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About to install macrium reflect and image..

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    About to install macrium reflect and image..


    Hi,

    I am installing Macrium Reflect and about to image my hard drive.. on a Toshiba Satellite Laptop.

    I factory restore the toshiba laptop and now it has norton and all kinds of toshiba crapware software.. So i uninstalled that and now just want to create an image to save as a backup/recovery image that can be used for anytime I want to restore this to factory defaults but without the toshiba crapware..


    what is this "sys prep" I read about every so often, and when do you use that? i'm assuming I do not need to use that for restoring images created with macrium.

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    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    As long as you are using the WinPE boot disk (otherwise disable Secure Boot) all you do is: pop it in the drive; boot up to the Macrium interface; Select image source; Select image destination and follow the rest of the prompts. If it's your first time, make two images just in the very unlikely event one fails.

    Edit: Sorry, This is for re-imaging. Just go ahead and image the drives. Do the small drives before C: once each - separately- as well, just in case they get corrupted at some time in the future.
    Last edited by stringjunky; 16 Jan 2015 at 21:23. Reason: Additional note.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Are you installing the free Macrium or the paid Standard version ?
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    Hi,

    StringJunky -
    Do the small drives before C: once each - separately- as well, just in case they get corrupted at some time in the future.
    "do the small drives" ?? - I just would like to image my whole drive as to use to put back for a clean-like install that i have right now on my toshiba laptop.

    David, - Macrium Free is what I am using now.. I could pay for the standard if that is what I "need" to to do what I want.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    You can use the free.

    I like the Standard because of the boot time menu.
    I find it easier to use.
    A personal choice.
    I'm lazy.
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    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by brooksndun View Post
    Hi,

    StringJunky -
    Do the small drives before C: once each - separately- as well, just in case they get corrupted at some time in the future.
    "do the small drives" ?? - I just would like to image my whole drive as to use to put back for a clean-like install that i have right now on my toshiba laptop.
    Do what pleases you, but those other drives don't change - unless you change the number of drives possibly - so I feel you are adding unnecessary bulk and time to your imaging/reimaging procedure. Possibly, you are also increasing the risk of something going wrong because you are simultaneously doing multiple drives; it's a more complex procedure for Macrium to do.

    Just so you don't learn the hard way, like I did: If your image came off a, for example, 100GB hard drive or partition it will NOT transfer to a smaller drive or partition but it will to the same size or a bigger one. If transferring to another different drive or setup you must consider the ORIGINAL size of the partition imaged and not the compressed size of the image, which will be just over half-size of the original.
    Last edited by stringjunky; 17 Jan 2015 at 01:58.
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    Ok, I think we have a misunderstanding about what I am doing.

    1. I have a Toshiba laptop I just bought. its new.
    2. I uninstalled Norton,crapware,bloatware,games, everything toshiba put on it from the factory.

    3. I now set settings in windows to want.. (changed power settings,background pictures etc..)

    4. I now want to image that "custom" windows I just did.. (you know, I uninstalled norton etc..)

    5. this is all on 1 computer. the toshiba laptop.. i'm not transfering anything to any other hard drive or computer..


    So, I just want to make a Recovery Boot USB and then copy the Image of the drive I have right now to the USB for recovering later..

    make sense now?

    so now where are the "smaller drives" ?? so i think we had a misunderstanding. I guess? right?
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    A picture---

    Click image for larger version
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    Yellow Belly
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    A picture---

    Click image for larger version
    ...speaks a thousand words. You can toggle where the blue arrows are to select or deselect partitions to image.
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    Ok, that makes more sense. Thank you both. I now finally see what you are referring to when you say "do the small drives"..

    So if I was to not "image" those "smaller" drives, that just means I can't restore from factory anymore right? Or will Windows actually not run because it needs those?

    That's my last question and then this is solved..
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