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  1. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 168
    Windows 10 Home
       06 Jun 2016 #1

    Testing Macrim Reflect


    Many experts here have recommended using Macrim as a preferred
    backup program.

    So now that I've had it for a while and my win 10 is stable, how does
    one "test" the backup image without doing it for real?

    Appreciate any advice and tips.
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  2. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,604
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       06 Jun 2016 #2

    remove current hdd and apply backup to a spare hdd and boot from it..

    otherwise you have to do it for real..
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,555
    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Jun 2016 #3

    Your system specs show that you are using the Windows 10 Home edition, which means that you cannot use Hyper-V virtualization (for free Hyper-V, Pro, Education or Enterprise edition is required).

    You can install free VirtualBox or VMware Player, create a new virtual machine, boot it with Macrium boot disk and restore the image to test it works.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,604
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       06 Jun 2016 #4

    that process comes with a whole new set of user instructions...
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,555
    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Jun 2016 #5

    Kyhi said: View Post
    that process comes with a whole new set of user instructions...
    ... and yet it is the best and easiest way to test the integrity of a system image.

    Or do you mean that replacing hard disk, which assumes that a user has a spare to use, is so easy it does not need any additional instructions?
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  6. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,604
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       06 Jun 2016 #6

    other then actually restoring it to a drive....
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,879
    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Jun 2016 #7

    There is a verify image function built into Macrium Reflect. It won't guarantee 100% that the image is good, but it is a good indication.

    Verifying image and backup files - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
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  8. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 168
    Windows 10 Home
       07 Jun 2016 #8

    Thanks everyone for your input, much appreciated.
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  9. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 168
    Windows 10 Home
       18 Jun 2016 #9

    Kari said: View Post
    Your system specs show that you are using the Windows 10 Home edition, which means that you cannot use Hyper-V virtualization (for free Hyper-V, Pro, Education or Enterprise edition is required).

    You can install free VirtualBox or VMware Player, create a new virtual machine, boot it with Macrium boot disk and restore the image to test it works.
    I'm an IT developer and not a systems guy, but I think I
    can work with this.

    I'm going to work through installing the VirtualBox from Oracle.
    I found a descent install video from here. This guy basically
    goes into great detail and it looks good even though hes using
    windows 7.

    How To Use VirtualBox - Complete Step by Step Tutorial - YouTube

    Now my only question so far is, in the video it prompts to install an operating system
    on one step.

    If I'm only using this as backup, to test my Macrim Image what do I do on this step?Click image for larger version. 

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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,555
    Windows 10 Pro
       18 Jun 2016 #10

    Select the OS you will use on that virtual machine, Windows 10 in this case. When setup then asks the OS install media, use Macrium Rescue boot disk or ISO image.
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