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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

26 Aug 2016   #1670
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Thanks Kari, info much appreciated !
The free version does everything i need so i don't want to bid for a paid license that others could use better.

If there's one thing i would like in the paid version is the ability to post on the Macrium forum.
Then i would ask for Macrium to consider adding comments to Differentials


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26 Aug 2016   #1671
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
If there's one thing i would like in the paid version is the ability to post on the Macrium forum.

Then i would ask for Macrium to consider adding comments to Differentials
You should post those opinions in the poll thread at TF, they will read it.
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26 Aug 2016   #1672
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
System imaging on 10 is sort of anticlimactic seeing we have little control over the windows update system everything just loads back up as soon as you connect to the internet

I rolled back out of the anniversary build also though the system restore to roll back to the previous build
Interestingly 10 ignores that I have system protection off and also windows restore but created a system restore partition on my ssd despite my preferences not too
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26 Aug 2016   #1673
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
If there's one thing i would like in the paid version is the ability to post on the Macrium forum.

Then i would ask for Macrium to consider adding comments to Differentials
You should post those opinions in the poll thread at TF, they will read it.
I'll consider it, but
I'd feel like i'm nit-picking or complaining about a great free product.
I'm not, and i don't want it to be misinterpreted that way.
I'm happy they offer the free product they do, and keep updating it quickly for any issues that are found.
If their business model means users of the free version can't post on their forum, i'm fine with that.
I can search their forum and find info i (seldom) look for.
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28 Aug 2016   #1674
kronckew

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
System imaging on 10 is sort of anticlimactic seeing we have little control over the windows update system everything just loads back up as soon as you connect to the internet

I rolled back out of the anniversary build also though the system restore to roll back to the previous build
Interestingly 10 ignores that I have system protection off and also windows restore but created a system restore partition on my ssd despite my preferences not too

O&O have a tool HERE called 'shutup10' that allows you to disable win10's auto-updates as well as a host of other settings for disabling the plethora of microsoft's phone home stuff.
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28 Aug 2016   #1675
lehnerus2000

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
System imaging on 10 is sort of anticlimactic seeing we have little control over the windows update system everything just loads back up as soon as you connect to the internet

I rolled back out of the anniversary build also though the system restore to roll back to the previous build
Interestingly 10 ignores that I have system protection off and also windows restore but created a system restore partition on my ssd despite my preferences not too
W10 randomly ignoring user settings is a feature.
My W10 Home automatically connects to our Wi-Fi, despite being told not to.

My Activated W10 installs (laptop and VM) refuse to even acknowledge the existence of the Anniversary update.
My non-Activated W10IP VM found it a few minutes after booting up.

There was a minor glitch in Macrium Free.
I first noticed it when they released v5.
There was no way to report it (as a Macrium Free user) and it persisted for years.

If you chose multiple actions (e.g. Backup and Verify) the progress bars would not display correctly.

The first operation would be correctly displayed:
  • Current Progress => 0%-100%
  • Overall Progress => 0%-50%
The second operation would not be correctly scaled:
  • Current Progress => 0%-50%
  • Overall Progress => 50%-100%
Overall progress would indicate 100% even though the actual overall progress was only 75% complete.

They only fixed it recently (v6?).
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30 Aug 2016   #1676
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 

Pardon a simple, basic question. I tried and find I cannot seem to create a Google search to answer it.

I have a new, 2TB HDD ( 9JB1N3-576 PN/ Seagate 2 GB drive) - ) that I intend to use as my backup drive to store Macrium Reflect image files.

I can find the disk in Device Manager; it shows up as ST2000DM001-1ER164ATA Device which matches the Seagate.

In Computer Management>Disk Management (which is not maximized) I find a "Drive 0" which is 1863.02 GB which is 'Not Initialized" and "Unallocated.' It is partially covered by a drop-down screen telling me that I must 'initialize a disk before it can be accessed' and it offers MBR and GPT as a binary option. The size tells me that it is my new 2TB drive.

I would have chosen MBR and moved forward, but this disk is a replacement for a failed disk. I was having problems verifying my Reflect images written to that disk. The Macrium FAQ recommended running chkdsk at an elevated prompt specifying the \r option. When I tried this I was always told that 'the disk is in use' even when the command prompt was the only process running. I tried checking with Process Explorer and it showed nothing running. That opened the question in my mind that it was perhaps I might not have properly prepared for use (formatted, ?) or perhaps it was only an indicator of impending disk failure.

Is there a link that describes the proper preparation of a new HDD to serve as the storage device for Macrium Reflect images? Will it say that the disk must/need not be a MBR disk? Should the disk be formatted as a 'Simple Volume?'

I want to get this right this time.
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30 Aug 2016   #1677
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Baumgrenze:

It should not matter whether you choose MBR or GPT for the new disk.

I'm assuming it will be purely a data drive, with no Windows files on it at all.

Windows recognizes at most 2.2 TB of an MBR drive. If you had a 3 TB drive and formatted it as MBR, only 2.2 TB would be usable, regardless of the number of partitions it had. But your drive is under 2.2 TB.

Yeah, simple volume is fine.

Macrium image files aren't remarkable. They are just files and can be stored anywhere they will fit (other than on the partition represented by the image)---just like pictures of your cat.
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30 Aug 2016   #1678
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 

Thank you, ignatzatsonic, for replying.

The drive is 'only' a 2TB drive, my BIOS is Award Software International, Inc. F6 06/18/2009 on a 2008 Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P Intel P35 ATX (rev. 2.1).. The system is 'historic' by some user's standards.

While I was waiting, I found this thread:

External backup hard drive, should it be MBR or GPT?

The first reply momentarily 'deflated' me. "This is something you really have to research and decide for yourself. So many variables." I read it through and I think I will stick with MBR.

I'm slowly feeling my way towards Windows 10. I have an 'officially activated' upgrade copy on a SSD. I would never have made it save for the patient coaching from simrick and essenbe as the clock counted down. The drive is currently disconnected so that it does not boot. In the interim, the familiar world of Win7/Pro x64 is still serving me well. I'm trying to sort out how to get a verified Macrium Reflect image saved. Once that is done I'll boot the Windows 10 disk and back that up and then begin working on installing the programs.

FWIW, I hit the 'add reps' button and it would not let me. I thought it had been a long time since you last came to my aid, but the forum must have an 'iron-clad' memory.

thanks,

baumgrenze
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07 Sep 2016   #1679
spotify95

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for creating this guide I had issues beforehand whereby I totally messed up my Windows partitions after using Windows Easy Transfer for transferring programs... had to get a computer shop to reinstall my OSes!
Now I'm going with manually installing everything and using Macrium to backup everything just in case! I also have a bootable CD from an older install of Macrium, which I'm hoping will work!
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