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    Rename Macrium Image File?


    I was recently trying out Macrium Free 7.2 and a couple of questions came up.

    I created a disk image and left the settings at defaults. There was the part of the process where you direct the file to the destination folder, and this is where there was a warning to NOT change the file name of the image.
    Macrium assigns a random alpha numeric string as a file name that is not descriptive at all. I like to name my image files with what is being backed up and the date. I assumed Macrium would append the date to the file name but it didn't.

    Does it matter if I were to change the file name during the imaging setup to my preference? Does this cause any complaints for the program in future backups or restore? My preferred format is like: "Sys,C,RE,D, 20-03-07" .

    Also: in Acronis I can change the file name manually in Windows Explorer and they still work with TI. Keep in mind I only do full backups, not differential or incremental. Does Macrium tolerate this as well?
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    TV2 said:
    I was recently trying out Macrium Free 7.2 and a couple of questions came up.

    I created a disk image and left the settings at defaults. There was the part of the process where you direct the file to the destination folder, and this is where there was a warning to NOT change the file name of the image.
    Macrium assigns a random alpha numeric string as a file name that is not descriptive at all. I like to name my image files with what is being backed up and the date. I assumed Macrium would append the date to the file name but it didn't.

    Does it matter if I were to change the file name during the imaging setup to my preference? Does this cause any complaints for the program in future backups or restore? My preferred format is like: "Sys,C,RE,D, 20-03-07" .

    Also: in Acronis I can change the file name manually in Windows Explorer and they still work with TI. Keep in mind I only do full backups, not differential or incremental. Does Macrium tolerate this as well?
    That "Warning" is a suggestion. Note the 00-00 and the 01-01 on mine. 00-00 is main full backup and 01-01 is an incremental to it. MR keeps them together using the hex name in front. They just don't want you mucking with the whole name cause you'll break something. Name them what you please, at backup time, never never never rename one after.

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    Good to know. Thanks.
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    TV2 said:
    Good to know. Thanks.
    Just to verify, I did one using your naming convention.

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  5. TV2's Avatar
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    VERY good to know! Thank you.

    You sure do a lot of images. Are you playing with lots of settings changes and Frankenstein experiments?
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    TV2 said:
    VERY good to know! Thank you.

    You sure do a lot of images. Are you playing with lots of settings changes and Frankenstein experiments?
    A daily/weekly/monthly - the old son/father/grandfather routine. I'm old school in a lot of ways, habits. Plus a healthy dose of "I don't care if it's not broken! Will be when I'm done!".
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    I Get that!
    I've got a few PCs here. One is the business PC and that is locked down - no experiments.
    Another is basically the local server, not so mission critical. I'll play with that one a little.
    The last is "retired". It goes through hell!
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    TV2 said:
    Macrium assigns a random alpha numeric string as a file name that is not descriptive at all. I like to name my image files with what is being backed up and the date. ... Does it matter if I were to change the file name during the imaging setup to my preference? Does this cause any complaints for the program in future backups or restore? My preferred format is like: "Sys,C,RE,D, 20-03-07"....
    I have a similar preferred format. I can't recall ever using the ID Macrium wanted to use ...

    Also: in Acronis I can change the file name manually in Windows Explorer and they still work with TI. Keep in mind I only do full backups, not differential or incremental. Does Macrium tolerate this as well?
    f14tomcat said:
    Name them what you please, at backup time, never never never rename one after....

    Actually, if you're very careful, you can rename them after the event. I once misspelt my preferred name for an image. I later changed the name of the .mrimg file (leaving the -00-00 suffix intact) and changed the name in the backup definition file to exactly match my corrected name. Macrium was then happy to run the backup definition file and make a differential -01-01 image under the new name.
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  9. Fabler2's Avatar
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    I create a folder on the destination drive and name it for a particular machine and date it then it's easier to follow where the images are. You can change the date of the folder whenever you update the image. Find it easier to keep tabs on them rather than the strings.

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  10. pparks1's Avatar
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    I always untick the box to use the imgeID in the name and have always used a custom name describing what the backup contains. Never had a problem.
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