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The use of mSATA

  1. #51


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks for the info. There is nothing you can do about the winsxs size - it is the heart of the system. DO NOT TOUCH IT - unless you want to brick your system. I have seen bigger than yours, considering the amount of programs you have.

    The mouse problem with the WinPE happens often. Apparently it does not have the driver for your mouse. Can you try amother mouse - best a wired model. It may be best you make a WinPE from the 8.1 sytem. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    I heard a lot of people have snow problems - not by us. We had 80F today - I love Florida.

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  2. #52


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    I looked at winsxs of my Win8 computer. The size is 5.71 GB. It is much bigger!!! As mentioned earlier, both windows 8 and windows 7 computer have almost identical programs.

    Regarding the mouse issue, I still use the original wired mouse and keyboard which came with the windows 8 computer. Since the computer is still new ( less than 2 months), I am trying to configure and learn windows 8 system. So I did not buy wireless keyboard and mouse yet.
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  3. #53


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    The winsxs sizes I have seen vary between 5GB and 15GB. A new install usually starts with 5GB. There is nothing you can do about it. This is the Windows OSA and how it works.

    Regarding the WinPE - you can try this WinPE. Simon (SIW2) made it for me. It has a whole selection of programs including Macrium. It works well on one of my 8.1 systems. The other one I do not need it because it is a virtual system.
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  4. #54


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    whs,

    I tried both Linus and WinPE CD for booting my home windows 7 computer. They worked nicely. Even Linus boot disk worked just fine. But they did not work on Win 8.1 computer.

    As you suggested, I created CD for your WHS.iso three times last night. None of them booted win 8 computer. I even tried two different approaches to burn CD thinking burning was the problem. It turned out to be creating three coasters.

    The error (see the attachment) is:

    An operating system was not found. Try to disconneting any drives that don't cotnain an operating system. Press Ctrol+Alt+ Del to restart.

    Click image for larger version

    BTW, I am posting a question to you about using SkyDrive in a separately.
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  5. #55


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    Please delete this message.
    Last edited by hummer7; 06 Feb 2014 at 11:58. Reason: Not relevant
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  6. #56


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I don't know what to say. I have never seen anybody having all those problems with Macrium. It i probably this crummy secure boot on the 8.1 system that does it. If you want to experiment, you can try 2 things:

    1. Set the BIOS to 'legacy' mode'
    2. Create a recovery CD from within 8.1 Macrium
    3. Use the AOMEI Backupper - that's a good imaging program too.
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  7. #57


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    In sum, it appears that Macrium is not efficient as Acronis. I currently use 2013 version Acronis for both Win 7 and 8.1. Acronis 2014 version for Windows 8 came out a month ago. I did not purchase it yet.

    2013 Acronis version was released before Windows 8 came out. As mentioned in previous posts, I had no problem with backing up and restore within windows or with Linus-based bootable disk in the past. I already used a few times successfully for backing up and restore win 8.1 partition with 2013 Acronis version. No trouble whatsoever on Windows 8.1 computer with Acronis program. I feel that Acronis is the way to go.
    BTW, I have nothing to do with Acronis. I am a just a consumer who has been using Acronis True Image program.
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  8. #58


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Macrium works fine for me on my 8.1 system - and I know some other people that use it on 8.1 too. I prefer it over Acronis that I have also tried because it is easier to use. But else, Acronis is a fine imaging program and if you are comfortable with that, there is no reason not to use it.
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  9. #59


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    I sincerely apologize you if I offended you on Macrium matter. I just expressed my past experience with Acronis.
    You have been very helpful for teaching me to work on SSD drive. I thank you.
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  10. #60


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    No apology necessary. I have no particular stake in Macrium. I just use it because it is easy and very reliable. During the Vista times I used Ghost and I also tried Acronis and Paragon. Later I tried a few others including Windows imaging (yukk).

    The last one I tried was AOMEI. That works pretty well on 64bit systems but they still have work in progress for the 32bit version. AOMEI caught my attention because they claim that they can align active SSDs with their Partition Assistant. Have not tried it yet but one guy reported that it worked.
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