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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

02 Jan 2013   #721
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post

That's why I decided to copy the mrimg to my internal SATA drive, hoping the recovery time will be faster but it ended up taking almost 3hrs.
Do we take the "copy" comment literally? If so then this could be causing strange behaviour. Have you actually imaged to one of your internal sata drives and restored?

I have a very similar system configuration to you and your imaging time to a USB2 to a 5400 RPM ext HDD seems reasonable. Remember that you can find a significant difference in time depending on how full your ext HDD is. If it is quite full you will writing to the inner tracks and it will definitely be slower.

For interest, I imaged 50 GB (source) yesterday to a USB3 on a 75% full HDD and it took 12 minutes.


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02 Jan 2013   #722
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Do we take the "copy" comment literally? If so then this could be causing strange behaviour. Have you actually imaged to one of your internal sata drives and restored?

I have a very similar system configuration to you and your imaging time to a USB2 to a 5400 RPM ext HDD seems reasonable. Remember that you can find a significant difference in time depending on how full your ext HDD is. If it is quite full you will writing to the inner tracks and it will definitely be slower.

For interest, I imaged 50 GB (source) yesterday to a USB3 on a 75% full HDD and it took 12 minutes.

Yes, I literally copied the mrimg file from the external 1TB to my internal 320GB secondary laptop drive. I believe I used the laptop's internal drive the recovery process would be faster than over USB2.0.

My laptop is a 18.4" Pavilion dv8, i5 M450, 6GB DDR3, Win7 Pro x64 SP1 and two 320GB 5400rpm hdds.

I created a another image and this time saved it to the internal secondary drive and going to perform a restore. I will delete the volume (c first before restoring (as to emulate a brand new drive) and report back the results.
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02 Jan 2013   #723
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

I strongly recommend the use of Teracopy, available from
TeraCopy for Microsoft Windows - Code Sector

I used Windows standard copy to copy a set of Macrium *.mrimg files from an internal drive through USB2 to an external.
Macrium validated and rejected the copies, but validated the originals.
I confirmed independently with an MD5 checksum utility that there were discrepancies.

Since then I have always used the Free version of Teracopy,
confident in the knowledge that it will compute MD5 when being copied and then read back and recompute and warn upon problems.
It also has the great advantage that if copying a large number of files and it is forbidden access to one of them,
then unlike Windows copy which aborts all subsequent copying,
Teracopy will continue to copy what is possible and then present a list of what needs to be retried after fixing access restrictions.
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02 Jan 2013   #724
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Would it have anything to do with me deleting the volume beforehand? I wanted to test if the program works on a empty volume so I popped the Windows 7 install disc and deleted the volume before I performed a recovery
That should not have an impact
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Something I didn't mention, when I booted off the WinPE disc it asks me to load drivers, are there any drivers that need to be loaded before the recovery process?
Just skip that. There are no additional drivers required.
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02 Jan 2013   #725
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just finished the recovery from a image created by Macrium directly to the secondary drive and it took 1:42:32. Almost 2hrs long. Creating the same image took only 22mins.

*scratches head*
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02 Jan 2013   #726
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Using the free version at work it took us 3 hours to restore an 80GB partition over the network. We decided 3 hours was acceptable (not desired but acceptable). Then when we purchased the server version with redeploy the restore only took 20 minutes. I'm not sure if it was a network issue at the time since i don't personally monitor all the backup times but something increased the restore process.
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02 Jan 2013   #727
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Just finished the recovery from a image created by Macrium directly to the secondary drive and it took 1:42:32. Almost 2hrs long. Creating the same image took only 22mins.

*scratches head*
In order to understand this you would have to describe the specifications of the disks and attachments involved. CPU type and RAM would also help.
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03 Jan 2013   #728
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Weird

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Just finished the recovery from a image created by Macrium directly to the secondary drive and it took 1:42:32. Almost 2hrs long. Creating the same image took only 22mins.

*scratches head*
Macruim Reflect images my HDDs/partitions at ~3GB/minute (Windows, Ubuntu and data files).
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03 Jan 2013   #729
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Not sure if the feature is in the free version but turning verify on can double the time to restore.
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03 Jan 2013   #730
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I ran a test today using the latest free version of Macrium Reflect V5.1.5496. I used the system in my system specs which is clearly not a laptop.
Source data size for image: 52GB
Imaged 128 GB SSD with image stored on an internal 7200rpm sata HDD.
Time to image: 9min 36 secs
Time to restore: 14 min 12 secs.

Even though you are using a laptop (i5) and 2 spinners, a 2 hour restore seems excessive. Your imaging time seems reasonable. I'm puzzled as well.
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