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I am planning to do a system backup of C:\ from Easeus onto an external hard drive. I have no 100MB partition.

Some systems don't, but many have a small ~100MB partition listed in Disk Management, which has the boot files and boot menu stored on it.
     
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Can i ask some question for any one?? smile.gif

Actualy this urgent for me, so last 1 hour my external hdd (WD element 2 TB) going down. n yes it's have full off my data (work, collage, collection *rare like anime) for last 4 years (My country is good realy bad internet connection) mad.gifangrysmiley.gif. so i try to over look if usb connector got bad so i try another cable from other external hdd. still not work to, so my last try to try with another device (laptop) n it's same result.

For now i try to scan it with "test disk" from front page to see what happening to my beloved hdd.

this ss from disk management from windows



n still prosessing from software




Please, any help is appreciated,i'm so lost on this n this killing me deep. I apologize if this is in any way my word so confusing, I tried my best to get right to the point with the problem i'm having.
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Acronis FTW for drive cloning! It just worked for me biggrin.gif
a few indiscrepancies..but well worth it!
 
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Hi, i have a couple of question... after reading this, i went ahead and created a BACKUP IMAGE with the windows 7 tool, now my questions are...

1- My windows+programs+drivers use up to 20gb but when windows created the BACKUP IMAGE, just used 2 DVDs 4.7GB why?
those windows use some kind of compression that just used 2 DVDS?

2- Let say my SSD dies, and i get the same SSD again, can i just re-install windows 7 with this IMAGE i have created?
everything will be as it was, when i created it, right?
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Hi, i have a couple of question... after reading this, i went ahead and created a BACKUP IMAGE with the windows 7 tool, now my questions are...

1- My windows+programs+drivers use up to 20gb but when windows created the BACKUP IMAGE, just used 2 DVDs 4.7GB why?
those windows use some kind of compression that just used 2 DVDS?
I believe so, same happens with my system images.
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2- Let say my SSD dies, and i get the same SSD again, can i just re-install windows 7 with this IMAGE i have created?
everything will be as it was, when i created it, right?
It should. thumb.gif
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I believe so, same happens with my system images.
It should. thumb.gif

thanks man for such awesome guide biggrin.gif
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I have been using BooIt NG now called BootIt Bare Metal from Terabyte Unlimited for many years for all my partition and cloning/imaging needs as well as a boot manager. While not free it is very reasonably priced. There are other programs they have, some for money some free, that work together and the images are interchangeable. One of them is Image for Windows/Linux that works within the OS, but BiNG/BiBM works outside the OS and has many good tools. Some of the most useful besides all the drive/partitioning tools are the ability to edit NTFS text files (boot.ini for instance) as well as BCD outside of the OS. They have saved my bacon numerous times as well as just making life easier.

Most of the major programs are $30-$40 each, or you can buy the whole suite for $50 which also comes with the OSD (OS Deployment) program for making images for deployment to a new machine. I have never used the OSD kit as of yet so I don't know how well it works.

One of my favorite things is TBIView. It lets you uncompress and open any saved image file/s to view and pull files from it.

I will say these programs do have bit of a learning curve, so they are not that intuitive for an average user, but they are feature rich and reliable for those that don't mind actually reading through the manual. And the price for what you get can't be beat in my opinion.

Normally I use Image for Windows (IFW) to make the image, then if/when needed go into BiBM (installed on an 8MB partition or from a boot disk) to do the restore. Though sometimes I will make the image using BiBM directly. IFW can do incremental backups but I always do a full image. I do not image my Linux partitions so I can't say how well IFL works. I use BootIt for a boot manager as well as partition/drive tools installed and always ready, but if you just need backups you can just use IFW/IFL that also comes with IFDos that you boot from in order to do the restore.

I image all windows partitions that include all core applications like AV and Office, basically everything I would need right away in case of major disaster. I have important data (about 170GB) on other drives/partitions that is backed up by Carbonite automatically. I have tons of other data and applications, like a 522GB steam folder, but that can all be recovered by reinstalling/downloading again, so I don't worry about it.

As I mentioned I don't image my Linux partitions. This is because all my important data is elsewhere and already backed up and it really doesn't take long to install and setup Linux, so not really worth the effort or drive space to image it.

There are so many backup applications out there and even more ways to go about backing up your system. The biggest thing is to find one that you will actually use. And then test it to make sure it works and you are familiar with the restore process before you have to do a restore. That way you can work out any flaws in your backup routine before you need to restore and are confident when the time comes. So when your drive crashes or your little brother decides to surf some porn and gets your system loaded down with malware, instead of freaking out you simply restore the latest image and are back in business in a short time like nothing happened.
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Sean, what are your thoughts on using Acronis TrueImage? I've had issues in the past with this app and a particular nasty MBR corruption problem. Thought it was my DVD drive, but reading posts on the error I was getting, all pointed to Acronis. I'm looking for a reliable image product, whether free or for pay...I just want something that works well and doesn't cause more problems than it solves. By the way, love this blog and your guides are stellar! I've missed a few things doing it myself over the years rolleyes.gif , but your guides have me on the right path again. Cheers!
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Hello,

I actually just installed an SSD (Samsung 830 256GB) into my new build and I was wondering what your thoughts are/were on the included SSD Magician and Norton Ghost software. Do you recommend other software over them?

Cheers,

-s
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Sean, what are your thoughts on using Acronis TrueImage? I've had issues in the past with this app and a particular nasty MBR corruption problem. Thought it was my DVD drive, but reading posts on the error I was getting, all pointed to Acronis. I'm looking for a reliable image product, whether free or for pay...I just want something that works well and doesn't cause more problems than it solves. By the way, love this blog and your guides are stellar! I've missed a few things doing it myself over the years rolleyes.gif , but your guides have me on the right path again. Cheers!

I've never had issue with the Seagate and WD versions (free) of true image or true image 2012 or 2013.
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Hello,

I actually just installed an SSD (Samsung 830 256GB) into my new build and I was wondering what your thoughts are/were on the included SSD Magician and Norton Ghost software. Do you recommend other software over them?

Cheers,

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Ive never used norton ghost so idk. Magician software is optional.
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