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Windows 7: Multiple Backup Images on USB Disk

25 Nov 2010   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I'm interested in trying it, have read Whs' posts about it and grown to like his backup policy. I'm old school, according to me the three most important things in computing are backup, backup and backup. Currently using Windows' own imaging app.

Have to try this Macrium. Downloading now...

Kari

EDIT: This seems to be a 30-day trial. I don't find the free version from macrium.com?
Kari, I made an extensive video tutorial on Macrium. You might want to have a look at it. Makes life easier for getting started: Imaging with free Macrium I also documented the recovery part which you usually do not find in the tuts. Watch out if you have the famous 100MB boot partition. There are a few specials to consider in that case (also covered in the "Warning text" of the tut).

Edit: Here you go: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp


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25 Nov 2010   #32
Kari

 

Thanks for the tutorial link, looks really well done. I also found the link to Macrium Free Edition from there, so double thanks!

Kari
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25 Nov 2010   #33
Kari

 

First test. 300 gig system disk, 160 gigs used. Image saved to external USB2 device, transfer rate was between 370 and 440 Mbps. Took one hour...

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25 Nov 2010   #34
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks like you have a lot of user data on the OS partition (or am I wrong). You may consider moving the user folders to a seperate partition. That has a variety of advantages - e.g. the imaging of the OS and the data need not be at the same time because the frequency of change may be completely different. My OS Partition is 42GB with 18GB used. My daily images take a little over 3 minutes (but I make those to an internal HDD). To an external disk a bit over 10 minutes.
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25 Nov 2010   #35
Kari

 

No, my system disk contains only Windows and Program folders (PerfLogs, Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Windows). I know I have a lot of apps and software installed, have not yet got rid of all work related stuff although retired already half a year ago.

I use Audit Mode and SysPrep always when installing Windows to permanently and effortlessly move both User Profiles with all folders and ProgramData to D. (User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation)

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25 Nov 2010   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, This is certainly the largest OS only partition I have ever seen. You must have a huge winsxs.
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25 Nov 2010   #37
Kari

 

Not as big as you would think of:

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Last years of my working life, I was beta tester for a quite big software company. From my Program Files and Program files (x86) over 30 gigs is used to various versions of some apps from said company. I also have almost every possible Golf and Sailing simulator installed, just checked last weekend that these two types of games, almost only ones I ever play (out of personal real life interest) take some 12 gigs of HD space. My programming interest takes also quite a lot disk space, all tools and apps fully installed.

Other than that, basic stuff. I might accept if you called me a freak in that sense that I like to install and try all kinds of software, even if it clearly is nothing I need. But: I like my rigs to have everything I might need when need arises...

It's 5 AM. Might be a good idea to sleep a couple of hours...

Good night,

Kari


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25 Nov 2010   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good night Kari. I kept saying to the wife:"Kari is pulling an All Nighter" - but I do that sometimes too.
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