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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

14 Aug 2011   #141
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigcitycat View Post
Okay I was able to get the cd to work after using advanced mode. I also watched the video so thank you for that.
That's good. So I assume you are OK now.


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14 Aug 2011   #142
bigcitycat

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

Yes, I'm just wondering about the process. If the operating system fails but the bootloader still works how does the back up apply? If the o/s fails and the bootloader does not work how does the backup apply? If I get a virus and want to restore from the backup then how does the backup apply? If the HD fails how does the backup apply. What partitions do I need to backup in order to recover? I'm sorry but I am not familiar with the process. I'm looking at this in terms of system recovery.
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14 Aug 2011   #143
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigcitycat View Post
Cool Thanks, but I just waited about 20 minutes on that rescue dvd. Not sure what I am going to do now.
Try burning the rescue CD in compatibility mode. One of the dialog boxes has a button called Advanced and if you click on that you can select comp. mode. Can't remember specifically where that dialog box appears in the burn process (sorry) but it's what I had to do to get my rescue CD to work.
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14 Aug 2011   #144
bigcitycat

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigcitycat View Post
Yes, I'm just wondering about the process. If the operating system fails but the bootloader still works how does the back up apply? If the o/s fails and the bootloader does not work how does the backup apply? If I get a virus and want to restore from the backup then how does the backup apply? If the HD fails how does the backup apply. What partitions do I need to backup in order to recover? I'm sorry but I am not familiar with the process. I'm looking at this in terms of system recovery.
Okay answering my own question this helped me to understand the process.

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14 Aug 2011   #145
kado897

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For a normal windows installation you just need to image System and C to recover windows.
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14 Aug 2011   #146
bigcitycat

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

Thanks
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14 Aug 2011   #147
kado897

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You are welcome bigcitycat.
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14 Aug 2011   #148
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As a very first image, I would image all partitions - for the case that the HDD breaks. From then on you only image C and (if available) the data partition.

When you have a system malfunction, you restore C only. When you have a virus, you restore C and the data partition. When your HDD breaks, you define new partitions on the new HDD. They must be equal or greater in size compared to the original partitions. Into those you restore the images. If you have a 100MB active partition, you mark that "active". Else you mark C as active.
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14 Aug 2011   #149
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
As a very first image, I would image all partitions - for the case that the HDD breaks. From then on you only image C and (if available) the data partition.

When you have a system malfunction, you restore C only. When you have a virus, you restore C and the data partition. When your HDD breaks, you define new partitions on the new HDD. They must be equal or greater in size compared to the original partitions. Into those you restore the images. If you have a 100MB active partition, you mark that "active". Else you mark C as active.
I would agree with that but you probably need to backup your data more frequently and probably windows backup with the image removed is your simplest option for that.
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14 Aug 2011   #150
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I would agree with that but you probably need to backup your data more frequently and probably windows backup with the image removed is your simplest option for that.
I think it is a matter on how you use your system. If you accumulate a lot of new data all the time, then that should be imaged frequently. But e.g. I do a lot of system work and hardly ever have any new data - thus I image the system partition more often than the data partition (because I screw up the system on a regular basis - LOL).

Seperating the data into a seperate data partition is useful for that scenario. Makes the images smaller and I can schedule them individually.
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