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Windows 7: Is it appropriate to select all partitions on Ghost & simply leave it

04 Jan 2011   #1
GMul

Windows 7
 
 
Is it appropriate to select all partitions on Ghost & simply leave it

My laptop hard drive has three partitions:

PQService
System Reserved
C:\\

When Norton Ghost is set up to do imaging, the three partitions are shown as selectable to back up.

(Macrium presents similar to Ghost while, curiously, Win7 Backup and Restore does not give the option to select partitions).

Is it appropriate to select all partitions on Ghost and simply leave it that way?

When doing a recovery, should I recover all partitions? Or just C:\\?

Thanks, Gary


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04 Jan 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GMul View Post
My laptop hard drive has three partitions:

PQService
System Reserved
C:\\

When Norton Ghost is set up to do imaging, the three partitions are shown as selectable to back up.

(Macrium presents similar to Ghost while, curiously, Win7 Backup and Restore does not give the option to select partitions).

Is it appropriate to select all partitions on Ghost and simply leave it that way?

When doing a recovery, should I recover all partitions? Or just C:\\?

Thanks, Gary
1. I would not use the Windows7 imaging. It has quasi no options and I have seen a lot of people having trouble with it. Plus it is not easy to use.
2. I used Norton Ghost for 2 years. That worked well after I got used to it (which took a while - LOL). But it is a good program. For Win7 you need Ghost15.
3. Macrium is my choice. it is easy to use, reliable, fast and has plenty of options (multiple partitions, scheduling, multiple images, etc.). It does not have incrementals which I do not like anyhow. You lose one in the chain and you lost the whole chain.
4. Regarding your question: I do not know what your "system reserved" is. If that is the 100MB active boot partition, I would image it once only because it never changes (unless you decide for a double boot). Thus you have it "in stock".
The PQ service probably the same - though I am not sure what it is.
C: you should image as often as you feel necessary, but at least weekly. And that is the only one which needs to be recovered - unless you have to install a new disk.
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05 Jan 2011   #3
GMul

Windows 7
 
 

whs,

Thank you for your informative reply.

I've been experimenting with Macrium. You are right - it is easier to use than Win 7's Backup and Restore. I'm going to switch to Macrium from Win 7 for my "other" backup system.

Agreed. Norton Ghost takes a while to get comfortable with, and I'm still working at it. However, it has saved my bacon four times with flawless recoveries - a confidence builder

Which partitions(s) to recover was nagging at me. Thanks for the clarification.

Regards, Gary
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05 Jan 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hi Gary, looks like you are all set. I have made a video tutorial on Macrium which you find here. Unlike many other tutorials, it also shows the complete recovery cycle so that you can have an idea how that works.
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06 Jan 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I use Windows imaging and Macrium as a safeguard as well as for partition specific imaging.
Windows imaging has never let me down (I did ~6 successful image restores in the last year including one to a new HDD).

Why does Windows insist on always imaging the 100MB system reserved as well as the Windows 7 boot/OS partition? Because it's a key element to a complete image along with the MBR. The MBR is the first 512 bytes of the disk and not part of the system reserved partition.

When using Macrium I always include the little 100MB system reserved partition in the set. It may not change often and you may not need to include it in a reimage, but it's there (& the correct one) in the set if you need it.
Macrium will always include a copy of the MBR when you image a partition and gives you the option to include it when you reimage. You need both the MBR and the system reserved if you are reimaging to a new disk.

PQService is the factory recovery partition and I have a few Macrium images of it. Windows doesn't image it. I used it to reimage PQService to my new HDD.
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07 Jan 2011   #6
GMul

Windows 7
 
 

mjf,

Thank you for your explanation. Between you and whs I'm actually starting to understand this stuff

Gary
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07 Jan 2011   #7
GMul

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Hi Gary, looks like you are all set. I have made a video tutorial on Macrium which you find here. Unlike many other tutorials, it also shows the complete recovery cycle so that you can have an idea how that works.
Excellent tutorial. Thank you!
Gary
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07 Jan 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thank you Gary.
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07 Jan 2011   #9
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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07 Jan 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

There are a number of options out there and people will have have grown to like their favourite (Acronis, Paragon......).
My advice is never trust single imaging package even if you use one more than the other. If Windows imaging lets me down I have a Macrium image I can get by with.
Also never trust a single backup drive.
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