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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium


25 Mar 2010   #39
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Imaging with free Macrium

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02 Jul 2010   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
another question, first i want to use i absolutely love this program and i wish i knew about it years ago, when in XP i would have to reinstall like every other month.

anyhow, im thinking of buying the full version and i had a question that if yes i will buy right now. does it let you create a backup image and leave out certain files or folder, like video or music folders.
I don't think you can leave out certain folders because it images a whole partition. What I suggest is that you create a seperate data partition for e.g. Video and Music. Then those will not be part of the system partition. Here is how: Data Partition

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02 Jul 2010   #41
tcat7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Macrium Partitions

Is it a good idea to shrink your "C"-OS partition to 80-100 gb (250gb HD), so that the image is smaller and can restore to a smaller partition? (as long as my winsxs folder doesn't keep growing) I also see my "Restore" volume marked "Active", shouldn't the C drive be "Active"? I personally think Macrium is easier to use, faster, and makes smaller image files, than the Windows 7 disk image program. I assume my MBR is on C.


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03 Jul 2010   #42
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

i did what you said and it worked, i too love marcium and im going to go ahead and buy it.


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03 Jul 2010   #43
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
i did what you said and it worked, i too love marcium and im going to go ahead and buy it.
I am glad it worked out for you. But is there a need to buy it - I use the free version and have really never missed anything.
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05 Jul 2010   #44
tcat7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I have 2 questions, one from a couple posts up:
1. Does it make sense to reduce "C" partition in size (80-100 gb)?
2. I noticed the .XML file ended up on my "F" drive (F/Reflect/xxx.xml). I noticed it on your "C" drive in your video. I imaged my "C", saved to my "E" (my E and F are 2 partitions on a second internal drive), so my image is on E and my .xml is on F. Does it matter where the .xml files land?
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06 Jul 2010   #45
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tcat7 View Post
I have 2 questions, one from a couple posts up:
1. Does it make sense to reduce "C" partition in size (80-100 gb)?
2. I noticed the .XML file ended up on my "F" drive (F/Reflect/xxx.xml). I noticed it on your "C" drive in your video. I imaged my "C", saved to my "E" (my E and F are 2 partitions on a second internal drive), so my image is on E and my .xml is on F. Does it matter where the .xml files land?
1. Leaving the C partition at e.g. 80GBs makes sense if you move your data to a seperate data partition. That has many operational advantages - e.g. when you reinstall, your data does not get touched, when you image, you can choose to image OS and data at different times depending on frequency changes, the data partition can be shared between different operating systems if you have more than one, etc.
2. The Reflect folder ends up in "Documents" (as default). You must have moved your Documents folder to F. But that does not matter. Macrium will find it - just make a test to confirm.
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14 Aug 2010   #46
meltie

Vista Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Imaging with free Macrium

WHS,
These tutorials are excellent, both Macrium and Partitioning Hard Drive. The gentleman who does them is fantastic!
I am a visual person and these are priceless to me.

Thank you so much for sharing them!

P.S. It's funny because I was going to reach out to you for some guidance on just this subject. Talk about perfect timing

Thanks Meltie
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14 Aug 2010   #47
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by meltie View Post
WHS,
These tutorials are excellent, both Macrium and Partitioning Hard Drive. The gentleman who does them is fantastic!
I am a visual person and these are priceless to me.

Thank you so much for sharing them!

P.S. It's funny because I was going to reach out to you for some guidance on just this subject. Talk about perfect timing

Thanks Meltie
Meltie, the gentleman who did those is me - LOL. So if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
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14 Aug 2010   #48
meltie

Vista Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

LOL - I didn't realize that was you!! That is too funny. I do have a question.

I have a folder named Program Data. Some of the items I want to remain on "C", others I want to move to the newly created "J" partition. For example, I want to move PDF writer, Adobe Photoshop, etc.

Question: If I move Adobe to the "J" drive, do I have to move the Program Data and all other directories/files associated with that program to the "J' drive as well?

I ask this because I have moved programs before and then they didn't work any more and had to be either restore to the previous location or reinstall or both. If I do have to move all the programs, how do I ensure I get them all moved? Computer puts stuff all over the place depending on what it is. I've found associated files/directories for the same program in Program Data, User, Local, etc. I'm sure it makes sense to a programmer, but I'm not a programmer.

My goal is to get everything that is not easily restored/reinstalled over to another partition just in case I ever have to reinstall Vista.

**I'm still laughing. I wish you could have seen my face when I read your post. Well, you knew I thought you were fantastic

Thanks for your help.

Meltie
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14 Aug 2010   #49
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no way to intelligently move the program data folder or parts thereof. I would not touch it. Itt would certainly give you problems.

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My goal is to get everything that is not easily restored/reinstalled over to another partition just in case I ever have to reinstall Vista.

Why don't you just make an image of Vista and save that. If you ever want Vista back, you just restore the image. Wouldn't that be easier?
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