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  1. Posts : 18,436
    Windows 11 Pro
       #11

    dalchina said:
    From what you're describing I'd think you've some kind of hardware fault.

    I suggest you run disk checks in the usual way, RAM checks, Dell diagnostics etc- try booting your PC from a live boot disk and see if it runs stably then.
    I agree, it also sounds like a hardware fault to me as well.
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  2. Posts : 582
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Well, I did run Dell diagnostics and it was fine but that was after the crash before this last one.

    So you are suggesting I do the clean install and then run disk checks - ram checks and diagnostics. Yes?
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  3. Posts : 4,161
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #13

    As far as the Macrium Reflect boot disk is not working, that is easy to remedy. Try this:

    1) Insert your UFD (USB Flash Disk) in a USB port.

    2) Run diskpart.

    3) Once diskpart has started, run the following commands:

    list disk <- Use to determine which disk the UFD is. Should be obvious from the size. Note the disk number.
    select disk x <- Replace the 'x' with the disk number of the UFD.
    clean <- The 'clean' command sometimes results in an error being displayed. If so, simply run it again.
    convert mbr
    create partition primary
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    exit

    NOTE: If the UFD is larger than 32GB, create the partition with a specific size no larger than 32GB. Example: Use "create partition primary size=20000" rather than the "create partition primary" command shown above.

    4) Now, use Macrium Reflect to create the the disk again. It should work this time.
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  4. Posts : 582
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Well I think I'll just do a clean install and then use the Macrium usb rescue. It worked before the crash. I'm sure it will work once the system has been restored Thanks.

    Just finished installing but now it seems stuck on the Dell logo and "getting reading" Should I abort this process - and hope it starts up?

    Advice is to let it keep at it for at least a few hours - then do a hard reboot. Guess I'll comply.

    - - - Updated - - -

    So, it has restarted about 3 times. Each time it restarts, it comes up with windows 10 line or Macrium line. I didn't do the Macrium line as I think I should check out the answer about what to do with a new install before recovering my old "stuff"...

    - - - Updated - - -

    So, it has restarted about 3 times. Each time it restarts, it comes up with windows 10 line or Macrium line. I didn't do the Macrium line as I think I should check out the answer about what to do with a new install before recovering my old "stuff"...

    - - - Updated - - -

    So, it has restarted about 3 times. Each time it restarts, it comes up with windows 10 line or Macrium line. I didn't do the Macrium line as I think I should check out the answer about what to do with a new install before recovering my old "stuff"...
    Last edited by patriceltic; 09 May 2023 at 14:18.
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  5. Posts : 2,175
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #15

    Replace the drive and keep the old one intact to recover data at a later stage
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  6. Posts : 582
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #16

    That drive is only about 7 mos old. I am going to make a new Macrium image of it in its new fresh state. If it continues to give bsod's I will have to consider that change but for now I'm going to stick with it. Thanks.

    I am wondering however, when I boot, the screen with win10 AND Macrium recovery menu comes up. I don't understand that since this is a clean install and Macrium is not installed as far as I know.

    All a mystery but at least I have a system back.
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  7. Posts : 2,175
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #17

    patriceltic said:
    That drive is only about 7 mos old
    Not a factor .. can be 7 secs old and fail.

    Replacing the drive is the simplest hardware test. If that doesn't solve the problem. then look further ... and you've got a spare drive to put in an enclosure and use as external storage (like backup images )
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  8. Posts : 582
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #18

    Can someone please tell me why Macrium recovery line comes up when I start pc - newly installed win10. Can I just use my boot usb with recovery data to follow or should I go to that window that comes up. I know I need to make a new image but don't know which route to take for sure. Thanks.
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  9. Posts : 43,245
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #19

    tell me why Macrium recovery line comes up when I start pc - newly installed win10.
    Hi, your question makes the assumption you've done a clean install properly.

    Did you...
    - boot your PC from a win 10 install disk you created?
    - as part of the procedure (around steps 13/14 of the clean install tutorial) did you delete all existing partitions making up your old O/S? (Typically 4 for a UEFI installation, perhaps more if you have redundant Recovery partitions).

    Further, just to check, confirm you don't have a Macrium boot disk plugged in.
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  10. Posts : 582
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #20

    1. yes
    2. no - did not see that as an option.
    3. no - do not - was hesitant to put that in until I know exactly what to do.

    Thanks. Will await further instruction re: existing partition deletion.
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