Restoring Macrium Reflect Windows Image to SSD partition

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  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 8
       #1

    Restoring Macrium Reflect Windows Image to SSD partition


    Hello, I just made the image backup of my Windows OS and now I want to move it to another SSD.

    I have a data on one partition and one parttion is free. I want to restore the Image to the free partition.

    All the software I have tried are giving the option to select whole disk when selecting the target disk.

    Is there an option of restore the image to a particular partition only?
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  2. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    All the software I have tried
    Hi, I don't understand that. I would have assumed you are using Macrium Reflect to restore the image, if necessary by booting your PC from a MR boot disk which you've created.

    I just made the image backup of my Windows OS
    - hopefully that's of all the partitions making up your O/S - typically 4 for a UEFI installation.

    You select the disk, then check the partitions to be restored. As you would be restoring multiple partitions, this
    I want to restore the Image to the free partition.
    doesn't make sense. You'd need to restore to unallocated space. Macrium can resize partitions if necessary to fit the available space.

    Plenty of guides on Youtube, but perhaps not one that covers the case of keeping an existing partition. You'd need to consider where that partition is placed on the disk.

    I'd ensure I have a copy- and image- of that partition before attempting anything new.

    If you have a license, you can ask on Macrium's forum of course.

    Note: apparently you're still using Win 8...
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you so much for the reply @dalchina

    • Hi, I don't understand that. I would have assumed you are using Macrium Reflect to restore the image, if necessary by booting your PC from a MR boot disk which you've created.

    > I meant that all other software I used for the creating backup/cloning, had the option to select the target disk, which according to me was selecting the whole disk ignoring the partition made especially for the recovery. (Which I know now is wrong).
    At last, I decided I should not be doing real time cloning and rather make am image using the Reflect, since I have used the Reflect in past for normal backups, hence was somewhat aware with that functionality.

    • - hopefully that's of all the partitions making up your O/S - typically 4 for a UEFI installation.

      You select the disk, then check the partitions to be restored. As you would be restoring multiple partitions, this

    > Yes I have made the backup of the multiple/all/4 partitions.

    • doesn't make sense. You'd need to restore to unallocated space. Macrium can resize partitions if necessary to fit the available space.

    > Yes, you are right, thanks for confirming. I was not aware that I should not have created a partition already. Will need to delete the empty partition and will try to restore to the unallocated space.

    • Plenty of guides on Youtube, but perhaps not one that covers the case of keeping an existing partition. You'd need to consider where that partition is placed on the disk.

    > Yea that seems to be a unique situation in my case.

    • I'd ensure I have a copy- and image- of that partition before attempting anything new.

    > It's just some of my steam library, I think I would have to risk it.

    • Note: apparently you're still using Win 8...

    > :) Using Windows 10, just that not changed on the forum. Will do that now.
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  4. Posts : 8
    Windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #4

    ??
    Not sure why my reply to the post is not showing, does it goes to the approval queue?
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  5. Posts : 23,819
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4651 (x64) [22H2]
       #5

    abhishekcal said:
    ??
    Not sure why my reply to the post is not showing, does it goes to the approval queue?

    By itself, Macrium will "restore" an image to the same partitions the image was taken from. When restoring to a different SSD, this may be problematic.

    The Macrium bootable rescue media is a bit confusing. Below is a pic of the normal... restore to where it came from process. In the pic (with step #2), you can also "drag and drop" the "Source" partition(s), ton ANY partition(s) in the "Destination", instead of just allowing Macrium to automatically choose the destination...

    Restoring Macrium Reflect Windows Image to SSD partition-image1.jpg








    Automatically, the Macrium bootable rescue media will restore the partition(s) to the locations shown by the RED lines. BUT... you could also drag and drop the Source partitions to say.... the Destination partition shown by the BLUE lines...

    Restoring Macrium Reflect Windows Image to SSD partition-image1.jpg
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  6. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    abhishekcal said:
    All the software I have tried are giving the option to select whole disk when selecting the target disk.
    Is there an option of restore the image to a particular partition only?
    I agree with dalchina, "all the software I have tried" is a trifle confusing.

    If you made the system image of the entire disk then that will include all the partitions that Windows requires not just the single C:\ drive partition.
    MR will be expecting you to restore the whole disk image to a whole disk.
    The MR user guide might help you find out how to do what you want [restore all the partitions in the image within the single target partition by repartitioning it].
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  7. Posts : 8
    Windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #7

    In the pic (with step #2), you can also "drag and drop" the "Source" partition(s), ton ANY partition(s) in the "Destination", instead of just allowing Macrium to automatically choose the destination...
    Thanks for the reply @Ghot. When manually dragging and dropping the source partitions to the destination, I think destination disk should have unallocated space, am I right?
    I think the mistake I was making was that I have not kept any unallocated space and have mistakenly created a new empty partition.

    Automatically, the Macrium bootable rescue media will restore the partition(s) to the locations shown by the RED lines. BUT... you could also drag and drop the Source partitions to say.... the Destination partition shown by the BLUE lines...
    Thanks for the detailed solution. Is it necessary to use the Bootable rescue media since I am not rescuing the earlier backup but cloning the OS to a different SSD.

    I agree with dalchina, "all the software I have tried" is a trifle confusing.
    Thanks for the reply @Try3
    Yea, I think I was not able to provide the description clearly. As stated above : I meant that all other software I used for the creating backup/cloning, had the option to select the target disk, which according to me was selecting the whole disk ignoring the partition made especially for the recovery. (Which I know now is wrong).
    At last, I decided I should not be doing real time cloning and rather make am image using the Reflect, since I have used the Reflect in past for normal backups, hence was somewhat aware with that functionality.
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  8. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    Just to summarise:

    You should be able to simply drag and drop the partitions shown by Macrium Reflect when you select your image file to unallocated space on your target disk. Ensure the partition you wish to keep is at the end of the disk (normally shown to the 'right'). You could use a partition manager to do that if necessary.
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  9. Posts : 8
    Windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Solved.

    Solution:
    The destination disk should have the unallocated space so that the source partition can be moved to the destination disk.

    Thank you to the legends @dalchina @Try3 @Ghot for helping me out.
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  10. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    I'm glad you sorted things out.

    By the way, if you mention multiple members, you will see [as above] that only one gets formatted correctly, only one works. Only mine was formatted as a mention by the forum software.
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    So, for the mentions in your last post, you'd have to Edit post, Save changes twice to mention dalchina & Ghot. So you'd end up posting your post three times.
    [There must have been a glitch in the forum software at that time anyway. I was not notified of your post let alone the mention and just stumbled over the fact that you had posted a few minutes ago. Forum glitches do not happen very often.]

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    All the best,
    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 05 Aug 2023 at 23:50.
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