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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

18 Jan 2013   #851
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are right. I overlooked the 'M' - my bad. But what is the story on C:

Btw: There is really not much you can damage by changing the size of the shadowstorage. Only drawback could be that you lose old restore points - but that is usually not a problem. You can create a new one asap.


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18 Jan 2013   #852
PCG

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

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But what is the story on C:

I believe that's because I have System Protection turned off, but I'm not sure.
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18 Jan 2013   #853
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Right, that's probably it. But if I were you I would allow 10% of the space in C for restore points. They are not as reliable as images, but they are sometimes very handy - e.g for retrieving lost files: ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders.
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18 Jan 2013   #854
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
VM - HDD vs SSD

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3. 23.25GB is probably as good as it gets. Now you have space to run e.g. a virtual machine - I sometimes ran 2 virtual machines (Windows 8 and Ubuntu) with 10GBs left as freespace. Have a look how fast my Windows 8 booted from the virtual partition (this is real time): Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube
That's a nice video, whs. There seems to be a natural progression here... I went from not really paying attention to any of this stuff to where I'm at now looking in to virtual machines (which I still only have an inkling of understanding) and maybe adding a Windows 8 OS to play around on...
I prefer to run my VMs from a different internal HDD (I don't have a SSD).

On my TAFE course, we often had problems with the VMs "locking up", because they were competing with the OS for HDD access (on the same HDD - the PCs only had one HDD).
It made keeping up with the lecturer's demonstrations extremely difficult.

If you have a single SSD, access "clashes" probably won't be a problem.

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But what is the story on C:
I believe that's because I have System Protection turned off, but I'm not sure.
There is a GUI tool to for configuring your System Restore points.
  • Press "Win Logo + Pause Break" or open the Start Menu, right click on "Computer" and choose "Properties"
  • Click on the "System Protection" link (left side)
You can choose:
  • The drives that you want to have System Restore points
  • The amount of space allocated for each drive's System Restore points
-system-restore-config.jpg


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19 Jan 2013   #855
PCG

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Great information above, thank you lehnerus and whs.

Yesterday evening I successfully set-up my computer for dual-booting with Windows 8. However, I quickly realized that it's way too much trouble to shutdown and restart whenever I want to switch between the to operating systems, which is rather frequently. I now understand why some people opt to utilize VMs.

A couple of questions regarding Macrium and VirtualBox:

1. Can I simply image my new Windows 8 partition using Macrium before it's eliminated, and then burn it in to the VM or am I required to do a new Windows 8 installation in to the VM?

2. After the VM is set up, does the C: OS system imaging process normally include the VM guest OS as well, or is it best to complete two separate imaging jobs to keep everything separate?
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19 Jan 2013   #856
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. I don't think that will work. You probably have to reinstall, but I never treid with an image.

2. Yes, when you image the host, it includes the guest

3. I just installed Win8 in VMPlayer. After years of using Virtual Box. But I had a lot of trouble with the network when vBox was installed. Maybe you want to consider VMPlayer. There is a great tutorial by Shawn: VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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19 Jan 2013   #857
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Point 2 is only true if the virtual disk image file is on a partition that you image.
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19 Jan 2013   #858
PCG

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Thanks... I was just wrapping up Shawn's tutorial on VirtualBox, but I'll have a look his VMware Player tutorial before making a decision. Are there any significant reasons to choose one over the other?
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19 Jan 2013   #859
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Some people, me included, have problems with video drivers with Windows 8 in VirtualBox.
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19 Jan 2013   #860
PCG

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Point 2 is only true if the virtual disk image file is on a partition that you image.

So including the virtual disk image file on the same partition would make life easier when it comes to copying system images, I suppose? That's probably the route I'll take since I have plenty of room on my SSD.
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