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  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
       #410

    Hi WHS,

    The free one's are my priority in trying them out and if they give me what I'm after then there would be no point looking any further.

    I have done some of what you have suggested already but not creating partitions, so will definitely give it a go.

    I will be adding 2 new HDD's that arrived today into my system over this weekend so will be doing some image backup & restores and will test out your 12 point procedure then.

    I will of course update you on how I get on.

    Thanks again.
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  2. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
       #411

    Good, keep us updated. Always good to share experiences. The 12 points procedure looks more complicated than it really is. I like things plain, simple and straight forward.
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
       #412

    whs said:
    Good, keep us updated. Always good to share experiences. The 12 points procedure looks more complicated than it really is. I like things plain, simple and straight forward.
    Will do.

    I'm sure if I take my time I will be able to follow them thanks.

    "I like things plain, simple and straight forward" Ditto, I would rather spend time trying to make something simple than rush in and spend even more time putting it right. Making it simpler makes it easier next time round.

    Looking forward to being able to update over the weekend, like you said to share experiences has got to be good.

    Thanks
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  4. Posts : 6,669
    Windows 7 x64
       #413

    Is there a way to limit the backup just to the boot drive? for some reason it insist on including my entire game drive in the backup, it's nearly 1TB of data, leaving me incapable of creating a backup as I have no drive large enough to hold the roughly 1.35tb's of data it wants to backup.
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  5. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
       #414

    Maguscreed said:
    Is there a way to limit the backup just to the boot drive? for some reason it insist on including my entire game drive in the backup, it's nearly 1TB of data, leaving me incapable of creating a backup as I have no drive large enough to hold the roughly 1.35tb's of data it wants to backup.
    Use Macrium. Then you do not have those problems. And Macrium works a lot better anyhow. Imaging with free Macrium
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  6. Posts : 70,208
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #415

    Maguscreed said:
    Is there a way to limit the backup just to the boot drive? for some reason it insist on including my entire game drive in the backup, it's nearly 1TB of data, leaving me incapable of creating a backup as I have no drive large enough to hold the roughly 1.35tb's of data it wants to backup.
    Hello David,

    Did you move your page file, any user folders, or any other system item to be stored and ran from your game drive?

    If so, that would cause your game drive to be marked as a "System" drive in Disk Management and to be required to be included in the system image.
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  7. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
       #416

    I also have an additional HDD being included in the image backup but this is because I have redirected My Documents to the additional drive, so this is to support what Brink has stated.
    Also when attempting to create the image it should show in brackets which is system, in my case both show as system due to my redirect of My Documents.

    Also WHS has some very helpful videos to support using Macrium for the first time.

    WHS,
    I haven't had the chance to change around the HDD configuration but will let you know when I do.
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  8. Posts : 6,669
    Windows 7 x64
       #417

    Brink said:
    Hello David,

    Did you move your page file, any user folders, or any other system item to be stored and ran from your game drive?

    If so, that would cause your game drive to be marked as a "System" drive in Disk Management and to be required to be included in the system image.
    Actually yes my pagefile is on that drive. That clears things up a bit. Hopefully changing it back temporarily will solve the problem. Will let you know if it doesn't.
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  9. Posts : 70,208
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #418

    Hopefully that will do it. Please let us know how it went. :)
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  10. Posts : 6,669
    Windows 7 x64
       #419

    It still wants to grab some files off that drive but the size is down too a much more manageable 300 gigs. Which I can deal with, I only plan on making the one backup as my system is basically in it's final state right now. I can probably pull another 100gigs off that if I choose to move my personal files before starting the backup as I have 2 independent back ups of them already.
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