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Imaging with free Macrium

Published by whs
25 Mar 2010
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This tutorial shows imaging with free Macrium Version 5.0. If you are still using Macrium Version 4.2, go to this Vimeo site where the tutorial of that version is stored.

The Video does not show the recovery part because I have no setup to screen capture it. But Keith (Kado) made this excellent recovery tutorial with text (but no sound) that he captured from a virtual partition.


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Note that the external disk to which you image must be formatted in NTFS. A disk that is formatted in Fat32 will accept an image, but the recovery programs cannot restore that image. You can, however, mount (open) a Fat32 image as VHD.


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The production of the WinPE recovery CD (which is highly recommended) may take up to 3 hours because Macrium needs to download the 1.7GB WAIK (Windows Application Installation Kit). For your convenience I have uploaded a ready made .iso of the WinPE recovery disc. That can be downloaded in appr. 8 minutes which clearly beats the WAIK download. Once you downloaded and unzipped the folder, you can burn it directly to a CD with e.g. ImgBurn.

Here is the link to my Skydrive site.

Here is an alternate link from FileSwap (courtesy of Gary - Britton30)

I draw your attention to the fact that this WinPE CD can also be used to make images. That may be convenient in case you do not want to install Macrium on your PC.




This video tutorial explains the full cycle of the imaging process which is:

Initial setups
Image definition
Image scheduling
Image production

The imaging program that was used for this tutorial is free Macrium. But the basic principles are the same for other imaging programs although the user interface will be different.

This video runs for appr. 7 minutes.
There is a related thread on the Vista forum which gives a brief introduction to Macrium followed by a discussion.
You can download the free Macrium edition from here.

Note: If you have a problem with the loudness of the sound output of the video, check the "Loudness Equalization" box in your Playback device. It is under the 'Enhancements' tab.











25 Mar 2010   #1
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Awesome, thanks for sharing. I've suggested Macrium Reflect free to a few people at work. I tested it for awhile to let them know how it works and it's worked pretty well for me.

The only thing I don't like is that you don't seem to be able to restore multiple partitions at the same time..but rather have to restore them individually. Certainly not a showstopper, but a bit annoying.

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26 Mar 2010   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Another plus is that the BartPe plugin you can download from within the free Macrium app. runs in WinPe 2 and 3.

No backup function in the free macrium pe plugin - Restore and explore your backup images - restores individual files too. plus a boot corrector ( be careful with that - I used Paragon Boot Corrector to correct drive letters after running the Macrium version ) and network configurator.

New app. ( free atm ) converts macrium images to vhd - it's fast too. It also runs in WinPe.

Macrium Reflect - Blogs and News

If you have any problems booting the vhd, hit it with Paragon P2V Adjust Wizard .

That's not generally available free, but many will have the recent giveaways Of Paragon Virtualization Manager personal .

Paragon apps. also run beautifully in WinPe .
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26 Mar 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks for the additional explanations. I wanted to keep it simple which is the advantage of the Linux version.
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29 Mar 2010   #4
alwinwinjoe

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Version 6.1 (build 7600.16385)
 
 

Excuse me whs. May I ask a question? Can the recovery disk that has been made be used with another system image? I seem to have accidentally deleted my original system image and created a new one this day.
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29 Mar 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The recovery disk is a one time matter and can be used with all Macrium images - even on a different system. It just pulls in the recovery program that then lets you choose the image you want to use.

Note: on one of my systems a new version of Macrium turned up and they explicitely asked to burn a new recovery disk for that new version. But that was only because Macrium was changed, not because of the images.
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29 Mar 2010   #6
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thank you for the tutorial. I am about try Macrium for the first time.
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29 Mar 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Carl, you are welcome. You will see, it is really easy.
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29 Mar 2010   #8
alwinwinjoe

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Version 6.1 (build 7600.16385)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The recovery disk is a one time matter and can be used with all Macrium images - even on a different system. It just pulls in the recovery program that then lets you choose the image you want to use.

Note: on one of my systems a new version of Macrium turned up and they explicitely asked to burn a new recovery disk for that new version. But that was only because Macrium was changed, not because of the images.
Thank you very much! I didn't want to buy another CD if it was not possible.
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29 Mar 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem, any time. Can you even buy a single CD - just curious. Here they usually come in packs of 25 or 50.
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