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Windows 7: Macrium utilities and tools for imaging: large capacity pen drives

13 Oct 2019   #1
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Macrium utilities and tools for imaging: large capacity pen drives

I've started on the quest for backup solutions again other than simple cloning. When you have a power out, everything can go. I had one such (and my fault too) where the backup routine from Ghost 11.5
(I think) was running. The target drive had everything except boot ability. I tried fixboot and fixmbr routines on the Win7 repair disk but nothing worked.


I suppose these things are unavoidable. How can a disk image stored to a pen drive restore the
Win7 System as did the old WinXP? That allowed Win installation to refresh while leaving the
content alone.

I'll have other questions along the way but Macrium seems to be preferred at Sevenforums.
Out on the net there are 2Tb thumb drives for 9 bucks. Is this for real? It sounds unreasonable.

I have an old guide for Macrium printed to paper from 2015. What is a good step by step guide
for Macrium free version from scratch? I now have a PC I can just experiment on as I learn the
system without taking my system down


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13 Oct 2019   #2
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi loninappleton,

There are actually two imaging programs which are very popular among members here, the first is AOMEI Backupper Standard [FREE], and the second is Macrium Reflect [FREE].

I hope this helps!
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13 Oct 2019   #3
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"Out on the net there are 2Tb thumb drives for 9 bucks. Is this for real? It sounds unreasonable."
Avoid them, almost all of them, like FakeNews, FakeViews, are bigtime Fakes, engineered to lie to you, usage will out 'em as frauds.
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13 Oct 2019   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"How can a disk image stored to a pen drive restore the Win7 System as did the old WinXP?" snippit from Ioninappleton

Let me use Windows 7 as an example because I do not know what all hidden partitions that Windows 8 and 10 have. I make a full image backup of System Reserved partition and then of the OS partition. If/when a restore of the OS is necessary, I restore both of those partitions before restarting the laptop. And, I make a data partition full image every so often as well. In short, as long as you backup the hidden partitions, I recommend separate full images, and the OS partition as a group; and you restore them as a group, all should go well. Sometimes, one has to mark the proper partition as Active before all things go smoothly, go figure.
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13 Oct 2019   #5
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RolandJS,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
"How can a disk image stored to a pen drive restore the Win7 System as did the old WinXP?".
If I understand you correctly, I use AOMEI Backupper Standard and have images of my OS stored on a USB. It re-images back in about 10 minutes!
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13 Oct 2019   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Paul, I was quoting a snippit from Ioninappleton, then answering that snippit. :)
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13 Oct 2019   #7
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

An assortment of answers: More taste, less filling. I did not see all the replies to this.
I only see one entry as I write. Will catch up on it soon.
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14 Oct 2019   #8
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
I have an old guide for Macrium printed to paper from 2015. What is a good step by step guide...
I use Macrium Reflect Free extensively, both for W7 and over on our sister-site Ten Forums.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bree
... I've lost count of the number of restores I've done since I started using Macrium... It must be well over 100 by now...
How much do you trust Macrium Reflect? - Windows 10 Forums

Note that you don't have to install Macrium on a machine in order to image it. You can also make images by booting from a Macrium recovery usb. It's not just for restoring images, it can make them too.

For a full user guide to the current version, see:

Macrium Reflect v7.2 User Guide
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14 Oct 2019   #9
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
"Out on the net there are 2Tb thumb drives for 9 bucks. Is this for real? It sounds unreasonable."
Avoid them, almost all of them, like FakeNews, FakeViews, are bigtime Fakes, engineered to lie to you, usage will out 'em as frauds.

I have a couple older and smaller Sandisk which are budget ones. Who is making the best pen drive
for the backup function which is critical?
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14 Oct 2019   #10
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi RolandJS,



If I understand you correctly, I use AOMEI Backupper Standard and have images of my OS stored on a USB. It re-images back in about 10 minutes!

I did in fact sample AOMIE not long ago. I forget why I reverted to the trusted Norton Ghost.
One thing I noticed during a recent HD meltdown was that AOMIE apparently stores drivers
at Startup even when the program has been removed. Is this the case? I would be hard for me

to find the exact driver name.


I may have to just continue with full clone backups. I also see Clonezilla up there that runs in
in the Linux shell. Again it was a long time ago that I tried that but I've not used it since even thouhg
I still have the old cd.


Setting up partitions confuses me. I'm not a programmer. A simple clone job avoids those
things I could botch while doing the operation. It's just me.
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