Windows 10: Best image backup for Windows 10

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    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       21 Oct 2014 #21

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    I don't like the PE approach either - unnecessarily complicated - and with Macrium you have to use some 3rd party solution to get the wretched thing to boot from a USB.
    I performed a clean install of Windows 7 yesterday and restored a Macrium image over the top using WinPE in less than 45 minutes. WinPE is ridiculously easy to use and it takes minutes to create the bootable USB. That will be my image restoration procedure of choice in future, it really was child's play.
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    Win 10 Pro x64
       21 Oct 2014 #22

    Boozad said: View Post
    I performed a clean install of Windows 7 yesterday and restored a Macrium image over the top using WinPE in less than 45 minutes. WinPE is ridiculously easy to use and it takes minutes to create the bootable USB. That will be my image restoration procedure of choice in future, it really was child's play.

    The time it takes to finish image restoration depends on the size of image. Mine takes between 5 & 10 mins to complete as I don't have data included on my image. Just the OS and installed programs.
    I am also using Macrium bootable USB and one other useful application is when you created dual boot. It can be used to fix a boot problem when you deleted one of the OS and the boot manager was messed up. No need for EasyBCD. You can also use it to create boot select menu.
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  3.    21 Oct 2014 #23

    Boozad said: View Post
    I performed a clean install of Windows 7 yesterday and restored a Macrium image over the top using WinPE in less than 45 minutes. WinPE is ridiculously easy to use and it takes minutes to create the bootable USB. That will be my image restoration procedure of choice in future, it really was child's play.
    Up front I do not have Macrium, but just wonder...
    Say you have created an image of Windows and (of course) stored that on a different partition.
    On Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging and Backup - Help -> To restore disks or partitions it looks(!) as if you can
    restore on a running system, i.e. you do not need to restore from a bootable (rescue) CD.

    Is that correct?

    Can imagine creating an image can be done with a running Windows 7 (because of VSS use), but
    restoring... I don't know.

    Thanks

    BTW there is a handy link where different products can be compared
    Comparision Provider - BackupReview.com
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  4.    21 Oct 2014 #24

    Hi there

    While a great tutorial - What a palaver !! My idea of a restore is just plug in a bootable piece of media - boot it up and then simply restore your Disc / Partition / Data.

    As I said before if you are using NON WINDOWS types of partitions then Free Macrium isn't of any use in either backing up or recovering. Even if you are using WINDOWS then if you've got data on things like Windows Storage spaces then Free macrium won't support those either. (Or at least currently).

    I'd also want if I get a new machine to at least IMAGE the OEM recovery partition too -- I always wipe "purchased machines" to install proper retail / enterprise versions of the OS and remove the usually loads of bloat and trialware that comes with a new machine. - but if the machine needs to be taken back to the store again or sent back you need to restore it to the "Factory State".

    But again ANY BACKUP is BETTER THAN NONE so use whatever "floats your boat". It will be streets ahead of NOT using any system.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    21 Oct 2014 #25

    Has anyone tested the Macrium Window PE disk yet? I couldn't get it to boot recently on https://www.tenforums.com/general-dis...ble-crash.html.

    First an error implicated Secure Boot which I turned off in BIOS, then it wouldn't load past 2/3.
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    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       21 Oct 2014 #26

    gregrocker said: View Post
    Has anyone tested the Macrium Window PE disk yet?
    I did yesterday Greg after performing that clean install of Windows 7, I did the clean install then booted through WinPE and restored a previous Macrium image. I posted a reply in your original thread about the problem you had that links to a very similar problem I found elsewhere.
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    Win 10 Pro x64
       21 Oct 2014 #27

    I did a few weeks back. I tested upgrading from windows 7 to windows 10, then restored 7 back with Macrium image using WinPe. Everything is fine. No issues.
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  8.    21 Oct 2014 #28

    Hi

    I'm still suggesting EaseUS TODO backup.
    As you can see if offers a choice of backup options but we're looking at a system back up here.

    It doesn't get any easier then this...



    Click on the system backup button.





    Tell it where you want to save it.
    Hit Proceed.

    That's it, it will make the backup in the selected location, with every thing you need boot info etc.

    Now to make a restore disk... Click the Tools Icon.



    Pick the kind of boot repair disk you want to make, WindPE or Linux, (I have always used Linux myself).
    Click Proceed.

    I have used this to back up my Windows 8 install as well, it's never failed to restore my computer and I done it a number of times.

    I've already backed up Windows 10 5 times and restored it 3 times.

    Mike

    PS. How do I get it to not repeat the inserted image again on the bottom?
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