Looking for a FREE Backup Program that starts on USB Key?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheMozart, May 27, 2012.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    Which FREEWARE Imaging program can create a bootable USB stick recovery, so I can boot from my USB key to restore an image, and not a slow CD?

    Thanks:thumb:
     
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    Keriver 1-Click Free.
     
  3. TheMozart

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    This one?

    http://www.keriver.com/oneclick_free.html

    I thought Keriver 1-Click Free installs onto hard drive, not usb stick?

    I heard that if your hard drive fails to load, then you cant even start Keriver 1-Click to restore an image. True?

    I also heard that Keriver 1-Click doesnt come with boot rescue CD, true?

    Update, just read this:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Keriver-1-Click-Restore-Free.shtml

    It says, " · Ability to put the recovery console program on CD or USB flash drive instead of having to modify the MBR". Anyone confirm this?
     
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    Hmm, K1CR only gets a 3.5 (out of 5.0) rating on Softpedia, I wonder why?

    Speaking of K1CR, is anyone using it with Win7 64-bit ?

    And has any K1CR user ever experienced a restore failure with it?

    Cruise
     
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    Never. :D
     
  6. aladdin

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    Macrium Reflect Free.

    It is one of the best.

    Best regards,

    KOR!

    P.S. You can have it on boot as bootmenu too!
     
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    Really? I though it was only offered in standard and pro versions. Recovery from Windows boot menu is checked for only standard, pro and server versions. https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
     
  8. aladdin

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    You have to download WAIK, which is 1.7GB for WIN7 x64 or 1.0GB for WIN x86.

    Best regards,

    KOR!

    P.S. You need WAIK for everything, so the download is must, whether you want to use it with Macrium Reflect Free or not.
     
  9. aladdin

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    Microsoft charges them for it, therefore they give one free copy with your purchase. However, with WAIK you can build your own. You only need the plugins. For family package, they give you four free copies.

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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    Once you build your own, you can have it on DVD, CD, USB or as a bootmenu on boot!

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
  11. TheMozart

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    I tried Macrium Reflect Free around 3 months ago, but it failed to detect my USB external hard drive. Have they fixed that issue by now?

    And can Macrium Reflect Free be created to boot from USB stick, or only slow CD?

    And what do you mean by boot as bootmenu too? Like Grub menu or something? How you do it? And does it interfere with Hibernating, causing hibernating to do a complete reboot?
     
  12. aladdin

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    I never had a problem Macrium Reflect not recognizing the external USB hard drive.

    You have to download the WAIK and install it. Which is required for almost everything. Once you install WAIK, then you can build a WINPE CD/DVD/USB/ISO of Macrium Reflect Free.

    Bootmenu like a WIN7 bootmenu on boot. Any WINPE ISO you have for imaging program, you can unrar and then use EasyBCD to create a bootmenu.

    http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

    So you need to download:
    1. WAIK
    2. Macrium Reflect Free
    3. EasyBCD

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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    See here:
     

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    Where do I get WAIK for W7 Home Premium?

    BTW KOR, where and how did you learn so much? lol

    And thank you for always being so helpful.
     
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    Dear TheMozart,

    Thank you for your kindness. Do you have WIN7 x86 (32 bits) or WIN7 x64?

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5753

    Best regards,

    KOR!

    P.S. It is 1.7GB download.
     
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    I use clonezila live USB and never had a backup/restore failure. Totally free, works with windows, linux and mac file systems.
     
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    Tried it once, very confusing, and it ended up restoring a failure, so I never wanted to try it again.
     
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    Ok I will try it again, the latest version.

    But KOR, is the FREEWARE Macrium worth using? You have the paid version, right?
     
  20. TheMozart

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    Tried K1CR, but once you select a hard drive, it seems you cannot tell it to make a backup somewhere else?

    And what's the difference between the 3 different backups? Baseline etc?
     
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    I paid $100 for v4 so that I can have it as bootmenu. Within 6 months they came out with v5 and they wanted another $60 for upgrade. Now I am using the Free version.

    There is no difference between the Paid and Free version. For Free version you have to build your own WINPE and use EasyBCD to have it available as bootmenu.

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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    Dear TheMozart,

    Baseline is your first regular image. Just a fancy word.

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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    Ah! Thank you very much for clearly explaining KOR. Now I understand. One more thing. Macrium Reflect free and EaseUS Todo Backup free both comes with linux bootable media builder.

    So I can also get booth menu with linux boot media if I don't want to download 1.7gb waik and build my winpe, right?
     
  24. TheMozart

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    Why don't you just use the Linux bootCD that you can make?

    And how did you build your own WINPE boot CD for Macrium? Isn't that hard to do for a novice?

    And why don't you like Keriver 1-Click Restore Free?
     
  25. aladdin

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    WINPE boot CD/DVD/ISO/USB is very easy to build. Download WAIK and install it. Then download Macrium Reflect Free and install it. From Macrium Reflect it will allow you to build the WINPE CD/DVD/ISO/USB. Very easy.

    I have all my imaging programs as bootmenu and have all of them available of one USB.

    I own the Keriver 1-Click Restore PRO. Paid for it last year. There are no WINPE plugins available for it. However, there are BartPE (Vista) plugins available for it. Therefore, there is a choice between having all the imaging programs I own as bootmenu, or only have Keriver 1-Click Restore PRO. I rather have them all, as Keriver 1-Click Restore PRO is very limited.

    Maybe, Mr. River the owner of Keriver 1-Click Restore can give us the plugins for WINPE. It is about time.

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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