New Windows Installation and Macrium

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    New Windows Installation and Macrium


    I just managed to do a clean install of Windows - I have a Macrium backup - I would like to restore the system to the before the crash environment - if I load the restore, will it restore with whatever killed the Dell? I hope that makes sense. Thanks.
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    patriceltic said:
    I just managed to do a clean install of Windows - I have a Macrium backup - I would like to restore the system to the before the crash environment - if I load the restore, will it restore with whatever killed the Dell? I hope that makes sense. Thanks.
    22h2


    The Macrium restore will restore to EXACTLY how the computer was on the exact time/date you made the restore.
    That's what backup software does.

    System Restore is a whole different animal. No one knows wth it does.
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    It doesn't make sense if you have a clean install why would you then want to restore a backup? If you wanted to restore back why didn't you do it before clean install?
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    System Restore is a whole different animal. No one knows wth it does.
    1. Yes. 2. Really?


    If you used Macrium R to image your system on a series of different dates- e.g. a differential image of all your O/S partitions on each of several dates, and your retention rules have preserved those, you would have a number of different dates to which you ould potentially restore your O/S.

    If one of those is before the problem occurred, then you could use that image.

    However all personal data, settings, installations, updates would be, as said, as of the date you created the image.
    It follows that if you wanted to do that you would have to make due preparations.

    The only reason to clean install in order to completely restore a Macrium image of Windows might be if you had only imaged the Windows partition, rather than imaging all the partitions, and you had no other option, for whatever reason.
    Last edited by dalchina; 30 Apr 2023 at 13:39.
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    If you are planning to do a new Windows installation, using Macrium Reflect is a great way to create a backup image of your system before you begin. Here are the steps to follow:

    Download and install Macrium Reflect from the official website.

    Launch the program and select "Create a backup image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows".

    Select the drive where you want to store the backup image. You can choose an external hard drive, a USB drive, or a network location.

    Select the partitions you want to include in the backup. By default, Macrium Reflect will select all partitions required to backup and restore Windows.

    Choose a name and description for the backup image.

    Select any additional options, such as encryption or compression.

    Click "Finish" to create the backup image.

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    patriceltic said:
    I just managed to do a clean install of Windows - I have a Macrium backup - I would like to restore the system to the before the crash environment - if I load the restore, will it restore with whatever killed the Dell? I hope that makes sense. Thanks.
    22h2
    If you have a backup image created with Macrium Reflect from before the crash, you can use it to restore your system to that previous state. However, it is important to note that if the backup was created after the system was infected with a virus or malware, restoring the system from that backup may also restore the virus or malware.

    To ensure that the backup you are restoring from is free of viruses or malware, you should scan it with an antivirus program before restoring it. Additionally, you should ensure that your system is fully updated with the latest security patches and antivirus definitions to help prevent future infections.
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    I have some suspicion that you have a Macrium backup, but do not have a Macrium startup disk or USB stick. And that that is the reason for a clean install. True?
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  7. Posts : 582
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    I successfully restored the same pc a few months ago, using Macrium. And then - another failure. I tried to use the macrium backup to restore this time but it just wouldn't work. So I just did the clean install. Now I am up and running again but would like all of my "stuff" prior to the recent crash. I kept have bsod's and even though I thought I had fixed the problem each time, I guess I didn't as it crashed big time.

    So that's the story.

    I do have a start up usb for Macrium.

    Thanks.
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  8. Posts : 43,285
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    would like all of my "stuff" prior to the recent crash.
    = you would restore an image created before the crash.

    Still not clear if you actually have one appropriately dated.

    And assuming you do have one, no specifics of how restoring failed.

    Nothing much to go on.

    If your baseline now is the clean install, and an image you say you can't restore, then the only other possibilities, assuming the image file is good, are
    a. use the image file as source for a program such as Laplink PCMover to transfer installed programs, acocunts, data, to the clean install
    or
    b. Reinstall all your programs manually and copy personal data from the image or whatever backup you have.
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  9. Posts : 582
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    Still not clear if you actually have one appropriately dated. where do I see the dates?

    No specifics - just did not work. Wish I could offer more.

    I will slowly work through it. I have photos, music and other docs backed up to an external drive. I am not totally out of it. Yet. Thanks.
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  10. Posts : 43,285
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    where do I see the dates?
    New Windows Installation and Macrium-1.jpg

    One way- click Restore in Macrium, then Browse (to where your image files are stored).
    In my case I have a folder containing a full image and related differential images on an external drive M.

    You can see those image files in the foreground window (17/3/22 to 29/4/23).
    How many diff image files are retained is controlled by MR's retention rules (which you can configure when first created the backup job).

    Below you can see those as seen by Macrium.

    And of course you can simply browse to the folder where you image files are stored with file explorer.

    ----------------------------
    As to recovering data - remember you can mount and explore an image- assuming it's not corrupt (given the restoration failure).

    I suggest you also check both your system disk - indeed all disks- and your backup disk e.g. using Hard Disk Sentinel (full functional trial) - or Crystal Diskinfo free (basic SMART check) to eliminate disk failure as a cause of failure to restore.

    You can also verify your disk image files using Macrium Reflect.
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