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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

02 Jun 2014   #1000
kado897

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I've not done any dual booting but for windows you might as well include the 100MB partition in each image. That way you always have a recent version. The restore process can leave it out if you want.


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02 Jun 2014   #1001
sameer1987

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

KADO,

Do we need to make a Rescue CD every time we create a new partition or the internal hard drive status changes or is it a one time thing that looks up all drivers and don't need to unless the new drives/hardware are installed ??

SAM
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02 Jun 2014   #1002
kado897

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You only need to make a new rescue CD when the release notes for a program update suggest it.
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02 Jun 2014   #1003
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I recommend you have a look at this excellent tutorial that Keith made. It explains the recovery portion of Macrium and shows you how the WinPE CD (WinRE CD - same thing) is used.
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02 Jun 2014   #1004
kado897

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Thanks Wolfgang. I already posted earlier.
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02 Jun 2014   #1005
sameer1987

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Dear KADO and WHS,

I have done a test drive as was suggested by KADO in the few easy steps.

1. Transferred 1.2GB in a 2GB logical partition.
2. Made a backup image using Macrium, was a breeze
3. As the External hard drive was online so I peeked into it and looked at that drives image and Mounted it and it was readily available to view and copy but no DELETE function worked which was great since it was the image that was backed-up.
4. On the actual TEST drive erased 85% of the files and brought it down to 200MB file.
5. Rebooted using MACRIUM Rescue CD and i gotta tell you it is a whole different world for all it does for you (small hick-up will discuss below) = GOODBYE WINDOWS RECOVERY CD and HELLO LOVELY MACRIUM
6. Recovered the whole partition with ease and one interesting thing is before i rebooted through rescue CD i had renamed the partition from TEST VOLUME to TEST DISK. This is the partition that I had made an image of and erased data from
7. As the recovery finished I booted windows normally and found my data in that partition back to normal (restored) as it was before I had erased 85% of the contents.
8. Found the partition named back to TEST VOLUME as the name of the partition was recovered along with its contents.

Now the small HICK-UP
Took me less than 3 minutes to create an image
Took 12-15 minutes for MACRIUM reflect Rescue CD to load drivers with the following message:

(you may need to load drivers for following devices in order to Backup and restore)

USB Controller
Ethernet Controller
Network Controller


It took 5-8 minutes to load drivers for all than it showed message Driver Load Failed
After 15 minutes it displayed the following message

Drivers were found and Loaded for the Following devices:

INTEL(R) Centrino(R) Wireless N1000
RENESAS Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller


I am guessing the drivers are there but is it normal for it to take 15 minutes to look for drivers seems like it ran the entire contents of C: drive to look for these 3 drivers three times over.

I also created a .docx file from the .XML file that it generated.

Please advise what i should do to prevent this lengthy scan for drivers when running MACRIUM's Rescue CD
C: drive is 80 Gigs and the drivers are allover the place not consolidated in one folder.

Should I check for updates from DELL for drivers and Microsoft for any Service Pack 1 updates

drivers list that failed to load.docx


Thanks
SAM


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02 Jun 2014   #1006
kado897

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I've not had any missing driver problems. Was the PE one that you created yourself or was it the one WHS supplied?
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02 Jun 2014   #1007
sameer1987

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quick question

Please explain to me why the rescue DVD RW that I made using MACRIUM REFLECT works like a charm but it doesn't show any data on it, under properties shows 0 bytes used and all bytes under FREE and Available
Please see this image Imaging with free Macrium-rescue-dvd-0-bytes-used.png



for your Question above KADO
I had downloaded the PE that WHS had supplied but when the WIN PE started downloading i just didn't care and waited as it took no more than 3.5 minutes and was all done. I must have a fast connection I guess.
do you think perhaps the one that WHS supplied in the link will work better and remove this hick-up ???


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02 Jun 2014   #1008
kado897

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I don't know why it appears empty but the iso is less than 200MB.


I was thinking the reverse. When you created the PE did it scan for and load drivers? It should pick up all the drivers you need at that time so you don't need to go find them when you boot the PE.

Maybe WHS has some ideas.
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02 Jun 2014   #1009
sameer1987

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

DEAR WHS,

Please shed some light on it

I just looked up DELL's site for driver updates and seems like there are several, should that make any changes to the way MACRIUM behaves after the drivers update install ??

Thanks KADO
BTW here is the folder image i just looked at and you are right it has folders and files in it, don't understand why it shows as empty int he previous image

Imaging with free Macrium-macrium-rescue-dvd-folder-shows-data.png

SAM


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