to boot?

the 160gig drive backup is only like 38gigs anyways, but it's 38gigs of important data
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06 Dec 2011   #466

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64

Version 4 cannot.
Version 5 can shrink an image to a smaller drive, and it will be bootable in the computer it came from.
You probably cannot inject different drivers that may be needed on a different computer,
and you would not evade W.G.A. license problems.

No way would you be offered the chance to restore part of a PARTITION image to one drive and the remainder to another.
If you have 2 partitions in one backup file then THAT would allow each partition to go on a different drive.

You should be able to MOUNT a partition image with your choice of drive letter,
and then use Windows to copy all files and folder trees to a real HDD,
but the organisation would not be boot-able.
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06 Dec 2011   #467

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

You mention having two 120GB drives. Do you mean separate physical drives, or two 120GB partition on a single disk?

In the latter case, what you might do temporarily is resize these partitions so one is 160GB (better would be 170GB to have a safety margin) and the other is 80 (70) GB. Then you can restore the 160GB backup image to the larger partition without a problem.

After that, once you're booted into the restored system, you can use Disk Management to resize both partitions back to 120GB each if you wish to do so.
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06 Dec 2011   #468

win 7 pro x64

The problem I am having with Marcium is I cant get it to load with my raid,
I've tried the drivers, and I get always seem to be missing something..
I have a stack of coasters next to me now.
Otherwise I dont think I'd be having a problem.
I didn't know version 5 had shrink, but as I cant get it to load from a boot cd it's not helping.
I've tried using a few different boot cd's uptil now, the only one that even loaded without messing with it was arconis.. but then, my image was done in marcium.
Guess what I really need is help getting the correct drivers into a boot cd.
MSI-980a motherboard, tried the only drivers I can get which were the floppy drivers from thier website.
I even tried using a copy of XP on a spare computer to make the BartPe, but sadly it crashed to bluescreen when I tried to boot on my raid computer.

As for the 120gb drive, sadly it is 2 120gb drives and not a 250gb.
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06 Dec 2011   #469

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Have you tried creating a Custom Win PE boot disk with v5. It involves a 1.7GB download of the WAIK but you also have the ability to add drivers. You might also be better off creating a bootable USB stick so you don't create so many coasters.
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06 Dec 2011   #470

win 7 pro x64

yea I have,
that's where the coasters came from lol.

I did the 1.75gb download, but that still didn't boot with my raid support.
I copied all the files from the floppy zip into a folder like it said.
It did find my raid controller but it did give me some strange missing driver error.

this is the error it says,

ATFT7H9K IDE Controller driver
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