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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

20 Nov 2014   #1761
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Forgot to mention the other part of your question, "Repair" media. It's often used to refer to a Windows System Repair disc (or USB stick). It's a handy media to have on hand. I'd recommend creating one for your Win 7 PC. You can repair Windows boot issues on the HDD from the CMD console and repair other Windows OS issues.

To create a Windows System Repair DVD, here's one way:

From the Start Menu, enter this in the "search" field: recdisc

You'll see the recdisc icon at the top of your search results. Click on that icon and the "create media" dialog will guide you through the procedure.


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21 Nov 2014   #1762
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

If you chose the option shown below Macrium will backup the partitions needed to recover your system...


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21 Nov 2014   #1763
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Thanks scoop.
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01 Dec 2014   #1764
malvoglio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

On the Macrium web site, Reflect is offered for download as a 30-day trial.

Will it stop working after 30 days?
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01 Dec 2014   #1765
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malvoglio View Post
On the Macrium web site, Reflect is offered for download as a 30-day trial.

Will it stop working after 30 days?
Sorry, malvoglio, I'm not the one who can answer that.
Someone who does know will chime in, I'm sure.
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01 Dec 2014   #1766
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I can't say as I;ve never tried it, but I suspect it will as most trial software does. However the free version (Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download) will do most anything most of us need. Just watch out for the add ons. Uncheck them and they will not install. It's C-Net
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01 Dec 2014   #1767
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is also a link for a free Macrium.

Download Macrium Reflect 5.3.7220 - FileHippo.com
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01 Dec 2014   #1768
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malvoglio View Post
On the Macrium web site, Reflect is offered for download as a 30-day trial.

Will it stop working after 30 days?
You have to look for "Macrium Reflect FREE Edition".

Check out these posts by essenbe and whs:
Image your system with free Macrium
Image your system with free Macrium
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02 Dec 2014   #1769
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Malvoglio:

Here's a download link for the Free version at Macrium.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

You can scroll down at that link to see a chart comparing the various versions.

Most here use just the Free version.

The features you may want from a non-Free version would include:

1: Incremental and differential backups. But most here don't use them and think they are a complication that can easily be avoided by just making periodic full images.

2: File and folder backup. Most here use other programs for this task, although as far as I know Macrium Standard does a good job of this

3: Support from Macrium. I haven't needed it and get all the help I've needed from this forum. You can of course read Macrium's own forums with the Free edition, you just can't request support.

The Free version has an easily understood interface. Here are the main things you'd have to be concerned with:

1: Make the rescue disk and make sure it will in fact boot your PC. Use the "WinPE" method to make the disc, rather than the Linux choice. It's done within the Macrium interface.

2: Make an image file of the correct partitions. That would be C as well as any partition containing boot files. Either separately or all in a single image file. Store the image files on some unrelated disc and make new images periodically.

3: After I had a rescue disk and had made an image file, I'd pretend I needed to restore and walk a few steps into the restoration process so I knew I fully understood the process. You could even make and restore a small test partition that did not contain an OS in order to develop some confidence in the procedure.

4: I'd be sure to back up the image files just as I would any other valuable data.
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02 Dec 2014   #1770
malvoglio

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks ignatz.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
2: Make an image file of the correct partitions. That would be C as well as any partition containing boot files. Either separately or all in a single image file. Store the image files on some unrelated disc and make new images periodically.
What about my D: partition (HP_RECOVERY), does it contain boot files? I guess it is wise to include this partition in the image if possible, just in case?

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4: I'd be sure to back up the image files just as I would any other valuable data.
That's why I was asking about a way to keep more than one image on the external hard disk. Or do you mean that a copy of the image should be stored somewhere else entirely, such as in the cloud? (But does Dropbox allow you to upload a 65 GB file?)

Thinking of taking the following tack:
  1. Weekly full image backups, possibly alternating between Windows Backup and the soon-to-be-installed Macrium Reflect Free
  2. Daily backup of work product (data files) using SyncBack Free
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