Macrium Reflect Restoring a Failed HD Image

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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro/Parrot Linux
       #11

    I have been using MR for about 10 years on various systems. I use the Enterprise version on the servers with RAID 1 at work.
    The server runs point of sale software with SQL as its database. One fine day, the dang server would not boot. I could not figure it out, the RAID controller was showing all good. I frigged with it for a few hours and decided to boot from my Macrium USB and restore from my nightly image but before I did that, I noticed the fix mbr function in the tools section after booting from the USB. I ran it, and the server booted just fine.

    I have also used it many times to clone a drive when installing SSD's. Works like a charm. When the new SSD won't boot? Just use the mbr function after booting your Macrium USB and it will set the new SSD drive to the boot drive. Is it possible to be in love with software?
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  2. Posts : 161
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Thanks for the replies.

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    >>>>>>>>>>>>>For the security track.

    This worked for me last night. I would hope it would work tonight!




    I cued up my backup image.

    Clicked Browse Image.

    Selected C:

    At the bottom of that window is a line with a check box.

    "Enable access to files and folders"

    Checking that box enabled me to surf through the User folder.



    This page led me to the above.

    permissions - Howto access folders in a Macrium Reflect Image that belong to another user? - Super User


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    >>>>>>>>>For the copying of the needed files in User track.




    Once I have mounted the virtual drive is it as simple as using copy / Robocopy from the command line to move the needed folders and file?
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  3. Posts : 161
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #13

    I forgot.

    I started a restore of my full backup image, but cut it off when a warning in red stated all information on the drive would be destroyed.

    This led me to think that for a full restore I needed nove the the image to a whistle clean drive.

    I saw a note somewhere that one can direct the output of a restore to a different drive, but could not figure out how to do that?

    Maybe I have confused myself again?

    Any thoughts? Reference to a discussion in the manual?
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  4. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 12,470
    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #14

    mikeincousa said: View Post
    Once I have mounted the virtual drive is it as simple as using copy / Robocopy from the command line to move the needed folders and file?
    Yes. A virtual drive is first and foremost a drive. You can use the command line tools if you like, but copy and paste in File Explorer would work too. In fact you can forget the word 'virtual' and do anything you want as if it were a physical drive.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 12,470
    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #15

    mikeincousa said: View Post
    I saw a note somewhere that one can direct the output of a restore to a different drive, but could not figure out how to do that?
    Connect an empty usb external drive, open Macrium to do the restore and click here...

    Macrium Reflect Restoring a Failed HD Image-macrium-select-another-disk.png
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  6. Posts : 161
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #16

    That was the option, select another disk, I was using. I will try it again tomorrow and report back

    Curious. When one drags a partition to an alternate drive, it looks like MR is creating a new parttition in the destination drive?
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  7. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 10,986
    Windows10
       #17

    Bree said: View Post
    I'm relatively new to MR, having stubbornly stuck with backup & restore's 'create a system image' for as long as possible. By now I have learned to respect its 'endearing quirks' and can get it to work reliably. I reluctantly tried Macrium when it became apparent Microsoft had broken system imaging in 32-bit 1803.

    Such a refreshing change, so versatile and reliable. I'm loving it too
    You will never go back now to any other tool. I actually upgraded to Macrium Reflect Home as it offers a number of great enhancements

    1) Incremental backups - more space than differential backups.

    2) Macrium Image Guardian

    3) Rapid Delta Restore - this is really awesome. In the Free version, if you restore an image, everything is restored. With RDR, only change are restored i.e. files unchanged are not restored as no need. Often an RDR only takes a minute or two!

    Couple RDR with making an incremental image backup, you can wind back changes like Restore Points very quickly AND very reliably.

    IMO - the paid version is well worth the cost, plus you get technical support access, and access to the MS Support Forum.

    BTW - if you are using Pro, the ability to mount a Macrium image as a virtual machine with ViBoot is awesome, and no other common imaging tool comes close to this capability.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 12,470
    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #18

    cereberus said: View Post
    1) Incremental backups - more space than differential backups....
    ...
    3) Rapid Delta Restore - this is really awesome. In the Free version, if you restore an image, everything is restored. With RDR, only change are restored i.e. files unchanged are not restored as no need. Often an RDR only takes a minute or two!
    I prefer making Full images of my machines, particularly my test machine (System Two in my specs) as it has so many possible images that can be restored.

    BTW, there is a fly in the ointment. Macrium preserves the physical layout of the files including their fragmentation, much to the surprise of some who assumed that a restore would result in a defragmented drive (which is true for a Microsoft system image restore). Defragmenting the drive will therefore be seen as a substantial set of changes and cause the next incremental to be huge. See this thread where we discovered this...
    Do I need to defrag the hard disk even if I format the hard disk Solved - Windows 10 Forums

    BTW - if you are using Pro, the ability to mount a Macrium image as a virtual machine with ViBoot is awesome, and no other common imaging tool comes close to this capability.
    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt - truly awsome

    BTW, if you then export the VM you can turn it into a conventional Hyper-V VM by importing it as a new machine. Then you don't need keep the original Macrium image.
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  9. cereberus's Avatar
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    Windows10
       #19

    Bree said: View Post
    I prefer making Full images of my machines, particularly my test machine (System Two in my specs) as it has so many possible images that can be restored.

    BTW, there is a fly in the ointment. Macrium preserves the physical layout of the files including their fragmentation, much to the surprise of some who assumed that a restore would result in a defragmented drive (which is true for a Microsoft system image restore). Defragmenting the drive will therefore be seen as a substantial set of changes and cause the next incremental to be huge. See this thread where we discovered this...
    Do I need to defrag the hard disk even if I format the hard disk Solved - Windows 10 Forums



    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt - truly awsome

    BTW, if you then export the VM you can turn it into a conventional Hyper-V VM by importing it as a new machine. Then you don't need keep the original Macrium image.
    Yeah - I only use incrementals when I am about to do something that might break OS eg registry changes.

    Re. fragmentation. It seems restoring to a slightly smaller drive gets round that I use an ssd anyway so pretty much irrelevant anyway.

    I am aware about changing viboot to a full vm but never needed to do that. Besides MR image takes less space.
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #20

    cereberus said: View Post
    Re. fragmentation. It seems restoring to a slightly smaller drive gets round that...
    Yes, NavyLCDR tested that approach later in that thread. The reason a Macrium representative gave for choosing not to do so for a regular restore is that defragmentation on the fly would slow down the restore for little benefit.
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