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Windows 7: New free system imaging program

13 Aug 2011   #1

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
New free system imaging program

Easeus have released Todo v3 free version.

It can create winpe 3 boot media for you.

It will burn it to a cd , or put it on a flash drive for you.

It can also add it as a boot menu entry.

Most surprising is that Recover to dissimilar hardware also comes with the free version.

That is more than other free image apps. are offering.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free - world's best free all-in-one backup & recovery software.

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13 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

That could be interesting. I wonder if WinPE has USB 3.0 support? Restore from external should be a lot faster if you can run at USB 3.0 speed. I'm using Macrium and at the moment I have to boot from USB stick then load the USB 3.0 driver manually if I want USB 3.0 speed. A bit of a kludge.

edit: looks like Macrium 5 now has USB 3.0 support in both the Linux and WinPE boot discs. At least according to the features page. But they want $22.50 to upgrade from 4.2 paid std version.

I got the Macrium 5 trial. The Linux boot should have USB 3.0 support. I'm not going to test it tonight though. The Macrium Free edition 5 should be out in awhile. I bet they use the same Linux boot CD for it or maybe one version behind, when that is released. But I expect it to have USB 3.0 support as there's been a lot of clamor for it on the Macrium forums.

edit2: the product you mention I looked at the instructions how to make the WinPE disc. It's version 3.0 not the latest 3.1. Also they make you download WAIK(which is a GB download) so it looks like you either don't get the full WinPE or they are somehow kludging it.
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13 Aug 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You need to add usb 3 drivers to the pe3 image.

Easy to do it with dism.

looks like Macrium 5 now has USB 3.0 support in both the Linux and WinPE boot discs.
Macrium must have added the drivers already in the paid version download - because they aren't in the macrium pe3 you can run off if you d'l WAIK.

To make a macrium pe3 boot media:

You can use my little app from within win 7 and you don't need WAIK

d/l and install trial version of macrium 5 - any edition - server edition if you like - doesn't matter.

Run my little app and it will make a pe3 disc for you- it will also install renesas usb3 drivers.

Imaging with free Macrium
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13 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 32 bit

I run it from command prompt and it burns the CD?
Are you talking about RunMeAsAdminV2?

edit: in any case the Linux boot cd claims USB 3.0 support. That's all I need. If it doesn't work then I'll investigate further. :)
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13 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks, I'm going to give this a try. i used their older version as it would also image Server based systems.
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13 Aug 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

This is the app. for making Macrium pe3 media Attachment 170112

It makes this

New free system imaging program-macrium-easype.png

Here is the Todo app. in one of my custom pe builds

New free system imaging program-todo-custom-pe.jpg

- see

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13 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit

Hmmmmmmmm, I just tried the Linux boot CD from Macrium 5. Does not recognize my SIIG USB 3.0 card. So looks like I'm sticking with 4.2 unless they come out with a fix.

I already have WinPE 2.0 on a USB key where I can manually load the SIIG USB 3.0 Windows driver. That's all I need.
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14 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thus far I really like what I see with the new FREE version of EaseUS ToDo Backup 3 Free;

What's so great about it;
  1. 1 click system image, couldn't be easier
  2. file level backup and restore
  3. ability to do full backups, differential backups and incremental backups
  4. hardware independent restore (I haven't tested this yet)
  5. disk and partition cloning ability
  6. It's free for business use on workstations
  7. 1 button addition to the Windows startup menu for quick recoveries

And the other features that it offers
  • Various levels of compressioin
  • Password Protection
  • Encryption
  • File Splitting
  • Backup priority levels
  • Email Notifications
  • Ability to offsite the backup copy to an FTP server
  • Throttling for the offsite copy
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15 Aug 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I downloaded it and ran it last night. Seems to work OK, with little interaction required. I made a boot disk and was able to boot from it and go a couple of steps into the recovery process without any issues.

I wasn't clear on the distinction between "system backup" and "disk and partition backup", so I ran both. The resulting images were virtually identical--within a few hundred bytes, so I am guessing both simply made an image of C alone?? I don't have any other partitions on my boot drive.

PParks: I did not see any configuration option for compression levels. Can you advise how to do that? In fact, I saw very little in the way of configuration choices.

I may keep it around to use, alternating with Macrium. I'd just as soon get rid of Acronis, which has never been completely confidence-inspiring.
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15 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

When you click on "system backup", you are choosing a 1 button simple options, no choices, it just images all physical drives on your system.

You can manually go into "disk and partition" backup if you want to do the same thing, but specify options. When you go this route, down at the bottom will be an options button and you can set all of those things that I mentioned.

These should be cooled
--Novice automatic mode
--Advanced mode.
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