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    Possibly a quick hand in identifying files....


    Hello to all,
    Have been running W8 and have backed up system images on my 2nd hardrive (D. I have used Macrium of which I am more familiar and also the OS's Windows 7 File Recovery. Both have instructed me to create boot rescue disks.
    I am looking at the D: drive and I see the Folder Macrium, got that. Now I also find a folder named WindowsImageBackup and another folder that doesn't use the standard folder icon but something like a green line and a DVD icon named with the computer's name. The WindowsImageBackup is dated March, and the Machine Named weird icon folder is dated the last time I did a Windows 7 File Recovery Backup.
    Can anyone please explain the differences on the two folders, what programs control them and why they have different backup dates. Not having used Windows System Images because of a glitch in my W7 machine, I am again over my head in what is going on. If I do a restore System Image with the Windows 7 File Recovery and it's boot disk, which I was instructed to label Windows 8 Consumer Preview Rescue disk, will that do a full system image restore, or try to?
    Thanks for any assistance!
    Glenn

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    Nothing....
    Glenn
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    I don't know about any of that. I can recommend something else entirely though and is free.

    Clonezilla - you don't use it like "recovery" this or that, or "rescue" whatever.

    What it does is it makes a scientifically perfect copy of a partition or complete HDD. Say the original gets eaten by monsters. You can throw it out and simply boot to the drive cloned to, instead. No repairing, running any programs to get to the new drive etc...

    Or, if the original drive has the Operating System but not the booting files, you can clone it then add it to your boot manager with EasyBCD. If your install on original fails for any reason, boot to the other cloned drive.

    It's all simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    I don't know about any of that. I can recommend something else entirely though and is free.

    Clonezilla - you don't use it like "recovery" this or that, or "rescue" whatever.

    What it does is it makes a scientifically perfect copy of a partition or complete HDD. Say the original gets eaten by monsters. You can throw it out and simply boot to the drive cloned to, instead. No repairing, running any programs to get to the new drive etc...

    Or, if the original drive has the Operating System but not the booting files, you can clone it then add it to your boot manager with EasyBCD. If your install on original fails for any reason, boot to the other cloned drive.

    It's all simple.

    Clonezilla - About
    Howdy GMan,
    Thanks for responding. That sounds like an interesting program. But it sounds like it would be getting too technical for my setup and style or lack of! Appreciate it!
    Glenn
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    No idea what that other icon is.

    Sometimes you will find it on oem macines - can you post a screenshot of it?

    Macrium is an excellent program - perhaps the most popular on this forum .

    Windows 8 Image backup appears identical to the one included in windows 7.

    If you made an image with it - you should be able to restore it like any other backup image.

    However, it looks like it is for the chop.

    MS are more keen on the refresh/reset functions.
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    However, it looks like it is for the chop.

    MS are more keen on the refresh/reset functions.

    That would be a silly move, IMO.

    Have MS completely lost the plot?

    Staying with Win 7 or migrating to Linux(?) is looking more and more likely.

    There is too much about the way MS seems to be heading that simply
    doen not appeal to me.
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    Have MS completely lost the plot?
    Yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    No idea what that other icon is.

    Sometimes you will find it on oem macines - can you post a screenshot of it?

    Macrium is an excellent program - perhaps the most popular on this forum .

    Windows 8 Image backup appears identical to the one included in windows 7.

    If you made an image with it - you should be able to restore it like any other backup image.

    However, it looks like it is for the chop.

    MS are more keen on the refresh/reset functions.
    Howdy again,
    Certainly good to know that Macrium can still do the job, I have used it more often than I should.... These are the Folders and files? on the Backup drive. I recognize the folders Macrium and WindowsImageBackup. But the other one that I scrambled the Computer Name on is unknown. I feel it must be a W8 program possibly as Macrium is the only non MS backup program I've installed.

    Click image for larger version

    Thanks!
    Glenn
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    Hello Glenn,

    The icon with the strange font for your computer name is from Windows Backup.


    The WindowsImageBackup folder is from a created System Image in Windows.

    Hope this helps some more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Glenn,

    The icon with the strange font for your computer name is from Windows Backup.

    The WindowsImageBackup folder is from a created System Image in Windows.

    Hope this helps some more.
    Thanks so much Brink,
    So since I have decided to rely on the WindowsImageBackup and/or Macrium, that file set is redundant and not necessary. If I read your explanation clearly. I can just delete it and be good to go. You da man!
    Glenn
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