Macrium Reflect Restoring a Failed HD Image

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  1. cereberus's Avatar
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    Bree said: View Post
    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.
    Certainly true for an SSD but less so for an HDD. Defragmentation is not such a big deal these days unless drive is really fragmented, and nearly full.

    One thing is for sure, using MR to defrag is a damn sight quicker than the defrag routines.
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    Hi folks.

    I believe changing partition size on restore forces MR to effectively do a defrag as I think a couple of people have posted previously.

    Since I now use exclusively SSD's for OS'es and VM's the issue doesn't arise for me any more. As far as multimedia etc is concerned streaming doesn't require mega fast HDD's so defragging is IMO a waste of time anyway.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    A related question since we're talking about redeployment restores and/or restores to different size target hard-drives: Within Macrium Reflect 7's full imaging menu, exactly what are the clicks to "tell" MR7 that the target HDD's partition is a different size than the source HDD's partition? I ask because I suspect the OP would want to know the answer as well.
    Last edited by RolandJS; 08 Aug 2018 at 17:32.
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  4. cereberus's Avatar
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    RolandJS said: View Post
    A related question since we're talking about redeployment restores and/or restores to different size target hard-drives:
    Within Macrium Reflect 7's full imaging menu, exactly what are the clicks to "tell" MR7 that the target HDD's partition is a different size than the source HDD's partition?
    I ask because I suspect the OP would want to know the answer as well.
    It is fairly obvious from the graphical UI when using drag and drop. Drag partitions you want to keep the same eg hidden partitions, and drag largest one last and if bigger than remaining space on target drive, it is resized automatically provided all data can fit.
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  5. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi folks.

    @mikeincousa - if you have another machine with similar programs installed - even if hardware different read the rest of this post.

    also if restoring an image made on a totally different system you can sometimes get an option "Target Disk geometry " different from source with options to use either - use source or target disk geometry.

    It's best to use target disk geometry.

    This can arise if say on the "foreign system" the OS was on a standard HDD and on the target system the OS is on an SSD.

    I had this only yesterday as I had a corrupt backup and used an image from a totally different system (different hardware etc). Windows still booted and activated OK loading more or less the correct hardware while windows update fixed the rest.

    Activation was no problem even though source computer was AMD with Nvidia and target was Intel with Intel graphics etc.

    Cleaned up later by uninstalling things like nvidia utilities which obviously not needed on Intel machine.

    So if you have another machine with more or less the same programs installed on it and your original restore fails you can usually restore from the other machine without losing activation provided the OS is the same (e.g W10 pro / W10 Pro on both machines) and the target machine has digital licence.

    Windows is much more sophisticated these days at doing this -- previously I'd have expected the target machine to encounter a few boot failures and repairs before finally fixing it.

    Also great that FREE MACRIUM can restore to a different machine as well. Don't use the "redploy to different hardware" option on the FREE version because it's not enabled.

    Cheers
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  6. cereberus's Avatar
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    jimbo45 said: View Post

    Also great that FREE MACRIUM can restore to a different machine as well. Don't use the "redploy to different hardware" option on the FREE version because it's not enabled.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    You can restore image backups to different hardware using Macrium Reflect Free but that relies on the ability of Windows 10 to resolve hardware drivers automatically which is GOOD but not PERFECT.

    You can of course use good old fashioned sysprep to remove hardware drivers first.

    I always have a problem clean installing new versions to my Lenovo, as it uses a special AMD SATA Controller driver, and it just hangs the installers which use the standard MS drive - this is because I have a second hard drive being installed in my optical disk space and the Standard MS Sata Controller driver does not recognise it and installer goes in a boot loop. In some cases, it does not boot loop but the secondary drive is not visible until the MS driver is replaced by the AMD driver.

    I now install using @Kari's dism method (which is easy and actually more reliable), and then boot to Macrium Reflect Home paid version, run the redeploy option (no need to actually have restored Macrium Image first) and it sorts out the AMD controller driver and then oobe works fine, and I can also see the secondary drive.

    Redeploy is a really great feature but less required with Windows 10 general ability to sort drivers automatically with a hardware change.

    However, it often works in those difficult cases where keyboard drivers do not work or you get a blank screen. In simple terms, if the drivers work in Macrium Reflect, you can "force" them into Windows rather than relying on Windows to pick them up automatically if not in standard MS iso.
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