Macrium Reflect Question

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  1. Posts : 24,613
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #11

    CChamp said:
    Got MR installed Rescue Disk made and an Image Backup. Feelin pretty good. One question tho, is it possible or even logical to put the image on a jumpdrive by itself, or is it better to put it on an external drive (which is what I did)?
    It makes more sense to put the MR image on an external usb HDD. The main reason for that is that an HDD is more reliable than usb memory sticks, which have been known to die unexpectedly.
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       #12

    CChamp said:
    Got MR installed Rescue Disk made and an Image Backup. Feelin pretty good. One question tho, is it possible or even logical to put the image on a jumpdrive by itself, or is it better to put it on an external drive (which is what I did)?
    Totally agree - flash drives are not that reliable. Morever you are usually less space constrained with a hard drive i.e. you can have multiple backups.

    I also peridically copy my backup to cloud (pragmatically accepting I may have to reinstall some recent upgrades) to cater for backup drive failing.
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  3. Posts : 108
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit ver. 2004
    Thread Starter
       #13

    Thanks, Cereberus & Bree, that info makes sense. With a regular USB not being totally reliable is it safe to put the rescue data on one? Is there a better place to put it? Thanks again.
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  4. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #14

    CChamp said:
    Got MR installed Rescue Disk made and an Image Backup. Feelin pretty good.
    I wouldn't feel "pretty good" until I had:

    A: confirmed that the "rescue disk" did in fact boot the PC. I would hope it's not a "disc".

    and

    B. had some acquaintance with restore procedures, well beyond "I'll figure it out when the stuff hits the fan".
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  5. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #15

    CChamp said:
    Thanks, Cereberus & Bree, that info makes sense. With a regular USB not being totally reliable is it safe to put the rescue data on one? Is there a better place to put it? Thanks again.
    "Rescue data"??

    Meaning the image itself? That should be on a hard drive proper unless you have no choice at all. It's likely to be 20 GB or larger.

    Meaning the rescue boot media? That should be on a USB stick, which can be as small as 1 GB. You could put it on a DVD, but why bother with that?

    Meaning something else?
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  6. Posts : 7,088
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #16

    cereberus said:
    Whilst this is true, once data has been separated from the OS, there are better tools for backing up data drives.
    Why use another tool when you can also backup the data partition using Reflect and recover individual files or folders?
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  7. Posts : 7,088
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #17

    ignatzatsonic said:
    I wouldn't feel "pretty good" until I had:

    A: confirmed that the "rescue disk" did in fact boot the PC. I would hope it's not a "disc".

    and

    B. had some acquaintance with restore procedures, well beyond "I'll figure it out when the stuff hits the fan".
    You can use the viBoot feature to boot a Reflect image into a VM and test it works
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  8. Posts : 13,578
    Windows10
       #18

    Steve C said:
    Why use another tool when you can also backup the data partition using Reflect and recover individual files or folders?
    Other tools can be more sophisticated e.g. real time backups, multiple versions, syncing to cloud, other devices etc.

    File History Backup is pretty good for data backup and is built in.
    Equally, you can just simply use zip files, File explorer etc. and no need to mount images etc.

    As I said, whist it is true, there are other (imo better) ways but in the end, it is down to user choice based on their needs.

    I do not find file and folder backup (even though I have it) to be particularly useful.
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  9. Posts : 13,578
    Windows10
       #19

    Steve C said:
    You can use the viBoot feature to boot a Reflect image into a VM and test it works
    This is true for Pro users. However it has constraints i.e. there has to be enough space on the drive to load the created vitual hard drive (if at maximum size).

    In practice, you need two drives with second drive having space equivalent to the size of imaged drive EVEN if imaged drive is not full.

    There is a way round this i.e. clone drive to a smaller vhd first, and then create image backup of vhd.
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  10. Posts : 24,613
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #20

    cereberus said:
    ....However it has constraints i.e. there has to be enough space on the drive to load the created vitual hard drive (if at maximum size).
    In practice, you need two drives with second drive having space equivalent to the size of imaged drive EVEN if imaged drive is not full.
    I thought that the only drive created on the host machine's drive was a differencing drive. If the MR image being booted by viBoot is still on the external HDD doesn't that mean that you don't need that much free space on the host machine's drive? I can't say I've ever run into such a limit.

    I've just tested that with an image of one of my machines that has a 500GB HDD with more than 50% in use. The Host machine has a 230GB SSD with 40GB free, but the viBoot VM ran without issue.
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