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Windows 7: Win 7 64BIT and Disk Cloning Software Suggestion.


31 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Win 7 64BIT and Disk Cloning Software Suggestion.

ok lemme start by saying Hey to everyone in the board,
in the past few days i've been Reading, almost every Post i found about Imaging in the Forum, but all that left me in the End is confused.

I have a windows 7 64 bit Machine (Bare Minimum Office, AV, Drivers And Custom Settings, Reg fixes)

I want to make an Image of this Install so i can later Restore it if i choose to.

Until now i've been very Happy with Hiren boot cd
and been using Acronis True Image and Ghost For the past years through Windows XP And Vista.

and been very Happy with it and it worked flawlessly for all my Images.

I Didn't Mind Maintaining several Images for my 2 Laptops and 2 Pcs that's the way I want it.
After that I moved to Working with WinPE and Imagex in vista 32 bit and everything was fine.
Year ago I decided to move to Win 7 64 bit, made all the adjustments with my software and drivers and installed a Basic and a Complete PC with 2 images, using hiren boot cd and acronis and ghost,
Been painfull to find out that it didn't work, perhaps because of the System reserved partition that wasn't backed up.
My System works in AHCI Mode now.
I Refuse installing a Software on my PC I don't want it to do Weekly Backups, all I wanna do is A boot cd that Images my drive to a single file, that I can restore it from the boot cd later on.
I Tried working with:
Macrium reflect,
Windows Backup and restore center
Acronis true Image Home
CloneZilla (Which doesn't make a single file but alot of files in folders)
WinPE Imagex 64 bit, which copied all to a Single Wim File but restore was Painful and didn't Restore it well.

From Hiren boot CD i tried.
Acronis True image 8.1 server.
Ghost 11.5.1 + in the WinPE installed the ghost 64 bit version to see if that works, not so much no...

This is a Cry out for help

Any 1 tried Hiren, find the Method to work like i want to ?

Any help will be Greatly Appreciated,

thanks for the patience.

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31 May 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome

Software recommened most by this forum is Macrium Reflex and Paragon.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp Although you did not like this one

System image inclued with you OS is also very good.
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31 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

yea i know they are the recomended ones, i read most of the threads i found in the forum, but they don't do what i want... which is an outside dos based full Bit to bit image of win 7 64 bit, so i can clone back into an the HD from a different drive.

they depend on installing software on the OS which i don't want to do, and have not worked well from my tryouts,
i tried both macrium which backed up fast and restored but i feel it kinda flaky dunno y, checked thier forums and i don't like it, can't explain it, i preffer not to use it.

and paragon took an 1.5 hrs for an image restore for a clean basic win 7 installation and not from the a dos envo like i want..
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31 May 2010   #4

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Macrium Reflect image can be restored using it's recovery CD (the recovery CD is Linux based appliance). I have no problem so far, been backing up and restoring images for many computers so far... I even store my images in my SAN/NAS server, and the recovery can connect to that server and restore off a network share... As far as I know, my images are bit to bit copy of the original data (except for the empty disk space that I don't backup).

zzz2496

Edit: Or you can always use Clonezilla !!!
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31 May 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You may like to look at Norton Ghost v15, which runs from a WinPE, no installing.
Uses cold imaging technology.
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31 May 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I Refuse installing a Software on my PC
With this quote in mind, the only option you have is the Windows 7 native imaging facility. There is not much else we can recommend - unless you go for a live PE or Linux CD.
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31 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

exactly, any 1 tried uhmmm ghost 11.5.1 or acronis true image server 8, my buissness owns both software for windows XP/Vista deployment as well, for PC Tech guys which give service from store to store.. but none of them test it with win 7 64 bit.
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31 May 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For Windows 7 you do need Ghost 15. But Macrium does work with Windows 7 64bit - I am posiotive because I am using the free version on such a system.
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01 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

OK i found my solution; i tried the trial version acronis true image 2010
Couldn't backup cause it's trial but seems to be booting and does everything i want + recognize my driver's ahci mode as well.
Ghost 15 which i got a 6 months subscription from their representative trying to market it to my office.
Does what I want but splits the files to 2 files + a lot of junk files located in a folder.

For now I guess I will purchase the ATI HOME 2010 and use only it's bootcd cause basically
It's all I ever wanted.

Unless any good recommendation on ghost 15 vs ATI 2010 ?

Thanks again for all the help.
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14 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arik4k View Post
OK i found my solution; i tried the trial version acronis true image 2010
Couldn't backup cause it's trial but seems to be booting and does everything i want + recognize my driver's ahci mode as well.
Ghost 15 which i got a 6 months subscription from their representative trying to market it to my office.
Does what I want but splits the files to 2 files + a lot of junk files located in a folder.

For now I guess I will purchase the ATI HOME 2010 and use only it's bootcd cause basically
It's all I ever wanted.
Just as a follow-up to this thread, and for more information for all, I just purchased the upgrade ATI Home 2012, where I had a similar incident to the OP - the software just *could not* clone a disk!

I had to revert back to my old ATI 2010 copy to get it cloned.

*However*, note that if you only have to clone a disk, Western Digital offers the Acronis cloning program on their website for free - something I forgot about. Since I am using WD drives, this would have been a better option for me and I could have saved my $$...

(I am running Win 7 64-bit, which is the reason 2012 failed)
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