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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

06 Dec 2011   #471
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by symp View Post
Finding it fun to play with raids for the 1st time.
Finally got Win7Pro Installed and running,

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.

Relevanant system info,
MSI NF-980 Motherboard
2x64gb SSD's
Win 7 X64 Pro
You appear to have had difficulty just getting W7 to install and run on a home brew Raid with 2 off 64 GB SDD's

Suddenly you are wanting to use 2 off 12O GB ??D's.
Are these SSD or HDD ?
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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..
Does not compute
Your RAID based computer appears to be semi-functional.
It is able to boot and do limited tasks.
Perhaps it is wrongly configured and you need to change some thing.

Your statement in post #465 suggests sufficient functionality to see the image file and to recognise the destination is too small
Quote:
I noticed when trying to restore to a smaller drive it wouldn't let me without also restoring to an additional drive.
Your statement in post #468 denies any such functionality
Quote:
The problem I am having with Marcium is I cant get it to load with my raid
Please, work with us here.
What has changed ?

I do not believe BartPE is capable of shrinking to a smaller HDD
You must use either a WinPE Boot CD or install the WinPE Rescue environment.

XP 32 bit on non-Raid can create a WinPE Boot CD that works on Win7 64 bit non-Raid.
I believe this should always LOAD the CD regardless of whether the main drives are good or bad,
but will not be able to restore an image to broken or miss-configured drives,
and RAID is yet another hurdle.

Are you restoring a 160 GB non-RAID image to a RAID system ?

Please note that I used standard (economy) licensed v4.2 and was unable to restore a partition to my secondary HDD.
Support advised that this version did not deal with DYNAMIC GPT,
but did deal with BASIC GPT and told me how to convert from Dynamic to Basic.
I was happy to accept their advice, made a painless conversion, and all was well

Please inspect
Macrium Reflect Feature Comparison Chart
Personal - Macrium Software
Business - Macrium Software
v5: Identifying Dynamic and GPT disks

You will see that you buy a lot of capability for an enterprise server at $180
and less capability for the cheaper licences.

The standard does not include GPT support.
It DOES however allow me to restore an image to my GPT secondary drive.
GPT means little to me because my motherboard can only boot from MBR.

I have heard that the Free version does not Auto-Validate an image when it is created, and you have to launch validation after image creation is completed.

There are probably other reductions in capability with the free version.

RAID is another complication that may require more capability.
Also Hardware based RAID and Software based RAID may be different animals requiring different capabilities.


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06 Dec 2011   #472
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I really have no knowledge of RAID drivers. I had hoped that manually copying your drivers in would help.


Have you tried the Macrium Support Forum? http://support.macrium.com/
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07 Dec 2011   #473
symp

win 7 pro x64
 
 

Sorry for the confusion, as I was/am working on 2 machines at the same time experiecing similiar yet different problems because one machine is 32bit xp while the other is 64bit Win7 .

32bit Xp = 2x120gb drives.
64bit Win7 = 2x64gb drives.

Somewhere i was trying to just get one computer going, using parts from both, images from both etc.
Fustration lead me to alot of headaches.

Both machines are up and running in raid-0.

32bit machine is powered down until I can get the x64Win7 machine backed up and safe.

64bit machine is the MSi nf-980a missing the atf*** driver.

Marcium support forums apparently is only for registered users, and i cannot simply justify buying the software without know it will work in someway..
I hear there are other all around free programs, but I also hear there 1/10 in being able to actually boot your restored images, so ... guess i'm where I am at for now.
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07 Dec 2011   #474
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

An alterative free backup that a lot of people here use is EasUS ToDo. Best free data backup software. Hard drive backup and recovery freeware. Hard Disk image freeware.
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07 Dec 2011   #475
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

You do NOT have to buy for evaluation.

You get 30 days free with any version :-
Downloads - Macrium Software

This compares FREE with the various licensed versions.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

What you have determines what you need,
and this probably applies to Easeus and Acronis and all other brands as well as Macrium.

Do you have :-
MBR or GPT BASIC or GPT DYNAMIC ?
HARDware Raid of SOFTware Raid ?

Some one on this forum can probably advise -AFTER you give sufficient information.
Answers to the above would be a good starting point.
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07 Dec 2011   #476
symp

win 7 pro x64
 
 

Here is the pic of my Disks,
I dont have a problem backing them up.
The problem is with the restore media not seeing my raid.

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07 Dec 2011   #477
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I take it you went through this procedure when you created your WinPE rescue. v5 - Adding drivers to WinPE rescue media (drivers, winpe)
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07 Dec 2011   #478
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Sorry but that picture is useless.
It shows a system with C:\ = 168 GB - it is neither 32 bit XP nor 64 bit Windows 7.
This seems to me to have come from a third system for which you only have an image

Computer Management is useless - it cannot distinguish between GPT and MBR.

You really need the free
Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.
That has a column that shows GPT against all partitions on my GPT Secondary HDD,
and Logical or Primary against all partitions on my MBR Primary HDD.
For all I know it would have the capability to distinguish HARD RAID and SOFT RAID.

Do you have :-
MBR or GPT BASIC or GPT DYNAMIC ?
HARDware Raid of SOFTware Raid ?

If you either give specific answers to those questions,
or post whatever you can that others may translate into specific answers,
I am then willing and able to post on the Macrium forum and expect they will identify exactly what versions would be appropriate.

Your other free choice is Easeus which MAY be compatible,
but would never restore a bootable system from a Macrium image.
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07 Dec 2011   #479
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I take it you went through this procedure when you created your WinPE rescue. v5 - Adding drivers to WinPE rescue media (drivers, winpe)
I may have missed the easy approach.
With the free V5 I found I needed to add drivers to the base winpe.wim using the DISM command. Anyway this is how I added USB3 drivers.
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09 Dec 2011   #480
symp

win 7 pro x64
 
 

I sorted it out,
basically downloaded the nforce drivers from nvidia, and there were 3 files instead of the 2 on the floppy disk setup that came with the mobo and website download.
After that V5 said everything was there, and now the boot cd runs just fine.
thanks.
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