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Windows 7: selective system image restore?

13 Jan 2011   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jaypels View Post
sir mjf, from what i understand on your latest post, incase if my other partition gets reformatted again, this would replace Easeus data recovery wizard pro? the only difference is that it would recover my data while still in "boot" mode?
I have no experience with the Easeus product so I can't comment. It may work just as well.
Not sure what you mean by the last question but Partition Wizard is generally best run from it's boot CD.

There's no guarantee with these or other tools but they are certainly worth trying.


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13 Jan 2011   #12
jaypels

7 all the way!
 
 

i see.. i'll give it a try hopefully not soon thank you once again!
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13 Jan 2011   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Partition Wizard is free too.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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13 Jan 2011   #14
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I make a system image about every other day. On my system, it has all of my drives checked by default. I can un-check any of them if I want to. I have restored my image a few times and have never run into any problem. I know there are some who don't like the way in works; and I'm sure they have their reasons. But I haven't read why it's not liked by some. I'm not saying that no one have ever posted their reason, I'm only saying that I haven't seen it. I am curious as to know why if a member doesn't mind posting. If there is a problem with it, I would like to know as I would then try something different. Maybe I've just been lucky with it.
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13 Jan 2011   #15
gregrocker

 

My own experience with Win7 Backup Imaging is that if you have four partitions the last two of which are data, and select to only image first (SysReserved) and second (C Win7), that when reimaging it will overwrite your #3 and #4 data partitions anyway no matter what choices you are able to make.

At least this is what happened when I went to reimage without my data partition, having the choices greyed out for some reason.

Can someone explain if this is doable at all with Win7: leaving unchecked partitions intact on HD while reimaging only the originally checked SysReserved and Win7 partitions? I have given up and only use Acronis or Paragon to do this now.
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13 Jan 2011   #16
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
My own experience with Win7 Backup Imaging is that if you have four partitions the last two of which are data, and select to only image first (SysReserved) and second (C Win7), that when reimaging it will overwrite your #3 and #4 data partitions anyway no matter what choices you are able to make.

At least this is what happened when I went to reimage without my data partition, having the choices greyed out for some reason.

Can someone explain if this is doable at all with Win7: leaving unchecked partitions intact on HD while reimaging only the originally checked SysReserved and Win7 partitions? I have given up and only use Acronis or Paragon to do this now.
Well, that's a good reason for not liking it. That's probably the reason I'm not having a problem since I haven't made anymore partitions.
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13 Jan 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, all Windows backup/recovery functions in Vista and Win7 seem to be flawed. How often could you not restore the system although there were half a dozen restore points. How often have people backed up data and could not recover it (plus it always defaults to D - as if they did not know that the OEMs use that for the recovery partition). And now we have the mess with imaging.

I suspect that all those functions come out of the same development house at MS and that place seems to be populated with a bunch of morons. There seems to be no progress.
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13 Jan 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

Would appreciate any help developing the brief on this so I can take it to the MVP Global Summit in Seattle next month.

It's pretty much the only reason not to be proud of Win7.
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13 Jan 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What do you need in addition. The flaws are pretty much known.
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13 Jan 2011   #20
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
My own experience with Win7 Backup Imaging is that if you have four partitions the last two of which are data, and select to only image first (SysReserved) and second (C Win7), that when reimaging it will overwrite your #3 and #4 data partitions anyway no matter what choices you are able to make.
You are incorrect.
You either didn't read what I said earlier or chose to ignore it.

I routinely image c: my boot/operating system partition (+ system reserved - you don't have an option). I have reimaged over 6 times (I've lost count how many) and never lost my data partition (D: 456GB with 250GB of data).
Unless you have changed the partitioning structure of your HDD OR you are reimaging to a new HDD don't select the reformat option.

Windows imaging works flawlessly for me and I'm sure for many millions.
gregrocker if you want to raise issue at your upcoming meeting try these:

1) Windows imaging may have too many points of failure making it less robust for some than it otherwise could be.
2) System restore is unreliable for some. I never use it and rely on images.
3) Windows 7 Search is a disaster for the average user for two reasons:
- It is unreliable more many
- For the typical user in today's world the user interface is just a joke.

If you want to see a barrage of complaints re: (3) go to the Windows 7 - Microsoft answers forum. The day customers don't like a product they stop buying it. Being highly technical trained, the problem has nothing to do with windows search being "beyond me".

Frank1,
Keep using Windows imaging.
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