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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

19 Aug 2013   #710
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You hardware, CPU and RAM along with the HDD and its cache will have a big part in how long the restore or image creations takes. Mine take around 13 minutes on both operations. My OS image is 18GB and Data 34GB.

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19 Aug 2013   #711

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

What sort of performance do you get when using an external USB HDD?
I have images backed up on 3 separate HDD's. The first is an internal HDD I use to save data on and which I used to restore the image from, the second is using e-SATA docking station and the third is using a USB 3.0 docking station. I can save a full image on all three HDD's between 3 minutes 25 seconds and 3 minutes 45 seconds. The slowest one being when I use the USB 3.0 device. I haven't tried restoring from either external HDD dock, but only from the internal HDD, which is a SATA III connection. I may have to try it again and see what happens using one of the other drive and hopefully I will get better performance. With Windows System imaging I can do a complete 22 Gb restore to my SSD in about 10 minutes, or less, so I thought it was strange that Macrium took so long.

Thanks to everyone for their replies!
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21 Aug 2013   #712
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

On one system I have a USB3/SSD setup. Restore for a 22GB image takes about 15 minutes.
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21 Aug 2013   #713

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Something doesn't sound right ... I just made a 24gb image and it only took 7 minutes..
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21 Aug 2013   #714
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Were you imaging to an internal drive or external? Was the destination drive SSD or HDD?
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22 Aug 2013   #715

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
On one system I have a USB3/SSD setup. Restore for a 22GB image takes about 15 minutes.
That sounds about right to me.

One thing I just thought of that may have made a difference. The image I restored was taken from my Samsung SSD and restored to a Kingston SSD. The total available space on the Samsung is about 2 Gbs larger than on the Kingston, so it would have needed to be resized to fit.

Thanks for all replies!
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22 Aug 2013   #716

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Wolfgang I have selected the rescue for the Windows ISO and gone through the instructions and insert a disk (DVD) and it goes for two seconds and then ejects it with this message. If I am doing something wrong can you please advise. I have tried 6 different empty disks soi don't think it is the media.

PS Meant to mention the image went fine:)

I backed mine up on a usb stick it was quick and made a disk
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26 Aug 2013   #717

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

Just finished doing another image restore and this time it only took 3 minutes to complete. But this was restoring an image that was created from the same SSD, so it didn't have to do any resizing.
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26 Aug 2013   #718

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

It still sounds odd to me unless Macrium does a full clean prior to a resize. In principle going from a smaller to a larger SSD would give some unallocated space which should be easily and quickly recovered.
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24 Sep 2013   #719

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Thank you "whs" for this excellent tutorial :)
... and SIW2 for the BartPe plugin, tip :)

Found this tutorial at bottom of Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay. I have always assumed (until 2 months ago) the only cure for a sick PC was a clean install and days of reinstalling apps and custom settings.
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