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Q: Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

I have read the post about Macrium Image your system with free Macrium (all 12 pages) but my question is can I make an image backup of my current hard drive, remove it and put in a new hard drive and restore to it? I currently have a 160 gig hard drive partitoned in two. C has the os and D has all the programs I use and all personal files. I also have all personal file saved off site. I want to replace the hard drive with a faster larger hard drive. Is it possible to do using Macrium?

Thank you

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Preferred Solution: Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

Yes
Using Macrium or Windows Imaging.
A current Disk Management screenshot will help the description.

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
 
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
 
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
 
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
 
grateful for any help.
 
Cheers

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Hello,
Thanks for the answers.
Searching I found this long explanation which made me more confused
http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/201...-way-with.html
and I have lot of questions since,
1. Have one full instl. file "reflect_setup_free_x86(6.1.1081).exe size 39.502 KB" downloaded 2 months ago, the other one downloaded yesterday as in the article above "ReflectDL(6.1.1225).exe size 3.463 KB" - which one to use.
2. Do not know what is "uefi", what is my system, when starting I have on screen for a second or 2 "set bios (F2)",
here I attach a screenshot of the 'disk management', have two disks, one divided into 2, C: for the system and D: for data, the other is F: to store the backups.
3. What partitions to select for the backup (refering the screenshot).
4.. shell I add "add macrium boot menu" ? (I did it on the win 7 and quickly removed it)
5. I still do not have an external usb disk (I intend to) so the backups go to F: as mentioned above but the rescue disk needs a dvd size ?
And about the 'snipping tool' - I call it from the 'search windows' there is no shortcut, I right-click on the small window and do not get any option to create a shortcut.
Think that is all for now.
Appreciate your answers
Many Thanks
Motim

A:Backup & Restore with Macrium

Originally Posted by Motim


Hello,
Thanks for the answers.
Searching I found this long explanation which made me more confused
http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/201...-way-with.html
and I have lot of questions since,
1. Have one full instl. file "reflect_setup_free_x86(6.1.1081).exe size 39.502 KB" downloaded 2 months ago, the other one downloaded yesterday as in the article above "ReflectDL(6.1.1225).exe size 3.463 KB" - which one to use.



6.1.1225 is the one to use , it should give you the latest version install.







Originally Posted by Motim


2. Do not know what is "uefi", what is my system, when starting I have on screen for a second or 2 "set bios (F2)",
here I attach a screenshot of the 'disk management', have two disks, one divided into 2, C: for the system and D: for data, the other is F: to store the backups.



As far as I can tell your system doesn't use a UEFI boot partition based on what your disk partitioning shows.







Originally Posted by Motim



3. What partitions to select for the backup (refering the screenshot).



Depends what you're trying to backup.

If you want to save your Operating System so you can restore it and make it re-bootable, let macrium choose for you , there is an option on the left hand side 'create an image of the partition(s) required to backu... Read more

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
 
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
 
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
 
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 

 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
 
grateful for any help.
 
Cheers

A:Vista Backup and Restore - Mediaid.bin problem cant restore from backup on Seagate USB drive-backup location not found

If you get the following error when restoring your backup to its original HD (see error code bellow)Error Description:When you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer, you may receive the following error message: The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: The backup file could not be found. Check your hardware configuration or restore from a different backup (0x8100001A). and the Mediaid.bin file is corrupted or lost, then use the following instructions for rebuilding it:1.Unzip the sdutil.zip file and rename it from sdutil.ex_ to sdutil.exe2.Copy the sdutil.exe to the root of the driver which contains the backup files3.Open the folder Catalogs located bellow the folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx?4.Copy the file GlobalCatalog.wbcat to the root of this HD5.Go to Start -> Execute and type CMD.exe6.At this ?DOS? window type: sdutil mediaid GlobalCatalog.wbcat [HD letter (as an example D:\)]7.A new MediaID.bin is created8.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore an older backup created in this machine9.If done: it?s over!10.If it fails: Map a network driver at your LAN11.Copy the MediaId.bin file to the root of the previous mapped LAN driver12.Copy the whole folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx? to this same driver13.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore backup created in another mach... Read more

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I use Windows 7 64 Bit. 1 TB HD. 8 GB Ram.

I recently used Macrium to make a image of my hard drive. I put the image I made onto my external hard drive from my desktop. Before I did this I made a rescue disk on a DVD. I have several questions:

If I have problems with my computer what should I do first?

Do I try the rescue DVD I made?

Do I try and restore the image I made?

What is the purpose of making a Bootable Windows PE USB Stick? And if I make one
when would I use it?


If I have to restore my system and use the image to restore will it just overwrite
the original partitions and operating system files?
Thank you.

A:Several Questions About Macrium Backup and Restore

Quote:
Do I try the rescue DVD I made?

Do I try and restore the image I made?



That is the same thing. You need to boot the PC with the rescue CD, navigate to the image and restore it. Here is a recovery video tutorial by our friend Keith.

Macrium Reflect - Restore With WinRE - YouTube







Quote:
What is the purpose of making a Bootable Windows PE USB Stick? And if I make one
when would I use it?


The stick does the same as the CD. It is mainly used for systems that have no CD reader, but may be handy otherwise too. If you have the CD, you don't need it.







Quote:
If I have to restore my system and use the image to restore will it just overwrite
the original partitions and operating system files?



Yes, that's exactly what happens.

Important: Do not forget to image the System Partition (the little 100MB partition). The day your bootmgr is corrupted you will need to restore that. - It happens sometimes.

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Backup/Restore Procedures

Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI [Acronis] or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x[ddd]C, data partitions S0x[ddd]D, x being computer number [1 2 or 3], ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty, the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. [* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.]

Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time to fix the explorer-ext... Read more

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Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition as long as there is enough space allocated for the space used ?

I transferred my Test Box triple boot OSs from a HD spinner to an SSD.
I had to make the OS partitions smaller for this transfer.
Macrium Reflect free recreated the SSD partition to the original HD size during the restore.
It didn't restore the image to the smaller SSD partition.
It deleted my 2nd pre-allocated partition so it could have a 120 GB partition to restore to.
The HD partition is 120 GB with ~20 GB of used space.
The SSD partition is 65 GB.

I ended up using Acronis, as it can restore to a smaller partition size.

Did I miss something when creating or restoring the Macrium image that would allow restoring to a smaller target size partition ?

A:Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition ?

Macrium must be restored to a larger or partition of equal size.
At least for the free version which I have.

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Hi,

I have just upgraded my system and am now using a single Windows 7 install on a Samsung SSD hard drive. This was installed and running under AHCI rather than IDE which I was previously used to. This is for the performance benefits of Sata/SSD from what I can understand.

I know that I can't just switch to IDE any time I want as Windows 7 will no longer boot due to the mode the BIOS was set to during windows installation.

I am trying to get to grips with the best and cleanest way to backup my system drive correctly using Macrium Reflect Free. Previously I would use a "popular" boot disc and run my backup and restores from within a Windows XP boot environment.

This can obviously not see my drives when set to AHCI as XP is older and I would have to set my BIOS to IDE in order for me to see them in XP boot environment.

My first question is could I change my BIOS to IDE just to boot into XP boot disc and see my drives, run Macrium Reflect Free, create a full backup of my system drive, restore this from here, change my BIOS back to AHCI and have a successful system boot?

My assumption is no because Win 7 was installed when set to AHCI and I would assume when Macrium restores with the BIOS set to IDE, it will cause an issue when I set back to AHCI, no?
I'm not really sure about the processes Macrium goes through during restore.

My only other ideas are to give the Macrium boot disc/usb utility a go and hope this can see my system drive when set to AHCI and hope ... Read more

A:Macrium Reflect Free, AHCI, IDE system backup & restore

Forget about your "popular boot disc". Not sure what it is, but it's irrelevant.

You should make and use a boot disk within Macrium itself. There are 2 types offered: Linux and Win PE. The latter is preferred--less likely to not boot and more intuitive. Look at your Macrium menus and you'll easily find both methods.

The AHCI thing is not a factor as far as I've ever known or heard. It's not an issue in Macrium. The image file you create will contain the AHCI setting if you are using AHCI and the restored image will contain AHCI as well.

Your first task after making the boot disk is to confirm that it is in fact bootable. If it isn't, you can't restore and any image file you have is useless.

If you use the Win PE boot disk and re-boot from it, you will land at a Macrium window that looks exactly like a Macrium window when started from your hard drive. You then locate your previously made image file and select where it is to be restored. Entire process takes maybe 20 minutes on a smallish Windows installation.

The process can fail for whatever reason, so you need to have a plan B in case that happens.

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Hi there

Trying to restore an image on to a RAID 0 SSD from stand alone version.

After loading the RAID driver Macrium SEES all the HDD's and can select images etc.
However when TARGET destination is chosen No HDD's are seen. !!!


Anybody got any ideas on fixing this --otherwise this backup software becomes USELESS !!!!.

Macrium --latest version.

EDIT : Now fixed --see my following post in this thread.

Cheers
jimbo

A:Macrium reflect doesn't find RAID HDD's for RESTORE but SEES on BACKUP

Hi there

Update on this --- Now FIXED

I had the Server edition Technicians License version and it was quite easy to fix !!! Grrrhhh !! I should have read the manual before posting !!!!

1) Add the drivers from the menu before booting the stand alone restore --screenshot shown.



2) Boot stand alone restore (since I'm restoring a Windows image).

3) Now all disks shown --

4) do restore -- I was restoring from a NON RAID 0 backup HDD to a RAID 0 SSD.

5) Now choose after you've done the restore --Deploy to different hardware --this works from the bootable USB media.

6) choose your W10 installation from the popup

7) prompts you for the location of the drivers you want to add to the W10 system you've restored - I had a separate file on the USB Macrium stick.

8) load them

9) now re-boot your system -- W10 restored from NON RAID HDD to RAID 0 SSD - worked perfectly --first time.

Cheers
jimbo

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I'm trying to help my son set up a backup strategy. He has a Seagate GoFlex 2TB network drive that he planned to do backup with. It comes with software to backup files and folders, but not the system image. He has Win7 home which apparently can't do backup to a network drive. I see Macrium is recommended here. Can the free version backup and recover a system image to a network drive?

A:Macrium to backup to a network drive?

Hi dideauce,

Can you map a network drive on Windows 7 Home? If so, then YES, Macrium will image to the network drive.

Regards,
Golden

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I want to have Macrium Rescue and windows backup in one pendrive. If I create two partition in my pendrive, first for rescue and other for keeping backup, is it possible. Because windows only recognize the first primary partition of the pendrive.

Sorry found the answer in my earlier threads. So this is closed now

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I have been backing up to an external hard drive using Macrium. I have backed up as images rather than a clone. I would like to reassure myself as to the proper procedure to restore to a new internal SS hard drive. My hard drive is failing and I do have all my stuff backed up, but would like to avoid actually reinstalling both the OS, as well as my stuff. Would like to use the Macrium Image.
LOL thought it best to ask now before that inevitable day actually arrives.

A:Restoring Macrium BackUp from an External Hard Drive

OK well I did precisely this and had no problems. Furthermore I had purchased the Paragon Migrate product and wasn't happy with it.
This is what I did and is just a bit different from the WHS tutorial.

Prepare the SSD. Here I am including a system reserved partition of size 205MB. From an elevated command prompt
1) Diskpart
2) List Dist
3) Select disk n
......n is the SSD disk number
4) create partition primary size=205 align=1024
......the system reserved partition
5) create partition primary align=1024
......the OS partition
6) List partition
......should show
---------------------offset
partition 1 primary 1024 kB
partition 2 primary 206 MB
7) select partition 1
8) active
9) select partition 2
10) assign letter=c
The SSD is now prepared.
Connect SSD to sata port 0 and disconnect all other internal HDDs

Transfer the Macrium Images
Using Macrium Reflect free V5. Drag and drop the partition images onto the SSD prepared partitions. The images will then use the target partition alignment. See
Partition Alignment

That's about it. Check Trim and that disk drefrag is off. Windows seems to take care of this.

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My objective: multiple backups of my "C" drive. And I would like the "other" drive to be bootable (I can easily switch boot drives in my BIOS) -- which means it can't be in the compressed format and has to have a correctly populated boot sector.

I've just loaded the free trial of Macrium Reflect. Here's my disk line up:
C: System/Program
D: Backup of C
E: Data
F: Backup of E
G: Spare hard disk
I first made an image copy of C: and loaded it on D: ... noticed that there was (I hope) considerable compression in the image backup process. I then downloaded "Linux Rescue Wizzard" and found that I could not restore my backup on anything but "C:" ... I really wanted to restore it to G. So I next downloaded "Windows PE" for a more advanced rescue process; alas, met the same situation: I could not restore the "D" backup to "G".

Other than using something like xcopy or robocopy to just copy the backup to "G", is there a way in Macrium Reflect to do this? Of course, I have the 30-day trial free version, but would not be upset if I had to buy the paid version.

A:Restore to another drive with Macrium Reflect

I've not done it myself but I think you will need the WinPE version of the recovery disk. There is a pre-built ISO provided by whs here. FileSwap.com : Macrium 5.0 WinPE.zip download free. You will just need to burn it to CD.

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Hi folks. I have imaged my neighbours Netbook with Macrium Reflect. Since it has no DVD burner, I want to create a bootable Macrium (Linux) recovery media on a thumb drive. Not sure how to proceed.
Many thanks
JohnnyA

A:Macrium restore from USB Thumb Drive.

Just happen to have an excellent tutorial for that.

MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

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This morning I had a computer crash . Somehow it got stuck on an upgrade . I Booted into system restore and tried to restore to earlier date. Error message came up indicating I had drive issues so I continued with the offer to scan and repair the drive. After drive was "fixed" by windows , I could not proceed with the restore by clicking on next. Its like I am getting an loop of disc errors. I went back to the restore dialog and then chose a restore point .Computer started Restoration but then had an error that indicated it could not restore due to some problem with candy crush ! I then shut down the computer . Restarted it and went thru the HP Diagnostics and everything looked OK so HP diagnostics let me restore the computer ...but this time I had to enter my password to my msoft account and the restoration went smoothly.

My question is :

If I had failed to restore the computer via windows restore process due to disc errors , Could I use a very recent image of my disk made with Macrium Reflect v6 ? Would Macrium work despite windows detection of disk errors?

A:Macrium Reflect restore over corrupt drive?

Have you made the Macrium Reflect Rescue USB bootable stick?
Where are the image backups stored? Should be on a separate drive. Can't be on same drive as OS is installed.

Updated:
If the disk has errors than you will have to repair the disk before be able to use Macrium Reflect. Sorry.

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I've got Acronis True Image 10.
Can I backup all emails and then restore to a new installation of the hard disk?

Erm: OK... that might sound dumb!
That's *exactly* what it's supposed to do right!!?

I've got a copy of XP Tablet which is dying.
I want to do a full original installation restore and restore the emails.

Just wanted to double check!!

Also: I've made a backup (of another PC).
I have a file size that is 9GB.
How can I store this onto DVD discs?
And how can I make the discs be bootable??
So that I can juts restore the whole system by booting from the DVD discs?

Thanks!
OM
 

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I'm running Windows 7 64x Home Premium on a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop. I just got it back from the warranty repair center, where they replaced the hard drive and graphics fan & heatsink, and reloaded the factory windows version. Before I sent it out for repair, I used Windows Backup to create a backup of all my files on a Toshiba casio 500GB external USB drive (I had over 300 GB of files, so it was easier to use Windows Backup than drag and drop all the files, at least at the time). Now that I have the laptop back, I'm having trouble restoring my files. When I go to Control Panel-> Backup & Restore, a message appears in the restore section, saying "Windows could not find a backup for this computer." I've tried reconnecting the drive as well as restarting my computer, but to no avail. I can see and explore the files in My Computer, so I know the hard drive is properly connected. I appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

A:Backup External drive seen by My Computer, but not Backup & Restore

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Hi,

When I switched my Laptop on yesterday the nice Seagate Icon for my external backup hard drive had vanished but has been replaced by a dull looking generic Windows page icon ? This external backup drive is the K:\ drive on my system.

I surfed google yesterday trying to find some advice on how to restore what was a very attractive Icon ? . . but have been struggling to find any advice I could understand or thought I'd be able to follow ?

On a positive note, I have located the exact file for the disappeared icon on my laptop (its called SeagatePortable.ico) and I have copied it to my desktop temporarily, but, I have no idea how to re-apply this icon to my K:\ drive ?

Whilst surfing, I discovered a simple freeware program called "Drive Icon Changer" so I downloaded this program and tried to use it. It is very easy to use, but, try as I might, I cannot get this programme to interact with my K;\ drive ? . . so I've given up and uninstalled that programme, as, in this instance at least, it clearly does not do what it is supposed to be able to do.

I also saw some advice about going to a DOS prompt (I do not understand what this means or how to do it?) and deleting or editing something called the autorun.inf file - I suspect this type of action would be well beyond my understanding and I'd probably do more harm than good if I attempted to edit this sort of system file and got it wrong !

I've also done a system restore - to a back up point of a couple of days ... Read more

A:How do I restore the Seagate Drive Icon for my External Backup Drive?

Also just spotted an obsolete thread on this site where someone suggested:-

"Un-install the driver while the external drive is connected and then rebooted and let windows reinstall - everything should go back to normal when Windows re-discovered the drive".

I don't know if this might cure my problem ? . . but unfortunately I do not know how to uninstall a driver ?

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I posted this last week and didn't get any response. so I'm trying again.    I guess I shouldn't have started so late on. My hard drive failed I replaced it.  When I tried to restore the files it would do nothing.   My backups were on a secondary drive.  It's curious that I had also simply copied important files to directories on the secondary drive.  Those files aren't there anymore. I opened the Backup and Recovery Manager.  Went to "Recover important files or the entire system", then either advanced or wizard,It askes for  "the backup to restore" and files to be "added".  Then nothing.  Whatever I did, it wouldn't add anything.  I've seen reference to the backup having to be older than the drive.  Impossible here obviously.  Is there a workaround?  The files have an .inp extenstion.  Am I missing something else? Thanking you in advance.

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Hi There,
I recently lost a HD in my laptop (WXP Home SP2).
I always have everything backed up at least once, so I have a solid backup (made by BounceBack Pro) on an external drive. I have bought a replacement drive and have connectors allowing me to connect and format/load... anything on this drive before putting in in the laptop.
What do I do next? Is there a way to load the backup on the HD to be recognized by the laptop as OS?
I would appreciate help.
JMK56

A:Restore A Drive From The Backup?

Welcome to BCPage 71 of the owner's manual will tell you step by step what to dohttp://www.cmsproducts.com/pdf/BBPro7.1.6Manual.pdfMark

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i have installed windows XP in my laptop, i want to backup and restore it, currntly im using "Norton Ghost-2003" i can only restore my c: drive from windows (if i can access the desktop of windowsXP) but i cant restore it from DOS, i tried to restore it from DOS but it hangs while restoring from DOS, tell me software by which i can backup and restore it both from windows and DOS. thanksKazim HassnainPakistan

A:how to backup and restore c: drive

Have you got Windows XP Home, or the Professional version?

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I've had to do a backup restore of my hard drive and now all the files and folders on the entire C drive are read only. I can't change anything even though I'm logged on as the administrator.

I've searched these forums and the net and tried quite a few things to resolve this but I've had no luck. Any help would be truly appreciated.

A:C drive read only after restore from backup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by scr


I've had to do a backup restore of my hard drive and now all the files and folders on the entire C drive are read only. I can't change anything even though I'm logged on as the administrator.

I've searched these forums and the net and tried quite a few things to resolve this but I've had no luck. Any help would be truly appreciated.


Might be as simple as taking ownership. Take Ownership Shortcut

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Hi everyone.
I was just about to go out and get myself a nice big 4TB WD MyBook External Hard drive to use for my PC backups and data backups, until I read somewhere that Windows 7 Backup and Restore has issues with large drives. Something to do with 4k sectors or something...
Is there a way I can get the 4tb drive to work with it reliably and easily?
Or the other thing I was thinking was getting something smaller that Backup and Restore can manage (maybe 2tb? what's the limit for the thing?), and another drive for my drag-and-drop files.
Or could the 4tb one work with it partitioned into 2 smaller ones that Backup and Restore can work with and use the other for other files? or will that not work because of the sector thing?

Or if the stock Windows Backup and Restore sucks, and I should use something else, what should I use? What should I do? I want the process to be as smooth and reliable as possible.

Thanks for all of your help peoples

A:4TB Drive Backup and Restore Compatibility?

Not sure about the 4 GB issue with Backup and Restore, but most here would tell you to use another program. It works, but isn't polished, flexible, and easily understood.

You'll have to initialize the drive as a GPT disk if you want to utilize all 4 GB. I don't see any reason to chop it up into multiple partitions for most purposes.

You could look at Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper to make images of Windows. Both free. I think Paragon may have a free imaging program too? Macrium is probably the favorite here.

You might want to consider something other than imaging to back up your personal files. There's a bunch of free applications that do a pretty good job of that.

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I can't get my backup to load to a new hard drive.  From "recover important files" it asks for the files to be "added" but I can't select files nor give it a location.  The backed up files (on a second drive) is mostly a list of files with .inp extensions.  I've seen reference to a problem with (I believe) the backup being older than the hard drive installation.  If that might be the problem is there a way to change the date of the files? or another work around.  Or, am I not doing something else right? 

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Dell Desktop 8300 [modified hardware]
200GB Hitachi HD = Master ?C? Drive,
~40GB Maxtor HD = Slave ?F? Drive Dedicated To Backups
VisionTek Radeon X1050 = Graphics Card

When booting up, my computer attempts a CHKDSK on drive F: which is a slave drive dedicated to backups. I tried to access it, but I just get an error dialog box says that the drive is unreadable and asks me if I?d like to format now? (I always click no).

I notice that accessing ?my computer?, C: drive, shortcut windows and a few other double click commands take longer than usual to respond? but eventually do work.

I went to uninstall a program today and can not access the ?add remove programs? under the control panel. The control panel comes up and the ?add remove programs? window comes up, but then just says ?please wait? populating programs? and never completes the task.

Everything seems to be operating. There must be something that I?m overlooking or just unaware of. Can someone help me out here?

A:No Access Restore/Backup Drive

Can you unplug the drive and see if the issues are still there?

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I am looking at external drives for making system backups and additional storage. The storage part and copying data files are easy, but the backup/restore side of the equation for Windows XP is harder.

Let's assume that I made a full (XP, registry, everything) backup of my C: drive onto the external drive and my internal drive crashed. I install a new drive.

Would I need to install XP and all of my software onto the new drive first in order to run the restore software? If I did that, then did a file-by-file restore of both data and software files from the external drive, would there be problems?

I know software installs set up shop all over the place in Windows, including the registry and other places. Am I better off installing all of my software from scratch and restoring data files only?

Would I be able to restore a FAT32 file-by-file backup to a new NTFS drive? I know an image backup has to go to a like file system.

Installing all of the apps could take days, but a complete restore could be done in a few hours. Any thoughts?
 

A:XP Backup/Restore using an external drive

Can't answer that without knowing what you used to make the image file of "C" drive. If Ghost or Acronis True Image , you need to make a rescue boot disk after installing the program (Ghost the install cd is one) and then you put in a new hard drive and simply restore the image file to it. NT Backup no you have to install XP first before restoring the image file.
 

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Is there a free program that would enable me to backup various family members computers to an external hard drive (I fresh install, run all updates, update driver, put in some of their software like Google Chrome, etc.) and whenever they run into problems I just load that image? Is there a program for that? I'd like to be able to place multiple system on my 2tb external hard drive.

Thanks for your help.

A:Backup and Restore to External Drive

Hi there is a list of free programs here Best free backup software: 11 programs we recommend | News | TechRadar
2,5,6,9.10 are better known

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When I installed windows 7 on my computer, I had forgotten to RAID my dual drives together. Can I do a windows backup onto an external hard drive, then raid my drives together, reinstall windows 7 and then do a restore? I wanna have everything exactly the same but with my drives raided together. Thanks

A:Windows Backup to restore drive after RAID

Hello con3636, welcome to Seven Forums!



A lot of users are having serious issues running Windows 7 from a RAID setup and there is really nothing to be gained with such a configuration; if you're trying to get faster access times you'd have better success using a Solid State Drive (SSD) for a boot drive and having your data on a spinner.

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I would like to backup the hard drive on my laptop to dvd before I reformat it to reinstall the OS. I was wondering if there is any program that can backup my hard drive to DVDs and then later restore a bootable hard drive on its own. I don't want something that requires an OS pre-installed to do a restore (just in case my installation fails). I would prefer something that I can just boot off of that doesn't require an OS to restore the computer. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

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Paragon Backup & Recovery?, version 10.2 free

If my backed up HD dies and I put another HD in my computer, can I do a restore to the new HD using this software?

A:Can Paragon Backup restore to a different hard drive

I find Paragon Backup & Recovery to be a very nice app. It will do what you want and it is fairly easy to use.

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Hi, I was wondering if I can get some advice on how to add drivers to the Recovery Disc (DVD). My hard drive is acting up lately and I wanted to make a clone of it. so I made an image backup of it on a external hard drive. Now I want to restore that backup image to a new hard drive (same size and same manufacturer, but unfortunately I run into a problem where the Recovery Disc does not recongize my new hard drive and therefore will not let me restore the image on to it. From what I can tell, I'm thinking that it does not have the driver in the Recovery Disc for that Hard drive. Is there a way to get that driver put on the Recovery Disc.

Thanks in advance,
Pete

A:want to restore backup image to a new hard drive

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Quote: Originally Posted by pl28


Hi, I was wondering if I can get some advice on how to add drivers to the Recovery Disc (DVD).

Describe this recovery disk. Where did it come from? Burned? Bought? Can you make another?


My hard drive is acting up lately and I wanted to make a clone of it. so I made an image backup of it on a external hard drive.

Made an image backup with what application?


Now I want to restore that backup image to a new hard drive (same size and same manufacturer, but unfortunately I run into a problem where the Recovery Disc does not recongize my new hard drive and therefore will not let me restore the image on to it.

I'd expect that your "recovery disk" is something you would attempt to boot from to restore an image. Are you able to boot from this "recovery disk"?

You say "does not recognize my new hard drive". Do you mean you can boot with the recovery disk and locate your previously made image file, but you cannot select the new hard drive as a destination for the image restoration? Or do you mean something else?

From what I can tell, I'm thinking that it does not have the driver in the Recovery Disc for that Hard drive. Is there a way to get that driver put on the Recovery Disc.

You didn't say what application you are using to make and restore this image. A lack of proper drivers on the recovery disk can prevent i... Read more

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Hi all - i really appreciate any help in advance
The other day i had a problem with my new laptop(vista) that i couldnt rectify - the only thing i could do is press f8 on boot to get into the repair your computer section of vista... It gave me the option of restoring my computer to factory settings and the option of backing up the files before i did so .
I formatted my usb drive and backed up everything i could from my computer and "reinstalled" Vista - backup restore file was saved to my usb drive.
Once up and running again with a "new" vista i double clicked on the file restore application and it asked me which parts i wanted to reinstall i said all and then continued and the backup restore started . I then however, stupidly and accidently hit cancel about a minute or two in.
Now i find that when i try to do it again and double click the restore application the timer icon comes up for half a second and then dissapears with nothing happening at all - over and over again.
I have tried all ways to get it to open and it will do nothing.
Since i first opened it and canceled it the file name has changed to backup.1 & it is now in subfolders: MINWINPC > Backup files 2008 > then backup.1 where as before the first time i ran it there were no folders just the application and nothing else.
I am sure the file name has changed but i cant recall what it was the first time - i was wondering if i renamed it would it work again??? Or any other ideas??? PL... Read more

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I am trying to find some documents on a back up on my Flash drive. I have the folder MINWINPC and within that I have Backup1 and Backup.2.fbw but I can't open them.

I have tried from Recovery Manager and that does not give me an option to restore just these files.

Please help

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I recently had to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium on my PC. Before I did that, I made a backup from the Backup and Restore Center onto my WD My Book Essential qith half a terabyte of memory. The device had and has some files of its own on it --
it was a couple of programs that I don't see any reason to use, thoug hI didn't see any harm in leaving them there. The backup is labeled HOUSE-PC, the name of the user account I backed it up from, though as far as I am aware it backed up all the files across
all of the user accounts on my PC.
I've reinstalled Windows and am now trying to retrieve the data from my backup, again using the Backup and Restore Center, but the Center won't recognize the backup on my external drive. I've tried using the Advanced Restore function and choosing the option
Files from a Backup Made on a Different Computer, but I still have no results. Have I done something wrong, or is there something wrong with my backup?
Additional info: The backup's file path and organization is as follows: On the root folder, there is a folder labeled HOUSE-PC, where my backup is located, as well as a few other folders and files that came with the drive. In HOUSE-PC, there is a folder
labeled, "Backup Set 2011-02-28 165830," inside of which there are two folders: one by the same name, and one labeled Catalogs. The Catalogs folder is protected and only contains the BackupCatalog (not to imply I know what that means); in the other folder
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A:Cannot restore Windows from a backup on an external drive.

Hi,
You should be able to use Windows Recovery environment (installation media) to recover the image.

Please share the output of the following command after booting into recovery environment and opening a command prompt.
1. WBADMIN GET VERSIONS -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
Note: Assuming your backups are stored in F:.

If you are able to see the version you can use following command for complete PC recovery.
WBADMIN START SYSRECOVERY -version:<Version> -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
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Hi,
I believe the following statements are true for win7 image backup.
1) The win7 image is for the entire HDD (or SSD).
That is, you cannot make an image of just one partition.
2) When you restore the image, there is no option to restore
a single partition. That is, you have to restore the entire image.
3) The new disk must be larger than the image disk.

This is very restrictive. And it discourages large C:\ drives :-(

Are there any image backup/restore tools that will backup/restore
just one partition?

If I could do an image backup/restore for a selected partition
then I could have a C:\ partition of maybe 200GB for OS and a
D:\ partition of maybe 800GB for data on a 1TB disk.

What is best practice?
thanks

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Hey so this is a pretty basic question.
But lately my computer has been running a bit slower and I notice typical tasks are taking a bit longer.
I intend to format my hard drive and make it run like new.

First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

A:Question about formatting a drive and using a backup to restore.

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Quote: Originally Posted by briantheman890


First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Did the factory built PC came with an OEM Windows installation and you moved that hard drive to the home-built PC, which had a different motherboard?

Is the Windows installation on the home-built PC with the old HD currently activated?

Do you mean a 25 character Product Key when you say "CD key"?

Does that Product Key come from a sticker on the factory-built PC, or from a disk of some type, or what?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

A restoration from an old backup will contain whatever defects were on the C drive when you made the backup.
What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

You could have fixable problems that cause a slowdown, but a clean installation is preferable if you are willing to do it and have the appropriate Windows license and an installation disk.

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Hello,
As you have recommended before, I use Macrium weekly to make backups of the system's disk "C".
Today while making a new full backup the display went "crazy", the program's window partially disappeared,
became partially white, came back and again partially white, but the program kept going very slowly up to the end. The whole backup file size is 12.3 GB and time (including verification) 1:18 hours. On other instances the process was rather fast, (file size almost the same) and no "crazy" display.
Is this 'normal' behavior or something wrong with the program ?
Could not find any answer on Macrium help.
Thanks for answering.
Motim

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Something is wrong. Could be the program or the hardware. I have never seen that kind of behavior. Try again.

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I have done a search on navap.vxd which turns up several previous questions but none appear directly relevant.
I made a copy of my C: drive to the D: drive as a back up.
I then tried booting from D: to test whether the back up worked OK. However during the Boot the system reports that C:\progra~1\norton~1\navap.vxd is missing. The trouble is that it is not missing at all, the copy is right there in the folder where it should be.
I would prefer not to have to reinstall Norton Internet Security again since the last time I tried it tooik the entire weekend, including a manual uninstall following instructions on the Symantec Website.
Is there asolution please?
 

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I have multiple computers that I want to backup - a Windows 2000 computer, a Windows XP computer, and a Windows 7 computer. I have one external hard drive that I want to use for all 3 computers.

I would like to have 3 subdirectories on the external hard drive - one subdirectory for each computer's backups. I am going to use a third-party backup program for the Windows 2000 and XP machines, and I know that it can backup to a subdirectory on an external drive.

But I'm thinking about using Backup and Restore to backup my Windows 7 machine. Is it possible to tell Backup and Restore to store its backups within a subdirectory on the external drive, so that it doesn't affect the Windows 2000 and XP subdirectories? Or will it take over the entire external hard drive?

A:Can Backup and Restore save to a subdirectory on an external drive?

Hi Delerious, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You get partly what you want to using native tools, Windows Backup & Restore creates independent folders for each computer using computer name. I just reinstalled Windows to this laptop today, the highlighted folders were created by system when doing initial backup after everything was installed.

You can't put these main folders, backup and image, into another folder. System creates them and does not let you to modify the path. Backup folders are located on root and named with PC's actual name, system images are located in image folder's subfolders with PC name.

Kari

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I used windows backup to create a backup of my system on an external seagate harddrive. It created an big backup of about 11GB. Now when I try to restore my system using windows backup and restore, it shows the following message "windows could not find a backup for this computer". On selecting "select another backup to restore files from", it is not able to find the backup on the external harddrive. There is no option to browse for the backup except from a network location. So, how do I use the backup?

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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Hi,

I'm using Windows 7 and I have four hard drives in my computer labeled C, E, F and G. A few days ago I got a BSOD and my computer wouldn't start up after that. I've been having a few problems with the C drive lately so I bought a replacement and restored from my Acronis TrueImage 2010 backup. That went fine and my computer now works as it did before with my F and G drives connected, but not my E drive. If I try to start up with my E drive connected my computer just gets stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen. If I look at my BIOS settings with it connected it is not listed. It's a pretty new drive and I've never had any problems with it before. Please can someone tell me how I can start using it again?

Thanks,
Joe
 

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Hello,

I am looking to restore a complete backup in Vista. Vista is installed on a 500gb internal c: drive and the backup is installed on a physically seperate 500gb internal d: drive.

I have other files on the backup drive (outside of the backup images) that I want to be sure to keep. When trying to perform the backup, the dialog boxes are unclear as to whether or not any files will be erased from the backup drive. It just says that all files will be erased.

Will the full restore put everything on both drives as it was, or will it only affect the c: drive?

A:Does Complete PC Restore delete other files from backup drive?

Hi infinitr, what did you use to make the backup?

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Dear friends,

I recently moved a backup file stored in an external HD to a new location using copy/paste. Then, I moved it back to the original location. Now, this backup file is presented as a regular directory (doesn't show the backup file icon) and is not eligible to restore files. How should I make it visible again to restore files?. Also, there are a lot of zip files inside this directory containing the backed up files, but as I said, the backup date is not shown in the restore session.

Thanks.

Luis

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When attempting backup operations, I receive the following error message:

The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation. (0x8004230F)

I ran sfc /scannow, with the following message:

Found corrupt files but could not repair them.

Looking through the CBS.log, the file "settings.ini" is identified as not being repaired, and there seems to have been a lot of other activity in the scan.

How do I make repairs?

A:Unable to do system or hard drive backup/restore

Hello, MildBill.

What antivirus (if any) do you have installed on your machine? I have run into problems with using System Restore with a couple of programs. They seemed to lock the necessary files.

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Hi Gang!

I was wondering if this would work as a poor man's backup system for Windows 7.


1) Take my daughter's laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate on it and partition the only hard disk to have a C: drive (125 Gigs) and E: drive (75 gigs).

2) Setup Windows 7 backup to backup data and disk image of the C: drive TO the E: drive.


Works OK on backup.... I know...I know.... if the hard drive fails, you loose everything.... C: and E: ..... but if you want a quick fix for virus attacks on the C: drive, or a quick way to restore files to the C: drive... this is ok.

Now... the 64 dollar question... I haven't tested this part yet.... but can you RESTORE the E: drive image of the C: drive using the SYSTEM REPAIR DISK ??

Would the restoration reformat the entire hard drive, and in effect crash the restore before it starts? Or would it just reformat the C: drive partition???

I don't know... haven't tried it yet.... have you guys tried it out before??

Thanks a bunch!!!

A:Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

It worked for me the one and only time I tried it. But I haven't tried it since Nov 2009. I got my first Windows 7 machine in Oct 2009. I created a separate partition for backups and called it the G: drive. When it came time to use the System Repair Disc > System Restore option, it searched for the backup location, found G: and the restore worked. It treated that extra partition just like any other hard drive containing a system image ... C: was restored to it's previous condition.

But for the reason you mentioned (if the hard drive fails, etc etc) I bought an external hard drive in Nov 2009 and haven't looked back. It was also around that same time I learned about the free Macrium Reflect imaging tool. Much greater versatility than the native Windows 7 tool. If you haven't seen these...

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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I would like to ask if there is someone with a Vista computer who also has an Iomega REV drive installed who can run a test to determine if they can execute a "Complete PC Backup & Restore" using the REV drive as the backup destination? The operation to run this test is as follows. Put a blank, formatted disk in the REV drive, then press Start, then Control Panel, then go to Backup & Restore Center, then press the Backup Computer tab, then "after looking for backup devices" finishes, select "on one or more DVD's", then select REV drive, then press "next" twice, then press "Start Backup". At that point a screen will appear that has written, "Windows is saving the Backup" and "Preparing to Create Backup". If this screen remains for a few minutes, and progress is indicated by the advancing blue bar, then the backup will be successful. If the backup is not successful, then an error message will appear that says, "Media is not UDF". I always am forced to terminate the backup at the error message, "Media is not UDF". I will be eternally grateful to anyone who will run this procedure and email me the result at ***************. At Iomega Technical Support there is no one there who has Vista installed who can run this procedure. Thanks. James

A:Compatibiliy Of Vista Complete Backup & Restore With Rev Drive

Bleepingcomputer.com Viewer: After a day and a half of attempting to solve the problem that my 35 GB USB REV drive was unable to store a Complete PC Backup in Vista, I have determined that the procedure is possibly possible. The closest I arrived at success is by uninstalling the REV drive software. In this instance Vista recognized the REV drive as a CD drive. I then ran the Complete Backup and Restore program with the REV drive recognized as a CD drive. The backup then completed successfully, and after reinstalling the REV drive software, the Vista Restore program recognized the backup image. The problem with that circumstance was that although the same files were recognized in the REV drive backup as in the external hard disk backup, two backup files on the REV drive had a total of 11 GB less than the total of the same two files backed up on the hard drive. I found no evidence that compression had been used in backing up on the REV drive. I called Iomega and was told that compression is used in backing up to a REV disk. The Rep. said the backup should be O.K., since no errors were reported while backing up, and all files were verified. I attempted to copy the backup image on the hard drive to the 35 GB REV drive; however, 35 GB wasn't enough space for the copy, which was 38 GB. Perhaps, copy of the image to a 70 GB REV drive might work in the Vista Restore operation. Thank you for your interest and attention. James

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