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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

20 Jan 2019   #2031
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post
I don't recall ever assigning a number or letter. Have I been dong something wrong, and just lucky that it's worked?
When you connect a random disk to the machine, whether it be internal or external, providing that disk has already been allocated, Windows will assign it either the drive letter that it has already been assigned, or the next available unused letter; this is fine if you don't later need a path to be remembered.

If you want to assign a particular drive letter to that disk that will remain with it no matter how many times you disconnect and reconnect, in Disk Management, click on (select) the partition you desire to assign the letter to; right-click and choose "Change drive letter and path"; click "change"; choose your drive lettter from the flyout menu; you should then see that drive letter in the partition label.

While you are at it, right-click again and choose "Properties"; the name associated with that drive will be in an editable space; replace that name with one that makes sense to you, such as Mike's Pictures or Mike's Music, etc.

If I have missed a step or anything, someone please correct me, as I don't want to mislead anyone.

Let me add this: a disk can contain several partitions and each of these partitions is considered a Drive with it's own drive letter; if a disk only has a single partition, it will only have the single drive letter.
If a disk has multiple partitions/drives, you can change any single one of the drive letters and it not have any effect on the others.

Also, if you connect a disk with assigned letter(s) and those letters are already in use, the next available letter(s) will temporarily be assigned.


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27 Jan 2019   #2032
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post
When you connect a random disk to the machine, whether it be internal or external, providing that disk has already been allocated, Windows will assign it either the drive letter that it has already been assigned, or the next available unused letter; this is fine if you don't later need a path to be remembered.

If you want to assign a particular drive letter to that disk that will remain with it no matter how many times you disconnect and reconnect, in Disk Management, click on (select) the partition you desire to assign the letter to; right-click and choose "Change drive letter and path"; click "change"; choose your drive lettter from the flyout menu; you should then see that drive letter in the partition label.

While you are at it, right-click again and choose "Properties"; the name associated with that drive will be in an editable space; replace that name with one that makes sense to you, such as Mike's Pictures or Mike's Music, etc.

If I have missed a step or anything, someone please correct me, as I don't want to mislead anyone.

Let me add this: a disk can contain several partitions and each of these partitions is considered a Drive with it's own drive letter; if a disk only has a single partition, it will only have the single drive letter.
If a disk has multiple partitions/drives, you can change any single one of the drive letters and it not have any effect on the others.

Also, if you connect a disk with assigned letter(s) and those letters are already in use, the next available letter(s) will temporarily be assigned.

It appears that using an external USB drive might be confusing when working with images because the drive might get a different drive letter assigned every time you connect it, depending on if other USB drives have been connected & in what order.

As mentioned in posting 2004, "The only advantage leaving them in their original location has is that Macrium keeps a record of where they are and pre-loads a list for you to pick from".

I already have a USB EHD drive with some Windows 7 images on it. And I just got a drive enclosure for my internal HDD which will let me connect it via USB.

Is it advisable to assign a drive letter to each USB drive? What about my old USB EHD that already has Windows 7 images an it, or is it best to leave that one alone?
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27 Jan 2019   #2033
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Mike, if you want to keep the drive letters the same, use Disk Management and change the drive letters to something like W, X, or Y. You will most likely never use enough USB devices to get up to those letters. I use 3 external drives for images and Windows has never changed the drive letters.

As a practical matter, I don't believe it really matters to Macrium. If you have to restore an image from a recovery USB, DVD or a partition, it asks you to find an image to restore. You search for the image you want to restore and select it. Then restore it. I copy images back and forth between drives and have never had a restore fail.

IMO, keeping the drive letters the same is mostly a convenience to you. I really don't believe it makes much difference to Macrium, as long as you know where the image you want to restore is located. That has been my experience.
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27 Jan 2019   #2034
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Mike, if you want to keep the drive letters the same, use Disk Management and change the drive letters to something like W, X, or Y. You will most likely never use enough USB devices to get up to those letters. I use 3 external drives for images and Windows has never changed the drive letters.

As a practical matter, I don't believe it really matters to Macrium. If you have to restore an image from a recovery USB, DVD or a partition, it asks you to find an image to restore. You search for the image you want to restore and select it. Then restore it. I copy images back and forth between drives and have never had a restore fail.

IMO, keeping the drive letters the same is mostly a convenience to you. I really don't believe it makes much difference to Macrium, as long as you know where the image you want to restore is located. That has been my experience.
The only time it really matters is for saved backup definitions as they use the drive letter of the destination drive rather than the diskid.
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27 Jan 2019   #2035
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
...change the drive letters to something like W, X, or Y...
Excellent advice except avoid using drive letter X. It's sometimes used by some hardware and software, mostly legacy, for temporary use and just might cause a problem (granted, it's a longshot but why take chances?).
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