1. Joined : Jun 2015
    MD
    Posts : 412
    10 Pro
       15 Aug 2015 #1

    imaging


    Hello
    I was wondering about imaging programs as I have been using free Macrium Reflect for a decade now but the last image was 1 hour and the verification 25 minutes. It used to be about 30 minutes for both with Linux and the earlier versions.
    I just imaged with Macrium Reflect ver 6 and it took 1 hour 25 minutes to image and verify. It seems with ver 6 WinPE it takes a lot longer than with the previous versions where I used Linux - 15 minutes for the image and 10 to verify. I have no photos, videos or music.
    It is quite obvious when you surf that others feel the same way. A friend mentioned Aomei + I was curious to see if it is wise to convert due to speed.
    I think the native program is too limited and also slow. If anyone has a moment please let me know which you went with and if Macrium ver. 6 is slow for you also.
    I was also wondering if one needs WinPE at all. It seems to be important but higher level users could explain that issue.
    Perhaps it is required for Win 10 x 64 which I run.
    I wonder if a earlier ver. could still image 10 and recover with Linux for lower level people like me.
    Thank you
    Peter
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  2. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,962
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       15 Aug 2015 #2

    IMHO, V6 seems to run a little bit faster. Macrium and Aomei are pretty much the same as fas as speed is concerned.
    Depending the amount of Data you are imaging and the Hardware you are using then it can be slow.
    I was also wondering if one needs WinPE at all. It seems to be important but higher level users could explain that issue.
    Yes, you do need the WinPE rescue disk in order to boot the PC and do the restore in case your PC becomes unbootable, HD failure, fix boot up etc...
    I am using SSD's for both Windows and Backup so my backup is only takes 2 minutes and verification takes 1.27 Minutes as shown:
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    Did you upgrade Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 ? If so, did you clean up all the hidden files that were left over from the update ?
    If you use a mechanical HD, fragmentation can be a factor also.
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  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    MD
    Posts : 412
    10 Pro
       15 Aug 2015 #3

    imaging


    I think you have solved the speed issue. I did do some tidying up after the update and had to tweak a few things but did not do a clean install.

    May I ask 2 questions;
    Should I delete the boxes shown in the attachment which caution I will not be able to go back and will lose some files I may need?
    I have images of 8.1. and feel all is working as it should since I upgraded about 2 weeks ago. These files are probably the reason for the length of time. If I do delete them is there any thing else to do in conjunction with this deletion?

    Also, if I were to replace my hard drive, would I be wise to get an SSD? My pc is 4/12 years old - Dell XPS 8300 x64.
    I am not in a great hurry and the motherboard is usb 2 so I think this machine and I are old school anyway.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 841
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       15 Aug 2015 #4

    You can delete both the Previous Windows Installation and Temporary Windows Installation files. That will free up some space in your C: partition.

    As to SSD, it's hard for me to read the screen shot, but it looks your your drive is a 1TB drive -- and SSDs that large are still very expensive. If you have a machine that will allow more than one physical drive, then you could get a smaller SSD (120GB would be large enough), move off your larger data files, shrink down the partitions on your hard drive -- and use a cloning app (like Macrium Reflect) to clone your install to the SSD.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,962
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       15 Aug 2015 #5

    Since you've already have an image of 8.1 then there's no need to keep those files in Windows.old folder. Here's a command I use to give more options to delete all unused/left over from previous Windows:
    From Admin Command Prompt:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:35 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:35
    Check mark on everything except the Setup Logs files. Answer Yes if prompted as you mentioned above.
    Again from admin command prompt, run: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup. This will take a while to clean up the components in WinSxS folder.

    EDIT: Getting an SSD is a big plus, You'll notice a big diffence in bootup/speed. As mentioned above, 120GB is enough but the price is going down. For a 250GB Samsung, it's about $80 @ Amazon, I would get a 250GB instead.
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  6. Joined : Jun 2015
    MD
    Posts : 412
    10 Pro
       15 Aug 2015 #6

    Cleanup drive


    I have cleaned out all the files and my time for the next image was cut by more than one half so that was the problem.
    I have made note of both replied and will be thinking about the replacement , if I go for it.
    Thank you both.
    Peter
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