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  1. #100


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    I've never had a restore fail either. I've not done hundreds but I've do a fair few, the most recent last Monday.

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  2. #101


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    If you want to convert your existing laptop disk to a virtual disk image then you can use Disk2vhd
    I wanted to know if I can create a virtual disk environment that mirrors my laptop on an external HDD and then use this to restore a system image from my laptop. I think this is different
    Yes it is. I was misunderstanding I think. Assuming you made a VM (however you did it - using your existing disk as a basis or doing a clean install) it would have different hardware as the VM doesn't access your hardware direct. Assuming you get that done which you most certainly could you could then restore a system image into it but this would be like restoring a system image into a different machine as that is what it would be. Depending on what (real) hardware you have - in particular graphics - it may identify the changed hardware and boot up (or not).

    A much much easier test would be to make a system image, create a folder on your desktop called "This should not be here" then sign off, go to the recovery environment and restore your system image. The folder you created should be gone and you have proved your backup is OK.
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  3. #102


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    @whs, thank you for the tip about how to check the recovery disks. I've done this to the point before clicking to restore (following information I found elsewhere) but being able to check these thoroughly would be good.

    I can't add to your rep until I've spread some around, but I do appreciate your comments and suggstions. Maybe I'm getting a bit paranoid about this whole restore issue. But I'd be interested to know why you have done so many restores. Presumably this isn't because you've had so many problems??
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  4. #103


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    ... you could then restore a system image into it but this would be like restoring a system image into a different machine as that is what it would be. Depending on what (real) hardware you have - in particular graphics - it may identify the changed hardware and boot up (or not).
    I had begun to think that my idea would fail because of this, unless I have recovery software that enables me to restore to different hardware (which I am considering purchasing).

    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    A much much easier test would be to make a system image, create a folder on your desktop called "This should not be here" then sign off, go to the recovery environment and restore your system image. The folder you created should be gone and you have proved your backup is OK.
    Yes, I understand this thanks. I had just wondered if there was a way to test that the backup is ok without restoring it back onto the machine it just came from. I have a feeling I could mess it up somewhere in the process and end up in a worse situation than I started. But as I said in reply to whs, maybe I'm just getting paranoid about the whole thing.
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  5. #104


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
    I've never had a restore fail either. I've not done hundreds but I've do a fair few, the most recent last Monday.
    Just for interest (and learning): why have you done a faire few restores? Do you get problems or is it a way of cleaning up your machine, or something else entirely?
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  6. #105


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
    I've never had a restore fail either. I've not done hundreds but I've do a fair few, the most recent last Monday.
    Just for interest (and learning): why have you done a faire few restores? Do you get problems or is it a way of cleaning up your machine, or something else entirely?
    I do a fair bit of experimentation. If I don't like what I've done and it takes less time and effort to restore rather than back the changes out manually then I will restore. I image daily so I rarely have much post restoration recovery to do.
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  7. #106


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    But I'd be interested to know why you have done so many restores.
    I used to teach Macrium imaging in my computer club. Most of these restores were during practice sessions in class. But I have also done a couple dozen on my own (6) systems because I always play around with things that I should leave alone, LOL.

    PS - and don't worry about reps. I am not a 'rep collector'. Reps don't mean anything for me.
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  8. #107


    Posts : 115
    win-7-8.1


    Yikes is this VMware workstation 10 still the free version ?
    That's what it wants to update too :/
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  9. #108


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
    Yikes is this VMware workstation 10 still the free version ?
    That's what it wants to update too :/

    VMware Player
    is the free version.
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  10. #109


    Posts : 115
    win-7-8.1


    Hi,
    The more information link only says trail ?
    Version 10 does not look free to me
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