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  1.    27 Sep 2015 #11
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 102
    W7

    Quote Originally Posted by Geneo View Post
    I have done hundreds of backups and restores using macrium. It is easy to use, fast, reliable, and free. Takes me a 2-3 minutes to image my OS drive. Windows image backup on the other hand....
    Hi Geneo! Macrium is a fabulous program. I would never be without my Macrium. Even Steven Boots will tell you the back up feature in windows sucks. I've been there and done that. We can only suggest and give our best advise???
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  2.    28 Sep 2015 #12
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 112
    Win 7

    it seems that we all don't us Windows backup nowadays, especially when there are many good free backup tools out there. they usually perform better in backup and restore, saving you time and trouble.
    I would also recommend macrium reflect free or easeus todo backup free.
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  3.    28 Sep 2015 #13
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10

    I prefer to keep my images portable, and to do full images. Windows imaging is NOT portable, and does incremental imaging. There may be workarounds, but they add complexity and are unnecessary to me.
    Macrium works fine for me. I don't have it in my system - simply made a "rescue" thumb drive.
    I can restore my image in about 3 minutes, boot-to-boot, and have done so many times.
    The actual restore runs in under a minute. It's about 15GB now.
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  4.    29 Sep 2015 #14
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 105
    Dual boot: Win 10 Home; Win 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Clive K View Post
    I prefer to keep my images portable, and to do full images. Windows imaging is NOT portable, and does incremental imaging. There may be workarounds, but they add complexity and are unnecessary to me.
    Macrium works fine for me. I don't have it in my system - simply made a "rescue" thumb drive.
    I can restore my image in about 3 minutes, boot-to-boot, and have done so many times.
    The actual restore runs in under a minute. It's about 15GB now.
    Clive K, do you not have any installed programs on your drive?

    How do you get an image down to 15 GB? Mine is 22 GB with games on the Storage Drive and only 80 total installed programs.
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  5.    29 Sep 2015 #15
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,655
    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Clive K View Post
    The actual restore runs in under a minute. It's about 15GB now.
    Mine takes 6 minutes to restore 11GB on a PCIe SSD (that works out at 244Mbps). What drive do you use? 15GB in 1 minute (0.25 GBps) is 2000Mbps which seems very fast.
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  6.    29 Sep 2015 #16
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10

    The restore time is SSD to SSD. If restoring from a spinner it takes about 2 minutes.
    I run CCleaner before making an image. I've also run the following.
    Analyse: Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
    Cleanup: Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    That got rid of a couple gig as I recall. I've also uninstalled all the supplied bundle apps.
    You can use http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-remov...in-windows-10/ as a guide.

    I don't remember if I used that guide, but I did it early on. I have about 30 apps installed, but run games from a non-system drive. None are "heavy" like MS Office, VMWare, etc., but I do have LibreOffice installed.
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  7.    29 Sep 2015 #17
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 105
    Dual boot: Win 10 Home; Win 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Clive K View Post
    The restore time is SSD to SSD. If restoring from a spinner it takes about 2 minutes.
    I run CCleaner before making an image. I've also run the following.
    Analyse: Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
    Cleanup: Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    That got rid of a couple gig as I recall. I've also uninstalled all the supplied bundle apps.
    You can use http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-remov...in-windows-10/ as a guide.

    I don't remember if I used that guide, but I did it early on. I have about 30 apps installed, but run games from a non-system drive. None are "heavy" like MS Office, VMWare, etc., but I do have LibreOffice installed.
    Aha!

    Thank you.
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  8.    29 Sep 2015 #18
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 102
    W7

    Hi Here's a nice option that Macrium has. I can mount my OS(C drive) Then mount my image (E) drive.
    Now I can copy and paste or drag and drop from my image to my OS. The Image is a W10 image that I created when I upgraded.
    I have now rolled back to W7. Going to let you big dogs find all the bugs. LOL
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  9.    29 Sep 2015 #19
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Penn's Woods
    Posts : 1,182
    Windows 10 Home

    Macrium restores can be particularly fast if using its Rapid Delta Restore (RDR) feature when there aren't extensive actual data changes- but that's in paid version only, not the free version.
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  10.    29 Sep 2015 #20
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 102
    W7

    Quote Originally Posted by Word Man View Post
    Macrium restores can be particularly fast if using its Rapid Delta Restore (RDR) feature when there aren't extensive actual data changes- but that's in paid version only, not the free version.
    Thanks for the info! I've never felt the need to get the paid version. I had the paid version a very long time ago, but they dropped me. I never paid again. I supported their paid version once, so I don't feel bad about using the freebie.LOL
    I've been using Macrium a very long time!! If I have to pay again, I will!!
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