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About to install macrium reflect and image..

  1. #21


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    Hi,

    Ok i'm going to try Macrium Reflect, select all my partitions/disks and then just backup/create image.. I may or may not do compress but I probably will have to if it doesn't fit on the USB.

    thanks. I will mark this as "solved" once I fully finish the backup.

    Later on, after I imaged the entire drive once. Then, I would only have to back up the windows partition (C:\) later on if I wanted later images.. correct? and with that, It wouldn't overwrite the "efi" and other "partitions" if I don't have them checked/ticked in Macrium Reflect correct. I would only select/check/tick the C: and then backup that.. it would then only overwrite the C: I'm assuming from what I read earlier.

    Hope that makes sense. I think we are on the end of this post here.
    I've never tried to make an image on a usb that already had an image on it.
    You could experiment.
    It won't hurt your usb as you can always reformat it.
    You might end up having to use a 64 GB usb.?

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  2. #22


    Hi,

    yes perhaps.. will let you know.. usb are so cheap on amazon now-a-days.. but i guess you have to find a reliable brand.. I like Silicon Power and the better PNY usb's.. I'm also looking for a really good usb hub.. maybe anker 9 port usb..
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  3. #23


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Most of the time I let the imaging process work in the background or start it & go out or to bed.
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  4. #24


    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    Hi,


    Later on, after I imaged the entire drive once. Then, I would only have to back up the windows partition (C:\) later on if I wanted later images.. correct? and with that, It wouldn't overwrite the "efi" and other "partitions" if I don't have them checked/ticked in Macrium Reflect correct. I would only select/check/tick the C: and then backup that.. it would then only overwrite the C: I'm assuming from what I read earlier.

    Hope that makes sense. I think we are on the end of this post here.
    Your understanding is correct to all. You can have as many images on your usb as will fit on it. You just select for restoring the image you want from those listed when you browse for an image in the usb drive. Can't remember why, but I was advised not to change the names of the images; just go by the dates, which is with each image. I would leave compression at the default medium setting because further compression prolongs the imaging time considerably. 25GB of data, at default compression, takes 11 minutes on my laptop to the data partition on it and 8 minutes if I send it to my external drive; the hard-drive head isn't working so hard in the latter scenario writing from one partition to another on the same hard drive so it's quicker.
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  5. #25


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    Dual boot: Win 8.1 Pro x64; Win 7 HP x64


    @brooksndun I read you posts, and was in your shoes almost exactly a year ago. I don't think the way these guys have their setup is how you imagined the solution to your problem.

    Allow me to present the contrary viewpoint. Perhaps my setup comes closer to what you envisioned, and a hybrid middle ground between the two will work for you.
    Last edited by PlatypusKnight; 19 Jan 2015 at 08:11.
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  6. #26


    ok i'm ears, but I can see absolutely no reason cloning a drive with macrium reflect would be some setup I did not "imagine" which is what I believe their setup is..?


    so where is your suggestion?

    (though I'm already doing the macrium boot disk setup!)
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  7. #27


    Oh, and David, the only thing I read about compression in general is it requires strain on the cpu.. as it uses more to decode/ read/etc.. etc.. but I guess who cares about strain on a cpu.. i Have an i7 in one laptop and that is meant to do work is it not? ha.
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  8. #28


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    Dual boot: Win 8.1 Pro x64; Win 7 HP x64


    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    ok i'm ears, but I can see absolutely no reason cloning a drive with macrium reflect would be some setup I did not "imagine" which is what I believe their setup is..?


    so where is your suggestion?
    They really shouldn't let people on the internet when they're inebriated. What a night last night.

    I'll go through what I wrote last night, and if it's not too embarrassing I'll post. Basically, rather than image the entire drive, I image only the OS with updates and customizations. I use another backup routine for documents, files, music etc. I don't need to image my entire 1 terabyte of data. I just need the OS to be up and running in 10 minutes if anything unforeseen should happen.
    Last edited by PlatypusKnight; 19 Jan 2015 at 08:20. Reason: Typo. Hair of the dog anyone?
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  9. #29


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by PlatypusKnight View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    ok i'm ears, but I can see absolutely no reason cloning a drive with macrium reflect would be some setup I did not "imagine" which is what I believe their setup is..?


    so where is your suggestion?
    They really shouldn't let people on the internet when they're inebriated. What a night last night.

    I'll go through what I wrote last night, and if it's not too embarrassing I'll post. Basically, rather than image the entire drive, I image only the OS with updates and customizations. I use another backup routine for documents, files, music etc. I don't need to image my entire 1 terabyte of data. I just need the OS to be up and running in 10 minutes if anything unforeseen should happen.
    That's all I do. My OS is on a 50GB partition and the rest is data ...I backup as well again to an external for important data stuff.
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  10. #30


    Alright well, I made the Macrium Boot disk, tried my first backup/clone it worked and then restored it. it worked..

    so Macrium is the way to go. (free version used)

    -by the way, used no compression as my first initial backup fit on a usb stick uncompressed! (had nothing installed i guess in windows yet)

    solved..
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