Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect  

  1. Delphinus's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #1180

    I have an issue. I added Macrium to my boot menu so I could select that or my operating system. Any time I selected it my system would reboot and I would get that black screen with all of the text on it and at the bottom says "Press enter to select OS" and then it would boot back to the Macrium boot option or the Windows 10 option. IT would never load the Macrium recovery tool from this menu. That isn't so much of an issue though since I have optical and USB media with the recovery tool on it that I did end up using to get back on track.

    My main question is this. When making an image of Windows 10 should I image the whole drive, the recovery partition and the main Windows partition, or just image the Windows 10 partition? I can't even remember what I did last time. (Cognitive issues)
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  2. kado897's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 64bit 21H1 and insider builds
       #1181

    Delphinus said:
    I have an issue. I added Macrium to my boot menu so I could select that or my operating system. Any time I selected it my system would reboot and I would get that black screen with all of the text on it and at the bottom says "Press enter to select OS" and then it would boot back to the Macrium boot option or the Windows 10 option. IT would never load the Macrium recovery tool from this menu. That isn't so much of an issue though since I have optical and USB media with the recovery tool on it that I did end up using to get back on track.

    My main question is this. When making an image of Windows 10 should I image the whole drive, the recovery partition and the main Windows partition, or just image the Windows 10 partition? I can't even remember what I did last time. (Cognitive issues)
    There is an option on the left hand side which will select the partitions needed to recover Windows.

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  3. Delphinus's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #1182

    kado897 said:
    There is an option on the left hand side which will select the partitions needed to recover Windows.
    Thank you. I am pretty sure, but maybe not, that I just backed up the partition last time but this would appear to be a better option.

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    Just one more thing. *Columbo voice* Does the XML file have to be in the same folder as the IMG file? It's placing the XML file on my C drive but if my C drive dies it would be useless to have it there. Or?
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #1183

    Delphinus said:
    Thank you. I am pretty sure, but maybe not, that I just backed up the partition last time but this would appear to be a better option.

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    Just one more thing. *Columbo voice* Does the XML file have to be in the same folder as the IMG file? It's placing the XML file on my C drive but if my C drive dies it would be useless to have it there. Or?
    XML definition file usually by default gets stored in your Documents/Reflect folder. That folder will also be included in the Image Backup, along with all else. If the drive dies or other catastrophe, you will use the Rescue Media to restore from the backup drive to a new drive. The Rescue Media is created as part of the installation and can be updated and re-done any time. So, if you have not created a rescue media, it is advised to do so.

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  5. Delphinus's Avatar
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #1184

    f14tomcat said:
    XML definition file usually by default gets stored in your Documents/Reflect folder. That folder will also be included in the Image Backup, along with all else. If the drive dies or other catastrophe, you will use the Rescue Media to restore from the backup drive to a new drive. The Rescue Media is created as part of the installation and can be updated and re-done any time. So, if you have not created a rescue media, it is advised to do so.
    Yea, I have a rescue USB and a rescue DVD that I ended up using when the Macrium boot option didn't work. Okay, I just needed to know if the XML file on C was actually needed. It placed it with the image in the folder also. Thank you!
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  6. kado897's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 64bit 21H1 and insider builds
       #1185

    Delphinus said:
    Yea, I have a rescue USB and a rescue DVD that I ended up using when the Macrium boot option didn't work. Okay, I just needed to know if the XML file on C was actually needed. It placed it with the image in the folder also. Thank you!
    Sorry, i was away from the computer. f14tomcat is correct it is stored separately. The xml file holds the backup definition. If you wish to run the same backup again it saves you having to recreate it. You can just highlight the definition in the definition files tab and run it from there. You can also use the definition file to create scheduled backups.
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  7. Delphinus's Avatar
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #1186

    kado897 said:
    Sorry, i was away from the computer.
    That's okay, I have been away from my brain the past several years. Heh. I used to do what all of you here do as a support team on some private forums and was even a Microsoft Guide(As far as I know Guides don't exist now) years ago and have been a technician since 1985. I used to create my own methods for fixing things, had my own business and whatnot and did things by thinking wayyy outside of the box but as mentioned I have cognitive issues now and I get confused even regarding basic problems. Thanks again for all of your help!
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  8. kado897's Avatar
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       #1187

    Delphinus said:
    That's okay, I have been away from my brain the past several years. Heh. I used to do what all of you here do as a support team on some private forums and was even a Microsoft Guide(As far as I know Guides don't exist now) years ago and have been a technician since 1985. I used to create my own methods for fixing things, had my own business and whatnot and did things by thinking wayyy outside of the box but as mentioned I have cognitive issues now and I get confused even regarding basic problems. Thanks again for all of your help!
    Any time.
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  9. Hemimax's Avatar
    Posts : 2,651
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #1188

    Hi Keith, I was going to add the Macrium bootable menu to my new MB/W10 install, is the extra boot time the only downside? It's got all that TPM secure stuff.
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  10. pietcorus2's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #1189

    Only using the Macrium boot-media , its really all you need for all your backup/restore operations !
    Does not slow down your booting into Windows , in fact ; you dont need the program installed , as long you can use your ( usb) boot-media.............
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