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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

15 Sep 2011   #361
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hello alan10

Your theory is correct validation should be done when an Image is created.I'm talking about the restore though.I have checked the integrity of the image and its fine.Can you imagine if I had validated before or after the restore how long I would have been waiting lol. I did some testing overnight with Paragon, Macrium and Windows native backup feature and have come to the conclusion that - I don't know what happened.
Paragon and windows images of the same drive restore in 25-30 mins but are considerably larger in size so it may be a compression issue with my system. Can,t explain it.
I'm not putting the finger on Macrium, there are many happy users here, and thats one of the reasons I tried it in the first place but at this point its not usable for me 2 1/2 hours to restore would drive me crazy.

Danny


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15 Sep 2011   #362
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

I have 16 GB used space in C:\
7 GB is pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys which are excluded from the Macrium image backup.
With default settings Macrium compresses the 9 GB of information into a 6 GB image file.
It is comparable to how Acronis worked.

If your backup file is less than 50% the size of the used space perhaps something vital got omitted. Windows VSS errors can give grief.

When you have created a backup you can mount it for exploration as a duplicate to C:\ but with a different drive letter.
I recommend free-ware BestSync to compare the real and virtual partitions.
I use the 64 bit portable version which is item 6 down at
Download BestSync

Alan
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16 Sep 2011   #363
iamc3k

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I found out why Macrium v4.2 couldn't see my backup hard-drive. I wrote the following last week.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iamc3k View Post
whs,

Based, partly, on your writeups and other reports, I'm trying out Macrium v4.2 before I spend money on v5.0. It's not working. My computer has 3 hard-drives. Each hard-drive is a single partition. I only have one OS, W7/64, installed. (No multi-boot options or anything complicated.) My drives are C, for everything; D, which is a backup of C; and E, which has some old data I'm not using or backing up. I have AHCI enabled in BIOS and all 3 drives are formatted using NTFS.

I imaged C and saved it on D. I created the linux boot CD and rebooted. The Macrium restore which opened up at the reboot did NOT see any hard-drive other than C. Since my image is on D, the restore environment fails. (Yes, I tried another boot CD using the "compatibility" option. No good. It, too, only saw one hard drive.)

How can I get Macrium to find my other hard-drives when I boot off the linux boot CD?

(My goal is far loftier than just solving this issue. I have 4 machines networked at home. I would like to store the image from computer 1 on a dedicated hard-drive on, say, computer 2. That will be something I try to tackle AFTER I get Macrium working on a simple computer with 2 hard-drives.)

Thanks,
Ken

The part in bold, that all 3 are formatted in NTFS is wrong. The two that are invisible to Macrium's rescueCD are both formatted in GPT. Macrium's release notes state that v4.2 (free) does NOT support GPT disks. They claim that v5.0 (purchased) does.

I'll wipe my backup, reformat as NTFS, take another image and then see if I can restore my machine. (I'll pull my C drive and toss in a spare of the same capacity.)

Thanks,
Ken
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16 Sep 2011   #364
essenbe

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

If that dosen't work try to use hiren's boot CD. Load the mini XP mode and it has a Macrium rescue in it. That is what I have to use. For some reason the Macrium rescue CD freezes my computer when I boot from it. But it works perfect with Hiren's. I know that has nothing to do with GPT partitions, but it is another option for you.
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16 Sep 2011   #365
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try the macrium v5 trial version.

If you can be bothered to download WAIK - it will run off a winpe3 recovery disc for you ( that is not a trial and works forever. It is also backward compatible with v4 images ).

If you can't be bothered to d/l WAIK - then if you are on 64 bit win 7 - you can use my little app. to make it for you - without WAIK.

64 BIT HERE

If you are on win 7 32 bit 32 bit here
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17 Sep 2011   #366
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

I just started using Macrium and I thought that I share the way that I make the linux version of the rescue cd
instead of saveing the the rescue cd I save to a iso and then use either linux live cd or unetbootin to copy it to a usb drive . then boot the computer with the usb drive
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17 Sep 2011   #367
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I think you will find the .iso is already in the Macrium\Reflect folder.
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22 Sep 2011   #368
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Hello guys need a little help

I've been playing today with win 8 and made a mess of things. I made an image of my C partition this morning before joining the fun. It's an 80 gig partition with 28 gig used. Macrium free imaged this in 11 minutes to my Usb external HDD.
I booted the Usb stick with the Macrium recovery software, choose the Image on my external, choose the partition to replace of off it went.
But it didn't did it. It has just taken 2 hours 28 mins to complete the restore with no integrity check before or after.
Surely this can't be right. Windows Imaging feature does it in about 20 minutes on my system.
I am now up and running as I was before but will be removing Macrium unless I can find a reason for the hours it took to restore.
Any help gratefully received.

Danny
Not sure about that. I have restored a Macrium image of my C drive. It took longer than the backup but nowhere near that long.
FYI. I have just had to re-image my Windows drive (53GB) today with Macrium from a backup on a USB attached drive. It took 46mins which is not much longer than the backup.
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22 Sep 2011   #369
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Hello guys need a little help

I've been playing today with win 8 and made a mess of things. I made an image of my C partition this morning before joining the fun. It's an 80 gig partition with 28 gig used. Macrium free imaged this in 11 minutes to my Usb external HDD.
I booted the Usb stick with the Macrium recovery software, choose the Image on my external, choose the partition to replace of off it went.
But it didn't did it. It has just taken 2 hours 28 mins to complete the restore with no integrity check before or after.
Surely this can't be right. Windows Imaging feature does it in about 20 minutes on my system.
I am now up and running as I was before but will be removing Macrium unless I can find a reason for the hours it took to restore.
Any help gratefully received.

Danny
Not sure about that. I have restored a Macrium image of my C drive. It took longer than the backup but nowhere near that long.
FYI. I have just had to re-image my Windows drive (53GB) today with Macrium from a backup on a USB attached drive. It took 46mins which is not much longer than the backup.
Thanks for the info Kado897

I've temporally gone back to windows imaging until I get a chance to look at Macrium again
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22 Sep 2011   #370
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@xxxdannyxxx
Your problem is strange. Like I said earlier I find Macrium restores can take a lot longer than Windows depending on your partition size but it doesn't explain your problem really.

Can you check your external HDD out again? The HDTune screenshot looked a little odd to me. Can you try CrystalDiskMark and Crystal DiskInfo.
Also, can you get your hands on another external HDD to try?
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