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alan9182
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United Kingdom
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Posted - July 05 2011 :  20:54:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Special bits of the HDD are not inside partitions, like the MBR and extended partition table, and probably other stuff that will hurt my brain.

Will a whole disc image permit a Disc Restore to completely mend a corrupted extended partition table and anything else that can go wrong ?

Would separate restore of all partitions be just as effective in all situations ?

Using Macrium v4.2 on an XP Laptop there was a large chunk of unallocated space that I wanted to use but was not able.
With the help of Macrium experts to diagnose and advise the problem was corruption of the extended partition table and was fixed by deleting partition V:\.

With Macrium v5 on W7 Desktop I would like to instantly fix this or any other problem by doing a suitable restore.

So I am fully prepared if this or any other problem occurs,
would "Image This Disk" allow DiskRestore to always correct any problem that is outside partitions,
and would individual partition image backup and restore be equally effective ?

Would it be appropriate to use a Partition Manager Boot CD to quick format a whole HDD to untangle any knots and then restore partitions ?

For safety I am prepared to "Image This Disc" and make a daily incremental,
but if there is no reduction in viable repair options I would prefer to only make daily backups of C:\,
and not capture the meaningless changes made every day by some applications.

Regards
Alan


O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate *64 SP1
Graphics: HIS ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3
Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE AMD 790FX
Processor: AMD Phemom 9500 Quad Core 2206 Mhz
Hard Drive: Samsung HD103SJ, 931GB, MBR, 32MB Cache
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black, 640GB, GPT, 32MB Cache
RAM: Corsair XMS 6400 4GB (2X2GB) 800mhz

Nick
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United Kingdom
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Posted - July 06 2011 :  11:46:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Alan

Only the partition table and extended partition table entries (if you have them) are required to layout an MBR style disk. These elements are saved with all images.

DiskRestore simply copies partitions to exactly the same starting and ending offset as the original disk, the partition table and extended partition table will therefore be the same.

When restoring with v5, if you click the 'Copy selected Partitions' link in the restore wizard, or drag and drop partitions to the original partition then this behaves exactly the same as disk restore.

Kind Regards

Nick - Macrium Support

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alan9182
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United Kingdom
527 Posts

Posted - July 06 2011 :  12:36:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Nick.

Regards
Alan


O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate *64 SP1
Graphics: HIS ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3
Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE AMD 790FX
Processor: AMD Phemom 9500 Quad Core 2206 Mhz
Hard Drive: Samsung HD103SJ, 931GB, MBR, 32MB Cache
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black, 640GB, GPT, 32MB Cache
RAM: Corsair XMS 6400 4GB (2X2GB) 800mhz
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pbmcmlxxi
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United Kingdom
54 Posts

Posted - July 06 2011 :  19:00:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Alan,
By default I prefer to do a whole disk image, from that I can always select a particular partition to restore.
Nice to know from Nick the nicer way v5 handles such tasks

Windows 7 *64 SP1,
Window 7 *86 SP1
Norton Internet Security 19.0.0.128
Macrium Reflect 5.0 3782
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alan9182
Advanced Member

United Kingdom
527 Posts

Posted - July 06 2011 :  20:06:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been imaging the whole disc with v4, an incremental every evening and a Differential every week or so.

This last couple of days the incremental was either 80 MB or 120 MB depending upon whether there was a new urlclassifier3.sqlite in one or two Firefox Profiles.

If I move the Firefox urlclassifier3.sqlite to a partition that is only backed up once a week the incremental of only C:\ could be 40 MB,
so by imaging all the partitions separately a daily average saving of 60 MB is worth 2 GB or 100 HDD on my external.

N.B. 1 HDD = 20 MB because that is the size of my very first P.C.,
against which all disc usage is compared ! !

Regards
Alan


O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate *64 SP1
Graphics: HIS ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3
Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE AMD 790FX
Processor: AMD Phemom 9500 Quad Core 2206 Mhz
Hard Drive: Samsung HD103SJ, 931GB, MBR, 32MB Cache
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black, 640GB, GPT, 32MB Cache
RAM: Corsair XMS 6400 4GB (2X2GB) 800mhz
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ananda
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United Kingdom
4 Posts

Posted - July 07 2011 :  19:20:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am now totally confused.

I have created disk images of partitions on three 500GB drives with the intention of replacing the drives with 1TBs.

Will I not be able to create different size partitions on the new disks and restore the images?

George
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Merlin
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852 Posts

Posted - July 07 2011 :  19:25:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You should be able to restore the images to the drives, and choose how large the partitions should be during the restores.
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