Windows 10: Macrium Reflect boot menu option
Macrium Reflect boot menu option
Hi, recently started using Reflect, moving away from TrueImage. I'm pretty happy with it so far, except for the outlandish price (yea, I know, free version fine for most but I like to password protect my images).
I notice there's an option to put the recovery on the boot menu, reminiscent of Norton Ghost. Anyone using this option who can speak for its stability in Windows 10?
I actually did the same as far as moving away from TrueImage to Reflect, but I am using the free version.
I'm curious to see the responses, as I was wondering the same. I'm also wondering about the purpose of doing that vs. creating a bootable Flash / CD. Is it just a matter of convenience, or does it offer something else that I'm missing?
Also, I'm wondering if there's any risk of configuring Reflect so that it's added to the boot menu? Since it really does not load before Windows per se, I'm assuming the risks are minimal, but that is a concern of mine as well.
I've been using the boot option since they put it in the free version(version 6)
Since I have an SSD recovery is MUCH faster than with a thumb drive.
I have my boot options set up like this so I don't see it every boot
That way I can get to it through UEFI.
Adding a boot menu option for Reflect recovery - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
Just convenience. Makes life easier if you do a lot of tweaking and, therefor, restoring.
The MRF boot optionn works really well.
I just set the boot choice time to two seconds from system menus, rather than disabling boot entry.
If you reinstall windows 10, you have to reinstate the boot menu, but that only takes a few seconds.
Note: the hoot option is quite clever, as it executes a win pe environment stored in hidden folders on C drive. I was confused at first as I did not see any new partitions being created.
Quite exactly how it works though is a bit of a mystery to me though.
Note: by nature of the way it works, if your c drive gets badly corrupted (or hard disk fails), then you still need a traditional Macrium Rescue usb stick, or dvd as a fallback plan.
Do you have to do anything to keep the Reflect boot option up to date for new versions of Reflect?
I was never sure about that, Steve, but I always just reapply it(it either overwrites or ignores), and only takes a click and one or two seconds.
Steve C said:
OK I'll try that. I noticed the MR boot menu option writes to one of the hidden system partitions. I'll check whether the date of the Macrium files changes using MiniTool Partition Wizard and report back.
Cliff S said:
Cool I'd be interested
Steve C said:
There is no need to keep updating the boot option. I have had it setup across many Macrium updates.
(I always recreate the rescue media after each update even though not aleays necessary just to be sure).
The only time you need to redo the menu oddly enough is when you use the Macrium option to 'fix windows boot options' as that rebuilds boot sectors and deletes the Macrium boot option.
Macrium Reflect v7.0.2134
12 April 2017
Changelog version 7:
I have the latest free version of Macrium Reflect.
I think that I can only get support from the Macrium site with the full paid version.
Since the big Windows 10 update last week, I seem to be getting errors in the backup logs.
Though this belongs to Win 7 32 bit but I think people here may have answer to my problem. I created a Macrium USB pen drive (fat 16 formatted) but PC is not booting this pen drive and error comes up - operating system missing). PC first boot device...
Whenever I try to restore a Macrium Reflect image, it says:
Macrium Reflect has encountered a serious problem: Dump file 'C:\reflectv6.1-871-x64-0.dmp was created. Please email this file to firstname.lastname@example.org
What free image programs WORK in...
I made a Macrium Reflect 6 free version boot USB drive and thought I would put it in to make sure it worked.
I get two Kinston USB drive boot options, which one should I use to boot up with?