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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

19 Jan 2015   #1260
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I used aomei one key recovery it is very good just press "a" during bootup to recover. we can also make entry for recover along with windows.But one drawback is it takes lots of space for creating recovery partition within internal hdd.it takes about 14gigs for freshly installed windows home basic 32bit .But it is speed hussle free recovery.
Put the image on an external device. I used a 32GB USB2 flash drive and that was pretty fast. A USB3 device should be even faster. The standard compression seems to be appr. 50%. Find my experience report in post #25 of this thread. With my W7 I was not that lucky.


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19 Jan 2015   #1261
nevergiveup

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

ya true when we use external media for recovery backup it is an excellent option.actual it acts as recovery disk. i forget to mention that out of 14gigs recovery partition only half is used remaining free space is unusable.cant shrink or resize.thank you guys you all expands my knowledge.
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20 Jan 2015   #1262
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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Forget the CPU usage thing. I never knew what that means. It seems to be a random number.

And don't get too held up with the read/write speeds. Good speeds are helpful but what really counts is the access time. And 3ms is too slow. It should be 1ms or less. SSDs are typically 0.1ms. Just to give you a perspective.
Great stuff Wolfgang that's why the Samsung flew when I ran the HD on it while the stick plodded along. You can see that in the pic what I am curious is that it throws those downward spikes each time I run it and am wondering if it just a changeover between the banks of chips within the SSD??

Sorry that is a bit OT but am curious.
I am not 100% certain, but I suspect the downward spikes occur when there is some system activity on the SSD thus disturbing the measurement. I would not worry about it. If you measure again, you might not see it or at different times.
Ok mate I wasn't worried about just really curious and as you are "the boss" when it comes to this stuff in my mind at least - I asked - I did on the first couple of runs (not that I am overdoing it) kept using the machine and thought it was due to my activity but then it occurred when the run was left to pan out as it were. But being curious I shall have few more searches to see if I can work out what it is.
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20 Jan 2015   #1263
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The system is really never really at idle. Will be interesting to see what you find out. I have measurements with those dips too.


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20 Jan 2015   #1264
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes Wolfgang I have just messaged you with some things I think may explain that activity.
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20 Jan 2015   #1265
nevergiveup

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

excellent tutorial . how does a system image of newly bought pc and factory recovery disk differs.are they similar.
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20 Jan 2015   #1266
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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excellent tutorial . how does a system image of newly bought pc and factory recovery disk differs.are they similar.
An image is a snapshot of today's state of the system. If you make e.g. an image 2 years after you purchased the PC, it will be very different to the factory recovery disk. It will comprise all the programs you installed, all the updates of the last 2 years, all the settings you made and all the data that is on that partition.

But if you make an image immediately after the installation completed, there will not be a big difference. Except restoring an image is a lot easier than reinstalling.
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24 Jan 2015   #1267
meditek

win 7 32 and 64 bit ultimate
 
 

I discovered Acronis was not always backing up Thunderbird which led to some grief, so i emailed Macrium sales and asked whether their Reflect software would back up open files i.e. backup on the fly whilst computers are in use. I received a rather rude and short answer to the effect that I should download the free version and test it myself because they would only answer questions when I'd bought it!!!!!! Incredible!! When I get an 'answer' like that I tend to think it's NO.

So, can anyone here answer my question please? I have always preferred image backups going on in the background whilst the network is running.

Thanks
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24 Jan 2015   #1268
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes it can. Macrium uses the Windows Volume Shadow Copy service to freeze the state of the partition before the image. That is not to say however that a complex multi file database could not be left in an inconsistent state after a restore. That is true of any imaging system however including Windows own. For most purposes you can work while imaging is in process.

Macrium are well known for only supporting the paid versions but they should not be rude about it. It's a pity really because the product is excellent.
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24 Jan 2015   #1269
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes, you can use your PC during the time the image is being written. Macrium freezes the image at the beginning . There is a 'Hide' button on the bottom of the running Macrium page.

PS - I think the Macrium developers are Brits.
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