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    Home Forums AskWoody support PC hardware Questions – Maintenance and backups Prepare For The Inevitable

    This topic contains 5 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Zig 1 month ago.

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    • #1876966 Reply

      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      One of the good things that occurred during my Xfinity-imposed offline status was taking care of some maintenance chores that I needed to get done. Without the distraction of internet access, I turned my time to cleaning up my to-do list.

      Foremost on the list was getting caught up with my full-drive image set. I have a couple that were fairly recent, but not a complete set all the same age. I ran my extended Disk Cleanup, then launched Image for Windows and created a full-drive image for each of the four drives on my daily driver desktop (there are actually five, but the fifth is a 2TB single partition for my drive images).

      My 2TB drive would not be able to hold the full set, so as one was completed and I launched the next, I ran a Robocopy script to copy the completed drive image to a 3TB HDD plugged into the drive dock on my NAS.  Once that copy was complete, I deleted the image from the 2TB drive, freeing up that space. The plan was to get all images on that 3TB HDD, then unplug it and store it away for safe-keeping.

      It took a couple of hours all together; those four drives hold 748.9 GB of files/data, and I was running everything single file rather than via Task Scheduler. But I did get it all done, copied to the 3TB HDD, and have it stored. When I lose any of those drives in the future (I say “when”, not “if”, because it’s always “when”) I can replace the bad drive with a new one of like kind, retrieve and plug in that 3TB HDD, restore that drive’s complete image with its partitions in the right places and the correct sizes, then use my latest partition/logical drive images to update any pertinent partition.

      I’ve used this procedure a few times in the past for pooched HDD’s, and it saves a lot of time and effort as far as getting back up and running normally.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!
      "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns

      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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    • #1877918 Reply

      Zig
      AskWoody Plus

      I thought you did your backups with BootIt Bare Metal, or am I conflating 2 programs for different purposes??

      Zig

    • #1878206 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      I ran my extended Disk Cleanup

      You can create a desktop shortcut (no batch file needed) :
      Create a shortcut on the desktop
      copy : C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe /cleanmgr /sageset:01
      or
      C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe /cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & /sagerun:65535

      Name the shortcut.
      save.
      Select shortcut properties > advanced > run as administrator.
      apply. save.

      • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  Alex5723.
    • #1878537 Reply

      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      I thought you did your backups with BootIt Bare Metal, or am I conflating 2 programs for different purposes??

      BootIt Bare Metal didn’t have the imaging software when it replaced BootIt Next Generation.  That’s when I got Image For Windows.

      Drive imaging has since been restored in the BootIt Bare Metal and BootIt UEFI tools.  I have BootIt UEFI, but Image For Windows allows imaging without having to boot into the BootIt UEFI environment, and I can have Task Scheduler run it for me on a schedule.

      Image For Windows also has a script for adding it into the Windows Recovery Environment, which is also quite handy.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!
      "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns

      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

      • #1878578 Reply

        Zig
        AskWoody Plus

        I figured out the source of my confusion. I thought that by the name “Image for Windows,” you meant the built-in (inbuilt for our UK friends) Windows disk imaging feature. I now see that I4W is another Terabyte program. Sorry for leading you off into an unnecessary sidebar.

        Zig

    • #1878560 Reply

      bbearren
      AskWoody MVP

      You can create a desktop shortcut (no batch file needed) : Create a shortcut on the desktop copy : C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe /cleanmgr /sageset:01 or C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe /cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & /sagerun:65535

      I guess you didn’t check the link.  Sageset has to actually be “set” in order for Sagerun to use the settings.  And 65535 is not a magic number, it’s just the highest number allowed for Sageset.  I use 01; works just fine.

      And no, I don’t use a batch file, just a simple desktop shortcut.  Check the link in the OP for the details.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!
      "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow
      "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns

      "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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