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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

18 Jun 2015   #1410
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

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I haven't tried the restore with v. 6 yet. I have the Server edition. I do like the incremental backups. I was doing a complete image on every backup when I had Standard. It's much more fun to do a backup in 5 to 20 minutes rather than 20 to 45.
I'm a bit leary of incremental backups. I prefer differential which I see is available in the free v6.
I haven't tried a differential. I didn't like the idea of having to traverse files so I used to do the new image every time. But I can't just start it going and make a sandwich anymore. I only have a Laptop now and it's way too boring to do it the long way. I'm seduced by the quickie 5 minute backup.
On my laptop I do a daily differential (5 - 10 mins) and a weekly full backup (55 mins). With the paid version you can schedule that automatically. I don't know whether the free version supports scheduling.


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18 Jun 2015   #1411
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If it takes 20 to 40 minutes to make an image or restore from one, I can't help but wonder what is being imaged (unless you are also imaging a large number of large games). Imaging is the best way to backup System files (OS and programs) but, if you are also imaging data, that is slow, inefficient, and the image files will take up too much room. I can image and verify the 52GB on my boot drive (SSD) in a tad over 11 minutes. It would take me three hours to image my data. A folder/file syncing program is much faster, more efficient, and takes up no more room than the original data plus the backup it creates can be used as is if necessary.
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18 Jun 2015   #1412
kado897

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The problem is I'm imaging 90GB onto a slow USB2 drive.
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18 Jun 2015   #1413
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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The problem is I'm imaging 90GB onto a slow USB2 drive.
Ok, I get it. I save my images to a folder on my main data drive in my computer; 'tis much faster that way and I can easily access them from there when I need to restore one. They get backed up when I backup the main data drive, using a folder/file syncing program, onto a HDD plugged into an internal dock connected to a SATA III port. I only keep the first image I made when I first set up the computer and the last eight weeks of images (two things nice about the paid version is I don't have to use external rescue media to restore an image unless the boot drive completely dies and the program manages the number of images stored on my main data drive for me).
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18 Jun 2015   #1414
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

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The problem is I'm imaging 90GB onto a slow USB2 drive.
Ok, I get it. I save my images to a folder on my main data drive in my computer; 'tis much faster that way and I can easily access them from there when I need to restore one. They get backed up when I backup the main data drive, using a folder/file syncing program, onto a HDD plugged into an internal dock connected to a SATA III port. I only keep the first image I made when I first set up the computer and the last eight weeks of images (two things nice about the paid version is I don't have to use external rescue media to restore an image unless the boot drive completely dies and the program manages the number of images stored on my main data drive for me).
That sounds a good plan. My laptop is five years old now so I'm due a new one soon. They come with USB3 now and my backup drive is USB3 so that would speed things up.
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18 Jun 2015   #1415
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I like the auto verify feature they added to the free version.
I just created an image with auto verify - nice!

Does anyone know how the Boot Menu option works ?
Does it add a folder to the Active partition, create a new partition, ... ???
I have a triple boot PC with the 3 OS's on a single SSD, no System Reserved partition ...

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18 Jun 2015   #1416
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

It just creates a link in the Windows boot menu to something on the local disc. There is no separate partition.
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18 Jun 2015   #1417
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

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It just creates a link in the Windows boot menu to something on the local disc. There is no separate partition.
OK, Thanks !
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18 Jun 2015   #1418
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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I like the auto verify feature they added to the free version.
I just created an image with auto verify - nice!

Does anyone know how the Boot Menu option works ?
Does it add a folder to the Active partition, create a new partition, ... ???
I have a triple boot PC with the 3 OS's on a single SSD, no System Reserved partition ...

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Auto verify is a feature I love and use in my V5 paid version.

I really don't understand exactly how the Boot Menu version works other than it works well for me in V5. When I boot up, I get the screen between the UEFI BIOS splash screen that lets me select Safe Start, etc. and, up toward the top of the screen, there are two lines that lets me choose between going on into Win 7 or into MR's Windows PE with Win 7 being the default selection. If I'm asleep at the switch (which I usually am), the computer will select the default and continue booting after a few seconds. I do not see an additional partition for auto verify. I have no idea how that would work with a triple boot system.
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18 Jun 2015   #1419
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Yea, I want to play with the Boot Menu option.
I might create a System Reserved partition first, and move the boot code to there...
Right now the boot code is in the Win 8.1 partition, and W7-64 is the default OS.
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