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Windows 7: Recovery Partition and Repair Reinstallation

21 Apr 2010   #21
buggaby

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I make a daily image of my system and data partitions at boot-up. I have set Macrium to do that automatically. It takes only 9 minutes from my SSD to the internal HDD. Every Sunday, I copy the Sunday image to an on-line external disk into a "weekly folder". Every first of the month I also copy the last image to an external disk "monthly folder" that usually stays off-line. That way I have a whole history all the way back to the initial installation.
In addition I have two 16GB sticks to which I copy my data every 3 months and put it into my bank safe. 3 months later I retrieve the first stick and deposit the latest data copy on the second stick, and so on.
I guess that's why you're a "Gold Member"...


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21 Apr 2010   #22
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

A Gold Member is one who has reached 2000 posts. See this thread: Reputation and Badges [2]
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21 Apr 2010   #23
buggaby

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the link. I didn't know that. But, I was also making a little joke about the extent to which whs goes to backup his data. I assume it's ok to poke a little fun at people on here...
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21 Apr 2010   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by buggaby View Post
Thanks for the link. I didn't know that. But, I was also making a little joke about the extent to which whs goes to backup his data. I assume it's ok to poke a little fun at people on here...
Better be safe than sorry. And for the 5 minutes it takes me per week I can sleep quietly. Last time I reinstalled (a 3 year old Vista which was all buggy), it took me 3 days until I fought my way thru the 400 updates, all the program installations and system and program settings. No need to do that more frequently.
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21 Apr 2010   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi whs,

You might want to give this a whirl How to use DiskRestore to restore a disk image
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21 Apr 2010   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks SIW2. Another to do - LOL. It may come in handy when I transfer Vista to my 80GB Intel SSD on one of my laptops when I am back in Germany. Although I have to find out whether it can move a 150GB partition to an 80GB disk. If not, I'll just use Ghost Copy. That can adjust to size.
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21 Apr 2010   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

To restore macrium image to a smaller drive, use Roborestore - it does a file level restore and recreates the hard links and updates bcd .

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You can run it from within WiPe as well.

It does take quite a while - maybe 4 times as long as normal macrium restore.

There is a much, much easier way:

I assume you have a lot less than 80gb data on your 150gb drive?

Use Disk Management to shrink the 150gb drive to just under the size of the 80gb disk ( 75gb will do ).

Then make a macrium image.

Use Disk Management to extend the 150 gb drive out again .

The macrium image will now restore to the 80gb drive in the normal way.

[ If Disk Management won't allow that much shrink - then use Partition Wizard or Paragon to shrink it. I have done it plenty of times without the slightest problem. You have a backup image anyway. ]
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21 Apr 2010   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sounds like a good idea. Let me study it - I still have 4 weeks. And thanks again.
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21 Apr 2010   #29
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You'll have to watch the alignment restoring to an SD - I don't think Ghost would get it right.

You might want to run Paragon Alignment tool after restoring . I just realigned all my o/s partitions with it.

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21 Apr 2010   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You'll have to watch the alignment restoring to an SD - I don't think Ghost would get it right.

You might want to run Paragon Alignment tool after restoring . I just realigned all my o/s partitions with it.
I know. That's no problem. I will align and quick format the partition before I transfer the system. But thanks of reminding me.

For anybody reading the thread, here is how you do the alignment:

1. diskpart (in cmd)
2. list disk
3. select disk X (being the SSD)
4. clean
5. create partition primary align 128
6. active
7. exit

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