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  1. #31


    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    If you use the 'intelligent copy' choice it only copys those sectors with data on it, keeping your image size down. Nice to hear it went ok for you.

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  2. #32


    Yes, I believe it was set to Intelligent Scan copy,

    so that also must be why it was a tiny image.. but in anycase, I factory restored a toshiba satellite laptop, and then uninstalled the bloatware/crapware.. (toshiba eco apps and etc..)

    then using Macrium usb disk I saved the (all partitions selected) to the usb and it was all under 15 gigs If i remember.

    then I restored the disk to see if it worked using the image I just backed up. It worked.
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  3. #33


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    Yes, I believe it was set to Intelligent Scan copy,

    so that also must be why it was a tiny image.. but in anycase, I factory restored a toshiba satellite laptop, and then uninstalled the bloatware/crapware.. (toshiba eco apps and etc..)

    then using Macrium usb disk I saved the (all partitions selected) to the usb and it was all under 15 gigs If i remember.

    then I restored the disk to see if it worked using the image I just backed up. It worked.
    You don't need to use 'Clone' unless it's imperative you need to copy every sector.

    What you could do now is put that full copy aside and do a copy of C only;put that aside. The next 2 copies you make you could remove the oldest one when you make subsequent ones so you always have two fairly current copies. Your first C image or the full system image is the base image if you want to start again. I aim to have one full system base image; a C drive base image and two images that I just roll over each other, deleting the oldest one. The rolling copies are ones I use to normally restore my system with because they are the most up to date.

    If at any time you want to have a look at the contents of an image or copy something from it just right-click on it and choose 'Explore Image' and it will be mounted for you to view.
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  4. #34


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Keeping only 2 images in the backup is a bit skimpy. I always keep at least 10 and always the first 2 I made right after the installation and the one when all programs were installed and settings done. I image at least once per week and I spread the images over 2 external and 1 internal disk. Same for the data partition.
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  5. #35


    Hi,

    Those sound like good plans, I particulary am just using these "images"/backups as a way to just go back after I install something that causes conflict or after problems occur using the internet/downloading trying new programs/Games.. this is my "no care Worry-free" leisure fun computer that I don't care about what happens to it.. (it's actually quite nice not caring about virus or maleware or security.. ( I don't bank or do anything with passwords on this computer except login to my secondary semi-fake for spam and junk emails)
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  6. #36


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Another 'care free' approach is to run Windows in a virtual VMware Player machine from a small Linux distro. The virtual machine is only 1 folder that you can easily copy in no time and restore when needed with the linux running. No need to boot from CD or any other complications. If you run all that from a SSD, you will not really notice a performance difference to a native installation.

    A different approach for imaging is AOMEI OneKey Recovery. There you can recover from the boot menu - quite nifty. I have tried that out in a virtual W8.1 and made a summary on page 3 post #25 in this thread.
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  7. #37


    Windows in a virtual VMware Player machine from a small Linux distro.

    Ok what/where can I install and start going through this process? I like..
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  8. #38


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
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    A different approach for imaging is AOMEI OneKey Recovery. There you can recover from the boot menu - quite nifty. I have tried that out in a virtual W8.1 and made a summary on page 3 post #25 in this thread.
    Guess what I'll be playing with later?
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  9. #39


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    hold shift key + restart for windows recovery

    or power on and off 3 times before booting into windows will also trigger windows recovery
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  10. #40


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    hold shift key + restart for windows recovery

    or power on and off 3 times before booting into windows will also trigger windows recovery
    Right, I forgot all about that. Make your own refresh images.

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
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