1. Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 39
    W10
       1 Week Ago #1

    Macrium ...Questions about restoring a PC in a worst case senario


    Scenario: Your pc's hard drive has failed. You can no longer boot up.

    1 If you have a backup hdd with the images of your system disk, data disk and the rescue media
    can you just swap the old bad hdd with your backup hdd or do you connect your backup hdd via usb cable to a new pc and restore the backup hdd to your new pc.

    2 In what scenario would a DVD rescue disk you created be used

    Thanks for your help
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 833
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       1 Week Ago #2

    Let me try to answer your questions -- since I use Macrium Reflect all the time ...

    1. Backup HDD: This contains images of the backups you have made. It's most likely NOT bootable, and even if it was, it's not running Windows, so you can't run from it.

    2. By Rescue Disk, I presume you made the WinPE boot disk that MR recommends. You use this to BOOT the PC with a new disk, because that disk is empty and can not boot.

    So, the process is:
    1) Put the new drive in the PC
    2) Connect the backup HDD with the images to the PC
    3) Boot the PC using the MR rescue disk
    4) Run MR and use Restore to expand the backup image onto the drive
    5) When done, shutdown the PC
    6) When you reboot, all should be OK

    IF it is not, then boot from the MR rescue disk and use the option to repair the boot loader

    Good Luck
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  3. Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 39
    W10
       1 Week Ago #3

    Thanks for your help Mark
    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    Let me try to answer your questions -- since I use Macrium Reflect all the time ...

    1. Backup HDD: This contains images of the backups you have made. It's most likely NOT bootable, and even if it was, it's not running Windows, so you can't run from it.

    My backup HDD has W10 on its system partition with all the other programs. It also has the rescue partition I created with Macrium.
    If I restore my backup HDD to the new PC, why wouldn't the new PC then be bootable?

    2. By Rescue Disk, I presume you made the WinPE boot disk that MR recommends. You use this to BOOT the PC with a new disk, because that disk is empty and can not boot.

    I created the WinPE rescue files on my backup HDD, and a DVD ...which one would I use to boot the PC with the new HDD?

    So, the process is:
    1) Put the new drive in the PC
    2) Connect the backup HDD with the images to the PC
    3) Boot the PC using the MR rescue disk

    Pls clarify- if your new pc came with W10 would you would not need to boot it BUT when you restore from the backup wouldn't the C system partition in the new pc be overwritten??

    4) Run MR and use Restore to expand the backup image onto the drive

    Run MR from the backup HDD?? It should be in C System partion program fules

    5) When done, shutdown the PC
    6) When you reboot, all should be OK

    IF it is not, then boot from the MR rescue disk and use the option to repair the boot loader

    Good Luck
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  4. Join Date : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 366
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Days Ago #4

    Scenario: Your pc's hard drive has failed. You can no longer boot up.
    Pls clarify- if your new pc came with W10 would you would not need to boot it BUT when you restore from the backup wouldn't the C system partition in the new pc be overwritten??
    In your Scenario, the HDD has failed, and it needs to be replaced with a new HDD that has nothing on it. So, there is no partitions, no Windows, and nothing to be overwritten. Also, Windows will not run from a USB HDD.
    I created the WinPE rescue files on my backup HDD, and a DVD ...which one would I use to boot the PC with the new HDD?
    You would use the WinPE Macrium Reflect disc to boot from. In Macrium, you choose to Restore Image, browse your backup drive for the Image file you created with Macrium.
    My backup HDD has W10 on its system partition with all the other programs. It also has the rescue partition I created with Macrium. If I restore my backup HDD to the new PC, why wouldn't the new PC then be bootable?
    If the Backup Drives Windows System was installed on this computer, then it would boot the computer. However, if that Windows OS was installed on another computer, then the computer will most likely Blue Screen when trying to bootup. Because Windows loads drivers specifically for that computers hardware.
    The WinPE Macrium Reflect CD is what you should boot off of. Then browse your External HDD for the Macrium Reflect Image file you created to restore to a new HDD. During the restore process, the Target HDD, (ie) the New HDD will be wiped to restore the image file, so you don't want to restore it to a HDD with files on it that you want to keep.
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