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  1.    02 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Visually impaired and faced with the Win 10 install! :(


    Very poor eyesight. I can't see any text on my screen without the Windows Magnifier. Asperger's, dyslexia, and a whole list of other yucky stuff wrong with my brain that can make life feel like I'm doing hard time!
    I'm trying to move files from my C drive to the D drive so they won't be effected by the Win 10 clean install. Most of my files are already on the D drive because I reserved the C drive for a few games I like to play. C:/ is an SSD.

    But I'm having lots of trouble moving files to the D drive that accidentally got saved to that drive by my wife! I don't know what they are... and a lot of them won't move. Maybe they're system files? The computer is asking for "administrator permissions!!!!" "Unexpected errors" are popping up! I really wanted to do this "almost" clean install,


    but it's starting to look impossible! I'm pretty freaked out! I don't wanna do the "in place" upgrade because I need to clean out the system so the computer will run faster again. I can't see... my brain doesn't work, and I'm alone. Friends, family, and even someone from the American Foundation for the Blind didn't reply to my email asking for some help. I'm not angry... This is just the way of the world. I donno what to do. I have valuable files on this computer. Does anybody here have any suggestions?

    The computer is running slower and slower probably because of malware and bloatware that tend to build up over time. I really need to refresh the system!

    I'm running Win 8.1 Pro. I want to install Win 10 Pro.
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  2.    02 Jun 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I would install Macrium Reflect Free, make a backup image of at least your C: drive partition - which will be saved as one file to your D: drive. Once you install Windows 10, then you can re-install Macrium Reflect Free on it. You then mount the image file that you created earlier and you can browse it and copy files from it just like it was a separate drive, like an E: drive.

    The only requirement is that you have enough free space on D: drive to hold the image file that will be at most 90% of the used space of C: drive. Making the image file makes it so that you don't have to worry about "did I copy everything I need to?" because everything is copied.

    Macrium Reflect Free
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  3.    03 Jun 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    The only requirement is that you have enough free space on D: drive to hold the image file that will be at most 90% of the used space of C: drive.
    Just to add something: of course you can also use any external drive to store the Macrium image, it does not have to be your D: drive. When I make Macrium images I connect an external USB3 drive to store them, using it as target.
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  4.    07 Jun 2016 #4
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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    Mounting an image....


    Will the free version of Macrium enable me to mount the image? I've never done this before.

    If the image is not "mounted," then Windows can't see it... right? Mounting it makes it look like something Windows recognizes?

    Like if my name was Windows, (call me Winnie), and I was looking for my friend "Joe," and I saw a giant blob of gook in the middle of the street, would I even attempt to look in that blob for Joe? No! But then if I saw a car double-parked down the block, with its lights on, then maybe I might think I could find Joe in that car?

    (Sorry for the weird description.)
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  5.    07 Jun 2016 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mag00 View Post
    Will the free version of Macrium enable me to mount the image? I've never done this before.

    If the image is not "mounted," then Windows can't see it... right? Mounting it makes it look like something Windows recognizes?

    It is very simple. In screenshot below I have opened a folder where I have stored a Macrium system image. I simply double click it to mount it as a virtual hard disk:

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    The image contains several hard disks or partitions, files I want to access are in this example stored on C: drive. I select it and click OK:

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    I can now access the user folders as if the system image virtual hard disk were a totally normal hard disk and copy them to my current Windows installation:

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    When done I select the virtual hard disk in File Explorer (This PC) and select Unmount Macrium image:

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  6.    07 Jun 2016 #6
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    You might want to put the check in the box to enable access to restricted folders when mounting the drive from the image file.

    Thank you Kyhi for the clear explanation!
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  7.    07 Jun 2016 #7
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I only got half of your explanation so far. I'm severely dyslexic in addition to lots of other yucky stuff. So I'm gonna do this, one "baby-step" at a time.
    I'm gonna ask silly questions because my brain just doesn't work properly.

    Step 1.
    I'm on the first Macrium screen.
    I see 2 options:
    Clone this disk
    Image this disk

    I want the selected data that's on this C drive, to be permanently on the D drive.
    I didn't select the part of the C drive with the OS on it. I assume that will be wiped with the clean install of Win 10.

    Which option should I choose?
    Clone or image?

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I have to say how much I appreciate this help. This is pretty difficult for somebody who's not playin' with a full deck! Thanks.

    I guess I should list some of the stuff:
    Asperger's
    Low vision
    Dyslexia
    Dyscalculia
    Synesthesia

    Contrary to what most people think, synesthesia can cause problems... and for me, it does.
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  8.    07 Jun 2016 #8
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    This is a video I made for another Forums member so he could View Event Logs of Mounted Image, this might get you acquainted along with Kari's mini tutorial above

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  9.    07 Jun 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    You might want to put the check in the box to enable access to restricted folders when mounting the drive from the image file.

    Thank you Kyhi for the clear explanation!
    As far as I know access to restricted folders is not needed if the data to extracted is normal user data, personal files and folders in user profile folder.
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  10.    07 Jun 2016 #10
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    As far as I know access to restricted folders is not needed if the data to extracted is normal user data, personal files and folders in user profile folder.
    I might have misunderstood the purpose for that block. I thought I had to have that checked in order to access user folders in the image that were not the current user logged in mounting the image.
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