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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1
       02 Sep 2015 #11

    Thanks to all for input. I used the DOWNLOAD NOW from Macrium site. They would have included some PE components had I not clicked their options button and selected Macrium only. Regarding use of the external HDD for purposes other than backup. I agree I should only use it for system images. Regarding how often to do backups. I signed up with Backblaze to handle everything except system images. My HDD has very low volatility so infrequent backups are adequate. I will likely have more questions as time goes on. This forum is a great place for help. Thanks.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    I'm in the ghetto
    Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       02 Sep 2015 #12

    Blitzkow said: View Post
    They would have included some PE components had I not clicked their options button and selected Macrium only.
    Hi

    The PE components are Windows Preinstallation Environment. You can use this to create a bootable Macrium recovery disk to rescue the situation if/when you are unable to access your system. It would mean you can easily restore your system or files from backups using a bootable Macrium usb flash drive if hdd data was corrupted for instance
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1
       02 Sep 2015 #13

    To WHYME: Creating and maintaining system images and doing restores is new to me. I know these things exist but always had a tech person handling it. Now I'm doing it myself. Never heard of a Windows Pre-Installation Environment. If I don't download these components would I be able to do a complete restore if it became necessary?
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    I'm in the ghetto
    Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       02 Sep 2015 #14

    @Blitzkow

    Ideally, you need some method to rescue your system when Windows is unusable. Otherwise you could end not being able to access Macrium to restore your system. A bootable rescue disk created with WinPE is a simple solution

    http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/dis...g+rescue+media

    http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/dis...s+PE+USB+stick
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       03 Sep 2015 #15

    Blitzkow said: View Post
    To WHYME: Creating and maintaining system images and doing restores is new to me. I know these things exist but always had a tech person handling it. Now I'm doing it myself. Never heard of a Windows Pre-Installation Environment. If I don't download these components would I be able to do a complete restore if it became necessary?
    If your PC hard drive becomes unbootable you will need a recovery disc in order to boot your PC and restore one of your backup system images.

    You can use Macrium Reflect to create this recovery disk on a DVD, USB or stick or the USB drive you have your backups on.

    If you don't have the Microsoft PE downloaded from the original installation of Macrium Reflect it will download it when you make the recovery disk.

    Creating a recovery disk is essential to cover a worst case scenario.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1
       04 Sep 2015 #16

    Agree WHYME and NUS. Will make recovery medium ASAP.
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