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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect FREE question

24 May 2015   #1
abuela101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Macrium Reflect FREE question

Fairly new to this software and have a question regarding it.

There are 2 selections available and those are:

1: Image selected disk on this computer.
2: Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows.

I tried both 1 and 2.

1: showed 32.7 GB after imaging.
2: showed 29.0 GB after imaging.

What is the difference? What is #1 including what #2 is not including?

Which one is recommended to use to restore all what I need to restore Windows, including the software I installed?

TIA


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24 May 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

You presumably have multiple partitions--maybe as many as 3. We need to know what's in them and that would be shown by the screen shot.

Choice 1 would appear to include a partition that is NOT needed to restore Windows. Choice 2 would likely be C only or possibly C plus another partition that happens to be marked as "system"---which the screen shot will reveal.

To restore Windows, you need to restore C and any separate partition marked as "system". On some PCs, C is "system", so that's all you'd have to restore. On others, it isn't--so you'd have to restore 2 partitions in that case. Macrium is smart enough to tell which partitions are needed--that's what is meant by "Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows."

Unless you did something cuckoo, your software should be on C and would be included in both choice 1 or choice 2.
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24 May 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Why don't you mount the images and see where the difference is.
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24 May 2015   #4
abuela101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks ignatzatsonic for the info. Here is the pic. Hopefully it's the one you wanted so see. EDIT: The blue square you see under volume is shown as blank.
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24 May 2015   #5
abuela101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@whs. I don't know how to do that because I'm a complete (senior) noob and goes way above my paygrade. Thanks anyway.
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24 May 2015   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The difference is the Recovery partition isn't being included in the image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows. The Recovery partition is used to restore your computer back to the factory state should things get hopelessly fouled up. While most purists would say to image that partition separately from the System partitions and even move it to another drive, for you it would be much simpler to just image the entire C: drive, same as you did in Option 1. That way, you will have to make only the one image and it isn't all that much bigger than just imaging the other two.
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24 May 2015   #7
ignatzatsonic

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The recovery partition is marked "system". That's where your boot files are. That partition is needed to restore Windows for that reason, along with C.

This is a Dell. Dell has some weird ideas about where to put boot files. They choose to put them on the recovery partition, unlike most builders.

You could copy those boot files to C if you wanted, and then would only have to image C to restore Windows and programs.

Or leave things as they are and make a single image file of C and recovery.

Or leave things as they are and make separate image files of C and recovery.

Or leave things as they are and make a single image of C, recovery, and that partition with no letter.

Or leave things as they are and make separate images of C, recovery, and that partition with no letter.

I'm not sure what that unlettered partition is. Hmmm...no file system on it. Ask Dell.

Simplest thing to do is just make one image file of all of them, like Lady Fitzgerald recommended. Then you don't have to worry about it.
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24 May 2015   #8
abuela101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@Lady Fitzgerald and ignatzatsonic. Thank you both so very much to give clarity to my question and therefore will continue to use #1 to make sure the image will have everything it needs in case a restore with Macrium needs to be done.

Since there is a 13.15 GB on Recovery I got confused because Macrium showed a difference of 3.7 GB between #1 and #2 which doesn't correspond with the 13.15 GB Recovery although Macrium compresses the info. So it's Dell that puts the stuff in there.

Signed, a grateful abuela101
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24 May 2015   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. To mount Macrium image, you only need to double click on the image file

2. This is a typical Dell setup with the recovery partition as the active partition. For boot purposed that recovery partition needs to be included into the image.

3. If you want to ignore the recovery partition, you can copy the bootmgr to the C partition. Here is how.
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24 May 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote:
Since there is a 13.15 GB on Recovery I got confused because Macrium showed a difference of 3.7 GB between #1 and #2 which doesn't correspond with the 13.15 GB Recovery although Macrium compresses the info.
It is not the size of the recovery partition that determines the size of the image but the amount of data in that partition. Unfortunately you have posted an incomplete picture of your disk management which does not show how much space is actually being used.

This is how a snip of the complete disk management would look like.


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