Macrium Reflect Question

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  1. cereberus's Avatar
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       #21

    Bree said:
    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.
    Yeah - I cannot remember exactly case I am referring too, I seem to remember I had issues when running a vm on same drive as host drive i.e. you only have one drive. I will need to test more.
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  2. CChamp's Avatar
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       #22

    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".
    Sorry, I did mean "Rescue Media" not Rescue Data". I understand and agree with what you are saying. Basically what I have done so far is only half the job. Testing to make sure it all works is the other half. You have to understand tho that about a year ago I used RollBackRX to turn my computer back to a known good state. Instead it totally wiped my computer, to the state that it would not only not boot but the repair shop could not find anything on it. It was time for a new computer anyway so that is what I did and now have it set up just the way I want. This is why I am happy that I have gotten this far, installing MR but at the same time I know I am not done. It needs testing. I am pretty much a nooby to all of this and don't want to "invite" trouble. Do you know if there is a good step by step instructions as to restoring an image using the latest ver of Macrium Reflect? I might get brave and give it a try. Thanks again for your help.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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       #23

    CChamp said:
    Do you know if there is a good step by step instructions as to restoring an image using the latest ver of Macrium Reflect? I might get brave and give it a try. Thanks again for your help.

    Although the screenshots in the tutorial are from v6.2, they are still valid for v7.2. See Part Five:

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect


    And if you have a spare drive you could swap in to temporarily replace the original, then you could run the test without needing to be quite so brave

    If not, and you're not feeling brave enough yet, then instead of a Restore boot from the rescue media and run the Verify instead.
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  4. CChamp's Avatar
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       #24

    Bree said:
    Although the screenshots in the tutorial are from v6.2, they are still valid for v7.2. See Part Five:

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect


    And if you have a spare drive you could swap in to temporarily replace the original, then you could run the test without needing to be quite so brave
    Thanks, Bree, I used that tutorial when installing and running MR. It is very good, but like you said some of the things are a little dated. I do not have any extra drives so I would be experimenting with my daily computer and even worse "My Wifes".
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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       #25

    CChamp said:
    Thanks, Bree, I used that tutorial when installing and running MR. It is very good, but like you said some of the things are a little dated. I do not have any extra drives so I would be experimenting with my daily computer and even worse "My Wifes".

    Well you can practice by booting from recovery media and running Verify instead of Restore. That at least goes through most of the steps you need to test: booting from the recovery media, browsing to the external HDD and selecting the image, testing that it can be read.
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  6. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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       #26

    CChamp said:
    Do you know if there is a good step by step instructions as to restoring an image using the latest ver of Macrium Reflect? I might get brave and give it a try.
    I haven't done a lot of restores, but as I recall, you can minimize confusion when restoring if:

    1; you intend to restore ALL partitions contained in your previously made image file.

    2; you are OK with over-writing anything on the destination drive--you aren't trying to keep anything on it. Maybe it's a new drive.

    3; if your system drive is still functioning well, you don't have to use the rescue media at all and can simply run Macrium from the current system drive.

    So--the most complicated/scary situation might be when you are trying to restore only SOME of the partitions in the image and/or are trying to leave SOME of the partitions on the destination drive intact and untouched. You are faced with a lot of menu choices and possibly cryptic nomenclature.

    You can make a simple full image in 7 or 8 mouse clicks, but restoration can be much more detailed, depending on the above.
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  7. CChamp's Avatar
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       #27

    Thank you ignatzatsonic. My restores would probably only be for major issues like bad updates and such. It would be a full restore. So, it should be pretty straight forward.
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