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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

30 Jun 2012   #581
bruce73

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

That's true, I hadn't thought of that. I did run a program that examines the minidump files and even though logging was enabled there was no evidence of the crash. So I don't know what the hell happened. Let's hope it was just one of those Windows "things."

Yeah, I'm pretty anal about making images, once or twice a week to two different external drives. I learned the hard way a few years ago.


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01 Jul 2012   #582
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bruce73 View Post
Good idea, I'll do that. Although, to amend just a bit, I ended up restoring an image from a couple of weeks back as I was having others problems (unexplained 100% CPU usage). I also eliminated some files and defragged the problem disc and ran Macrium again (the previous version). This time it worked. Lots of variables here, I know, but the solid part is that it was the first restore I've done with Macrium and it performed perfectly.
An option with the Macrium Boot Rescue is that you do NOT have to instantly RESTORE the system to a previous state,
BEFORE the restore you can make an image backup.

That would have allowed you, if you wished, to resurrect your BSOD.

After imaging Trashed C:\ I have restored C:\ to the last good state.
I have then been able to mount the backup of trashed C:\ as virtual P:\,
and then use BestSync to compare C:\ with P:\ and locate all my final document revisions and installations that were not safely backed up.
The final documents I could copy, and the installations reminded me of what had seemed a good idea at the time.
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01 Jul 2012   #583
bruce73

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Good to know, Alan. Thanks for the tip.
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01 Jul 2012   #584
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bruce73 View Post
Good idea, I'll do that. Although, to amend just a bit, I ended up restoring an image from a couple of weeks back as I was having others problems (unexplained 100% CPU usage). I also eliminated some files and defragged the problem disc and ran Macrium again (the previous version). This time it worked. Lots of variables here, I know, but the solid part is that it was the first restore I've done with Macrium and it performed perfectly.
An option with the Macrium Boot Rescue is that you do NOT have to instantly RESTORE the system to a previous state,
BEFORE the restore you can make an image backup.

That would have allowed you, if you wished, to resurrect your BSOD.

After imaging Trashed C:\ I have restored C:\ to the last good state.
I have then been able to mount the backup of trashed C:\ as virtual P:\,
and then use BestSync to compare C:\ with P:\ and locate all my final document revisions and installations that were not safely backed up.
The final documents I could copy, and the installations reminded me of what had seemed a good idea at the time.
Nice tip. You can only do it with the WinPE Macrium rescue disk though.
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01 Jul 2012   #585
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Nice tip. You can only do it with the WinPE Macrium rescue disk though.
I trust your opinion
I have steered clear of using the Linux disk where possible.

Before I used Macrium I used Acronis, which I found far far less user friendly.
I also found that the Acronis Rescue Disc was almost unusable for restoring a backup file saved on an NTFS partition,
Restoration was 2 or 3 times faster if I had saved the backup file on FAT32.
I rather suspect the Linux drivers were optimised for Linux preferred file systems and could not stomach Microsoft NTFS
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01 Jul 2012   #586
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Nice tip. You can only do it with the WinPE Macrium rescue disk though.
I trust your opinion
I have steered clear of using the Linux disk where possible.
I think the Linux disk is a bit faster than the WinPE with Macrium on NTFS but there are many other reasons to use the WinPE version.
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01 Jul 2012   #587
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I like to remind everybody that I have uploaded a WinPE .iso. If you download it and burn it to CD, you save a few hours of WAIK download. FileSwap.com : Macrium 5.0 WinPE.zip download free
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01 Jul 2012   #588
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I like to remind everybody that I have uploaded a WinPE .iso. If you download it and burn it to CD, you save a few hours of WAIK download. FileSwap.com : Macrium 5.0 WinPE.zip download free
Thanks, I was not aware of this.
Question, do I need to sign up for a free account and accept a very long Terms of Service ?
So far with out signing,
the download button gives me a 19 byte file, which is pretty small even for a ZIP
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01 Jul 2012   #589
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. No idea about the sign up procedure since am always signed up.
2. The filesize is 154MB. But there is indeed a problem with the download. I will fix that and get back.
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01 Jul 2012   #590
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have uploaded the WinPE .iso to this link on Skydrive. This is an alternative to the Fileswap link when this does not function correctly.

I could download from the Fileswap link but it does not seem to work all the time.
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