How to create Recovery partition using Macrium Reflect

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  1. Posts : 82
    Windows 10
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    How to create Recovery partition using Macrium Reflect


    Windows 10

    When my computer had a boot issue, and before I upgraded from a 1tb to a 2tb ssd, the computer went into a Recovery mode where there were many Macrium Reflect and restore points. It's not something I purposely did to create a recovery partition, so I have no idea how to do.

    I would appreciate some help.

    Regards, Paul.
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  2. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    It looks as if your Windows partition is on Disk 1, and there are bits of a UEFI installation on Disk 0 and Disk 2.

    Potentially Disk 1 could be a legacy BIOS installation...

    It is unclear whether your PC has a single system disk from which it could boot if only that disk was present.

    I find this program gives a clearer picture of what the partitions are- and you can rt click a partition, click Explore, and see its content:
    How to create Recovery partition using Macrium Reflect-1.jpg

    Do you believe your PC to be configured for UEFI or legacy BIOS boot?
    - here's how to tell (from the huge searchable Tutorial section):
    Check if Windows 10 is using UEFI or Legacy BIOS

    As an experiment, disconnect the other disks and see if your PC boots with only Disk 1 present.

    Please post a screenshot or screenshots of your partitions using Minitool Partition Wizard showing the details.
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  3. Posts : 82
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks dalchina. Here's the first one.

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    I disconnected the other drives from the mb and it booted normally.
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  4. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Ok, UEFI... and your boot device is Volume5. It will be interesting to see what Minitool lists for your boot disk.

    The default partition layout for UEFI-based PCs is: an EFI partition, a 16Mb MSR, a Windows partition, and a Recovery partition.

    At least 2 of those could be on a different disk and the O/S will still boot. However, that is not good or advisable.

    Please post a screenshot of partitions on that disk using Minitool Partition Wizard. Thanks.
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  5. Posts : 6,669
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #5

    It seems that you have 3 boot able drives: Drive 0, Drive 1 and Drive 2 as all has a EFI FAT32 partition.
    Does Drive 0 and Drive 2 has a Operating System?

    I don't see any Recovery partition.
    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    Reagentc /info
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  6. Posts : 82
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I had no idea that there was data on a drive after being Formatted.
    Pics following of 2 invisible partitions.

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    xxx

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    I should mention that I was unable to figure out how to disconnect the 2 Samsung SSDs.

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    xxx

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    I was able to disconnect the 2 Samsung SSDs, so only the WD Black 2tb drive is active.
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  7. Posts : 43,458
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #7

    Hmm, this is a mess. You seem to have just 2 of 4 expected partitions for Windows on that disk.

    Then you have a number of other partitions of Windows installations on at least 2 other disks and potentially more (other disks are off screen).

    @NavyLCDR is probably best placed to help with partition issues.
    He may well suggest removing the Recovery partition altogether - I wouldn't, as it gives useful access to certain things.
    He's also familiar with the commands (which you can find on e.g. tenforums) for creating the missing partitions.

    Presently your Recovery partition location isn't even given... compare
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    I don't know if that's what happens if the disk on which that resides is not present when you run that command.

    What I'd probably try is
    - see if the Recovery partition is identified when other disks are reinserted, and try to enable it
    - delete all the redundant partitions on the other disks
    - Image the Windows partition
    - Clean install Win 10 on your 2TB disk
    Restore the disk image of your Windows partition in place of the newly created one.
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  8. Posts : 6,669
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #8

    A Windows GPT drive has basically 4 partitions.
    - EFI - Fat32 - 100M
    - MSR- RAW - 16M
    - C: - NTFS
    - Recovery - NTFS - 650M

    What happened here is that you once had windows on Drive 0 and Drive 2 that was replaced by drive 1.
    You just formatted the Windows partition but the other partitions remained on the drive. You should have cleaned the drive (deleting all partitions) and then creating a new primary partition.

    - I can guide you on creating the - MSR- RAW - 16M and the recovery partition
    - Cleaning drive 0 and drive 2 of the useless partitions.

    Do you want to proceed?
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  9. Posts : 82
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Yes I would like to proceed Megahertz.
    Have had a hard time booting today. The Red/Orange/White led on the mb was rotating from white, to orange to red and repeated this process at least 30 times and it finally booted.

    I also ran the SFC /scannow utility and it apparently found errors and reported that they have been fixed. Here is the link.

    I'm afraid to shut the computer down in case it won't boot again. Have you any suggestions in case it won't boot?

    Funny, I'm unable to upload the CBS.log shortcut. Too large?
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  10. Posts : 6,669
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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    Ok inPicton.

    Do you have a drive 1 image (created with Macrium, Acronis, Aomei etc)?

    On drive 1 you have a big EFI Fat32 partition (600M) that isn't standard. Tell us a short story of the installation. Was the drive on another computer? Why it doesn't have the recovery partition? Did you disabled the partition (reagentc /disable)?

    Do you have a Win 10 22h2 USB installation drive?
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