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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

29 May 2013   #1061
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I think so. KB3AIK_EN


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29 May 2013   #1062
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I posted this on the Vista forum. But since it works just as well on Windows7, I post it here too.

Image your system with free Macrium

Over the years I have experimented with different imaging programs. I started out with Norton Ghost which works very well, but is quite heavy handed. Backup and restore cycles are usually approximately one hour and it takes quite some time before you understand the intricacies of the product. I have also used Paragon and Acronis true Image. Both of those are in the same league as Ghost. They do provide though a large collection of function which, I guess, is part of the reason why they are complex and slow.
One that is easy is the Maxtor One Touch Manager that comes with the Maxtor One Touch Disks. My wife loves it because once it is set up, all you have to do is push the button on the One Touch Disk and off it goes.
Not quite the same but very easy is Macrium. Below you find the four steps to set it up and the one step to run it thereafter. You will notice that the handling of Macrium is as easy as can be. To download the free Macrium, you go to this site:

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

There is also a paid version with more functions. But for the normal backup/restore, the free version is sufficient.
I did not document the restore function, in part, because I cannot take any screenshots during that phase. But it is very simple and self explanatory. All you need to do is set your BIOS boot sequence to boot from your CD reader, put the CD in (the one you burnt see the first picture) and off it goes. The CD loads a Linux based Wizard that will guide you thru a few simple questions.
Performance when you take the image should be in the 10 minute range for an average system. Restore is about 20 minutes without prior image verification and twice as long with prior image verification












Thank you whs, I use a retail backup system (and I'm due to renew my subscription soon) but I will be looking at Macrium first
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29 May 2013   #1063
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I can recommend Macrium Steph. I have used it successfully to restore an image several times.
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29 May 2013   #1064
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Thank you Keith your recommendation means much to me
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29 May 2013   #1065
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
Thank you Keith your recommendation means much to me
Actually you may want to look at whs' other Macrium Tutorial, as this one is showing screenshots of the old version (v4?).
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I can recommend Macrium Steph. I have used it successfully to restore an image several times.
I also add my vote for Macrium (for what it's worth).

I've used it for ~4 years and it hasn't failed me yet (I've also used it to restore images, more than "several times").
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29 May 2013   #1066
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've used Macrium Reflect to restore images a couple of times without problem.
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29 May 2013   #1067
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I don't know what you guys are doing. But your problems can be remedied easily - see picture.
I do mine a little different. I just name them with a date included.

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Jim


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29 May 2013   #1068
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Jim, does renaming an image file work OK? I have wanted to do that but heed the recommendation in Reflect. Do you rename during the back up or after you have the image saved?

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29 May 2013   #1069
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I uncheck the "use Image ID" and put in the name of my choice.

Jim
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29 May 2013   #1070
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Jim, I'll name mine PEBKAC1..2...3
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