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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

19 Nov 2014   #1741
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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I also just keep full images. My problem is I probably keep too many of them. It's a bit like the junk that clutters up your house because "You may need it one day".
You can never have too many. I just was able to fix a problem on one of my laptops with an image from early 2013 - anything younger would not do.
I keep the original images I made when I first set up my computer for such situations which, fortunately, I have yet to encounter (knock on wood). Otherwise, I would have filled up a bit more than 2TB HDD by now.


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19 Nov 2014   #1742
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
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I keep the original images I made when I first set up my computer for such situations which, fortunately, I have yet to encounter (knock on wood). Otherwise, I would have filled up a bit more than 2TB HDD by now.
I always create an initial install image (OS, Updates and Macrium).
Then I install an AV and other programs and then I create another image.

The other day I had to uninstall Avast (so that I could use an installer to do a clean install, since the in-place upgrade seemed to be corrupted).

Whilst my PC had no AV I took the opportunity to create an image, so that if I decide to replace Avast, I can use that image and install a different AV.
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19 Nov 2014   #1743
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

well my images will soon get bigger. As now I will be keeping games on my new C: drive. I dont want multiple backups of the games, and games are getting big now days, e.g. FF13 is 60 gig alone. I will definitely think about differential tho.
I think what seems most likely is every time I install a new big game, I do a new full backup and wipe the older full backup but otherwise do differential's in between which then should be small files.
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20 Nov 2014   #1744
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Between here and Tom's Hardware, I've been a big sponge lately; just asking constant questions and sopping up the knowledge. Both places have been very patient with me and I thank you for that.

So...
Is there any way to tell how big an image will be before creating it?
Edited to add a second question:
Can the image be put on a drive with other files?
In other words can I put on my external HD with regular files and videos on it?
Thanks.
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20 Nov 2014   #1745
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Don't know and can't check ATM but I think my images are about 70% of the total used space of all drives/partitions I select.

From a previously asked question at Macrium support:
It depends on the type of data on your disk, MP3's and video files don't compress much, if at all. Generally the image file size will be around 60-65% of the size of the used space on the partition.
Macrium Support Forum - I need a compression estimate

Additional info:
Advanced Settings - Compression

Question 2: Yes. The image will be one single (large) file.
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20 Nov 2014   #1746
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawgwash View Post
Between here and Tom's Hardware, I've been a big sponge lately; just asking constant questions and sopping up the knowledge. Both places have been very patient with me and I thank you for that.

So...
Is there any way to tell how big an image will be before creating it?
Edited to add a second question:
Can the image be put on a drive with other files?
In other words can I put on my external HD with regular files and videos on it?
Thanks.
My Macrium images are about 40 to 45 percent of the size of the occupied space on the partition in question. That's using default settings---medium compression. I've never tried another setting.

An image file is just a file like any other. You can store it anywhere EXCEPT on the partition that it represents. Although you could store it on a separate partition on the same drive, it's a better practice to store it on a completely different drive.

I put mine in an "images" folder, but you don't even have to do that. You just have to be able to find it when you need it.
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20 Nov 2014   #1747
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawgwash View Post
Between here and Tom's Hardware, I've been a big sponge lately; just asking constant questions and sopping up the knowledge. Both places have been very patient with me and I thank you for that.

So...
Is there any way to tell how big an image will be before creating it?
Edited to add a second question:
Can the image be put on a drive with other files?
In other words can I put on my external HD with regular files and videos on it?
Thanks.
The size of an image of an OS partition (C partition) will be appr. 60% of the size of the data in that partition. The size of the total partition is not relevant.

Yes you can put the image on an external disk together with other files. I suggest you make a seperate folder e.g. called IMAGES and navigate to that folder in Macrium when you setup the image. Without the folder the image will get to the root of the disk and that may be a bit messy. Macrium images looke like this in the root of the disk or in the folder:


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20 Nov 2014   #1748
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Time out...
I can't keep up to you guys.
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20 Nov 2014   #1749
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Ok, caught my breath.
So, since there is no personal data on C,or anywhere for that matter, the 20GB of ďused spaceĒ will be just the OS?
Iíve installed W7 and there is a hidden OEMpartition with a couple GB of, Iím guessing, old XP stuff. Will that be in theimage as well?

I guess where Iím headed here is, I want totry deleting the OEM leftovers but think maybe I should do an image first?
Makesense?

Playball..
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20 Nov 2014   #1750
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

You can choose exactly what you want to include in the image:
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