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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

23 Feb 2015   #1841
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The WinPE is like an installed Macrium. You can do anything that can be done with the installed program. Write images, recover from images (full function), etc.
Wolfgang:
Okay, I tried the ISO you posted and all I got the first time is:

Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer. This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer. If you continue to receive this error message contact your hardware manufacturer.
Status: 0xc00000e9
Info: An unexplained I/O error has occurred


I tried a new blank CD-R and it loaded... the problem is that it specifies that the PE environment is 64-bit. I have 32-bit Win 7.

I tried making Rescue Media from within Macrium Reflect Free twice.
The first time, I downloaded PE files and added them. When booting from my freshly created disc, all I got was an error message saying that Windows could not access Boot Manager, and pressing Esc booted Windows normally.
The second time, Macrium Reflect hangs on "Please Wait". My disc burners just make clicking noises and don't burn anything to a CD-R disc.


I will stick to the Linux recovery disc which works just fine when I need it most. Trying to use an old non-aligned image is more bother than it's worth. I'm also suspecting faulty burners... they can't burn CD-RWs for crap. I've ruined more than I've burnt. Time to go burner shopping.


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23 Feb 2015   #1842
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, you need a 32bit .iso that I don't have for MBR. I do have a 32bit .iso for UEFI that I could send you. But that is for a Windows 8.1 system. It will, however, but in an MBR system also.
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23 Feb 2015   #1843
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

I have an older 32 bit install file of Macrium reflect if want it. The only issue is how to upload a 160MB file. It would be slow, I would have to do it overnight. v5.3.7220_reflect_setup_free_x86 this version also includes pe3x86.
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23 Feb 2015   #1844
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
I have an older 32 bit version if wanted. The only issue is how to upload a 160MB file. It would be slow, I would have to do it overnight. v5.3.7220_reflect_setup_free_x86 this version also includes pe3x86.
I would use OneDrive. 160MBs should upload in less than 1 hour - at least with my slowpoke line.
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24 Feb 2015   #1845
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Well, as they say, "when all else fails, read the instructions". Or in this case, Macrium's Help files.

The section on creating a Windows PE Environment states:
"Note: If you have problems creating a disk, [I surely did] you can try burning it using your preferred CD/DVD writing software. To use 3rd party burning software, save the image as an ISO image file. To create an ISO image file, select CD/DVD Burner, and select Create ISO image file from the list. Your preferred CD/DVD writing software should know what to do with the ISO image file."

D'oh!
I created a PE environment with the smallest (3.1, I believe) download, and instead of attempting to burn it with Macrium Reflect's built-in software, I created an ISO, which I then burnt to a CD-R with ImgBurn. I booted up with it, and presto.. success.

Here I am cursing my optical drives' seeming inability to use CD-RWs and CD-Rs and Macrium had a workaround all along. Yes, I'm embarrassed. Thanks for the guidance, Wolfgang, and thanks for the offer of the upload, Groze. Much appreciated.
Regards from Tom
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24 Feb 2015   #1846
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very good. Glad you are all set.
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24 Feb 2015   #1847
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Very good. Glad you are all set.
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11 Mar 2015   #1848
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
5.3.7277 is still the last V5 update.
Well, turns out we were wrong about this.

Turns out the folks at Macrium pushed out 5.3.7290 yesterday. I guess they continue to support their older product if it's crucial.

What a great company, which is why I had no problem paying them for the STANDARD non-free version 5 product, not to mention having no complaint paying them for version 6.
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11 Mar 2015   #1849
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

There is an update to v6 as well.
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11 Mar 2015   #1850
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
5.3.7277 is still the last V5 update.
Well, turns out we were wrong about this.

Turns out the folks at Macrium pushed out 5.3.7290 yesterday. I guess they continue to support their older product if it's crucial.

What a great company, which is why I had no problem paying them for the STANDARD non-free version 5 product, not to mention having no complaint paying them for version 6.
I was shocked and impressed when I fired up my v5 Pro yesterday to find a bug correcting update. I had thought those would have stopped once v6 was out.
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