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What to do if you've got an usb/boot install?

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Look at post #7 where I linked one of my tutorials. The EFI partition you image just like any other partition. You can image/restore several partitions together in 1 shot. Just check the ones you want. See picture for where the checkmarks are.

    Click image for larger version

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  2. #12


    Rio
    Posts : 85
    Triple Boot Win7, Win8.1 and 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Look at post #7 where I linked one of my tutorials. The EFI partition you image just like any other partition. You can image/restore several partitions together in 1 shot. Just check the ones you want. See picture for where the checkmarks are.

    Click image for larger version
    Is the name of the program Macrium Reflect? By looking at the picture creating the images seems very straightforward. Then I suppose you replace those created images on your external hdd by newer ones from time to time, am I right? I'll take a look at post #7.
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  3. #13


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by rafael1979 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Look at post #7 where I linked one of my tutorials. The EFI partition you image just like any other partition. You can image/restore several partitions together in 1 shot. Just check the ones you want. See picture for where the checkmarks are.

    Click image for larger version
    Is the name of the program Macrium Reflect? By looking at the picture creating the images seems very straightforward. Then I suppose you replace those created images on your external hdd by newer ones from time to time, am I right? I'll take a look at post #7.
    You should create a Macrium boot menu too:

    Click image for larger version

    You insert the usb & restart & the Macrium Reflect booting options appear.

    EDIT--
    If you format the usb as NTFS you will end up with 1 big file.
    Which makes things easier than if you format it as FAT 32.

    FAT 32 can only make 4GB files.
    You could end up with 5 or more files using it.
    Which could be confusing.
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yes, you delete the old images when they are no more needed. I usually keep some of the first ones right after the system was installed (for a possible reinstall) and than 3 to 5 of the most recent ones. I image the OS appr. once per week and the data partition depending on changes.

    I have 10 disks of several Terabyte capacity to where I image my 7 PCs. But for a single system one or 2 disks will suffice. I even make images of the systems that I run from USB flash drives. But for that you need a different program.

    And then I also need to backup my 6 virtual systems. But that is a straight copy of the VMware folders. But all of that takes many Gigabytes of space.
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  5. #15


    Rio
    Posts : 85
    Triple Boot Win7, Win8.1 and 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Yes, you delete the old images when they are no more needed. I usually keep some of the first ones right after the system was installed (for a possible reinstall) and than 3 to 5 of the most recent ones. I image the OS appr. once per week and the data partition depending on changes.

    I have 10 disks of several Terabyte capacity to where I image my 7 PCs. But for a single system one or 2 disks will suffice. I even make images of the systems that I run from USB flash drives. But for that you need a different program.

    And then I also need to backup my 6 virtual systems. But that is a straight copy of the VMware folders. But all of that takes many Gigabytes of space.
    I've taken note of the name of the program. I'll first have to buy a large usb disk to then start making my own images. Until then I'll just have to be careful with my Windows 8.1 self-inflicted damaging, lol and also use Hiren's CD Boot to try and recover my system.

    Thank you very much, you've been very helpful!

    ;-)
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you make the recovery drive and don't select the option to "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" you'll end up with a small recovery drive that will prompt for your install image when you try to do a Reset. It's a very basic limited recovery drive. To actually do a full reset with just that drive you have to check the option I mentioned above. For me it required a 16 GB thumb drive. The size of the drive needed is dependent on the size of the hidden OEM recovery partition and the image file in it.
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