FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD

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  1. topgundcp's Avatar
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    FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External/USB HD/SSD


    information   Information
    The Macrium Rescue environment is used to Backup/Restore/Fix Boot Problem and Copy personal data etc…
    information   Information

    There are 3 ways to boot into Macrium Rescue environment from:


    1. Bootable CD/DVD ----> Too slow. Might become unbootable if it's dirty or scratched.
    2. Bootable USB Stick ----> Faster but still slow
    3. Dual boot -----> Fast but presented with dual boot menu, have to wait for the timeout or select and hit <ENTER>

    Another option is to manually setup to boot from another (non OS) internal/external USB drive via Boot Menu or set the Boot Priority in BIOS.


    The advantages to boot from another HD/SSD:

    1. Loaded into RAM a lot faster than from CD/DVD/USB stick.
    2. Not presented with a dual boot menu at Windows Startup and slow down the boot up process.
    3. Located in another drive so if Windows OS becomes unbootable or HD/SSD failure.
    You still can boot up into Macrium Rescue environment.

    4. No need to look for CD/DVD/USB Stick to boot from.

    Tip   Tip

    The procedure is simple and only requires few steps as shown below:
    Tip   Tip


    1. On any internal, non OS HD/SSD Or On external HD/SSD. Shrink and create a 512MB partition (Macrium Rescue only requires about 260MB), format as FAT32 for compatibility with earlier version of EFI, temporarily assign a letter, e.g M for Macrium.
      NOTE: Creating partition is not really necessary but just to separate Macrium files/folders with other files on the same HD/SSD.
    2. Copy the contents of the Rescue disk from USB/CD/DVD/mounted ISO to the root folder of M drive. The Files/Folders structure must be the same as the original.
    3. If the partition created in step 1 on a GPT disk, go to step 5. If the partition is on MBR disk, continue with step 4
    4. Open Admin Command prompt, type: diskpart -> List Volume -> Select Volume # for M drive -> Active
    5. After all done. Open Disk Management and remove the drive letter to make it hidden.

    Reboot and test.

    Here's an example:
    From Boot Menu, there's should be 2 entries: One for MBR and the other for UEFI. Make sure to select correct one to boot from.
    FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD-mybootmenu.jpg
    FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD-bootmacriumfromhd.jpg

    Hope this helps !!!

    UPDATE: Added Video


    Last edited by topgundcp; 05 Jul 2016 at 03:04.
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Dino, nice tut. I'm gonna link to this in the 1st post in my Macrium update thread.
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  3. Cliff S's Avatar
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    In Eight Forums too:)
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  4. PeterFragon's Avatar
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    I use this, it's great for booting between multiple OS's and legacy or UEFI bios .. http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/index.html

    FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD-refind.png
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  5. topgundcp's Avatar
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    PeterFragon said:
    I use this, it's great for booting between multiple OS's and legacy or UEFI bios .. http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/index.html
    Thank you for the link. However, I am really sure if it has anything to do with Macrium Rescue Environment.
    Cheers.
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  6. PeterFragon's Avatar
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    yeah I see they are not used for the same purpose.. Skimmed your post instead of really reading it.

    Apologies
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  7. Posts : 287
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       #7

    In step 3, GPT was mentioned versus MBR. In the example, the choice is between UEFI and MBR.
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  8. Posts : 2,764
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    Hi,

    Nice work.

    For those (like myself) too slow to hit F12 to bring up the bios menu you can also add an entry to the Windows bootmenu by editing the BCD store and pointing to the partition ID where Macrium's Rescue is installed. Or a network share for that matter.

    There are still a number of possibilities I need to check and there's also the question of how to patch the rescue media without having to rebuild the entire thing from scratch.
    Unless someone has already done that perhaps ?

    Anyway, you just can not not love this little programme. It's absolutely brilliant.

    Cheers,
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  9. topgundcp's Avatar
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    @fdegrove
    For those (like myself) too slow to hit F12 to bring up the bios menu you can also add an entry to the Windows bootmenu by editing the BCD store and pointing to the partition ID where Macrium's Rescue is installed. Or a network share for that matter.
    That would be back to dual booting which we try to avoid in the first place and Macrium does provide that option.

    However, here's another way to boot Macrium without doing much of the work:
    1. Make a copy of boot.wim from the rescue disk and rename it to: WinRe.wim
    2. Replace the file WinRe.wim from Recovery Partition with the above.
    3. Win+X->Restart with SHIFT Key pressed or from Admin Command Prompt: shutdown /r /f /t 00
      will restart the PC into recovery environment. Click on any item will bring up Macrium.

    Cheers.
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  10. blueskyler's Avatar
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    windows 10
       #10

    hello.
    I have used the tutorial from the op, but when i use Active command, i receive an error.

    my spec: win 10 and macrium reflect iso v6.1.1225 x64
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