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Windows 7: Win 7 backup strategy

16 Aug 2011   #11
keithr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I think I may have misled you gregrocker...

The Win7 laptop is an existing up and running machine. My new Win7 bits have not arrived yet, so I was messing about with what I have (32bit XP desktop, 64bit Win7 laptop) to produce a rescue boot cd to run Macrium from.

Just tried UBCD4Win CD which is also Bart PE based and that runs fine on my XP desktop - only problem is it doesnt have Macrium. I have a feeling that the reason my BartPE with Macrium boot CD wont see my XP HDD is to do with drivers, but not sure how to fix that.

I was hoping to make exclusive use of Macrium in place of DriveImageXML, but so far though it boots up my XP desktop, it cant see the HDD.

I am assuming that I can produce a boot cd on my 32 bitXP machine that will work on any other machine? It wont even boot up on my Win7 64bit laptop.

Hope this explains my problems a bit better.


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16 Aug 2011   #12
gregrocker

 

You can make a Linux-based boot CD using Macrium's Installed version. It should work on any bit-rate version since it boots via BIOS and not the extant OS.
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16 Aug 2011   #13
keithr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ok just made the linux version. Looks good on my xp desktop, but my win7 laptop ignores it and boots normally.

Time for a beer....

Will try making a linux disk on the laptop tomorrow to see if that will run

Thanks for your help.
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16 Aug 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

Use ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify.

How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

Or use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to trigger CD drive.

Are you getting prompt to "Press any key to boot CD?"
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16 Aug 2011   #15
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

HP laptops usually use the Esc key to interrupt the boot. From there you can select the boot menu (F9).
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16 Aug 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Dumb question: Is your optical drive number 1 in the BIOS boot sequence? Check as kado suggested.
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16 Aug 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by keithr View Post
ok just made the linux version. Looks good on my xp desktop, but my win7 laptop ignores it and boots normally.

Time for a beer....

Will try making a linux disk on the laptop tomorrow to see if that will run

Thanks for your help.
Why do you require one Macrium boot disk for the 2 separate OSs on 2 different PCs? Just make two.
Macrium linux boot CDs can have problems with Sandy Bridge processors so it may not work on a new PC (doesn't on my new build).

Hirens boot CD provides an inbuilt Macrium pe capability as well as a vast array of tools.

I would use 2 imaging programs in case one lets you down. In addition to Macrium, I have used Windows 7 imaging on 2 PCs and it has never let me down.
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17 Aug 2011   #18
keithr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well, this has been quite a learning curve for me. Yes my PC's are both set to boot from CD. - thanks to all for your input.

I get the impression with these boot CD's that there is always a possibility they might not work with a particular hardware configuration. Perhaps someone could explain why this is.

Anyway, just burned myself a Hirens v14 CD, and it boots fine on both my existing machines, so am happy with that and ready to put together my new PC
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17 Aug 2011   #19
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I've found the the WinPE based boot CDs are the most reliable and if created on the same machine generally pick up the needed drivers. I've always suffered from a somewhat dodgy internal CD/DVD drive so I find it better to create a bootable USB. I use YUMI to do that. It will load Hirens for you and a lot of other utilities. YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
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17 Aug 2011   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Keith, that YUMI look interesting. I have to try it out. Much easier to lug a 16GB stick than a bunch of CDs. Thanks for posting it.
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