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  1. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    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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  2. Posts : 17
    WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64


    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 ??

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  3. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    You only need to make a new rescue CD when the release notes for a program update suggest it.
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  4. whs
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    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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  5. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    Thanks Wolfgang. I already posted earlier.
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  6. Posts : 17
    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

    Last edited by sameer1987; 02 Jun 2014 at 14:35.
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  7. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    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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  8. Posts : 17
    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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  9. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    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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  10. Posts : 17
    WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64


    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

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