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Windows 7: Thinking of installing Windows 7

07 May 2010   #51
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I just received the external drive! One quick question before I begin, I ordered a 160 GB Drive and it is appearing as 149 GB with a FAT32 file system. Should I format it with NTFS? Also, if I have to format it using NTFS, should I check Enable Compression?


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07 May 2010   #52
gregrocker

 

I'd use NTFS so it will be able to store Win7 backup image. You can wait to enable compression.

Others may have additional advice.
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07 May 2010   #53
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Is it okay if I were to uncheck that box and back up my XP image using macrium?
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07 May 2010   #54
gregrocker

 

Sure.
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07 May 2010   #55
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Okay. Good. So, what exactly is the compression box for? When is it necessary?
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07 May 2010   #56
gregrocker

 

When you need more space on the drive, I assume.

I always get another or bigger drive before that time comes however, so someone else should comment on its usefulness.
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07 May 2010   #57
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Okay. I'll be taking the image right now! The compression box has nothing to do with the compression of the image that Macrium is going to do, right? Thanks once again! This forum has been a great help!
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07 May 2010   #58
gregrocker

 

No that box is to compress all files to make more room on the HD.

Macrium will give you some compression but it might only be the empty space between files as with Win7 image utility. I believe real compression comes in the paid apps.
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07 May 2010   #59
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Okay! I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks once again!!!
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07 May 2010   #60
jm1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Wow! That took the image fast! Nearly 35 GB in approximately 19 minutes and 17 seconds. It compressed to about 23.7 GB. Now, I am going to do one more walk through, and I should be good to go!
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