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  1. kado897's Avatar
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       #60

    The XML files are backup definition files. Using them means that you don't have to go though the definition process each time. There is a tab in the UI where they are displayed.

    I concur with everyone else that posted on the placing of the image file. It can't be on the partition you are restoring.
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  2. Posts : 59
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       #61

    Mooly said:
    You can not restore a drive (such as C) if the Macrium image is located there. You can restore the C 'drive' if the Macrium image is located on a separate partition on that single drive.

    Not sure if that's what you meant :)

    No idea on the XML file. It sounds like you have altered an option somewhere.
    badrobot said:
    @Arese No you can't. When you do a restore, your hard drive the C: partition will be wiped out and replaced with the image. You won't be able to initialize the restore process with the image on the same drive.
    If you want, you can create a separate partition just for the image.

    I usually just uncheck the xml option and never bother with it.
    Hum that's what I feared. I also assumed it wouldn't be possible to initiate the restore process with the image on the drive that is going to be restored. It actually makes sense.

    I should have though of creating a separate partition to store the backup image like you said
    Mooly said:
    Yes you can. I do it all the time. Only the partitions selected for a restore will be wiped.

    I think confusion comes from the terms 'drive' and 'partitions'. A single HDD (such as in a laptop) once correctly partitioned is just fine for storing images of what will become the C partition.

    Single partition with Windows installed would be a C drive in my terminology.

    That drive partitioned into two (or more) would become C partition PLUS D and so on. Macrium images would be stored on the D partition.
    Yes you're right but I didn't correctly partitioned it. My whole SSD is partitioned as a C partition for windows.

    Ok so what course of actions would you guys recommend me.
    I actually have my backup image on my flash drive. If I boot Macrium's rescue tool will I be able to see my USB flash drive and start the restore process using the image on the flash drive ?

    Thanks for your answers, really appreciate it :)
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  3. kado897's Avatar
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       #62

    I suggest you try booting the rescue disk and see if it can find the image on the flash drive. You can do that much without any damage to the existing installation.
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #63

    Arese said:
    Hum that's what I feared. I also assumed it wouldn't be possible to initiate the restore process with the image on the drive that is going to be restored. It actually makes sense.

    I should have though of creating a separate partition to store the backup image like you said

    Yes you're right but I didn't correctly partitioned it. My whole SSD is partitioned as a C partition for windows.

    Ok so what course of actions would you guys recommend me.
    I actually have my backup image on my flash drive. If I boot Macrium's rescue tool will I be able to see my USB flash drive and start the restore process using the image on the flash drive ?

    Thanks for your answers, really appreciate it :)
    External USB drives are getting very affordable. A good 1TB 3.0 external HDD runs around $50. It is the safest and most secure method. It can be detached from the PC/Laptop so nothing can touch it. A separate partition on your SSD (easy to make) will work, but does not protect you from a hardware failure....detachable external drive would. Give it some thought.
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  5. Posts : 1,868
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #64

    Arese said:
    Ok so what course of actions would you guys recommend me.
    I actually have my backup image on my flash drive. If I boot Macrium's rescue tool will I be able to see my USB flash drive and start the restore process using the image on the flash drive ?
    I would recommend that you initially make a FULL disk image (which means including all partitions of your drive) and keep that for the time being as a 'recovery image' if things should go wrong or you get stuck.

    Next make sure you have created the Macrium bootable media on either a USB flash drive or a CDR. That's the get out of jail card... OK, even if you don't have that and totally trash the system you can still recover things but it gets more time consuming. For example if your system is trashed then you can always clean install W10 and then install Macrium and recover your old image. Always ways and means.

    Next make sure you have enabled the Macrium option to run restores from within Windows by using the 'Add Boot Menu option' .


    When all that is done you could if you wish look at repartitioning your drive to create an area for 'running backups' as I call them. You need around 70% of the space that Windows occupies per full backup. Look at mine. 25Gb used on the C partition and 20Gb currently used on Y partition.

    These show my disk structure and partitions, how they look in file explorer and how to create the Macrium options.

    Last image shows how the backups appear on Y.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect-d1.png

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  6. Posts : 2,764
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #65

    Hi,

    This is the method by Topgundcp I use to boot to Macrium PE from an external drive:

    https://www.tenforums.com/performance...sb-hd-ssd.html

    I find it particularly when you need to maintain several machines.

    Cheers,
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  7. CountMike's Avatar
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       #66

    I stopped backing up restore partitions and I had few because of this W10 was upgraded from W8 which in turn was upgraded from W7 so there were several. I restored it like that and so now I have only 2 partitions + a small one SSD is using as Over provisioning partition and can't be removed.
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  8. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #67

    Wonderful tutorial of Macrium Reflect. I installed it on my Desktop PC and it was very simple and easy to understand the tutorial. My recovery media has been made.
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  9. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 53,175
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #68

    Jesse Williams said:
    Wonderful tutorial of Macrium Reflect. I installed it on my Desktop PC and it was very simple and easy to understand the tutorial. My recovery media has been made.
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  10. kado897's Avatar
    Posts : 39,496
    Windows 10 Home 64bit v20H2 and insider builds
       #69

    Jesse Williams said:
    Wonderful tutorial of Macrium Reflect. I installed it on my Desktop PC and it was very simple and easy to understand the tutorial. My recovery media has been made.
    Make sure your recovery media will boot and that it can navigate to your backup images.
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