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  1. cereberus's Avatar
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    kado897 said:
    Agreed and that is likely to reflect the defagged image. No sure how Fast Delta Restore plays into all this. As Paramount have said the details of their methods are a commercial secret.
    One should not confuse the logical file structure with how the data is actually written to the drive. Macrium Reflect is very clever, and I have never experienced problems with Rapid Delta Restore - at worst it just says (in effect) "too complicated can't do it, doing a full restore" which has happened to me a couple of times

    I could see Change Block Tracker being problematic perhaps, but as others have pointed out, that feature is rather pointless on a domestic pc, so I always turn it off.
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  2. kado897's Avatar
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       #411

    cereberus said:
    One should not confuse the logical file structure with how the data is actually written to the drive. Macrium Reflect is very clever, and I have never experienced problems with Rapid Delta Restore - at worst it just says (in effect) "too complicated can't do it, doing a full restore" which has happened to me a couple of times

    I could see Change Block Tracker being problematic perhaps, but as others have pointed out, that feature is rather pointless on a domestic pc, so I always turn it off.
    Me too. I remove it from the install completely.
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  3. Posts : 9
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       #412

    kado897 said:
    That's a good question. I noticed when I had the OS on a spinner that a defrag would increase the size of subsequent differentials quite considerably so I suspect it does look at the physical structure. I always used to schedule defrags to be just before a full image.
    Thanks for all the replies to my question. And the suggestion to schedule defrags before imaging is one I shall put to use. I presume it would be helpful to schedule them before Diffs as well. Now if I can learn how to make the XML generated by Macrium Scheduling run I'll be in business.
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  4. kado897's Avatar
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       #413

    Dino Rider said:
    Thanks for all the replies to my question. And the suggestion to schedule defrags before imaging is one I shall put to use. I presume it would be helpful to schedule them before Diffs as well. Now if I can learn how to make the XML generated by Macrium Scheduling run I'll be in business.
    You can also look at the schedule definitions in Windows task scheduler but I wouldn't make any changes there or MR may get confused.

    As for the defrags before the diffs I wouldn't. I think that would make your diffs larger.
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  5. Posts : 9
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       #414

    kado897 said:
    You can also look at the schedule definitions in Windows task scheduler but I wouldn't make any changes there or MR may get confused.
    Addressing the scheduling question, do you mean that when you create a schedule in Macrium Reflect Free, it generates the Windows Task Scheduler entry for you? I'd really appreciate a look at my post #393 from two days ago for a description of what I did in my first attempt at scheduling. If Macrium does it for me, I may have to delete the Macrium schedule and the tasks I created in Scheduler and start over. Two steps forward, one step back works for me.
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  6. kado897's Avatar
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       #415

    Dino Rider said:
    Addressing the scheduling question, do you mean that when you create a schedule in Macrium Reflect Free, it generates the Windows Task Scheduler entry for you? I'd really appreciate a look at my post #393 from two days ago for a description of what I did in my first attempt at scheduling. If Macrium does it for me, I may have to delete the Macrium schedule and the tasks I created in Scheduler and start over. Two steps forward, one step back works for me.
    Oops. I missed that bit.
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  7. Posts : 101
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       #416

    kado897 said:
    So am I. That is very strange. It looks all set up correctly to me. The only time I've had a scheduled task run at the wrong time was when the PC was off. It runs when the PC is started up again. As I mentioned earlier you can get a new full image if you have made changes to the definition and also changes to the partitioning on the disk.

    It may be worth starting over with a new definition into a different folder. Sorry I can't be of more help.
    The reason for the confusion: After the original backup went wrong I started over but I didn't delete the xml file so Macrium was running two different backup schedules: 'my backup.xml' & 'main backup.xml'. When I deleted the original it all worked as expected.
    Prior to re-running the backup I decided to move my data files (Documents, Music, Pictures etc) to a different drive following the Tenforums instruction: 'How to Move Your Documents Folder Location in Windows 10' in order to reduce the time the Macrium backup takes. However, this wasn't quite successful as it left the Documents & Music folders in Users on C: drive, although it also copied them to my other drive. However , that's a seperate problem.
    So now as I say, Macrium is now performing a full backup weekly & a daily diff.
    Thanks for your help.
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  8. kado897's Avatar
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       #417

    FrankS said:
    The reason for the confusion: After the original backup went wrong I started over but I didn't delete the xml file so Macrium was running two different backup schedules: 'my backup.xml' & 'main backup.xml'. When I deleted the original it all worked as expected.
    Prior to re-running the backup I decided to move my data files (Documents, Music, Pictures etc) to a different drive following the Tenforums instruction: 'How to Move Your Documents Folder Location in Windows 10' in order to reduce the time the Macrium backup takes. However, this wasn't quite successful as it left the Documents & Music folders in Users on C: drive, although it also copied them to my other drive. However , that's a seperate problem.
    So now as I say, Macrium is now performing a full backup weekly & a daily diff.
    Thanks for your help.
    Thanks for letting us know.

    The way I handle moving data files is to transfer all the data onto separate drives and integrate the new locations using libraries. I have never been comfortable with relocating the actual document locations
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  9. Posts : 9
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       #418

    In the tutorial, I read that I could include a Boot Menu Option for System Image recovery. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now I realize this option is more suited to a test environment where you might expect to need to restore to a previous copy frequently. With my personal computer, it just interrupts the normal flow of starting or restarting so I'd like to go back to the normal boot process.

    I have the Macrium v7 User guide but have not found how to remove this option once it is in place. I also looked through the Macrium Reflect options without success. Any ideas of how to change this option?
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  10. kado897's Avatar
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       #419

    Dino Rider said:
    In the tutorial, I read that I could include a Boot Menu Option for System Image recovery. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now I realize this option is more suited to a test environment where you might expect to need to restore to a previous copy frequently. With my personal computer, it just interrupts the normal flow of starting or restarting so I'd like to go back to the normal boot process.

    I have the Macrium v7 User guide but have not found how to remove this option once it is in place. I also looked through the Macrium Reflect options without success. Any ideas of how to change this option?
    If you go to Other Tasks->Add Recovery Boot Menu Option... You get a dialog to determine the type of menu. The top option is No Menu.

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