Post by XP4Me
Purchased a refurbished laptop with XP Pro installed.
I did a Macrium Reflect Image to a NAS and created a Rescue disk.
Now I want to create backup dvds.
Is there a best way to do this ?
Please humor me and give me the simple steps to do this.
Anything else I need to do ?
I had a chance to test this.
1) The optical disc set will not be integrated. Your
Macrium Rescue CD will be separate from the data discs.
2) You do your Macrium backup as normal, however you go
to the options panel in Macrium and set the "output data size"
to 4GB. I didn't optimize that, and that's just a guess at
a good size for a DVD.
3) My WinXP test disk was around 20GB in size, and I had the
compression in Macrium cranked up to high. I ended up
with four 4GB files and a single 2GB file (which likely
contains the Index, which is used during restore).
4) Now, at this point, the MRIMG files are stored on your
NAS or some hard drive.
5) Using the build-in Windows disc burning, drop a file onto
each blank DVD and burn as you normally work. I faked this
step using mkisofs. Because I'm not waiting 5*30 minutes
for my ratshit DVD blanks to burn.
6) OK, now I have the Macrium boot CD in hand, and five data discs.
What I noticed at this point, is Macrium would *not* play nice,
with a pretend 6 optical drive configuration. It seemed to be
insisting that each file it find, be on the original optical
drive. So I had to dump that config and try again.
I set up a one-optical-drive config, booted the Macrium CD and
browsed for my backup (on the optical drive). Of the optical
discs 0,1,2,3,4, I inserted disc 4 at this point, and requested
verify. I flipped in the discs one at a time, and that seemed to
work for verify.
You can use the test case, of booting the Macrium CD, then running
a verify, then inserting discs 4,0,1,2,3. If it accepts that process,
then chances are very very good, it'll do the actual restore to the
hard drive when you need it. This allows testing the restoration
procedure a little bit, without messing anything up.
For my WinXP test, after feeding the five images and
rebooting, WinXP promptly got a 7B STOP error. This was
to be expected, because for my test case, my WinXP restoration
drive was on an AHCI port, and not an IDE port, and WinXP
doesn't have an AHCI driver. So I consider the test a "success",
because it did try to boot, and it must have accessed the boot.ini
to get that far.
In general, I don't recommend DVD backup, because it's so slow.
I tried testing the Windows 7 build-in backup to DVD, and it took
over two hours, just to prep and burn the discs. So it's a painful
process. The procedure above with Macrium, does have the advantage
that the generation of the 4GB files is independent of the
burning of DVDs. But that's not saying much. It's still going to
take two to three hours that way. With the virtual test method
I was using the restore only took 4 minutes 30 seconds, so I
didn't have to wait too long.
I realize your NAS could crash, or it could catch file, or
the power supply in it could overvolt and ruin the hard drive.
If it was me, I'd simply get a USB hard drive, and put my
second copy of the OS on that. Then use the Macrium emergency
boot CD, and restore from the USB drive. You will suffer less
hair loss this way. You could just put the file you already
have on the NAS, onto the USB hard drive. USB hard drives are
available in 2.5" form factor now, with the largest 2.5" USB
drive being around 2TB and being 15mm high. (That's taller
than a laptop drive, and the drive inside those USB enclosures,
cannot be put in the laptop bay at some later date, because
the laptop bay is 9.5mm high, and these big drives are
15mm high.) That's if you wanted the least intrusive USB
storage solution (that used a hard drive).
Obviously, you can buy a Sandisk Extreme 128GB and put your
copy of WinXP backup on that. But you have to be drenched in money
to afford one of those. There is at least one USB3.1 SSD product,
that writes at 700MB/sec, and again, it's pointless for this
job, as the laptop likely only has USB2 and the restore
could only go at 30MB/sec. If you use the DVD method, the
restore might run at 6MB/sec.
Depending on the NIC on the laptop, if it was a GbE chip,
that might be the fastest restore path (from your NAS). Make
sure the Macrium Emergency CD, when booted, can see your NAS.
Make a new disc, with a later WinPE version, if the network
cannot be seen. The Macrium menu is quite deceiving, and it'll
take a few seconds to find where the "Network" entry is hidden.
I missed it the first time, and got one of my other Macrium CDs
to try and find it.