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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

25 Mar 2010   #649
whs
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Imaging with free Macrium

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18 Apr 2013   #650
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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Cripes they are pushing them out fast. I think I'll just keep the PE disk I have already made.

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18 Apr 2013   #651
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Right Gary. There is no need to update the PE all the time - unless they tell us that the old one is no good any more.
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18 Apr 2013   #652
kado897

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I guess there was a problem with the previous one.
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18 Apr 2013   #653
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Right Gary. There is no need to update the PE all the time - unless they tell us that the old one is no good any more.
I am working on that philosophy as well Wolfgang.
I'm assuming the patch upgrades are fixing specific minor bugs - if so then thumbs up to Macrium for being so proactive.
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03 May 2013   #654
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

hello.. thank you for the tutorial!

i'd like to ask...

on my notebook i do a dual-drive recently,, i put SSD for my OS and HDD for the storage (i replaced the dvdbay and put hdd caddy into the place.)
The storage HDD i divide into 2 partition. I move the user folder (my music my pict and my docs) to the HDD, not on the SSD.
I have a question... can i just click "image this disk" on Drive C to backup my OS.. or do i have to move my docs my pict and my music back to its default location before doing the backup..?

ps:the APPDATA Contacts Desktop etc still on C:\ SSD drive though.
I used macrium free in the past, but always use notebook, so this is the 1st time i move user folder to a different drive, so im wondering what is the proper way to backup the OS...? should I move the user folder back to C first, or just "image this disk" on C would be enough?

here's the SS of my macrium free



thank you very much and have a great day...

KP
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03 May 2013   #655
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I have a question... can i just click "image this disk" on Drive C to backup my OS.. or do i have to move my docs my pict and my music back to its default location before doing the backup..?
Just image your C if you want to backup the OS. Make sure you image your 100MB system reserved partition at least once in case your disk ever fails. I would do that image seperately and stick it into a safe place. That partition never changes (unless one day you make a double boot setup).

But from time to time you should also backup your data which you can do with an image or a lot of other ways.
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04 May 2013   #656
fourthofjuly

Win 7 64
 
 

Do we have to burn a rescue disk each we create an updated image?
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04 May 2013   #657
kado897

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Hi fourthofjuly and welcome to Seven Forums.

You only need to burn a rescue disk once. From time to time a new version of Macrium is released and the release notes will recommend the burning of a new disk.

The important thing is to check that the disk works. That you can boot from it and find your image.
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04 May 2013   #658
rovopio

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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I have a question... can i just click "image this disk" on Drive C to backup my OS.. or do i have to move my docs my pict and my music back to its default location before doing the backup..?
Just image your C if you want to backup the OS. Make sure you image your 100MB system reserved partition at least once in case your disk ever fails. I would do that image seperately and stick it into a safe place. That partition never changes (unless one day you make a double boot setup).

But from time to time you should also backup your data which you can do with an image or a lot of other ways.
this is the 1st time i use dual-drive notebook, so i apologize i ask again.

I noticed that some software create folders on user folders. e.g. IDM created folder on Downloads folder, Calibre created folders on My Doc folders and iTunes created folders on My Music folders. All of which I move it from C (SSD) to the HDD (D,E, and F).

If I only backup the SSD (both the 100mbit system reserved and the C drive),, will those program still works when i restore it later in the future?

thanks!

KP7

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Also, the SSD has System Reserved and C partition. So... from your reply.. should i backup the system reserved and C together as 1 macrium file, or separately as 2 macrium file?

thanks a lot!!
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04 May 2013   #659
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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If I only backup the SSD (both the 100mbit system reserved and the C drive),, will those program still works when i restore it later in the future?
It depends. Some programs will just create new folders, but if a program relies on the info that is contained in the folder, the program (or at least one of it's functions) will not work.

Example: Macrium places the folder with the XML files into Documents. Next time you want to make an image, you just chose an XML definition and ask Macrium to make an image as per this definition. That, of course, will not work when you moved the folder with the definitions.


Bottom line: Don't move folders that were created by the system or by programs.

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Also, the SSD has System Reserved and C partition. So... from your reply.. should i backup the system reserved and C together as 1 macrium file, or separately as 2 macrium file?

Make one image (one and only one) of the system reserved partition and stow it away in a seperate folder. You will need that image only when your disk breaks and you have to pull in the images to a new disk.

Then make images of C only as often as you feel necessary.

And don't forget to backup your data from time to time.
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