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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

09 Nov 2014   #1721
PCrazy123

Win7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you have backed up the System reserved partition along with C you can restore both. I have done it many times.
Thanks for helping.

It was only restoring C and not the System Reserved when only the partitions were created. Only when I reinstalled Windows on those partitions and then restored backup was it able to boot with the restored Windows.


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09 Nov 2014   #1722
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

You need to include the System reserved when you make the backup then it will be automatically restored along with C when you select Restore Image.
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09 Nov 2014   #1723
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PCrazy123 View Post
Next time should I create a seperate image of the System Reserved partition?

Is it possible to restore the Macrium backup without installing Windows first?
Yes you should select both the System reserved and operating system partition when making an image. This makes it more straightforward than storing a separate system reserved partition image.

Macrium system image restore should not require reinstalling Windows first. With a number of system images you probably never need to perform a reinstall ("clean install") of Windows ever again.

You may also want to consider upgrading to the latest v5 of Macrium. A Macrium rescue pe ISO is provided in the tutorial
Imaging with free Macrium
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09 Nov 2014   #1724
PCrazy123

Win7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

When I first was able to successfully restore the backup, there was a black screen with mouse pointer for almost 10 minutes and then desktop appeared. It was hanging very badly so I restarted PC and it was ok after that. I used it for more than 15 hours and made backups of all remaining data on the HDD and there were no more delays\BSODs\hangs.

I tried another restore and after it restarted it got stuck after the Starting Windows screen and gave this BSOD error:

0X000000F4 (0x00000003 , 0x871C94A8 , 0x871C9614 , 0x82C29EA0)

then I restarted PC and it has not given another BSOD since.

Both times when I reinstalled Windows before restoring image there were no BSODs or black screens.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You need to include the System reserved when you make the backup then it will be automatically restored along with C when you select Restore Image.
Thanks for helping.

Yes it was checked and on the Summary page before starting the restore process 'Restore MBR = Y' was shown.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PCrazy123 View Post
Next time should I create a seperate image of the System Reserved partition?

Is it possible to restore the Macrium backup without installing Windows first?
Yes you should select both the System reserved and operating system partition when making an image. This makes it more straightforward than storing a separate system reserved partition image.

Macrium system image restore should not require reinstalling Windows first. With a number of system images you probably never need to perform a reinstall ("clean install") of Windows ever again.

You may also want to consider upgrading to the latest v5 of Macrium. A Macrium rescue pe ISO is provided in the tutorial
Imaging with free Macrium
Thanks for helping.

I selected both the System reserved and C partition when I made the image. I am using the DVD made from the iso link given in this tutorial for restoring.

Which version of v5 is the best? Or is the latest version ok to use?
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09 Nov 2014   #1725
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

For me I use the latest (free version) V5 build. I get an automatic update notification on opening Macrium when one is available and run the patch. They tell you what the fixes are in the update notification.
V4 was good but one of the advantages of V5 is the ability to perform a system image restore of the OS partition to a smaller sized partition. This can be useful when going from an HDD to a smaller SSD.

I can't help with the BSOD description you report. It's not normal behavior and maybe someone else can help here.
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10 Nov 2014   #1726
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

The first boot after a restore may take a little bit longer as it has to create the page and hybernation files which are excluded from the image. This should bot be as long as you said though.
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13 Nov 2014   #1727
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:

On my first try I only deleted the System Reserved
If you do not image and restore the system reserved partition, then you have no bootmgr (unless you transferred that to the C partition). So it is normal that the system would not boot in such a setup.

There are some special cases - e.g. Dell - that keep the bootmgr on the recovery partition. So you have to watch out for those. Best is to always first check which partition is the active partition. That's the one containing the bootmgr.
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14 Nov 2014   #1728
PCrazy123

Win7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
For me I use the latest (free version) V5 build. I get an automatic update notification on opening Macrium when one is available and run the patch. They tell you what the fixes are in the update notification.
V4 was good but one of the advantages of V5 is the ability to perform a system image restore of the OS partition to a smaller sized partition. This can be useful when going from an HDD to a smaller SSD.

I can't help with the BSOD description you report. It's not normal behavior and maybe someone else can help here.
Thanks for helping.

I will have to get a new HDD as this one is failing. The OS image was from a 60GB (13GB used) partition on a 320GB SATA HDD so when I have to restore the partition using the WinPE recovery DVD to the new 500GB SATA HDD that partition would also need to be 60GB?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The first boot after a restore may take a little bit longer as it has to create the page and hybernation files which are excluded from the image. This should bot be as long as you said though.
Thanks for helping.

The long first boot times and BSODs were due to the faulty HDD. Hopefully it will be ok when I restore to new HDD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:

On my first try I only deleted the System Reserved
If you do not image and restore the system reserved partition, then you have no bootmgr (unless you transferred that to the C partition). So it is normal that the system would not boot in such a setup.

There are some special cases - e.g. Dell - that keep the bootmgr on the recovery partition. So you have to watch out for those. Best is to always first check which partition is the active partition. That's the one containing the bootmgr.
Thanks for helping.

What is the best way to restore to a new HDD? Do any partitions need to be created on it before the restore? Or will the partitions be automatically created during the process?

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Thanks to everyone for helping.

I'm sorry for asking so many questions again and again. Should I create a seperate thread for further questions?
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14 Nov 2014   #1729
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Macrium allows you to resize the partitions on restore. It is in the partition properties link on the first restore dialog...


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17 Nov 2014   #1730
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

this is a great app, usually I dont like simplicity, but I guess in this case its allowed them to making sure its a clean process and not hard to use, see my post here.

Cloned install boot issues

Since I want to use this for incremental backups and file backups I will be buying it.
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