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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

11 Nov 2012   #570
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@Mistachy
Here is the procedure I used for USB3 drivers. In creating the macrium pe it didn't automatically search for these drivers.
Problem recoverying from backup via USB 3.0 external drive

@Salluhasan
Image all partitions. You will normally only need to reimage your OS partition but you should have an image of your recovery partition if it gets damaged or your HDD fails and needs replacing. You can reimage the recovery partition and in the worst case scenario do a factory recovery. I'm not sure if the factory recovery DVDs you should have made will restore a recovery partition to a new HDD.
Note: If F11 doesn't allow you to boot the recovery partition then setting to be ACTIVE using a tool like free Partition Wizard should allow you to boot directly into it. (Worst case scenario).


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12 Nov 2012   #571
salluhassan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thanks all guys, i am new to all this stuff . actually i also need to do clean install of OS, and hp probook 4530s does not come with preinstalled option to create recovery disks, but we can purchase disks from them .i cannot make whole image of whole disk , bcoz it will reach up to 200 GB , thats why i made the image of system reserved partition and recovery partition and hp tools, thats it .i saved it to my external hard disk of about 150 GB .
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12 Nov 2012   #572
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salluhassan View Post
thanks all guys, i am new to all this stuff . actually i also need to do clean install of OS, and hp probook 4530s does not come with preinstalled option to create recovery disks, but we can purchase disks from them .i cannot make whole image of whole disk , bcoz it will reach up to 200 GB , thats why i made the image of system reserved partition and recovery partition and hp tools, thats it .i saved it to my external hard disk of about 150 GB .
If you want to make a clean install, look at this. It shows you how to download a Windows 7 SP1, etc. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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12 Nov 2012   #573
Jim1cor13

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Hello to everyone

whs, I want to first thank you for being so kind and helpful as to create the Macrium winpe ISO file. It is so appreciated sir.

I do have a quesiton though: I noticed after downloading from your skydrive account, and creating my USB boot flash drive, that when I booted into the Macrium environment, it states the version as being 5.04995 64 bit. My laptop (Dell Inspiron E1705) I am using it on is x86 32 bit Windows 7 Pro. It appears to be working flawlessly, and I have both created and restored 2 images and all went excellent.

I assume even though I have 32 bit, so far there have been no issues using your 64 bit rescue disk. Should I be careful about using it on a 32 bit system?

So far as mentioned, it is working great, but I wanted to both thank you and ask if there is any issues in using this 64 bit disk on a 32 bit machine. it does not appear to be any issues with it, but I wanted to ask you.

Thank you sir.

Jim
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12 Nov 2012   #574
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You should have no issues on a 32 bit system it work with both.
Welcome to Seven forums Jim1cor13
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12 Nov 2012   #575
Jim1cor13

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You should have no issues on a 32 bit system it work with both.
Welcome to Seven forums Jim1cor13
Oh thank you very much sir! It sure does a great job, thanks again to WHS for all his efforts.

Thank you for the welcome also. Have a peaceful day Britton
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12 Nov 2012   #576
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salluhassan View Post
thanks all guys, i am new to all this stuff . actually i also need to do clean install of OS, and hp probook 4530s does not come with preinstalled option to create recovery disks, but we can purchase disks from them .i cannot make whole image of whole disk , bcoz it will reach up to 200 GB , thats why i made the image of system reserved partition and recovery partition and hp tools, thats it .i saved it to my external hard disk of about 150 GB .
That is definitely a good strategy.
Currently you are working off what is referred to as an OEM:SLP license which is given to the big OEMs and doesn't involve Microsoft directly.
If you do a clean install you move to an OEM:COA license which involves MS authentication.
With the images you should always be able to go back to the OEM:SLP if you have problems. The majority of non technical users would just stay with the OEM:SLP.
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12 Nov 2012   #577
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I assume even though I have 32 bit, so far there have been no issues using your 64 bit rescue disk. Should I be careful about using it on a 32 bit system?
Your assumption is correct. All the 64bit means is that the mini-OS that drives the Macrium on the WinPE is a 64bit version. As long as your PC is 64bit capable (which practically all PC's are nowadays), then it will run.

And regarding the Macrium version question, there is nothing to worry about. I have imaged and recovered with all kinds of mixed Macrium versions and never had a problem. They seem to be all upward/downward compatible.
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13 Nov 2012   #578
salluhassan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salluhassan View Post
thanks all guys, i am new to all this stuff . actually i also need to do clean install of OS, and hp probook 4530s does not come with preinstalled option to create recovery disks, but we can purchase disks from them .i cannot make whole image of whole disk , bcoz it will reach up to 200 GB , thats why i made the image of system reserved partition and recovery partition and hp tools, thats it .i saved it to my external hard disk of about 150 GB .
If you want to make a clean install, look at this. It shows you how to download a Windows 7 SP1, etc. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
whs , so it was you who uploaded that iso of winPE , i was wondering who did that bcoz i download it from somwhere here . now i know . thanks and yeah i saved that link to email of mine . whenever i intend to restore images , i will download that win PE in to my usb drive . and i already did clean install a day ago. thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salluhassan View Post
thanks all guys, i am new to all this stuff . actually i also need to do clean install of OS, and hp probook 4530s does not come with preinstalled option to create recovery disks, but we can purchase disks from them .i cannot make whole image of whole disk , bcoz it will reach up to 200 GB , thats why i made the image of system reserved partition and recovery partition and hp tools, thats it .i saved it to my external hard disk of about 150 GB .
That is definitely a good strategy.
Currently you are working off what is referred to as an OEM:SLP license which is given to the big OEMs and doesn't involve Microsoft directly.
If you do a clean install you move to an OEM:COA license which involves MS authentication.
With the images you should always be able to go back to the OEM:SLP if you have problems. The majority of non technical users would just stay with the OEM:SLP.
yeah i will definetly need your help if i intended to restore that images which i stored in my external hard disk . because i donot so sure about it , that is it possible to go back to as same as it was before when factory installed . currently i donot wanna go back bcoz i have fully activated again windows 7 home prem by a clean reinstall of OS . but in case for the sake of information i would like to know how to go back to previous situation when my notebook was factory installed with a system reserved partiton, C: system drive, HP_recovery(D and a HP_tools(E . and i already backup system reserved partition and Hp_recovery partiton with macrium , but not C: system partiton and not hp_tools partiton .. but with acronis true image , i already got images of these three drive, system reserved partition, hp_recovery and hp_tools.
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13 Nov 2012   #579
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salluhassan View Post
yeah i will definetly need your help if i intended to restore that images which i stored in my external hard disk . because i donot so sure about it , that is it possible to go back to as same as it was before when factory installed . currently i donot wanna go back bcoz i have fully activated again windows 7 home prem by a clean reinstall of OS . but in case for the sake of information i would like to know how to go back to previous situation when my notebook was factory installed with a system reserved partiton, C: system drive, HP_recovery(D and a HP_tools(E . and i already backup system reserved partition and Hp_recovery partiton with macrium , but not C: system partiton and not hp_tools partiton .. but with acronis true image , i already got images of these three drive, system reserved partition, hp_recovery and hp_tools.
Basically, you need an external HDD of sufficient size to store an image of your OS partition. You really need at least a 500GB external HDD.
If you do an image restore of your Recovery, system reserved and Tools partition you should be able to put your PC back in the state it was when you bought it.

This Forum unlike many others has a very extensive Tutorial section. I suggest you do some reading. If you need help in accessing the tutorials then get back to us and we will guide you.
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