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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

05 Dec 2009   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No need to experiment with your system and data. Go and image a "non vital" partition or drive on your XP system and then reload it. I always keep a "testing partition" around, just for that purpose. In the picture it is the "Extra Partition F: ".




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05 Dec 2009   #32
sunbeamtalbot

windows 7
 
 

Have just made an image, with the free version, to my internal HDD in a separate partition.

A few things:

I tried both medium and high compression and the difference for a 14Gb C drive was only about 300Mb - so hardly worth doing

I am currently, I think, making an image to an external DVD. However it does say via a popup that it should be a re writable cd/dvd. Mine is not and it still appears to be working - Would this be correct or does it in fact require a rewritable dvd?

My transfer speeds are slow compared to Drive Image, which I cannot use, approximately 150-180Mb/s compared to 900Mb/s for DI. Are these speeds normal and is there a way to speed it up

Thanks
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05 Dec 2009   #33
wilfj

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

there's a good idea.... never considered it. I'll give it a try after i rest from all these images.( We spent a wonderful vacation in the black forest and southern Germany. I should have the language my parents did....... As you know Florida is a second home for Canadians. )
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05 Dec 2009   #34
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sunbeamtalbot View Post
Have just made an image, with the free version, to my internal HDD in a separate partition.

A few things:

I tried both medium and high compression and the difference for a 14Gb C drive was only about 300Mb - so hardly worth doing

I am currently, I think, making an image to an external DVD. However it does say via a popup that it should be a re writable cd/dvd. Mine is not and it still appears to be working - Would this be correct or does it in fact require a rewritable dvd?

My transfer speeds are slow compared to Drive Image, which I cannot use, approximately 150-180Mb/s compared to 900Mb/s for DI. Are these speeds normal and is there a way to speed it up

Thanks

Sorry I cannot help you here. I never use CD/DVD to write anything. I have 6 external disks and an extra internal disk drive that I use for that. The idea having to a bunch of CD/DVDs around scares me - with my sense of order - LOL.
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05 Dec 2009   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilfj View Post
there's a good idea.... never considered it. I'll give it a try after i rest from all these images.( We spent a wonderful vacation in the black forest and southern Germany. I should have the language my parents did....... As you know Florida is a second home for Canadians. )

I am glad you had a good time in the Black Forest. I hope the weather was nice. You would not want to be there today - weather is dismal as I hear on the German webradio. Can't beat Florida this time of the year, although right now it's a little nippy too - in the 60's F.
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05 Dec 2009   #36
sunbeamtalbot

windows 7
 
 

Have just completed a DVD image on 2 disks but after changing to the 2nd disks it gets to 100% and says Saving Index but the DVD just continues to spin and there are only 2 options on the dialog box Hide and Cancel - How long does it take to Index and if I cancel is it all wasted? It has been in this state for about 10 minutes

Thanks
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06 Dec 2009   #37
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Sunbeam:

You are getting a real life lesson in why DVD backups are a pain and can be problematic. Unless you have an over-riding reason to back up to DVD, I would avoid it and stick with hard drives. You can buy a high quality drive for $50 that would certainly store a lot of images.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to put an image on the same hard drive as the source, even if it is on a different partition. If that drive fails, your image is not likely to be accessible. Use a second internal or an external.
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06 Dec 2009   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Sunbeam:

You are getting a real life lesson in why DVD backups are a pain and can be problematic. Unless you have an over-riding reason to back up to DVD, I would avoid it and stick with hard drives. You can buy a high quality drive for $50 that would certainly store a lot of images.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to put an image on the same hard drive as the source, even if it is on a different partition. If that drive fails, your image is not likely to be accessible. Use a second internal or an external.
Amen !!!
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06 Dec 2009   #39
wilfj

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

To bring this to a silent close, I've left the Building with my image on my External hard drive.
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14 Dec 2009   #40
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Thank you for the tutorial WHS, is there a particular procedure for purging an image manually?
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