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Windows 7: Deleted Picture Folder

05 Apr 2010   #21
richc46

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You are so, very welcome.


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05 Apr 2010   #22
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTalker View Post
I'm watching the video now and am about 18 minutes in. I think I understand now.

I first store the System Image on an external hard drive. If my computer won't start or something then I mount the Restore CD, press F10 at the bootup screen and then go through the Macrium setup and choose the image I want from the external hard drive that I saved it to.

Is this correct?
You are nearly there. I am not 100% sure what F10 is on your system. If that is the Boot Sequence selection to choose the CD reader as boot device, then you are close. But if this is like System Recovery or anything like that, then you are wrong.
All you have to make sure is that you can load the recovery program from the CD. The rest is more or less automatic - you just follow the Macrium recovery wizard (see my photos in the video).
I suggest the following. Burn the Macrium Recovery CD and load it from the CD reader - just have it running in the CD reader when you power-on the PC. If you get to the wizard, you are OK and can canel the operation. Then you know how to get it started.
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05 Apr 2010   #23
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I made a mistake and said F10. Sorry about that. I don't know which button it is at this moment. I will find out when I reboot the computer.

This is what I have understood from your video so far:


"Make an image and a Restore CD. Store that image(s) on an external hard drive.

If the computer won’t start one day then mount the Restore CD that was created using Macrium. Start the computer. When you get to the motherboard, (that's on my computer), screen press Esc or whichever button it is that allows you to access the Bootup Screen. (I can't remember at this moment what button it is. I will look later when I reboot the computer again.)

Select the CD Drive as the booting device.


You will see black writings and waiting screens.

Macrium will then pop up. Locate the image that you created of the OS. Next select a partition. Macrium renames the partitions so I must deduce which partition it is by the size. (Which is easy for me because C is only 99GB while all the other ones are much bigger.)

Next choose which partition you're wanting to create. If it's an OS then choose Active. If it's data then choose Primary."

And that's as far as I've gotten.

Edit: Another question. Which kind of CD should I use to make a Restore CD? I've got DVD disks here but I don't know if they should be used as they're kinda small.

Edit #2: And another question. The Restore CD is only used when the computer's OS cannot be accessed correct?

And here's another question: Even though data can be restored using the Restoration Wizard that is not the only way right? Can I use Macrium to restore my data files, (e.g. Pictures), right on the spot or would I have to go through the Restoration Wizard each time?

Thank you very much for all your time, assistance and patience with me!

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05 Apr 2010   #24
whs
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I think you understood the video quite well. Now to your questions:

Q1) You can use any old CD. The recovery program including the Linux distro is very small. A DVD would be an overkill (plus I have never tried DVDs).

Q2) You use the restore CD every time you want to pull in an image.

Q3) you can "open" the image on your external disk by double clicking on it. It will mount a virtual volume (that's like a folder) from which you can copy anything you like (single file, one or more folders, etc.). You will "see" the virtual volume in Computer, but it will disappear with the next reboot.

I am glad to help you. I am on this crusade for imaging because I think it is the safest way to keep you out of trouble. I have scheduled Macrium to take an image every morning when I boot the system - both the OS and data partitions. That way nothing can happen to me during the day that I cannot quickly fix.
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05 Apr 2010   #25
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Great!!

I created a Restoration CD and rebooted. The button I must push is F12. I set the booting device as my CD drive. The restoration Wizard came up.

I pressed Next and then Macrium came up. Then I canceled and it shut down. I understand the process very well I believe. I'm going to watch the rest of your video later as I have to go out at the moment.

I will create images when I get back.

One last question at the moment: Will this disk be able to be run on any and all computers regardless of their OS? I have Win7 and my Dad has WinXP. Will this disk that was created on my computer work on my Dad's computer?

Again, thank you very much for your time and help!
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05 Apr 2010   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes, the CD is Linux based and completely independent of the installed OS. Since it is loaded directly from the BIOS, it knows nothing about what is installed on the system. It could even run on a Mac.
You should realize that imaging is a very dumb process. It copies bit by bit and the only thing it really recognizes seperately apart from the partition is the MBR. Else, the recovery just copies bit by bit back. That is one reason that you cannot clone an image to a smaller partition - for that you need cloning (which the free Macrium does not do. You need the paid version for that). But that is a completely different subject.
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05 Apr 2010   #27
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, knowing that the disk can be used on any PC or Mac is good! I might make another restoration disk just to do it.

Now, I have a couple more questions. My brother, who built my computer, told me that my OS was installed both on my C partition and my F partition. If my OS stops working for whatever reason how would I go about restoring it? Should I create an image that has both C and F in it?

My other question is: Is it possible for me to create a system image of just My Documents? The place where My Documents is located is over 300GB and that's too big. I wouldn't have any room for the system image. Is there any way I can choose certain things here and there to create a system image of?

Thank you.
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05 Apr 2010   #28
richc46

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You can use back up and restore for the documents.

System Image is the hard drive
Back up and restore is your documents
System Restore is the OS

I do not know if you can choose with Macrium.
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05 Apr 2010   #29
TheTalker

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, I'm creating a backup for my documents. It says that there is also a system image included for C and F in case my computer stops working and that I can use it if that happens. That's the same kind of thing that Macrium uses.

Now, does Macrium tap into the images that my own computer makes? The restore disk was made using Macrium and therefore taps into any images that Macrium has.

How would I make it so it would tap into the ones my own computer made without Macrium's help?
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05 Apr 2010   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. What is on your F partition. Is that the little 100MB partition with the MBR?
2. You can only image partitions, not folders. For folders you have to use backup as Richard says.
3. Macrium does not use anything it did not create. It makes it's own stand-alone images.

PS: for further discussion it may be useful if you post a snip of your Disk Management.
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