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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

24 Aug 2010   #70
Arijit2010win7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM Sony/Windows 7 Home Basic x64 OEM Sony
 
 

Thanks for the reply.....whs.

I bring the USB drive in the picture/action because I don't have any other partition to use. See My HDD have one partition (i,e 452.04 GB C: Drive) which made by the manufacturer and there is no option for me to made it either/Or Pre-cofigure Like Dell.

If I break the 452.04 GB C: into atleast two, then I can assign Macrium where to make image...as you shown your tutorial.....but it is not possible without harming the system (OS Reinstall) ....Right ?

I have no OS Disc.....


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24 Aug 2010   #71
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Well, WHS who wrote the tutorial is the most experience on this subject, since I asked most of the questions already I should be able to answer these.

If you use Macrium, which I suggest and hope you do, you will have two options for recovery, SO YOUR COVERED!

Question 1:
Yes the bootable Linux CD will located images saved to an External USB drive. I think that's what your asking?

Question 2:
Get yourself a System Repair CD if for some reason you will need one, I suspect you won't if you use Macrium successfully.
System Repair Disc - Create
Look at option 2.

Question 3:
Once you ready to start imaging, I would backup all three:

System Reserved, contains the master boot record
C Drive- the Operating System
Recovery partition- From Sony

In the case you actually need to do a recovery, boot into Linux disc, located the image you want to replace. If its the OS, do as WHS says, Do NOT MARK AS ACTIVE and DO NOT REPLACE MBR.
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24 Aug 2010   #72
Arijit2010win7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM Sony/Windows 7 Home Basic x64 OEM Sony
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv
Question 1:
Yes the bootable Linux CD will located images saved to an External USB drive. I think that's what your asking?
Yes Yes....This is I'm asking for...making Image in a C: Drive completely worthless when it's gone bad...hope you agree.

Thanks a lot eldinv for clearing my question,Do you know any free Software to break the C: Drive atleast into two/three drive without touching the OS?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv
Question 2:
Get yourself a System Repair CD if for some reason you will need one, I suspect you won't if you use Macrium successfully.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...sc-create.html
Look at option 2.
Is it not the same functionality as Macrium Linux boot up Disc ? I mean Windows 7 System Repair CD = Boot up CD ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs
2. For your configuration, I would image a and b only once (because they never change) - or the case that your physical disk breaks. c, which is your OS, you should image often (e.g. once a week). But watch out in case you have to restore. At the step shown in the picture below, chose "Do not restore MBR" because your MBR is sitting on the little 100MB partition. When you do a restoreof the OS partition, you do get back to the state the system was in when the image was taken.
Thanks, I'm looking this info desperately.
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24 Aug 2010   #73
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arijit2010win7 View Post
Thanks for the reply.....whs.

I bring the USB drive in the picture/action because I don't have any other partition to use. See My HDD have one partition (i,e 452.04 GB C: Drive) which made by the manufacturer and there is no option for me to made it either/Or Pre-cofigure Like Dell.

If I break the 452.04 GB C: into atleast two, then I can assign Macrium where to make image...as you shown your tutorial.....but it is not possible without harming the system (OS Reinstall) ....Right ?

I have no OS Disc.....
I think I now understand what you are trying to say. I only got confused because you mentioned "recovery". As Eldinv said, you use, of course, the external disk to write your image and that is well recognized during the recovery step. Writing the image to an internal partition on the same drive would not help in case the whole physical drive dies.
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24 Aug 2010   #74
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Yes creating a partition on the same drive as your OS and saving all images/recovery options to one disk is a NO, NO.

Quote:
Do you know any free Software to break the C: Drive atleast into two/three drive without touching the OS?
You mean for partitions?? Windows disk management can do this for free??

Quote:
Is it not the same functionality as Macrium Linux boot up Disc ? I mean Windows 7 System Repair CD = Boot up CD ?
I only mentioned to Windows 7 System Repair CD, because your version of Windows was pre-installed by SONY, and they were too cheap to send you one.

You have different methods of recovery, thats why I mention, your covered.

- One method is using Macrium and the Linux CD recovery program.
Follow the tutorial and ask questions if you need additional help.

- Another method without using Macrium is to recovery your OS using the Sony partition. You might not even need that Windows 7 System Repair CD, because to enter the recovery process might simply be by tapping a certain key on your keyboard or a specific action during bootup.
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24 Aug 2010   #75
Arijit2010win7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM Sony/Windows 7 Home Basic x64 OEM Sony
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv
You mean for partitions?? Windows disk management can do this for free??
How How.....I fully agree with whs on his previous post, I don't make backup/image in the Laptop HDD,

but for curiosity I just want to know If it possible I can make another partition without disturbing the OS ? Please let me know how can I make Drive E: without touching the OS ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv
I only mentioned to Windows 7 System Repair CD, because your version of Windows was pre-installed by SONY, and they were too cheap to send you one.

You have different methods of recovery, thats why I mention, your covered.

- One method is using Macrium and the Linux CD recovery program.
Follow the tutorial and ask questions if you need additional help.

- Another method without using Macrium is to recovery your OS using the Sony partition. You might not even need that Windows 7 System Repair CD, because the recovery process might simply be by tapping a certain key or action during bootup.
Yes VIAO have dedicated program like VIAO Recovery console, from which I made Recovery DVD Set (4 single layer) after 1st time boot up, I'm pretty much satisfied in that time but later I realize it is became very old recovery/factory reset/out of the box reset after spending couple of months/years in that machine, So I need to know how to preserve the latest state such as windows update/program etc etc...so I don't have to repeat everything after the recovery.

One last question what is the recommended BAck up Drive Size of 500GB HDD ?

Though I'm not going to include everything in backup image like Picture/Videos etc.
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24 Aug 2010   #76
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Do you know any free Software to break the C: Drive atleast into two/three drive without touching the OS
Here is how you do it: Data Partition if you do not want to move your data (recommended though), just skip that part of the tut. And that does not impact your OS partition.
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24 Aug 2010   #77
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
Do you know any free Software to break the C: Drive atleast into two/three drive without touching the OS
Here is how you do it: Data Partition if you do not want to move your data (recommended though), just skip that part of the tut. And that does not impact your OS partition.
Excellent advice, follow WHS you can't go wrong!
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24 Aug 2010   #78
Arijit2010win7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM Sony/Windows 7 Home Basic x64 OEM Sony
 
 

Thank You whs and eldinv for your help....will ask again anything goes wrong regarding Macrium.

Data Partition Tutorial was also very informative & useful....Thanks WHS for creating that too.
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24 Aug 2010   #79
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome. If you have any more Qs, don't hesitate to ask.
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