Creating System Image Backup Issues

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  1. essenbe's Avatar
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       #11

    Maybe I have misunderstood you, but you never store an image on the same drive you imaged. Windows 10 won't let you do it, I'm pretty sure. If your drive dies, so does your image.
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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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       #12

    I see where Macrium was requiring DVDs if I understood the video correctly and was hoping that could be worked around using USBs.
    Sorry this is incorrect. See this post:
    Solved FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. tazmo8448's Avatar
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       #13

    @topgundcp thanks that is good to have too i.e. putting it on a bootable partition on another internal drive and just to be on the safe side will do that and create a USB sys img.

    To tell y'all the truth since 2010 each and every time I have for one reason or another had issues with the OS and needed a sys img to put it back to where it was, they have never worked for me (windows method that is) and have had to always do a reformat and start from scratch. I've lost my MBR somehow and found a site that charged $20 to create one that still didn't work. It would boot but not to my OS whatta joke that was (on me of course) falling for that.
    ~essenbe~ topgundcp~thanks for taking the time and doing what you do. Going to try and create a sys img using Macrium & winPE together. One on a external and one on another internal; redundency now ya just never know now do ya.
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  4. topgundcp's Avatar
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       #14

    @tazmo8448

    You are welcome and glad we could help.
    FYI, Windows built in backup software is not really good. If you make a backup using it. Make sure you'd never move the backup to another drive, due to security permission otherwise, you'll be surprised when time to restore, it won't find it.

    With Macrium, it's more compact since it only creates 1 single file and you can mount it to selectively restore folders/files from the backup if needed.

    In addition, It can also be used to resize/swap/extend partitions without having to use third party partition manager.
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  5. essenbe's Avatar
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       #15

    Another thing that is good is you can make an image of any partition you want, by itself. Windows backup insists on doing the System Reserved and the C drive together along with any other drive you want to image. Macrium will allow you to image them separately if you want to. That comes in handy if, as you said, you mess up the MBR. If you have imaged it separately, you can restore just the MBR and nothing else.
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  6. tazmo8448's Avatar
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       #16

    Is there a tutorial on how to use Macrium and winPE together? I'm still fuzzy on this thing. winPE is used to create a recovery whereas Macrium is used to create partitions or sys img is that right? I hate to keep bothering you guys but ole plodding me won't move til I have a plan ya know?
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  7. topgundcp's Avatar
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    tazmo8448 said:
    Is there a tutorial on how to use Macrium and winPE together? I'm still fuzzy on this thing. winPE is used to create a recovery whereas Macrium is used to create partitions or sys img is that right? I hate to keep bothering you guys but ole plodding me won't move til I have a plan ya know?

    1. Macrium is used to create a backup image of your disk or partition(s).
    2. Use Macrium Recue to boot up your PC to restore the backup image back to your HD/Partitions since you cannot restore while Windows is running on that disk or partition(s)
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  8. tazmo8448's Avatar
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       #18

    okay clearer on Macrium now the winPE deal again what is its purpose in relation to Macrium?
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  9. topgundcp's Avatar
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       #19

    tazmo8448 said:
    okay clearer on Macrium now the winPE deal again what is its purpose in relation to Macrium?
    Macrium Rescue disk is using Windows PE (Pre-Environment) from Microsoft to add their own application. In this case is used to backup/restore images. It is small and loaded in to RAM then run from it leaving all HD's available for you to perform backup/restore/fix boot problem etc...

    NOTE: While Windows is running, you can also create backup/restore image on any disk/partition(s) from the program. Restore image is allowed only if the disk/partition(s) is/are not being used by Windows
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  10. tazmo8448's Avatar
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    gotcha run winPE then Macrium so they can 'harmonize' thanks.
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