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Windows 7: Macrium image or Windows 7?

04 Feb 2011   #11
chuckles1066

Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Chuckles,

Sorry to hear you are having problems.

Not clear what you mean .

You say you you imaged and restored several partitions fine.

Then you mention only two drives ( C AND J )

Is the drive that is not visible to macrium boot disc an external HD?

You appear to indicate it is a different partition on the same HD as the drive that can be seen.



Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management window?
Sorry if I wasn't clear.

I have one drive, several partitions. Partitions d: e: f: g: h: and i: all restored fine from their respective images on j:

When I went to restore the c: drive from the image on j: I was naturally enough informed that the drive was in use and locked and so I booted the Rescue CD.

I can't get the GUI to "see" j: so I can't restore.........somewhat strangely, copying the image and the xml file onto the c: drive doesn't help as the Rescue Cd doesn't even see the files!

I've even made another copy of the Rescue CD from my laptop downstairs just in case there was something screwy with the burn but to no avail.

I think I'll go back to BootIt - not as pretty as Macrium but it works.


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04 Feb 2011   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's why they have those extra options for creating the boot disc - if you now have one that works for your system - you are fine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I just had a somewhat concerning experience with Macrium an hour ago.

I recently rebuilt my system and now have a Sandy Bridge CPU with Windows 7 64-bit. I downloaded the newest version of Macrium, installed it, and made an image. No problem.

My first attempt at a boot disc did not work. The mouse was not recognized on USB 3.0 ports. I changed to USB 2.0 to get the mouse to work, but still was not able to choose a source partition to restore. The mouse had literally no effect once I got to that screen.

So I made another boot CD, this time using "compatibility mode". This one did not have any mouse support whatsoever, regardless of port.

For the third boot CD, I tried compatibility mode AND debugging. For completely unknown reasons, this one seems to have worked. At least I can boot from it and navigate several steps into the restore process as a test.

I have no idea what is going on, but it didn't inspire any confidence.

So, I will maintain my standard practice---hope imaging works, expect it to fail, and use another method as a fallback position (the free Western Digital edition of Acronis).
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04 Feb 2011   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

So J is an external HD of some kind?

It may be the macrium Linux kernel isn't picking it up.

That can happen with all imaging apps. - none of the Linux discs supplied with free versions are compatible with every conceivaable type of hardware.

Winpe discs are better at that - but , because a license is required if it is used as part of a commercial product - winpe discs do not come with any free versions from any company.


I suggest people make their own winpe discs.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chuckles1066 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Chuckles,

Sorry to hear you are having problems.

Not clear what you mean .

You say you you imaged and restored several partitions fine.

Then you mention only two drives ( C AND J )

Is the drive that is not visible to macrium boot disc an external HD?

You appear to indicate it is a different partition on the same HD as the drive that can be seen.



Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management window?
Sorry if I wasn't clear.

I have one drive, several partitions. Partitions d: e: f: g: h: and i: all restored fine from their respective images on j:

When I went to restore the c: drive from the image on j: I was naturally enough informed that the drive was in use and locked and so I booted the Rescue CD.

I can't get the GUI to "see" j: so I can't restore.........somewhat strangely, copying the image and the xml file onto the c: drive doesn't help as the Rescue Cd doesn't even see the files!

I've even made another copy of the Rescue CD from my laptop downstairs just in case there was something screwy with the burn but to no avail.

I think I'll go back to BootIt - not as pretty as Macrium but it works.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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04 Feb 2011   #14
chuckles1066

Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
So J is an external HD of some kind?
No j: is a partition of the one hard drive in my machine.
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04 Feb 2011   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Very strange, post a Screenshot of disk management window
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04 Feb 2011   #16
Frank1

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

I've used only the one in Win7 and have had no problems with it. It creates the image as it should and restores as it should.
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04 Feb 2011   #17
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The 1 thing that I don't like on the built-in imaging application is that you don't seem to be able to simply take the output folder and copy it somewhere else if you need to.

I use Macrium at work and haven't really had many issues. I did have trouble once with a mouse working in the restore boot disc as somebody else mentioned, but I did manage to get that resolved. Think it turned out being a BIOS update for the motherboard.

I use Acronis True Image 2010 personally. I got my copy for $23.99 at NewEgg and for $23.99...it gives me the ability to;
--create incremental backups
--vary the level of compression in my image
--provide a password which is required to recover my image
--Ability to mount the backup image as a hard drive and copy files from the backup
--Try and Decide (a method of snapshotting your OS, installing apps and such, deciding that you don't want them and putting your machine back to exactly how it was in just a few seconds).

There are other commercial apps that do some of this stuff...but the built in Windows System Image step does not. If all you want is an image, on an external hard drive...it works great. If you want more flexibility and functionality, look at Macrium, Acronis or Paragon.
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04 Feb 2011   #18
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, ppark1. I just want an image in case the unthinkable happens.
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05 Feb 2011   #19
chuckles1066

Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Very strange, post a Screenshot of disk management window
Here you go!

Macrium image or Windows 7?-untitled.jpg


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05 Feb 2011   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Thanks, that's interesting.

Does macrium linux boot disc recognize the HD?

Does it recognize any of the partitions?

Does it only recognize the Primary partitions?
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