Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect  

  1. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,242
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
       #1040

    Hi ThomasJ

    Need a little more clarity on what you did.

    You mentioned you imaged and cloned. You can't do that to the same external drive in my books. Cloning over writes the backup image.


    Additionally you really don't install Windows 10 on your replacement and then access your backup / clone.


    Traditionally you install Macrium and created Rescue media (boot media with Macrium on it). You then commence to backing up your installation (I assume you just had a C drive.) using the preset menu "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore windows". Once you have your first backup you boot with your rescue media and confirm it boots, macrium starts and you can see your image. Once tested you continue doing backups on your schedule retaining X copies.

    Your installation fails, you connect your external, boot from the Rescue Media and restore the Image you want, usually the most recent on to your installed repalcement. This brings back all the special partitions, windows, all your program + settings and data.


    What I think I'm reading in your description is you did a backup and then cloned over it.


    Wynona's idea of a screen shot of your external is a great idea.
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  2. Posts : 4
    Win 10 Pro /64 on all
       #1041

    Hi Wynona & Caledon,
    thanks a lot for your respones !
    No, I used separate Toshiba USB-HDs for both backup, image and cloning all och which in separate catalogues so there could hardly be any form of over-writing(s) in any of the cases. Luckily, I already had (separately) backed up my data, again on external USB-HDs.
    My query is, however, how come the reported capacity of the Toshiba 2TB USB-HDs has been reduced to only 148 GB on each, whereas 'hidden'(?) reservations of system(s), which are not accesible, on both are to be seen - this in Win-Explorer. On the other hand, looking at a diskpart / list disk shows the correct USB-HD's capacities. I've taken som screen-shots of these infos and am enclosing them here, hopefully...

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    The 'Toshiba K-disk' is ok but the other (only one of them here) are the mysteriously 'reduced' ones (ea of 2TB). The Swedish 'Reserverad av systemet' means; Reserved by the system.
    I'm not sure as to re-format the 'reduced' disks yet, but my gut feeling is to do so as they - as-is - are not fully usable. Therafter I'll re-think about using Macrium or not. And, BTW, I also created a rescue disk via Macrium, tried to take usage of it as my W10 didn't work, but that disc (DVD) didn't even start up (yes, I changed the boot order prior).

    Thanks a lot for your esteemed efforts in enlightening/helping me on this !

    Bsrgds from Sweden!
    //ThomasJ
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  3. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,242
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
       #1042

    Macrium is a very strong product.


    Not sure why you were cloning, usually when you clone you take cloned disk and install it in place of dead one. You sounded like you use new disk which would mean all you customizations in each program had to be reapllied.


    If you used product as I outlined you will be very happy. Just for reference, you can mount any image file and then browse / copy any files from it. I keep many images so it is like a time machine. Additional I have my system programs in one partition and data in separate. This allows me to restore my system image at any time, say if I don't like a feature update or any install of something else heads south.


    Yesterday I took my wife's image, created on an HP laptop and restored it to an Asus device. Windows resolved the driver issues and she was operational in two hours. It took so long because I thought I could revive the HP.
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  4. Posts : 73
    w10 pro
       #1043

    Which Disks to backup?


    My system has 3 disks:
    C: windows 10 pro
    D: windows user usual folders (Documents etc.)
    E: mass storage

    Which disks should i backup with Macrium (for system backup purposes - not data backup) ? I suppose C: (including all partitions there) is enough?
    Is it ok if i keep the Macrium backup in E:?
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  5. kado897's Avatar
    Posts : 39,496
    Windows 10 Home 64bit v20H2 and insider builds
       #1044

    abax2000 said:
    My system has 3 disks:
    C: windows 10 pro
    D: windows user usual folders (Documents etc.)
    E: mass storage

    Which disks should i backup with Macrium (for system backup purposes - not data backup) ? I suppose C: (including all partitions there) is enough?
    Is it ok if i keep the Macrium backup in E:?
    Macrium can decide for you. Press this button.

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    Yes it's ok to keep the backups in E: if it is a separate disk and not just a partition on the same drive. An external disk is best though.
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  6. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 634
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 1204
       #1045

    abax2000 said:
    My system has 3 disks:
    C: windows 10 pro
    D: windows user usual folders (Documents etc.)
    E: mass storage

    Which disks should i backup with Macrium (for system backup purposes - not data backup) ? I suppose C: (including all partitions there) is enough?
    Is it ok if i keep the Macrium backup in E:?
    I have 2 external drives & keep only 1 plugged in at a time. I backup everything (image) onto 1 external drive on a daily basis. Each week, I unplug 1 external drive & plug in the other. I have my backup program set to have a full & 7 incrementals. After 7 incrementals, the program consolidates the oldest backup into the full backup.

    That way I have 2 weeks worth of backups for both my system & data. It's saved my bacon more than once.
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  7. Posts : 73
    w10 pro
       #1046

    kado897 said:
    Macrium can decide for you. Press this button.

    Yes it's ok to keep the backups in E: if it is a separate disk and not just a partition on the same drive. An external disk is best though.
    Haven't noticed that, thnx.
    Good enough for idiots, but seems not good enough for me
    Point taken about the external.

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    phrab said:
    I have 2 external drives & keep only 1 plugged in at a time. I backup everything (image) onto 1 external drive on a daily basis. Each week, I unplug 1 external drive & plug in the other. I have my backup program set to have a full & 7 incrementals. After 7 incrementals, the program consolidates the oldest backup into the full backup.

    That way I have 2 weeks worth of backups for both my system & data. It's saved my bacon more than once.
    Good advice.
    I already have (double) data backup, and just trying now to economize.
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  8. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 634
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 1204
       #1047

    abax2000 said:
    I already have (double) data backup, and just trying now to economize.
    If you image all your partitions onto an external drive, you don't need to backup data separately. And incremental images can be very small. If you lose data, you can right click an image & mount it (Explore image). Then you can scroll & copy individual or multiple files & folders to your hard drive.

    If you use 1 external drive at a time, make sure that Reflect is set to use "unique volume identifier" to make your backups. It's under Edit Defaults (click the ‘gear’ on left side) >Advanced>Destination Drive Discovery.
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  9. Posts : 73
    w10 pro
       #1048

    phrab said:
    If you image all your partitions onto an external drive, you don't need to backup data separately. And incremental images can be very small. If you lose data, you can right click an image & mount it (Explore image). Then you can scroll & copy individual or multiple files & folders to your hard drive.

    If you use 1 external drive at a time, make sure that Reflect is set to use "unique volume identifier" to make your backups. It's under Edit Defaults (click the ‘gear’ on left side) >Advanced>Destination Drive Discovery.
    Thank you very much phrab. Full training in couple of posts
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  10. Posts : 187
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #1049

    Hello,

    I want to buy an home licence of Macrium Home, I am still thinking if 1 or 4 pack.

    I don't understand if the licence is lifetime or it will last only one year.

    Also, I don't understand if the licence will be good for the future version of Macrium (i.e. 8, 9, 10, etc.) or it will be good just for the current version (version 7).
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