Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

04 Sep 2011   #321
JDH1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

I found the comments I was referring to regarding Macrium vs. Paragon. Though they are in the thread "Acronis vs Paragon backup software", the posts are speaking about Macrium problems.

Acronis vs Paragon backup software.

There read post #33-36 or so.

Some of it has to do with restoring to a smaller partition, something previously discussed here. But the line which really caught my eye was this:

"But irrespective of mismatched HDD sizes, Macrium Free apparently doesn't get it right... doesn't actually write a bootable and activatable system partition [Windows 7] so you have an exact copy of your prior setup. Good for backing up miscellaneous files and such, but not bootable/activated etc."

While I'm very familiar with Ghost and Acronis T.I., I'm a total "newbie" to Macrium (and for that matter to Paragon and EaseUS). As such, I found the above quote very troubling. So if moving to a smaller drive isn't it, what the heck is being said there?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
04 Sep 2011   #322
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This quote is absolute bull. I have restored many systems (XP, Vista and Win7) from Macrium images and they all booted and worked properly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2011   #323
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Whs is absolutely correct.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

04 Sep 2011   #324
JDH1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
This quote is absolute bull. I have restored many systems (XP, Vista and Win7) from Macrium images and they all booted and worked properly.
Thanks, I'm glad to hear this.

That the guy insisted on activation problems after a Macrium restore semed very strange. I read on in that thread to see if anyone would call him on this specific statement, but no one really did (the thread died after a relatively short 5 pages, so there weren't that many posts).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2011   #325
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Which proves again that not everything that is posted on the web should be taken as gospel.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2011   #326
JDH1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Which proves again that not everything that is posted on the web should be taken as gospel.
Certainly. And if a post such as was quoted is misleading or plain wrong, it deserves to be questioned and, most importantly, corrected (especially for the benefit of those who silently read forums, but do not actively participate). Anyway, I'm glad that what Macrium can and can't do was set straight. Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2011   #327
stasioau

 

Thanks whs for your information how to use Macrium.
Please read my comments.
Use two new Hard Drive, both WD 500 GB each.
Create Rescue CD1 and CD2( in compatibility mode)
Create Imago of my all C: hard disc.
Verify Image, it is OK
In BIOS check booting procedure (DVD, hard drive)
In Restore process in place where partitions should be add, Ctrl button does not work to check two places.
Start to run without partitions check, get "Bootmgr is missing:
Repeat for CD1 and CD2 with same negative results.
Will appreciate comments of all above.
Best regards
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2011   #328
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stasioau View Post
Thanks whs for your information how to use Macrium.
Please read my comments.
Use two new Hard Drive, both WD 500 GB each.
Create Rescue CD1 and CD2( in compatibility mode)
Create Imago of my all C: hard disc.
Verify Image, it is OK
In BIOS check booting procedure (DVD, hard drive)
In Restore process in place where partitions should be add, Ctrl button does not work to check two places.
Start to run without partitions check, get "Bootmgr is missing:
Repeat for CD1 and CD2 with same negative results.
Will appreciate comments of all above.
Best regards
You may have forgotten the 100MB active partition. If you have that (not everybody has that), you have to image and restore that one too.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2011   #329
stasioau

 

whs, thanks so much.
Yes I have this 100 MB partitions in all HD what I am using. Every partition has his own letter. All 100 MB partitions are in NTFS, but one is in FAT. Do I have change this one to NTFS?
Now have next question
1.How do I image this 100 MB partition? it is a part of specific disk where only two partition are.
2. What is a reason for this 100 MB partition?
With my best regards
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2011   #330
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am not sure what this NTFS/FAT problem is. It should be in NTFS. But if you reformat it, you loose the content. So I am not certain what to advise. A full picture of your Disk Management would help.

ad 1) You image the 100MB partition as any other partition. With Macrium you have to restore that partition seperately and mark it as "active". Windows imaging does it automatically and also restores it automatically. With Macrium you will have to predefine the 2 partitions before you can dump the images into them. Make sure they are the same size (C: can be larger).

ad 2) The 100MB partition contains your bootmgr. It is also used for some other functions (e.g. Bilocker in Ultimate). If you do not have that partition, your system will not boot - as you have experienced.

Just a hint in case you get stuck. For $20 this excellent program will do the migration for you with 2 clicks. It was originally designed for SSD migration but works just as well for HDDs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Image your system with free Macrium




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay
I am using the free version. I have visited the site and read what the pay version does. As far as I can tell the incremental backups is really the only thing that seems worthwhile. I was just curious if anyone has tried the pay version and found a feature that made it worth paying for. Thanks,
Backup and Restore
Macrium Reflect Free, AHCI, IDE system backup & restore
Hi, I have just upgraded my system and am now using a single Windows 7 install on a Samsung SSD hard drive. This was installed and running under AHCI rather than IDE which I was previously used to. This is for the performance benefits of Sata/SSD from what I can understand. I know that I...
Backup and Restore
Macrium Reflect Free ...I'm in :-)
Sorry, it's me again! I started my Macrium imaging experience today with the Tecra R840 laptop (Win7 Pro 64-bit). 1- After installation, I created the Rescue disc with sucess :) (I already had the 1.7 GB WAIK stored in one of my USB 3.0 external hdd, so it was done in a breeze. But...I...
Backup and Restore
Tie In Between Macrium Boot Disk And System Image
I have a Macrium boot disc (CD) and an Image (External HD). Is the Boot disc only for this particular image ? Same question with Windows 7 Repair Disc I made long ago. Is it tied to one particular system image ?
Backup and Restore
Macrium free 5 couldn't create image
Hi guys, I recently built a pc and all is well. Clean install of w7 HP 64. For the first couple of days I was in and out of the system as the default admin (user you are asked to create during w7 install). It wad during this time I installed macrium reflect free 5. I images the system after...
Backup and Restore
Macrium free backup won't end
Every time I do a system backup it progresses fine until both progress bars get to Overall Progress 99% and Time remaining 01 second. It continues to run as long as I allow it. Finally after a half hour I click cancel, but it still continues to run so I have to do a hard shut down to end it. This...
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:32.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App