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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

23 Jan 2014   #1361
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
Thank you all for sharing the knowledge! I will try Macrium Reflect Free and leave Windows 7 imaging tool. Have you all always had success in restoring a Macrium full image of a drive? Also, let me ask you a few questions about the Macrium program itself. Does it have any processes/services that run in the background all the time or is it a run-when-needed kind of application? Is there any adware or calling phone (since it's a freeware app)? I guess if supports USB 3.0 speeds and I saw that it comes in 32 and 64-bit flavours (I have Win7 x64). The freeware version is a bit hidden on tha Macrium site but I have found it - though it only has a small DL installer.

Anyway, I'm going to go and try it, thank you very much for help, much appreciated!
I'm using Macrium Free for full-HDD imaging and have tested the process from the image-creation to an external HDD and have restored the image back to my spare internal HDD and have booted up Windows and tested it without problems.

I use my WinPE CD when processing image backup and restore. I like to do that since that's testing the process with the worse-case scenario in case I couldn't boot up Windows on my "C" HDD or my "C" HDD failed, or was infected by a malicious object.

I usually store 2-3 full-disk images on an external HDD. All have tested ok (restored to my test HDD and booted into Windows).

I agree with the posters here. After I read about Macrium at this forum, I decided to give it a try. Aside from a couple of issues encountered during the creation of the WinPE CD, all has been running good with consistent repeatable results with full-HDD imaging and restoration process.

I have also used the Cloning option several times with successful results.


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23 Jan 2014   #1362
Diddlededum

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Not aware of any adware or other nasties.

I have on maybe three occasions had to restore an image I made, usually after installing other softwsare or updates that mucked up the PC. Twice I was successful, the third time I wasn't (interestingly I was experimenting with Macrium at the time and tried making both an image and a clone - the clone failed but the image, which I made the same day, succeeded in restoring).

Worth mentioning that in the restore menu, as well as restoring, you can also "verify" that an image has been made successfully (takes as long as making the original image, goodness only knows what the software is doing...) I have no idea if that "guarantees" that the image will restore in the event of a crash but it makes me feel better to do that. No idea why Macrium put it on the restore menu when checking it is best done straight after making the image (in the paid for image you can set Macrium to autoverify, in the free version you must do it manually).

When I right click the image file and open via Macrium I see all my folders and files just as though the image file was a giant zip file, so I guess if I had to restore to a new PC and found the drivers etc were too different to let me do that, at least my data files would still be accessible if I kept them on the C drive.
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23 Jan 2014   #1363
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
...Have you all always had success in restoring a Macrium full image of a drive?...
I have. I have Macrium Reflect set to automagically verify the image immediately after making it. It takes almost twice as long but I know for a fact afterward that the image is good and should restore successfully. Only once did an image not verify; I just reran it and the image came out perfectly afterward.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
...Does it have any processes/services that run in the background all the time or is it a run-when-needed kind of application?...
It runs only when you initiate it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
...Is there any adware or calling phone (since it's a freeware app)?...
No adware. It will "phone home" to check for updates but it will not transmit any personal data.
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23 Jan 2014   #1364
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I can't recall having an image fail with any of the imaging programs I have used. They all work fine.

Damage to an image file is very rare and almost always due to problems on the disk.

Quote:
...Does it have any processes/services that run in the background all the time
Yes. Macrium and Aomei have one service running for scheduling.

I don't use scheduling, so I just turn Aomei schedule service off. It doesn't mind that at all.

Some of the others have a lot more going on than that.
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23 Jan 2014   #1365
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
Thank you all for sharing the knowledge! I will try Macrium Reflect Free and leave Windows 7 imaging tool. Have you all always had success in restoring a Macrium full image of a drive? Also, let me ask you a few questions about the Macrium program itself. Does it have any processes/services that run in the background all the time or is it a run-when-needed kind of application? Is there any adware or calling phone (since it's a freeware app)? I guess if supports USB 3.0 speeds and I saw that it comes in 32 and 64-bit flavours (I have Win7 x64). The freeware version is a bit hidden on tha Macrium site but I have found it - though it only has a small DL installer.

Anyway, I'm going to go and try it, thank you very much for help, much appreciated!
You worry too much. Macrium is clean and reliable and after appr. 100 restores I have never seen a failure. And there is no bothering whatsoever. Just use it - you'll see.

Download from here under 'Free': Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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23 Jan 2014   #1366
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
...Yes. Macrium and Aomei have one service running for scheduling...
I just checked to be sure; Macrium Reflect doesn't have any services running on my machine. I'm not aware if Reflect has an option for scheduling.
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23 Jan 2014   #1367
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Perhaps there is something different about mine then .

I haven't used macrium since I found Aomei.

Coincidentally, I just installed macrium due to a question on another thread. It is in fact the image mounting service. One or two little services like that don't matter.

Iirc it was Acronis that had a whole bunch of stuff running last time I looked at it. Easeus is quite hefty, too.

Image your system with free Macrium-reflectservice.jpg


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23 Jan 2014   #1368
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Odd, I have ReflectService.exe running, and I have no auto scheduled back up set.
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23 Jan 2014   #1369
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Odd, I have ReflectService.exe running, and I have no auto scheduled back up set.
That is probably the check for updates. Look into the startups what it is.
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23 Jan 2014   #1370
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Odd, I have ReflectService.exe running, and I have no auto scheduled back up set.
That is probably the check for updates. Look into the startups what it is.
Doesn't Reflect check for updates only when you start it up?
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