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Windows 7: MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

01 Sep 2015   #130
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MDRI View Post
I have win 7 installation + Installed program with KEYS (Eg Msoffice etc) + user documents.
How much space is used in your Users folder (user documents) ?

I and many others store User data on a different partition/HD than the [C] drive.
My [C] partition for the OS and installed programs is less than 50 GB.
My "Data" partition for "user documents" always ends up hundreds of GB's.

If I saved Data on the [C] drive, system image backups would take a lot longer, and i could only keep a few "System Backup Images".

I don't make many "System Changes" so a monthly system backup image of [C] is all i usually need.
If i make significant changes, i create a backup image as needed.

Data (Documents) can change daily so i want to keep those changes more often.
I don't use system images for "data" backups.


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01 Sep 2015   #131
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MDRI View Post
I have win 7 installation + Installed program with KEYS (Eg Msoffice etc) + user documents.
How much space is used in your Users folder (user documents) ?

I and many others store User data on a different partition/HD than the [C] drive.
My [C] partition for the OS and installed programs is less than 50 GB.
My "Data" partition for "user documents" always ends up hundreds of GB's.

If I saved Data on the [C] drive, system image backups would take a lot longer, and i could only keep a few "System Backup Images".

I don't make many "System Changes" so a monthly system backup image of [C] is all i usually need.
If i make significant changes, i create a backup image as needed.

Data (Documents) can change daily so i want to keep those changes more often.
I don't use system images for "data" backups.
That's a good point. Separating your documents, photos and videos from the Windows partition makes complete sense. You can include these separated folders into the respective libraries so that they are easy to find.

This will make your images much smaller and you can make them less frequently. I use FreFileSync for backing up my data files it is much more convenient. The link for FFS is in my sig. Do a custom install and watch the options as it will try to install OpenCandy which you don't really want.
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01 Sep 2015   #132
MDRI

Win 7 64 bit, 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

Thanks for your suggestions. As I mentioned earlier, I am going to do clean install on my laptop. I posted the OEM DISKMAP in my thread Win 7: Black screen on boot up, before login screen? Post # 90

I find System (d:\) 200 MB Windows_7 (OS) ( c:\) 653.44 GB & my Lenovo_data (e:\) 25.47 GB. Lenovo says, if I change the partition configuration, it will make built-in Lenovo recovery unusable.

I like the idea of adopting infrequent system changes and frequent data changes in image backup strategy.

How do I re-structure my DISKMAP to have effective periodical image backup without disrupting built-in Lenovo recovery?

Thanks for sharing/helping.
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01 Sep 2015   #133
kado897

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I'm not really an expert in partitioning but you should be able to split the 600GB partition during the reinstall. 150GB should be more than enough for Windows and any programs you have which leaves 450GB for a data partition.
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02 Sep 2015   #134
DavidE

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MDRI View Post
I'm not an expert, but it would help the experts if you post a screen print of your current disk management in this thread.
Follow the instructions in this tutorial, maximizing and re-sizing everything so people here can see what you have:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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02 Sep 2015   #135
MDRI

Win 7 64 bit, 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

Thanks for your reply. I posted the OEM DISKMAP in my thread Win 7: Black screen on boot up, before login screen? Post # 90

As per your request, I am posting it here.


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02 Sep 2015   #136
kado897

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As I say I'm not an expert on partitioning but if Disk 0 is an MBR disk then you have used all four of it's allowed basic partitions so It will be difficult to do without destroying the existing partitions. That's a shame.
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04 Sep 2015   #137
MDRI

Win 7 64 bit, 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

I find,

Macrium can't image backup files/folders with free version and can't save the image to the same partition it is imaging.

Is it a limitation? What is the workaround?

Thanks for sharing.
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04 Sep 2015   #138
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

That's correct.

It doesn't make any sense to write the image to the partition that you are imaging, Although you can continue to read and write to the partition it's asking for trouble to do too much. In fact for the best security you should not only image to a separate partition but to a separate disk so that you still have the image if the disk fails completely,

It's true that the file and folder backup is missing from the free version. Although I have a paid version I don't use it myself. I prefer to use a dedicated F&F backup solution. FreeFileSync is my preference (link in my sig) although they have now gone over to the dark side and Open Candy is in the installer. An alternative is Synctoy from Microsoft. https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/down....aspx?id=15155
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04 Sep 2015   #139
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
...In fact for the best security you should not only image to a separate partition but to a separate disk so that you still have the image if the disk fails completely...
To add to that already excellent advice, that separate disk should be an external one that gets connected to the computer only when updating backups. Using an internal disks increases the risk for loss or corruption due to hardware failure (such as a PSU blowing up and frying the disk), user error (such as accidental deletion), and/or viruses or other malware.

That said, I save my System images to an internal drive for convenience when restoring an image but I also back up that drive to the teeth (a total of five backups) using FreeFileSync.
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