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  1. #31


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Well 2 possibilities:

    1. You may have overlooked the "Press any key" on the top left of the screen when it tried to boot from the CD
    2. You can download a WinPE .iso from my skydrive and try that. The download takes only a few minutes. I know that this works and many others have already successfully used it.

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  2. #32


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Hi WHS,

    No I didn't miss the "press any key". I tried booting it four times and from two PCs and got no messge at all. Just a flashing cursor on the screen till it booted to Windows.

    I downloaded the Macrium ISO rescue file from the link you just posted and burned it as ISO on CD. And it's only a fraction of the size of the original one I downloaded, which was 1.67GB, and needed a DVD to burn, to as opposed to a CD. And all good, it works fine. So thanks very much for your help.

    The only negative is that it took nearly an hour to restore the image to the hard drive. Whereas Acronis restores it in about 12 minutes. Without any personal files or music loaded, my OS occupies about 22GB.

    Even so, good to have a backup system that works properly on W8.

    Cheers M
    Last edited by Mustang; 28 Jan 2013 at 23:14.
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  3. #33


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


    I downloaded the Macrium ISO rescue file from the link you just posted and burned it as ISO on CD. And it's only a fraction of the size of the original one I downloaded, which was 1.67GB, and needed a DVD to burn, to as opposed to a CD. And all good, it works fine. So thanks very much for your help.
    With the copy that you downloaded from WHS, the size is 175MB. If you have an extra USB stick about 512MB, you can also create a bootable USB for it using Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool, it'll boot up faster and smoother plus you don't waste another CD when you want to create an upgrade version.

    The only negative is that it took nearly an hour to restore the image to the hard drive. Whereas Acronis restores it in about 12 minutes. Without any personal files or music loaded, my OS occupies about 22GB.
    Macrium will create the image with the same amount of time if not less than Acronis, my C Drive is now 49GB and it took 7.5 minutes to do a complete backup and took 8.25 minutes to restore so I don't know why yours took nearly an hour ??? Did you go to the Advanced option and select "Intelligent Sector copy" instead of "Complete copy of the partition" ???
    Last edited by topgundcp; 29 Jan 2013 at 04:02.
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  4. #34


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Hi WHS,

    No I didn't miss the "press any key". I tried booting it four times and from two PCs and got no messge at all. Just a flashing cursor on the screen till it booted to Windows.

    I downloaded the Macrium ISO rescue file from the link you just posted and burned it as ISO on CD. And it's only a fraction of the size of the original one I downloaded, which was 1.67GB, and needed a DVD to burn, to as opposed to a CD. And all good, it works fine. So thanks very much for your help.

    The only negative is that it took nearly an hour to restore the image to the hard drive. Whereas Acronis restores it in about 12 minutes. Without any personal files or music loaded, my OS occupies about 22GB.

    Even so, good to have a backup system that works properly on W8.

    Cheers M
    You apparently made a mistake in the production of the WinPE when you did it yourself. The 1.7GB file is NOT the recovery tool but a Microsoft program called WAIK that is used to produce the WinPE.

    And a restore of 1 hour with such a small system I have never seen either. Mine usually takes 20 minutes and it is a lot bigger because I also have a virtual machine in my OS. I wonder what the problem is. Maybe you checked the verification. That would double the time.
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  5. #35


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Thanks guys. It's a mysery to me too. Creating the image only took 3 or 4 minutes. So don't understand why restoring would take so long? I left the existing OS in place and it wrote over it. Would this make a difference? Do you need a clean HD with no partitions?

    When I first opened the program on the top left of Window I clicked:

    Create bootable rescues media --> Rescue environment type: Windows PE --> Next --> Warning comes up: This feature may require a download of over 1GB --> Continue --> Download WAIK with two options dotted: Download from Microsoft + Install the component required for the Macrium Reflect rescue disc.

    When it had finished downloading there was an ISO file of 1.67GB. And it also started installing the donwloaded software. I stopped it installing as I thought the ISO file was the rescue disk. If I had let it finish installing would it have then produced a new small rescue ISO?

    So why does it produce an ISO file if it only needs to load the 1.67GB onto your computer? It offers the option to delete the ISO file after installation. I'm sorry but I'm confused? Why do I need an extra 1.67GB on my PC to get a 170MB rescue disk?

    When I created the image I did go to advanced options and it already had dotted "Intelligent sector copy (Recommended)". And this created quickly with no drama.

    I have the image stored on a Corsair SATA3 SSD storage drive separate to the HD for the OS. Does it have any problems reading from SSD SATA3 drives?
    Last edited by Mustang; 29 Jan 2013 at 03:32.
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  6. #36


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Do you need a clean HD with no partitions?
    No, you don't.

    If I had let it finish installing would it have then produced a new small rescue ISO?
    Yes, you were too eager to get it done.

    Why do I need an extra 1.67GB on my PC to get a 170MB rescue disk?
    I agree with you. But WAIK is the vehicle they use to produce the WinPE. You can uninstall it. I kept it because it is handy if one day they come with a new Macrium version where you have to make a new WinPE.


    Does it have any problems reading from SSD SATA3 drives?
    It should not. I use Sata3 SSDs.
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  7. #37


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Thanks WHS. I think I'll start all over again from scratch, but wonder whether to keep the rescue CD I made from the site you had a link to in your other post; or get the WAIK and get it from that? I re-ran the restore of the image and it was a bit of a worry how long it took to load the rescue disk ... about 4 - 5 minutes.

    Is there an option to set the read/write rate for restoration of the image? I looked but coulnd't find one.

    Cheers M
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  8. #38


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The restore CD you downloaded from my site should be fine. You can also use it to make an image - not only recover. I don't think you can speed up the R/W.
    Last edited by whs; 01 Feb 2013 at 11:09.
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  9. #39


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    I tried Macrium on my backup machine with W8 on DH67CL board and i5-2400 CPU, 8GB RAM, onboard graphics and SATA3 SSD HD.

    The recovery disk took about 2 minutes to load, and the restore of my OS took just over 10 minutes.

    The OS with all 3rd party programs loaded but no personal data, music, videos, etc, is 27GB. That's quite acceptable from my point of view.

    Thansk whs for the heads up on this program.
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  10. #40


    Posts : 7
    8x64 | 10x64


    I've used Acronis True Image for years and am glad of it. Before that, Norton Ghost (those were the days). The build of ATI 2013 I'm using presently (with no issues) is 5551. It appears to be the latest at this moment.
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