Windows 10: Macrium Reflect free

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  1. Posts : 19
    windows 10 ,7,8.1
       14 Jun 2017 #1

    Macrium Reflect free


    Hi guys ,so I am using macrium free for backing up my laptop windows 10 pro which do not contain any dvd rom.i have a 252 gb external hard disk which I would like to use for creating the recovery disk or iso.

    my problem is that I do not want to use the full 250 gb for this purpose. If the software needs only 30 gb for creating the iso/usb recovery option, why I cannot allocate only the 30gb for this purpose?

    so how do I configure macrium for this purpose?
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  2.    14 Jun 2017 #2

    gundja said: View Post
    If the software needs only 30 gb for creating the iso/usb recovery option, why I cannot allocate only the 30gb for this purpose?
    I use MRF, but I do not know what that means: I'd like to know.
    Would you consider creating MR rescue media on USB?
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  3. Posts : 5,803
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
       14 Jun 2017 #3

    You can use a thumb drive for that.
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  4. Posts : 19
    windows 10 ,7,8.1
    Thread Starter
       14 Jun 2017 #4

    yes i would like to create rescue disk on usb but I consider it to be a waste of resources if I need to use my full 252gb or any thumb drive.
    Does the paid version supports this feature?
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  5. Posts : 1,908
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       14 Jun 2017 #5

    Macrium Boot media uses about 650MB for it's bootable files...
    You can create these on your external 256GB HDD.
    Then use Macruim to create your Backups to a folder on your external 256gb HDD..

    Any extra space can be used as you see fit...
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  6. Posts : 19
    windows 10 ,7,8.1
    Thread Starter
       14 Jun 2017 #6

    so if I do understand it as you say , macrium will allocate only the 600mb to the usb for the bootable files and leave the rest for other uses ?
    Or do I need to reserve a thumb drive for only the bootbale files?
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  7. Posts : 1,908
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       16 Jun 2017 #7

    Marcium will use 600Mb of the drive for its bootable files...
    You can use the remainder of the drive for what ever..
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  8.    16 Jun 2017 #8

    The problem with putting data on a recovery boot drive comes when you get an update to the program. Macrium will tell you that you should update your recovery disk. I am pretty sure that each time I have done this, Macrium has warned that all data on the recovery drive will be deleted. The obvious solution is to use a cheap (small sized) USB stick for the recovery drive and use the external hard drive for the image files. However, I did have a problem myself with this approach. I just couldn't get my Panasonic Toughbook SX2 to boot from the USB stick, neither the one made by Reflect nor one made using Windows 10. I won't bore you all with the multiple denials I got from Panasonic. In the end, one service person said there was a known (though not common) problem with Windows 10 booting from a USB stick. He said the fix was to try it multiple times. I found this hard to believe. However, after around 10 tries using different USB sticks, all of a sudden both the Reflect and Window 10 boot USB sticks started working.
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  9.    16 Jun 2017 #9

    Randysea said: View Post
    The problem with putting data on a recovery boot drive comes when you get an update to the program. Macrium will tell you that you should update your recovery disk. I am pretty sure that each time I have done this, Macrium has warned that all data on the recovery drive will be deleted.
    All you have to do is save the ISO file for the updated recovery drive - you don't have to create a new recovery drive. Then you can mount the saved ISO file, and copy over only the .wim file from the mounted ISO file to the same folder on your USB recovery drive.

    To @gundja,

    You can partition your external hard drive to have a small 1 GB FAT32 partition which contains the Macrium Rescue Drive. The rest of the drive can be partitioned however you want to. You don't say if your computer is UEFI or legacy BIOS. Extract the ISO file that Macrium Reflect creates for the recovery drive to the FAT32 partition (and maybe a couple extra steps if you have legacy BIOS) and you have a bootable USB external drive that you can also use to store all your backups and files onto in the second partition. When Macrium Reflect wants to update the recovery drive, you just save a new ISO file, and extract that ISO file to the FAT32 partition, overwriting the old files. My laptop and desktop both have an SSD primary drive and a HDD secondary drive. My secondary HHDs have a bootable FAT32 partition that I can boot into with Kyhi's recovery tools on them, but Macrium Reflect rescue drive works exactly the same way.

    Option to save the iso file:

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  10.    16 Jun 2017 #10

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    All you have to do is save the ISO file for the updated recovery drive - you don't have to create a new recovery drive. Then you can mount the saved ISO file, and copy over only the .wim file from the mounted ISO file to the same folder on your USB recovery drive.
    Sorry if I sound a bit dense here. I can save a file which by default is called Rescue.iso to my hard drive. But I don't understand what you mean by "mount" that file to get the .wim file.

    Also, when I look at the Reflect recovery usb stick I previously made, I have three .WIM files in the Sources folder. Boot.wim (243Mb), Reconstruct.wim (3.9Gb), and Reconstruct.wim2 (97Mb).

    New info: When I double click on Rescue.iso, my laptop opens Roxio Creator and gives me an option to burn a cdrom/dvd. It does not give me a "mount" option.
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