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  1. #11


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
    I installed Reflex and downloaded ADKSetup. That was over an hour ago and it's still installing.
    I'm getting a bit frustrated here.
    I've already told you about this, that's why I downloaded the rescue disk from here:
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475A0...A6D4035%211812

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Here is my tutorial for free Macrium. Maybe it helps: Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums -- It works the same on /8 as on /7.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
    So you haven't tried the Windows 7 File Recovery?
    Can I create a boot disk with Macrium Free??

    James
    Windows 7 file recovery works great and is very simple to set up.

    I never have any problems using those images.

    You don't even need a boot disk for recovery, but it gives the option to create one. The Windows 8 CD with it's advanced recovery options works fine and takes you straight to the images on your back up drives.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    I have used Windows System Imaging since Windows 7 first came out and now with Windows 8. It works well most of the time, but on occasion I have had an image that I can't restore for one reason or another. That is why I also use Macrium Reflect as a backup imaging program, which I run from a bootable WinPE disk. I have never had an image made with Macrium fail to restore.
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  5. #15


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Like topgundcp, I encountered the shell freeze problem in Acronis True Image 2013. But that problem has now been fixed (a replacement for a proxy file is needed) and a new version update is due out any day now.

    I've had enormous trouble with just about every version of Acronis imagining software. It is hard to install and harder to clean up.
    It can crash your system and leave it unbootable. Getting Acronis support for help may also crash your system and leave it unbootable.

    But eventually, I've managed to find a way to get versions to work and they work very well indeed. I can back up and verify my system drive in about 15-20 minutes. A full recovery takes at most 15 minutes. It's great if you can get it to work.
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  6. #16


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    Like topgundcp, I encountered the shell freeze problem in Acronis True Image 2013. But that problem has now been fixed (a replacement for a proxy file is needed) and a new version update is due out any day now.

    I've had enormous trouble with just about every version of Acronis imagining software. It is hard to install and harder to clean up.
    It can crash your system and leave it unbootable. Getting Acronis support for help may also crash your system and leave it unbootable.

    But eventually, I've managed to find a way to get versions to work and they work very well indeed. I can back up and verify my system drive in about 15-20 minutes. A full recovery takes at most 15 minutes. It's great if you can get it to work.
    I was also an Acronis user for number of years and yes it did a decent job but most of the times I only use it offline ie. to boot the PC from CD or USB stick to do backup/restore, in order to browse the image to selectively restore files, I needed to install Acronis, then had problem with the Shell Extension.
    Since Macrium Reflect is free, I thought that I tried it and I am completely surprised how well it does the job ie. fast, nice interface, light weight compared to Acronis, allows me to do online backup by taking a snapshot, allows me to selectively restore files by mounting the image as a virtual disk and best of all it took less than 7 minutes to do a 42GB backup of my C Drive and same amount of time to restore. So over all rating, Macrium is No. 1 on my list.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 21 Jan 2013 at 22:23.
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  7. #17


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7
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  8. #18


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I'll have to give a look at Macrium.

    Thanks for the pointer.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 33
    Windows 8 PRO


    Ever since I had a problem with Acronis True Image and Vista, which Acronis failed to solve. I have been using Paragon Hard Disc Manager. It has never failed me through Vista to Windows 8.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I have been using Paragon for a while.

    It is the best if you are looking for a paid solution with all the extra functions.

    Macrium seems to work fine for most - the free version is well liked.

    Aomei backuper is a new free one - I am very impressed with it.

    Easeus do a free one as well - it is large and intrusive, many swear by it.

    There are several to choose from.
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