Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect  


  1. Posts : 23,242
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       #1210

    Ghot said:
    There's a check box under Advanced Options > Backupset file name prefix ...where you can UNcheck the box that says...
    Prefix file name with the backup set Image ID.


    Then you won't get that long disk image ID. Like Bree, I name mine like... AUG 15-1165-FF91 ...or similar.
    Silky said:
    Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but... Macrium Reflect images have a specific extension: MRIMG (Macrium Reflect Image). And if you have MR's Image Guardian enabled, you might get errors trying to move or rename Macrium files on that drive.

    Here's one of my MR image file names: 3B58352249354A87-00-00.mrimg



    See my post above.
    Here's one of my actual backup names... AUG 13-1165-FF91-00-00.mrimg

    I just had to UNcheck the box in the 3rd RED rectangle.
    Then for the "Backup File Name", I could type: AUG 13-1165-FF91
    Which means (Aug 13th, 19043.1165 with Firefox 91)



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       #1211

    <---------- Silky's an idiot.

    Sorry for butting in.
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       #1212

    Silky said:
    <---------- Silky's an idiot.

    Sorry for butting in.


    NEVER be sorry for asking questions. We ALL do it.
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       #1213

    Ghot said:
    NEVER be sorry for asking questions. We ALL do it.

    https://www.tenforums.com/search.php?searchid=14407881
    I appreciate the encouragement. I've been a Macrium evangelist since 2019 and like to think I know something about it. There are cases however, where I answer a different question than that was being asked. Especially with a 122 page thread. So I try to be helpful then have to surgically remove my foot from my pie hole.

    That said... the link you posted said "Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms. " <<shrug>>

    Anyhoo, thanks for the tolerance.
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       #1214

    Silky said:
    I appreciate the encouragement. I've been a Macrium evangelist since 2019 and like to think I know something about it. There are cases however, where I answer a different question than that was being asked. Especially with a 122 page thread. So I try to be helpful then have to surgically remove my foot from my pie hole.

    That said... the link you posted said "Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms. " <<shrug>>

    Anyhoo, thanks for the tolerance.



    They just added the stoopid backup set ID numbers. Not a bright idea IMO.


    As for the link... just open my or anyone's profile and click on "Latest Started Threads".
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  6. Posts : 121
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       #1215

    Ghot said:
    They just added the stoopid backup set ID numbers. Not a bright idea IMO.
    For the sake of clarity... do you mean that Macrium just added backup set ID numbers? If so, I would be interested in understanding why you think it's stupid. Purely for my own edification...

    In my earlier post, I should have been specific in that I've been using the MR paid version since 2019, starting with v7.x and as far as I am aware, they've been using the ID Set numbers since then. So when you say that they "just added" it, it makes me wonder if I'm understanding what you're referring to, or if you're referring to versions earlier than 7.

    The whole point for me is this: I've played with the BU Set ID's but I'm not finding a reason to futz with it (my dad uses that word, makes me chuckle)... rather than decoding set ID schemes or coming up with my own, I identify a set by manual comments that I enter, it's associated definition file, log file, and date... each as necessary. I don't have any confusion about what's what. Fwiw, I enter comprehensive information in the comment section for every backup for that very purpose.

    Here's a screenshot as an example:
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-backup-set-naming-comments.jpg

    So I'm trying to learn how you're using backup set naming conventions to improve your workflow. With that in mind, any thoughts you might be willing to share would be appreciated.
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       #1216

    Silky said:
    For the sake of clarity... do you mean that Macrium just added backup set ID numbers? If so, I would be interested in understanding why you think it's stupid. Purely for my own edification...

    In my earlier post, I should have been specific in that I've been using the MR paid version since 2019, starting with v7.x and as far as I am aware, they've been using the ID Set numbers since then. So when you say that they "just added" it, it makes me wonder if I'm understanding what you're referring to, or if you're referring to versions earlier than 7.

    The whole point for me is this: I've played with the BU Set ID's but I'm not finding a reason to futz with it (my dad uses that word, makes me chuckle)... rather than decoding set ID schemes or coming up with my own, I identify a set by manual comments that I enter, it's associated definition file, log file, and date... each as necessary. I don't have any confusion about what's what. Fwiw, I enter comprehensive information in the comment section for every backup for that very purpose.

    Here's a screenshot as an example:
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-backup-set-naming-comments.jpg

    So I'm trying to learn how you're using backup set naming conventions to improve your workflow. With that in mind, any thoughts you might be willing to share would be appreciated.



    I was using v7 free. I switched to v8 paid, and poof there were the ridiculous ID numbers.
    On v7 free, I could just give my backup a name that made sense. On v8 the ID numbers are turned ON by default. I don't like that. Every time I make a backup I have to turn OFF the ID numbers.
    I ONLY make full OS image backups. I only have 37GB on my C:\ drive, so the backups are fast.
    The restores are fast too.

    These numbers may not mean anything to you, but to me they tell me exactly when and why and what for each backup.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-image1.png



    I don't mind the ID numbers per se... I DO mind that they are turned on by default.
    If there's a way to permanently turn off the ID numbers, I can't find it.
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       #1217

    Silky said:
    Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but... Macrium Reflect images have a specific extension: MRIMG (Macrium Reflect Image). And if you have MR's Image Guardian enabled, you might get errors trying to move or rename Macrium files on that drive.

    Here's one of my MR image file names: 3B58352249354A87-00-00.mrimg
    Yes, if you have Image Guardian enabled you will not be able to move the MR images. You can temporarily turn it off (Oher Tasks->Macrium Image Guardian Settings}, do your moves, and then turn it back on again.
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #1218

    Ghot said:
    I was using v7 free. I switched to v8 paid, and poof there were the ridiculous ID numbers.
    On v7 free, I could just give my backup a name that made sense. On v8 the ID numbers are turned ON by default. I don't like that. Every time I make a backup I have to turn OFF the ID numbers.
    I ONLY make full OS image backups. I only have 37GB on my C:\ drive, so the backups are fast.
    The restores are fast too.

    These numbers may not mean anything to you, but to me they tell me exactly when and why and what for each backup.

    I don't mind the ID numbers per se... I DO mind that they are turned on by default.
    If there's a way to permanently turn off the ID numbers, I can't find it.
    Okay, so we're on the same page, but I see it differently. It seems to me that they didn't "add" the feature in v8 - it's in 7 Free as well. They just changed where the setting is located when creating a backup. From what I've gleaned from their forum, User Guide and KB articles... the naming convention they use by default is preferred because MR relies on a set identification mechanism to do other things - it can be altered, but their philosophy is that they prefer you add information rather than replace. This is a crappy analogy, but it's like their FAT/NTFS system.

    So it's more like "you can stop using our ID system, but there's no reason to if you can APPEND the ID with customized information".

    Here's a screenshot of MR 7 Free on a Win 7 machine. Here the backup set ID defaults to use the image ID, and you can uncheck it here.
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-01macrium-7-free-set-naming-defaults_edit.jpg

    Here's the same dialog in MR 8 on a Win 10 machine. So in keeping with the philosophy of wanting the user to make a deliberate attempt to change Set ID's, they simply took it off the Image Wizard and put it under Advanced.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-02macrium-8-home-set-naming-defaults-2_edit.jpg

    But on the right of the dialog, they also added the ability to append the ID with text as well as additional code to automatically help increment/identify backup sets with user selections. Here are two screenshots - the first shows the ID appended using built in code, the second shows the ID appended with free text entries.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-03macrium-8-home-set-naming-append-1_edit.jpg
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-04macrium-8-home-set-naming-append-2_edit.jpg

    So in summary, if the only reason to turn them off is because you prefer custom naming, then you can do that without turning it off by default and just append the ID. But if you think it wasn't enabled by default in v 7, I think you're mistaken - it's always been on by default. In v8 they just moved where you uncheck it.
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       #1219

    Silky said:

    So in summary, if the only reason to turn them off is because you prefer custom naming, then you can do that without turning it off by default and just append the ID. But if you think it wasn't enabled by default in v 7, I think you're mistaken - it's always been on by default. In v8 they just moved where you uncheck it.

    Same difference. It's now harder to disable, for those of us that don't DO incremental or differential backups.
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