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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

30 Jan 2014   #1471
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Wait, doesn't verifying the image mean just to run a verification of the image? Do I have to restore the image to a HDD in order to make a verification of the image? I hope not, I don't want to do that.


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30 Jan 2014   #1472
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
Wait, doesn't verifying the image mean just to run a verification of the image? Do I have to restore the image to a HDD in order to make a verification of the image? I hope not, I don't want to do that.
No, you don't need to restore to a HDD That's just how I like to do it, to test the complete procedure. I like to see the image restored and verified by booting it on my spare HDD. I don't do that for all of my images due to time constraints. I'm using cloning for my plug-and-play recovery method and imaging for storing a few full-disk images as a double layer of protection.
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30 Jan 2014   #1473
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

you can verify when the image is created or when restored, or both.
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30 Jan 2014   #1474
Bellzemos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

All I would like to do is make an image of my whole HDD (C, D and the "hidden" partition) and then test it (verify it), that's it. No restoring. If that's possible with Macrium Reflect Free I am happy.
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30 Jan 2014   #1475
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
All I would like to do is make an image of my whole HDD (C, D and the "hidden" partition) and then test it (verify it), that's it. No restoring. If that's possible with Macrium Reflect Free I am happy.
If you aren't going to restore, what would be the point?
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30 Jan 2014   #1476
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Verify is Macrium checking the image for veracity and completeness. The only way to see if an image works is to restore it to some drive.

Well I think you could boot an image in a Virtual Machine (VM), but I don't know how to do that.
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30 Jan 2014   #1477
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
Wait, doesn't verifying the image mean just to run a verification of the image? Do I have to restore the image to a HDD in order to make a verification of the image? I hope not, I don't want to do that.
There is nothing wrong with verifying the image as a first but not complete check. You can also (double click) mount the image and have a look then unmount (right click mounted drive). If you can explore the mounted image then this is a second check.
The ultimate test of course is to restore the image. The safest way is to do this is to a new or spare HDD. This way you also have confidence that if your HDD dies, recovery is guaranteed.
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30 Jan 2014   #1478
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Ok, I have the Pro version so I can't check myself but can one click on the Other Tasks tab at the top of the screen in the free version, click on Edit Defaults, and get this screen?

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30 Jan 2014   #1479
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think verify checks the hash total. What else could it be doing.
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30 Jan 2014   #1480
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I think verify checks the hash total. What else could it be doing.
I'm thinking mounting the image and comparing to the original. Verification takes too long to just be checking hash totals. It takes almost as long to verify the image as it does to make it.

Back to the question in my previous post...
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