Macrium Reflect Free Questions  


  1. Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
       #1

    Macrium Reflect Free Questions


    Recent experience has me thinking of everything that I can possibly do to maintain this system. I do run a batch file backup routine several times a day copying current data to a WD Elements external drive, so I'm covered with having current backups of that.

    First question: Gayle's Laptop has three USB ports and no CD/DVD drive. Can I make a Rescue Stick on the same USB Stick I put the Image on? Or should they be kept separate?

    Next question: If I make an Image (FULL Backup, everything) and over the course of a week or so create new data on the PC. Then if I have to perform a Restore, what happens to the data on the machine that's not in the Image I'm restoring? Is the HDD more or less cleaned/erased/wiped/overwritten with the Restored Image?

    Appreciate your time and advice. Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 1,871
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #2

    Rescue media (stick, CDR etc) is created to be bootable and so that really precludes using it for anything else as far as I know.

    Restoring an image wipes all that was previously on the partition (it formats it first) and so anything made after the backup was created is gone. Easy answer to that one is to make daily differential backups which add any changes made since the original was created to a second file. When you restore you jut pick the date ( the backup) you want to restore to.

    You should also back up user data separately (for added security) using other means to a suitable drive/stick etc.
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  3. Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hey @Mooly thanks. I kind of suspected all that you say but wanted some confirmation. My user data gets copied over to the external drive AND a USB Stick pretty much every time I make or change anything there. I'll mark this one solved.

    Thanks for your time and have a good day.
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  4. Posts : 1,871
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #4

    If you have a lot of user files that change then using Windows own File History (although that's supposed to be being dropped...) or another equivalent could be worthwhile as a sort of running backup. You can save that info to a second partition for convenience BUT YOU MUST still copy stuff over to external media once in a while to guard against anything happening to the PC or its drive.

    You can then restore your main drive if needed and copy back any recent changed files. You should never be more than a few hours away from your last user file backup for safety.

    Good luck with the backups
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  5. Posts : 3,249
    Win10
       #5

    att: Wiley Coyote
    " Can I make a Rescue Stick on the same USB Stick I put the Image on ? "

    Although I personally wouldn't use Macrium this way, as a possible scenario, if it is necessary to put the image on the bootable USB stick, you would first create a bootable USB stick and then when creating the image, have Macrium split the image in "Advanced Options" into fat32 4GB chunks, which could be put onto the USB stick say in a separate folder. In future when you need to upgrade the bootable USB, you would need to create an ISO image instead and then mount the ISO and copy/replace the boot files on the USB.

    I personally do not think USB sticks are reliable enough to be trusted with storing whole Disk Images. Plus, it is easier/convenient to just use a separate bootable USB stick when updating Macrium Versions, and keep the Disk Images on a separate hard disk or SSD.
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  6. Posts : 928
    Win 10
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    das10 said:
    att: Wiley Coyote
    " Can I make a Rescue Stick on the same USB Stick I put the Image on ? "
    I have a rescue stick (128 gig) $25 on Amazon with my images I use to setup computers. I make the rescue disk first and put a folder on the drive for images.
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  7. Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I'll just put the Rescue on a 32 GB stick and the Images on a 256 GB Stick. Can only do so much to CYA.
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  8. Posts : 30,418
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    Yes, you can make a rescue stick on the same one you use to store images. And no, it's not necessary to make it first. When you ask Macrium to make the rescue media it does not erase anything already on the usb, just writes some 200-300MB of extra files to it, none of which conflict with any images you may have already made.

    However, I would not recommend relying on a usb stick as your only backup media. An external HDD is more reliable.
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