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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

10 Jul 2015   #1470
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Multiple HDDs

I have my backups saved on several HDDs, but not every saved backup is present on all drives.

For example, I have one drive:
  • With ~1 TB of images from this year
  • Which only has the initial and final images of each HDD I've used as a W7 OS drive
  • Which has 6 monthly images of my personal files
I also have some images on our shared network drive.


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11 Jul 2015   #1471
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Thanks for the info DavidE,
I think I still need to do a bit more reading on the TRIM issue. Three points for comment that may also be of interest to others:

1) Is Macrium V6 (free) still buggy?
2) Can you have both V5 and V6 installed?
3) Re the TRIM issue - with V5 and maybe other imaging software would it be useful to format the SSD using the bootable Partition Wizard before a reimage?
1)
For me v6 works reliably, and better than v5.
I like the new Auto-Verify, Macrium Rescue Boot Menu option, and Differential Image option.
I tested all these new features, and they work for me.
I don't use a lot of the Macrium features and options, so if those have bugs, they don't affect me.
I found a bug with the Retention Rules override, but with my defaults set the way i want, this bug doesn't cause problems for me.

Looking at the Macrium Change logs, it seems bug fixes is a never ending reality.

Macrium v5 Change Log:
Macrium Reflect Patch Details

Macrium v6 Change Log:
Macrium Reflect Patch Details

2)
I installed v6 with v5 still installed, and it caused problems with v5 for me.
As i remember it, it had to do with the license key (free) in the registry.
I did manage to get v5 running with v6 installed, but wasn't comfortable with it because of the error i had seen.
I restored my v5 image prior to installing v6, uninstalled v5, and then installed v6.
So, i do not have v5 AND v6 installed together on a PC.
I updated all my systems to v6 only.

In your specs it looks like you have 3 PC's.
Can you test v6 on your "least important" PC to see how it works for you ?
If you're not happy with v6, restore the image from before installing v6.

3)
Formatting before a restore is an interesting idea.
I never did that, or even thought of it.
I don't know if it would be useful, or how to test if it's worth doing it.
Perhaps someone else here would know.

hth,
David
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11 Jul 2015   #1472
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

It doesn't affect the free version but if you formatted before a restore the fast delta restore in the paid version would not work.
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11 Jul 2015   #1473
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
It doesn't affect the free version but if you formatted before a restore the fast delta restore in the paid version would not work.
I hate to endless loop but is there someplace that tells how to do the delta restore? When I did a restore the other day it seems as soon as I selected an image it went to work with a conventional laying on of the image.

My imaging type is "incremental forever."
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11 Jul 2015   #1474
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

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11 Jul 2015   #1475
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I've not had to do anything to get it to work. There is an option on the defaults restore tab to enable it. This is set in my case. It is also in the advanced options when you are restoring.
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11 Jul 2015   #1476
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

@Anak thanks for the reply.

@kado897 Ok, mine is enabled. I think it may have taken so long because I had always done full backups in the past. I didn't know if I should click the full image file or the last incremental. I clicked the full one and it put just that image on. So when I redid it that must have messed it up. I'll have to try it again sometime not too soon I hope.
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11 Jul 2015   #1477
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

How fast it is depends on how much the system has changed. An old image will probably have so many changes that you wouldn't notice the difference.
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11 Jul 2015   #1478
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
How fast it is depends on how much the system has changed. An old image will probably have so many changes that you wouldn't notice the difference.
Yeah. Not so much old as I installed and uninstalled ToolWiz TimeFreeze between images. It uses a 5 GB cache file to redirect writes via Shadow Services. 28 min. is not that bad under the circumstances. I'll assume it is working as designed.
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11 Jul 2015   #1479
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Well, if the trim feature wasn't as part of V5 Pro, it might explain why my SSD is at 87% (although SSDLife projects it has nine more years of life).
I still don't really get how TRIM feature is such a big advantage. If you do a image restore every day maybe it may save on the wear and tear of the SSD but I don't see how it can improve the subsequent operational speed. Maybe someone can explain further. I may do a system image restore once a month on average.

BTW my Crucial SSD has 10,500 hours of use and is down to 94% health. SSDLife says it has another 57 (yes 57) years of life left if you believe that
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