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Windows 7: USB Bootable factory restore

11 Jan 2014   #11
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I just got Macrium recently. The WinPE USB stick creation wasn't bad. The download was aboit 371 MB. On WiFi it took a little over 10 minutes. Plus it made my stick bootable without erasing my files. A pleasant surprise.
Can FREE version do that or only the paid version?


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11 Jan 2014   #12
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I have free version. I had the paid 4.x but my quad desktop liked EaseUS better. Now my Laptop likes MR. When I messed with WinPE in 4.x it was because I had a funky fake raid disk controller. It was a pita because all I could see of the optical disk was the 1.44 MB boot image. The easiest way to load the disk driver was manually off a USB stick after booting the CD. So that soured me on WinPE for a time. But this was painless.

Edit: I should add if the USB stick happens to be NTFS I suspect it will just format as FAT32 and all files will be gone. But that's just my assumption.
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11 Jan 2014   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The WinPE can go on a Fat32 stick, but the Macrium images themselves require NTFS.

For the OP: Here is a Macrium tutorial that may come in handy. It also contains a link for the excellent tutorial that Keith made for the recovery procedure (in the first 'Information' block). The link to my Skydrive that Kaktussoft already posted is also in there.

Imaging with free Macrium
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12 Jan 2014   #14
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Sadly I am having problems. When I try to follow one persons directions and type bootsect command I get an error. Unrecognized command. When I try to use Yumi I get stuck. When I try to use an unlisted iso. If I do that the crest button is grayed out. When I try use unlisted iso via syslinux or grub. When I try to boot into the program on my flash I get error 15 missing file. I downloaded the macrium ISP to my desktop using someone's suggested skydive. What am I doing wrong?
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12 Jan 2014   #15
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I was able to get it to work easily with Rufus. thanks for all your help
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12 Jan 2014   #16
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

lastly, are there switches that you can add to the boot usb so it will automatically start to restore the image file that's on the drive?
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12 Jan 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ericnumnutz View Post
lastly, are there switches that you can add to the boot usb so it will automatically start to restore the image file that's on the drive?
There is schedules imaging but I have never heard of scheduled restore.
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12 Jan 2014   #18
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

no I mean when I run the PE usb boot drive I want it to automatically start the restore, should be able to do it if the program supports command line switches.
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12 Jan 2014   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Not sure it can be done. But even then - you would lose the ability to select the restore point that you want. I usually have a stack of 10 historic restore points and I do not always restore to the latest.
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12 Jan 2014   #20
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

not sure it can be done either but, what I am trying to do is just make a one time USB factory restore recovery image. So you can just pop the USB drive in boot to it and have Macrium startup and restore the drive. Granted its just a few clicks anyway but I am trying to make it as quick and dummy proof as possible. thanks
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