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Windows 7: Windows Backup Disc Image

24 Feb 2011   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Can you post a Windows diskmanagement screen shot using the snipping tool.

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24 Feb 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Here you go.
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24 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Do you know what to do with your dynamic HDD to get it back to basic?

I'm guessing you made the data partition and accepted the disk going dynamic? You can recover from this.
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24 Feb 2011   #14

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

This tutorial can help:
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
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25 Feb 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I understand that to convert the disks I will have to delete *all my data*. I do have an external HDD, but I want to avoid this if I can. For example, what does this do to my registry? Will the programs just work if I move them back in?

How come I have to have basic discs? Is it just Reflect which doesn't support them? If so - I'd rather switch to a different program.

Sorry about all the questions!

(EDIT: Just found this software:

Does it do dynamic discs? Has anyone used it before?)
Bacup & Recovery 2011 (Advanced) Fre
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25 Feb 2011   #16

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Your registry will be OK if the conversion back to basic works. If you are forced to reinstall Windows, you will get a fresh registry.

If the conversion goes well, your programs will continue to work and your data will not be affected.

If you use the right tool, you can convert those dynamic partitions back to basic. Dynamics are a pain as you are finding.

I think Partition Wizard can convert without forcing you to reformat and reinstall.

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

I'm not sure about the Paragon tools, at least the free ones.

BUT BUT BUT, because anything can and might go wrong during the conversion back to basic discs, you definitely should copy (not move) all of your personal data to a completely different drive---not just to another partition on the same drive. In your case that appears to be an external.

Draw a distinction in your mind between Windows and your personal data (email, bookmarks, pictures, mp3s, videos, Word files, Excel files, whatever you use the PC for). It's the personal stuff that you need to copy.

Installed programs aren't going to survive well being dragged around from one disc to another.

When I say copy, I don't mean use an image. I mean using the mouse, folder by folder.

If the conversion goes well, you won't have to reinstall anything and your data won't be damaged. But you can't count on it not being damaged---that's why you need to copy personal files to an external.

You should also make "recovery discs" since I assume your HP did not come with any type of Windows or installation discs. That may no longer be possible since you now have dynamic discs.

Plan for the worst, hope for the best. I'm not a dynamic to basic conversion guru, but I know it has been done successfully. Wait for more input in this thread.
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25 Feb 2011   #17

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

There is a good chance you can recover by only backing up the data partition and retaining everything else. I'll provide the procedure if you want to go this way.

You need to use Partition Wizard 4.2 from here
partition wizard 4.2 - Windows Live

The current free PW (5.2) has removed the dynamic to basic conversion v4.2 has it.
You need to delete the data partition and resize your OS partition back to it's original size then do a dynamic to basic disk conversion. PW 4.2 can perform all these functions.
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25 Feb 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks for all the advice; I did successfully run a disk image backup and it appears to have worked. I have also set up a daily schedule using the same XML file.

However, as a test I restarted the backup soon after it completed - it scanned the drive and then gave me a two hour completion estimate? Is there no incremental backup - will it take two or three hours every single day?
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25 Feb 2011   #19

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

A 2 hour backup a day is out of the question for a single system.

We need more information.
It would be useful if you provided an update on what you did. Did you convert the disk to basic? It looks like you are using Macrium with it's XMLs.
Again a screen shot and a description of what you're backing up is needed.
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25 Feb 2011   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I believe these long back up times are a problem with my router - slow transfer speeds have been a constant issue. This is why I'm asking whether Reflect is capable of incremental back-up?

The disc is converted to basic and I just imaged the whole thing. I am indeed using Macrium with its XMLs, however if this problem persists I might switch to the fancy-looking Paragon program I found (anybody used it?)

The rest is just the other discs mentioned in disc management (minus the HP TOOLS partition - I appear to have lost that...).
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