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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

02 Nov 2012   #560
mistachy

7 ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
No offence - but are you sure it is a good idea to have a raid setup if you are new to this kind of thing?

If something goes wrong - which it will at some point - you have added some extra complexity.

I suppose as you have done it already - better to just leave it.
I love raid... been using it since 2003 and wont stop until I find a better solution to creating huge partitions or volumes. I have several redundant back ups. I've always considered using imaging to restore my computer as opposed to using redundant back ups, but it was too complicated or I was too lazy to figure it out. I think I'll try to figure it out now. If my system cant be restored, I have my back ups.


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02 Nov 2012   #561
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mistachy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I am not sure with the free version .

I always make my own winpe media.

Maybe whs will tell you how.

If the free version does it - it will be pretty easy - there is probably something called create recovery media - select winpe - and off it goes.

I don't know if automatically hunts for drivers you have installed, or if you have to point at them .
It will tell you.
Ive done that and it warns me this:


I just need to know how to properly do this from using reflect.
I made one about a year ago and it made a log file and will show what it sees when searching for drivers. In my case I had a new MB with ASmedia USB 3 and it failed to find those drivers. It found the USB 2 drivers and I made a bootable USB and it works fine on a USB 2 port.The log showed each step it did and what drivers it found and which one it didn't. Just let it make the disk and then look in the log.

Jim
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02 Nov 2012   #562
mistachy

7 ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mistachy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I am not sure with the free version .

I always make my own winpe media.

Maybe whs will tell you how.

If the free version does it - it will be pretty easy - there is probably something called create recovery media - select winpe - and off it goes.

I don't know if automatically hunts for drivers you have installed, or if you have to point at them .
It will tell you.
Ive done that and it warns me this:


I just need to know how to properly do this from using reflect.
I made one about a year ago and it made a log file and will show what it sees when searching for drivers. In my case I had a new MB with ASmedia USB 3 and it failed to find those drivers. It found the USB 2 drivers and I made a bootable USB and it works fine on a USB 2 port.The log showed each step it did and what drivers it found and which one it didn't. Just let it make the disk and then look in the log.

Jim

Where do i find the log?
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02 Nov 2012   #563
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

The log is media_drivers.log and is in C:/Program Data/Macrium/Reflect. This is what mine showed for the USB ports.

Quote:
[ScanInfFile]
PE architecture is: AMD64
INF file contains no matching devices: C:\boot\macrium\Drivers\USB\VEN_1B21_DEV_1042\asmtxhci.inf
Clearing device file copy list
[ScanInfFile]
Checking for matches for device: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller (VEN_1002) (DEV_4396)
Source INF file: C:\boot\macrium\Drivers\USB\VEN_1B21_DEV_1042\asmtxhci.inf
From what it shows, Macrium has its own data base of .inf drivers and then compares it to the hardware id it finds on your system. After that it is tries to check your OS for any missing drives not in its database. My log is from ver 4568 and run in March 2012. When It boots it brings up a window showing any missing drivers.

Jim
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02 Nov 2012   #564
mistachy

7 ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
The log is media_drivers.log and is in C:/Program Data/Macrium/Reflect. This is what mine showed for the USB ports.

Quote:
[ScanInfFile]
PE architecture is: AMD64
INF file contains no matching devices: C:\boot\macrium\Drivers\USB\VEN_1B21_DEV_1042\asmtxhci.inf
Clearing device file copy list
[ScanInfFile]
Checking for matches for device: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller (VEN_1002) (DEV_4396)
Source INF file: C:\boot\macrium\Drivers\USB\VEN_1B21_DEV_1042\asmtxhci.inf
From what it shows, Macrium has its own data base of .inf drivers and then compares it to the hardware id it finds on your system. After that it is tries to check your OS for any missing drives not in its database. My log is from ver 4568 and run in March 2012. When It boots it brings up a window showing any missing drivers.

Jim
i will boot from the CD and see what i find
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11 Nov 2012   #565
salluhassan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

i am going to make image of hp recovery partition but what is winPE and linux boot criteria , and what is RAID . will i be able to make a rescue bootable disk . and in my mind i think that if i make image of hp recovery partition then if i format the whole hard disk then if i restore the image , i will be able to install the windows by pressing f11 and using recovery manager . am i right ?
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11 Nov 2012   #566
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salluhassan View Post
i am going to make image of hp recovery partition but what is winPE and linux boot criteria , and what is RAID . will i be able to make a rescue bootable disk . and in my mind i think that if i make image of hp recovery partition then if i format the whole hard disk then if i restore the image , i will be able to install the windows by pressing f11 and using recovery manager . am i right ?
Why not image your whole disk?
RAID is Redundant Array of Independent Disks where multiple disks, hard drive, act together as one for speed, or can setup to be a backup of each other.
You will need WinPE on bootable media such as a USB flash stick or a CD. You boot it and point it to your stored image to restore it. The image must be stored on a separate drive/flash stick/DVDs. An external HDD works best.
If you restore from the HP recovery partition you will have all of its bloatware crap back.

My choice would be to do a clean install then make an image of the whole system after you have all your software and settings as you like it.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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11 Nov 2012   #567
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Britton is correct. You should image the whole disk with Windows on it. If you take your route you will lose any programs you have installed and any data you have created. The recovery partition should only be used if you need to return your installation to exactly the state it was when you bought it.
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11 Nov 2012   #568
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
if i make image of hp recovery partition then if i format the whole hard disk then if i restore the image , i will be able to install the windows by pressing f11 and using recovery manager . am i right ?
That does not work unless you also image the System Partition and restore that first (except on a Dell where the recovery partition is usually the System partition). But Gary and Keith gave you the better way of doing that.
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11 Nov 2012   #569
mistachy

7 ultimate 64
 
 

im still working on my raid issue. i dont know how to account for extra needed drivers
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