mirroring drives in windows 7.

June 6, 2014 at 15:05:45
Specs: win7 ult., ivy bridge
So back in the old XP days with boot.ini one could set up a mirror in device manager and have the OS constantly backed up.

I'm doing this in win7 and it wants to turn my c:\ in to dynamic. Correct me if I'm wrong but you can boot to dynamic right?

Is this not really a logic approach any more?


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#1
June 6, 2014 at 15:18:28
I think that option is still available. That said, I wouldn't recommend it. If you are doing this for backup purposes you are still at risk for any number of things that can happen.

Best to backup/image to an external source. Usually an external hard drive. Windows 7 can do that natively. After creating an image I recommend you isolate the external drive.

Go to Control Panel> backup and restore.


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#2
June 6, 2014 at 15:32:51

Well none of the data is important. This is just a quick recover config. If a drive gets wacked you just swap and your back up (regardless of my ups this occurs a lot in FL). Granted the down fall would be it can't recover from a virus or f'd registry because it will re sync before you know you have a problem. Many call this a poor mans raid.

I dont have any interest in going raid so this is the next in line, open to here about other options but not backup options at this time. I understand this is no good for back up but that is not what I'm looking for.

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June 6, 2014 at 15:57:00

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#4
June 6, 2014 at 16:00:10
You can create an image of the entire hard drive either to an external hard drive or to a second internal hard drive. The image can be used to reimage an old or new hard drive and you are back up running. All you need are the tools in Windows Back Up and to make a Windows Repair Disk from the same place.
Another option is to make a clone of the hard drive and leave it inside of the computer's case but unplugged. You can make a clone of the entire hard drive with a number of different software available. If any of your hard drives installed on your machine are Western Digital, you can download their version of Acronis and use that for free or purchase one of the other often recommended programs for this. In the case of a drive dying or being corrupted, you can swap out the drives (just the plugs) and you are up and running again. Then you can either clone the drive back again or to a new drive. Make sure that the unplugged drive is both disconnected from the motherboard and also from the power supply to protect it better. If you set up a back up also, any minor changes in your personal stuff should be able to be updated after the swap out.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
June 6, 2014 at 17:52:45
Ok this all worked out well but one thing remains that confuses me? My boot loader is not on he drivers now, but where is it? Or maybe easy BCD just cant read it since the drive is dynamic now.?


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#6
June 7, 2014 at 06:53:40
Did you read the link?

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#7
June 7, 2014 at 07:06:00
that why I'm asking this.

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For the conversion to succeed, any master boot record (MBR) disks to be converted must contain at least 1 MB of space for the dynamic disk database.
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This does not tell me anything? The conversion succeeded and a boot loader exists (somewhere) but I cant find it nor can EBCD see it.

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