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  1. Posts : 13
    windows 7
       #21

    I have previously used Drive Image on my win2000/xp machines. What I have always done is put an image on the internal HDD, differet partition, and restored from there. This can usually be done in a few minutes after booting into caldera dos. But of course DI will not work with ntfs.I find this method extremely useful after modifying/trying out new programs/problems etc etc.

    Will Macrium allow me to restore my win 7 machine in the same way. Unfortunately my C drive is about 13Gb which I find, contrary to what a lot of peope think, much too big. I do not want to wait an hour or so to restore - my DI solution on my desktops, which have C drives <3Gb, mean't I was never down for more than 5-10 minutes max.
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  2. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
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       #22

    I alternate. Every second image goes to a partition on an internal HDD, then the next one to an external disk. The image I took this morning from my Win7 C: ( 13.2GB used) took 3.40 minutes. A restore from the external disk took 20 minutes (have not yet tried from the HDD). And that was without prior image verification. With verification, the time doubles.

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  3. Posts : 2,685
    Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
       #23

    I used Macrium on Vista, but now use 7's options. No point installing extra software when Windows does everything you need.
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  4. Posts : 13
    windows 7
       #24

    whs said:
    I alternate. Every second image goes to a partition on an internal HDD, then the next one to an external disk. The image I took this morning from my Win7 C: ( 13.2GB used) took 3.40 minutes. A restore from the external disk took 20 minutes (have not yet tried from the HDD). And that was without prior image verification. With verification, the time doubles.
    So I can restore from the internal HDD directly - If so does it do this by installing its own dos, like drive image when booting up ?

    How big would an approx 13Gb C drive compress to and can this be made into 1 bootable DVD ?

    Thanks
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  5. whs
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    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
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       #25

    You can restore from an internal HDD provided it is from a different partition, better even different physical drive. An image of a 13GB OS footprint is a little over 6GB (which would not fit on a DVD). But the recue CD fits on a cd or DVD. You should burn that first because else you cannot recover.
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  6. Posts : 170
    windows 7 home premium 64
       #26

    Making recovery disk with Macrium


    With all do respect, you sure brushed by the making of the the Recovery Disk.

    I just went through the process and they gave two options: Linux and BartPE.
    In Bart PE they mention XP which i was using to make an Image. I had no idea what BARTPE was all about, so I used the Linux option.

    After reading i have some idea about BART, the fellow said it took 2 days to make a BART disc. No thanks.

    Question : do you feel my image disks will work to recover my XP system ? I tested the Recovery disk and it asked for the vital data to proceed. Also the individual disks report the Macrium image in the proper order. i didn't go any further...
    Your help would be welcomed. thanks
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  7. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
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       #27

    Use the Linux version. It works. I recoverd several times already with it - just for testing.
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  8. Posts : 170
    windows 7 home premium 64
       #28

    Thanks very much.. did you test the linux ver. with XP? The reason I ask because in Bart they mention " if you are using XP" ... just a little confusing.
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  9. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
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       #29

    I tested with Win7 and Vista. Not XP (I have no XP), sorry. But why don't you test it if you have XP and report back.
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  10. Posts : 170
    windows 7 home premium 64
       #30

    valued suggestion, only problem i could lose my data . I'll wait till I have to do a reload of XP .

    I used it for my Win 7 computer so your info has been encouraging, thanks again.
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