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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

14 Jan 2013   #801
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Michael, don't go there. In Fat32, the image is all fragmented into a lot of files. It's a zoo.

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15 Jan 2013   #802

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Linux Recovery Disc

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
I booted into WinPE Rescue CD and did some magic.
I created a backup of my broken system (including my user files)
and then restored from the previous backup,
and then running under restored Windows I mounted the latest backup and copied the latest version of my user files.

I doubt that a Linux Restore CD would have a similar backup capability
The Linux Recovery Disc is only for restoring images (not creating them).
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15 Jan 2013   #803

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
Power Save Mode Problem: SOLVED!

I want to thank those of you who provided me with possible solutions and input regarding my recent "Power Save Mode" activation problem. Since I'm not too computer savvy, this has been a huge learning experience for me.

Those of you familiar with my problem know that every time I booted up using my Macrium CD or USB Rescue Disks my computer would automatically go in to 'Power Save Mode' necessitating a reboot before Macrium had enough time to complete an operating system restore.

After numereous tests, I determined that the problem was occuring very randomly anywhere from 1 1/2 to 15 1/2 minutes. My first (and only) OS restore last week took 11min, 59seconds, so this was not good news for me.

Finally, after several days of research, yesterday I found an individual on one of the Dell forums that had experienced the same exact problem back in September 2012. I posted on his thread, (which did not include his final solution), in hopes that he would come back with an answer. In the meantime, I also touched base with one of the Dell employees who had responsded to the OP. Eventually he suggested that my video card might be faulty.

To my surprise, the OP also responded to my post and indicated that in fact, a new video card turned out to be the solution. At that point, I read a few more posts and noted one that outlined removing and cleaning the video card as a possible solution.

I decided to buy a new one instead, so I headed to the local Micro Center store and picked up a Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GT630. I returned home and during the install noticed that the GT630 was much wider than my old GeForce GTS240, and in order to use it, I had to remove my (newly installed) PCIe USB3 card.

I went ahead with the install to find out if the new card would impact my power save mode problem, and it did. I completed 3 consecutive 20minute tests without a single power save mode activation.

Since I had the old card out of the machine, I decided to tear it down a clean it. I was surprised at how dirty it was. I put it back together, re-installed it in to my computer and ran a series of new tests.

Unbelievbly THAT was actually the problem all along: A dirty video card! For now it's working fine and I'll continue to monitor it.

The GT630 will be returned, and I suppose I'll have to start providing my computer with the same amount of TLC that I give to my motorcyles.

Thanks again for all of your help.
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15 Jan 2013   #804

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Interesting, glad you finally found the solution.
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15 Jan 2013   #805

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Good to know your problem is sorted. thanks for letting us know.
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15 Jan 2013   #806
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

PCG, that was very interesting to find out, thanks!
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15 Jan 2013   #807
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Very interesting indeed. Who would have thunk that the video card is the culprit.
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15 Jan 2013   #808

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

Couldn't agree more! I'm glad it's over. Now I can look forward to refining my imaging and backup plan.
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15 Jan 2013   #809
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I've been having a strange intermittent problem with my installation of Macrium Reflect Pro on my notebook. I'll spare you the boring details of the diagnostics I've done but I think I've narrowed it down to the USB 2.0 cable on the HDD dock I use for making my backups. I'm using a different cable now and if the problem doesn't crop up again, that will be it.
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15 Jan 2013   #810
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would test it by imaging to a USB stick - maybe a partition that does not have too much data so that the image fits even on an 8GB stick. But if you have a 16GB or 32GB stick, you can probably image C.
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