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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium


09 Dec 2012   #691
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have restored at least 50 times and many others have too. Never had a problem.

What exactly was your problem ??

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09 Dec 2012   #692
0jh

w7 32
 
 

It has been several weeks already so I am not sure now. It concerned a Windows 7 32 partition. I expected Macrium Reflect to restart into wPE or Linux so as to replace the partition but nothing like that happend. I have made several different attempts and each was met with a different message. I understood some of them, not all. As I was in pressure I had no time to run more experiments and finally succeeded in finding a workaround. I mean, around that Macrium. So my point is RESTORE is what counts at the end of the day. I just want to make sure that 'restoring' images means actually restoring them back, not running a progress bar or something.
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09 Dec 2012   #693
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As with anything, you have to inform yourself beforehand and not try to wing it. There was an excellent tutorial from my friend Keith that explained how to do a recovery. It is linked in the above tutorial. Did you study that ??
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09 Dec 2012   #694
0jh

w7 32
 
 

No, I used only Macrium resources to prepare myself generally. But when that moment finally came, I was probably not ready to face the demands (as it is often with calamities) and certainly had no time to do extra study. As it is well after midnight here and I am the only one still awake, I should not disturb with the video right now. I am sure to get back to it in the morning. After all, I have not deleted the images yet, so there is still a slight hope I turn back to MR. As it is now, I am rather inclined toward Paragon Backup... but still collecting testimonies of the I-have-restored-and-succeeded type. The problem is not there were not the right buttons (I am going to see them in the video probably), but that the right buttons do not always work. And the restore operation is absolutly essential. It does not have to be quick, but given the condition you meet it, it must be simple and safe. I suspect that replacing a system by its image might be actually something like a politician's promise: nice to listen to, but next to impossible to fulfill, and anybody wishing to really tamper with the system partition should better maintain two bootable systems. Am I not right, in the end?
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09 Dec 2012   #695
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would say you are not right. You can watch the recovery video. Turn the speakers off since there is no words - only text and music.

Regarding Paragon, go ahead. If you think Macrium is difficult, you'll have a ball with Paragon.
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09 Dec 2012   #696
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you think Macrium is difficult, you'll have a ball with Paragon.
I think this is Wolfgang's humour?
I have had good experiences with Macrium. The free version is one of the best free software products out there.
But there again I also use Windows inbuilt imaging (duck - waiting for incoming).
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09 Dec 2012   #697
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Michael, I won't throw anything. It's the season of love.
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09 Dec 2012   #698
0jh

w7 32
 
 

OK, I've seen it. (And I've noticed more videos in the side strip giving the impression the restore should work.) I do not know why it didn't with me. I still would need to find a way how to test it without risking my system (or anybody else's). I'd hate to face again the condition there is a (half)dead system and a heap of useless images. Everybody can take the bait - once!
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09 Dec 2012   #699
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A test is easy. Shrink 2GB from the C partition or any other partition and use it to define a new partition (but only if you do not have 4 primary partitions already). Copy some data into that partition. Make an image of that partition. Then wipe it full or partial. Restore the image and see whether you got the copied data back.

It is a good exercise that will familiarize you with Macrium and it is fast because 2GB is an itty bitty partition.

If you already have 4 primary partitions on the disk (check in Disk Management), then post back with a picture of Disk Management and we will tell you what to do.
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09 Dec 2012   #700
0jh

w7 32
 
 

OK, seems reasonable. I have two partitions, C and D (and a tiny one with no letter) so it should work. What do you mean by 'shrink' something from C? Just creating a new one and later fill it with any data would not be enough? Anyway, I'll do it tomorrow (which it is already, but too young to work with seriously). If you respond again, I thank you in advance ...and thank you anyway. You have made my decision-making more decisive Good nite.
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