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Windows 7: System Imaging Tool W7

24 Jan 2011   #11
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I use the free Acronis from Western Digital and Seagate, and free Macrium.

Never had any problems with any of them.


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24 Jan 2011   #12
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

At present, I'm only using Acronis. I have successfully made/restored by using it within Windows and I know it works in using boot from disk method. Restore time is approx 5 minutes. I also keep a minimum of 3 images for each PC.
Thanks.
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24 Jan 2011   #13
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

If you have room on your back up hard drive as I do then use Windows System Image and Backup and free Macrium.
I have reimaged my C/ Win 7 OS twice with Windows Sytem Image and Backup. Did it just yesterday. They do work.
I also have the Macrium if Windows Image doesn't work.
If you have the space available you might as well use some of it.

Acronis seems to be good by all that use it. I haven't tried it myself. It would also be a good choice in place of Macrium.

Mike
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24 Jan 2011   #14
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Hopalong, If you have space why not use both Acronis free as well as Macrium? I learned the hard way, you can't have too many backups.
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24 Jan 2011   #15
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

One thing you must do is test the restore from the boot CD. I tried Macrium Free and the linux restore CD was a bit iffy at locating my backup drive. For this reason I dumped it and have gone back to windows imaging.
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24 Jan 2011   #16
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Hopalong, If you have space why not use both Acronis free as well as Macrium? I learned the hard way, you can't have too many backups.
I see no reason not to.

I just figured two should be sufficient.

Plus I have multiple images to re image from. Keeping one of each is never sufficient.

Mike
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24 Jan 2011   #17
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

PING or Clonezilla, both work flawless all the time, and dont have issues with the first "100mb" partition.
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24 Jan 2011   #18
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

In the past, I tried Macrium & Paragon, I found them unreliable same for latest build of Acronis 2011. As for Windows built in effort, tried once or twice when on Vista Home Prem, did'ny like it so never used on W7.
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24 Jan 2011   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

As I said earlier I use Windows & Macrium. I reimage all the time with Windows. I reimaged again last night after installing NIS2011 to check NIS2011 reimaged ok - certainly did.
This thread is the first time I've seen a negative Macrium comment - interesting.
Macrium linux rescue disk hasn't ever been a problem for me but I know the Macrium pe function on the Hirens (12, 13) boot CD works (works under Hiren's mini XP environment). This is equivalent to the Bartpe capability.

Acronis and Windows could be a useful combination since Acronis will find & restore the Windows image vhds !!!! Great capability since Windows sometimes screws up it's own image auto locate capability.
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24 Jan 2011   #20
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
As I said earlier I use Windows & Macrium. I reimage all the time with Windows. I reimaged again last night after installing NIS2011 to check NIS2011 reimaged ok - certainly did.
This thread is the first time I've seen a negative Macrium comment - interesting.
Macrium linux rescue disk hasn't ever been a problem for me but I know the Macrium pe function on the Hirens (12, 13) boot CD works (works under Hiren's mini XP environment). This is equivalent to the Bartpe capability.

Acronis and Windows could be a useful combination since Acronis will find & restore the Windows image vhds !!!! Great capability since Windows sometimes screws up it's own image auto locate capability.
That's interesting. Mine is the other way round. Windows restore always finds my backup disk and Macrium only sometimes. I am using a 1TB Iomega USB connected disk. With the linux recovery CD it always reads the disk (flashing light) when it is building it's selections but only sometimes displays it.
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