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Windows 7: WD My Passport Ultra Metal 1TB

09 Sep 2017   #31
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

ok I checked usb3 driver compatibility.
On one of my PCs with Intel usb3 drivers the pe3.1 appears ok (Haswell). On my main PC with Renesas usb3 driver pe3.1 is a no go. pe5 is fine on both PCs. - that is it deals with both Intel and Renesas. Also my main PC (see specs) uses an Intel 2700k (Sandy Bridge) which may be a factor.

My conclusion is that a pe5 rescue disc appears the most backward compatible for usb3 driver support - maybe?


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14 Sep 2017   #32
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@mjf, Thank you for all the research! This is the first day I've had Internet since the Hurricane hit Florida, I don't think it is going to last so I'll pick up on this asap. They said our tv. service will be out until the 17th, four days from now, but the internet works! lol...so weird. Television has been on since Monday night but no Internet, then Television is out until the 17th and Internet works LOL.

Again, the research you did is very valuable and well appreciated, hopefully I can get all this stuff learned soon.

The question I was asking before was: Can I use my new WD Drive to backup more than One computer? And, can I use it with Macrium only, or can I also use AOMEI to back up another computer, or even the Windows inbuilt Software? I understand I will need the rescue disk for each, but in general is this possible?

Thanks, Nasty7
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14 Sep 2017   #33
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nasty7 View Post

The question I was asking before was: Can I use my new WD Drive to backup more than One computer? And, can I use it with Macrium only, or can I also use AOMEI to back up another computer, or even the Windows inbuilt Software? I understand I will need the rescue disk for each, but in general is this possible?

Thanks, Nasty7
Yes you can backup more than one computer on an ext HDD. Just create folders that describe the computer so you don't get confused.

I'm not familiar with AOMEI but I suspect again PC/folder descriptions should allow you to store these images along with Macrium in another folder.

Windows inbuilt is quite restrictive. It only recognizes the image folder [WindowsImageBackup] in the root of a HDD partition. If you want to store more then you need to do the folder rename workaround (see forum tutorials). It is a bit of a pain IMO.

You do need to create a rescue disc for each of your imaging software programs. (ie. one for all Macrium images one for all AOMEI images etc.). The simplest solution is to create rescue DVDs/USBs for each software program and check that they boot and recognize images stored on the ext HDD. Later on you can explore putting multiple rescue ISOs plus other useful tools on a single USB flash drive. That's another topic.
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03 Jan 2018   #34
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@mjf, Thanks! I just noticed I had not replied.

I have another question: Can I install AOMEI along side of Macrium Reflect?

I have not found the option in Macrium to Backup only System Files, so want to also use AOMEI on my main pc. Not sure how or if this will be better or not, but it seems to me that Imaging just the system files will take less time and less space. I don't keep to much on my OS, and looking to -SOMEDAY- LOL, partition, and keep all files on another partition. AOMEI also has a super simple Interface, I like that also, seems like it will keep me from making any mistakes. Seems like they both do about the same thing, though Macrium does a little more, or has a little more freedom/adjustability.

Thanks, Nasty7
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03 Jan 2018   #35
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes, you can install any number of backup / restore / clone programs alongside each other; just make you know which program produces which image (file extension). Backing up only system files can be done, I hope you back up all of the OS from time to time. Restoring only system files and not the whole OS could be problematic. Or, are you meaning: system files backup is the whole Windows OS backup?
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03 Jan 2018   #36
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Or, are you meaning: system files backup is the whole Windows OS backup?
Yes Roland, the whole Windows OS Backup, at least that is what Aomei calls it. Seems simple enough, and I've used it on other less important pc's of mine.

Thanks for your help Roland, because I am not very strong in this area yet...and maybe never LOL.
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04 Jan 2018   #37
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

A suggestion.

Name your partition so you will know what is what no matter what method or program you use.

Example:

WD My Passport Ultra Metal 1TB-disk-management.png

Jack


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1 Week Ago   #38
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Would you guys help me out again. I'm doing well with simple backups. I think I may have asked this somewhere but went through this whole Thread and did not see it.

My question: Can I Sync a Folder (or in this case the contents of a USB) to the Same Drive I'm using to Backup System Images?

I've looked at the Macrium Backup and the AOMEI File Backup. But if possible, I would like to use the same Drive to Sync the Files and folders on my work USB to. I'm not sure if Macrium or AOMEI would be good for this? I see that they both do this, but the one I'm using now does nice Incremental Backups, and all is available to access. I sync them to a few other USB's.
Backing up files and folders - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
Files and Folders Backup with Free AOMEI Backupper Software
I've been using Grsync on Linux to do this and it works flawlessly, but don't know if I dare use my WD Passport with all my pc Images on it do do this. I was thinking it would be safest to use one of the programs using now, Macrium or AOMEI, but have seen some good looking Syncing Programs for Windows that I was wanting to try.

I also have another drive I could use for this purpose, but it is 500GB and would never use all that for my Important USB's. Most of my stuff is files, so it don't take up to much space. One was about 128GB of data on a USB, but this one included customer files also. My personal USB with all my techie and personal data is only about 20GB if that.

Thanks, Nasty7
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1 Week Ago   #39
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"....My question: Can I Sync a Folder (or in this case the contents of a USB) to the Same Drive I'm using to Backup System Images?" I believe you can! The sync material would simply be another folder (or file) on the HD containing backup image files.
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1 Week Ago   #40
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That's what I thought also Roland, but want to be sure, I'm not to good at fixing major problems I may cause myself.
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