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    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition

    How to Create a Macrium Reflect Rescue Partition
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    22 Sep 2019
    Designer Media Ltd
     

    This tutorial will show how to create a small Macrium Reflect Recovery Partition and add it to Windows 10 Boot Menu. In case of emergency, user can boot to Macrium Rescue environment and fix Windows boot issues, or restore a Reflect backup image.

    Tutorial requires Macrium Reflect (any edition) being installed. Macrium Reflect Free download:

    Download



     1. Create Macrium Rescue ISO

    1.1 Open Macrium Reflect. Select Create Rescue Media in Other Tasks menu, select ISO File, select location to save ISO file, click Build:
    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition-macrium-rescue-iso.jpg
    (Click screenshots to enlarge.)

    1.2 Create a small partition (at least 1 GB, recommended 2 GB) on any internal HDD or SSD. If you do not have available space on any disk, you can shrink an existing partition and use the freed space (tutorial).

    If you have more than one internal disks, it is recommended that you create the Rescue partition on a secondary disk, not the same disk where Windows is installed. Format the partition as NTFS.

    Partition name and letter can be whatever you'd prefer.

    1.3 Mount the Macrium Rescue ISO (right click ISO file, select Mount). In File Explorer, copy all content of mounted ISO to the new Macrium Rescue partition you created. In my case now, the mounted ISO got drive letter J: and small partition I created is drive R:
    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition-copy-files.jpg


     2. Add Macrium Rescue to Boot Menu

    2.1 Copy the following batch code, paste it in Notepad or any other text or code editor:

    @ECHO OFF
    TITLE Add Macrium Rescue to Windows boot menu
    :SETLETTER
    CLS
    ECHO.
    ECHO ###################################################
    ECHO #
    ECHO # This batch file creates Macrium Rescue
    ECHO # environment adding it to Windows boot menu.
    ECHO #
    ECHO ###################################################
    ECHO.
    bcdedit /create {ramdiskoptions} /d "Ramdisk"
    bcdedit /set {ramdiskoptions} ramdisksdidevice partition=R:
    bcdedit /set {ramdiskoptions} ramdisksdipath \boot\boot.sdi
    for /f "tokens=2 delims={}" %%i in ('bcdedit.exe /create /d "Macrium Rescue" /application OSLOADER') do (set guid={%%i})
    bcdedit /set %guid% device ramdisk=[R:]\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
    bcdedit /set %guid% path \windows\system32\winload.efi
    bcdedit /set %guid% osdevice ramdisk=[R:]\sources\boot.wim,{ramdiskoptions}
    bcdedit /set %guid% systemroot \windows
    bcdedit /set %guid% winpe yes
    bcdedit /set %guid% detecthal yes
    bcdedit /displayorder %guid% /addlast
    ECHO.
    ECHO Macrium Rescue added to Windows boot menu.
    ECHO.
    pause



    2.2 Edit the batch file according to your needs:
    • Three lines in blue font contain the drive letter for new Rescue partition, in my case R:
    • Line in red font contains the label for boot menu entry, in my case Macrium Rescue
    • Line in green font, winload.efi is for UEFI systems with GPT disks. Change it to winload.exe if your PC is a BIOS system with MBR disks

    2.3 Save the batch file as Rescue.bat. Alternatively, you can download the batch file from my OneDrive. If downloading, remember to unblock the file before using it (tutorial):

    Download

    2.4 Open an elevated Command Prompt (tutorial), run the batch file. Alternatively, right click it and select Run as administrator. Macrium Rescue environment will be added to Windows Boot Menu:
    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition-macrium-rescue-added-boot-menu.jpg

    2.5 You can now remove the drive letter from the recue partition to hide it.

    2.6 You can now select to boot to Macrium Rescue from Windows Boot Menu:
    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition-macrium-boot-menu.jpg

    That's it!

    Kari



  1. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 12,608
    Windows10
       #1

    Great tutorial.

    I have been doing this for several years using the batch file created by @Kyhi in his tutorials which is basically similar to yours.

    Another way of creating the boot entry is to use easybcd for those who might be daunted by using a batch command file.

    It might be worth adding that as another option (I know you prefer not to use 3rd party tools but some like graphical methods). I am happy to create a supplementary tutorial if you wish - let me know (I am quite busy though at the moment tbh).
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  2. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,607
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    cereberus said:
    It might be worth adding that as another option (I know you prefer not to use 3rd party tools but some like graphical methods). I am happy to create a supplementary tutorial if you wish - let me know (I am quite busy though at the moment tbh).
    Yes, Kyhi's PE uses the same method. I just made this specifically for Macrium Rescue.

    I am sure admins are just delighted, the more tuts we get. Please do make one.

    Kari
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  3. sbh7600's Avatar
    Posts : 297
    Windows 10 - Ver: 20H2 - Build: 19042.804
       #3

    Nicely done Kari
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  4. Posts : 2,817
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #4

    Hi,

    First of all, thanks for writing up the tutorial.
    I just wonder, why the need to add MR to W10's bootmenu when you can call it from bios' bootmenu ?
    Provided it supports EFI that is.
    Also, why not let MR create the Rescue disk on the primary disk ? The system disk ?
    When booting to that environment you can then steer MR to wherever your backup images reside.
    Further, and I might be mistaken here, I had the idea the MR Rescue disk partition had to be formatted using the FAT32 file system. Maybe not but I do so out of habit and it works fine.

    Just my 2 cents,

    Cheers to all the good work.
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  5. Kyhi's Avatar
    Posts : 3,725
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #5

    Yes, Kyhi's PE uses the same method. I just made this specifically for Macrium Rescue.
    I just made this specifically for Macrium Rescue - using the same method Kyhi's PE uses
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  6. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 12,608
    Windows10
       #6

    Kyhi said:
    I just made this specifically for Macrium Rescue - using the same method Kyhi's PE uses
    :-D.
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  7. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 12,608
    Windows10
       #7

    Hi @Kari,

    I suggest you add an optional final step to remove the drive letter (R in your case) so Macrium Partition is hidden from File Explorer, minimising risk of accidental overwriting or file deletion.

    As a second observation, the tutorial you have created works for Windows 10 installers as well - maybe you would like to add a comment on that as well, or copy and make a second tutorial?

    Cheers

    M.
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  8. Porthos's Avatar
    Posts : 908
    Win 10
       #8

    Macrium already has that feature bulit in to it. Any reason to go thru the other steps? Or am I missing something?
    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition-2019-09-22_03h39_03.png
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  9. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 12,608
    Windows10
       #9

    Porthos said:
    Macrium already has that feature bulit in to it. Any reason to go thru the other steps? Or am I missing something?
    Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition-2019-09-22_03h39_03.png
    That feature boots from files stored on C drive. If C drive gets corrupted, it will not work. The method shown is independent. Takes less space as well.
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