Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect  


  1. Posts : 2,513
    trying to install win10
       #710

    It depends on the user.

    I usually recommend Aomei for the average user. It does the job, is very simple.

    Other programs have different UI, some differences in behaviour/functionality, etc.

    I doubt you would let anyone bully you into getting a particular model of car, so why should this be any different. It is not a requirement to go with the herd.


    HumbertoH said:
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    Thanks for help. But what I have seen, the UI (User Interface) of Macrium is terrible for a novice. By the way, Industries make so many marketing that so many sites and forums only make a pray for hojle Macrium. But there are 1 or 2 (that Ive surfing) saying Macrium UI is a "mess".
    - Has anyone here used CLOUDBERRY MSP360 Backup Desktop Edition ? The site is impressive.
    Also Minitool Shadow Maker has been clap-clap-clap (sorry for my english) and for its simplicity (do not know about reliable). Being a Canadian, maybe it is not known.
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  2. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro
       #711

    Best Practices?


    Adding comments to backups

    In this tutorial, you pointed out a cool feature that I had not considered as it relates to adding comments to a backup. In your illustration, you have entered details in the comment section to illustrate changes one may have made or notes one might want to make, say, for the subsequent differential backup.

    Attachment 261771
    This is a very cool idea, however...

    It appears that one could only do that if one were performing manually initiated backups. Is there a way to do something like that from a scheduled backup so as to optionally comment on significant changes? Say if incrementals are run every day, but on Tuesday you installed Visio and wanted to document that change in the comments before the incremental runs on Wednesday. Is there a way to do that?

    Can you elaborate on the strategy you were using in that particular example?

    And...

    Should I restore the C drive or the full disk - best practices

    If one images "the drive required to boot windows" that contains more than one partition (e.g., EFI, FAT32, OEM, C drive), what is the best practice to restore? In particular, let's say you installed software on C drive and it made your system "wonky" and you wanted to revert to last night's backup image. Would you restore the entire drive, or just the partition (C drive)?

    If no changes were made to those other special partitions what are the risks to consider for a full drive image restoration v. just a partition?
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  3. Posts : 46,620
    Windows 10 Home 64bit 21H1 and insider builds
       #712

    Silky said:
    Adding comments to backups

    In this tutorial, you pointed out a cool feature that I had not considered as it relates to adding comments to a backup. In your illustration, you have entered details in the comment section to illustrate changes one may have made or notes one might want to make, say, for the subsequent differential backup.

    Attachment 261771
    This is a very cool idea, however...

    It appears that one could only do that if one were performing manually initiated backups. Is there a way to do something like that from a scheduled backup so as to optionally comment on significant changes? Say if incrementals are run every day, but on Tuesday you installed Visio and wanted to document that change in the comments before the incremental runs on Wednesday. Is there a way to do that?

    Can you elaborate on the strategy you were using in that particular example?

    And...

    Should I restore the C drive or the full disk - best practices

    If one images "the drive required to boot windows" that contains more than one partition (e.g., EFI, FAT32, OEM, C drive), what is the best practice to restore? In particular, let's say you installed software on C drive and it made your system "wonky" and you wanted to revert to last night's backup image. Would you restore the entire drive, or just the partition (C drive)?

    If no changes were made to those other special partitions what are the risks to consider for a full drive image restoration v. just a partition?
    I always restore everything. They are small partitions, it doesn't take long and it makes sure they are consistent. If you have the paid version with fast delta restore they won't get overwritten if there are no changes anyway.
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  4. Posts : 56,064
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #713

    Silky said:
    Adding comments to backups

    In this tutorial, you pointed out a cool feature that I had not considered as it relates to adding comments to a backup. In your illustration, you have entered details in the comment section to illustrate changes one may have made or notes one might want to make, say, for the subsequent differential backup.

    Attachment 261771
    This is a very cool idea, however...

    It appears that one could only do that if one were performing manually initiated backups. Is there a way to do something like that from a scheduled backup so as to optionally comment on significant changes? Say if incrementals are run every day, but on Tuesday you installed Visio and wanted to document that change in the comments before the incremental runs on Wednesday. Is there a way to do that?

    Can you elaborate on the strategy you were using in that particular example?

    And...

    Should I restore the C drive or the full disk - best practices

    If one images "the drive required to boot windows" that contains more than one partition (e.g., EFI, FAT32, OEM, C drive), what is the best practice to restore? In particular, let's say you installed software on C drive and it made your system "wonky" and you wanted to revert to last night's backup image. Would you restore the entire drive, or just the partition (C drive)?

    If no changes were made to those other special partitions what are the risks to consider for a full drive image restoration v. just a partition?
    Best practice is to restore the entire image "package", i.e. whatever partitions were backed up. Changes could have been made to the BCD (Boot Configuration Data), usually partition 1, or to the recovery partition by any "wonky " software. Keep everything in sync.
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  5. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro
       #714

    Well thank you very much! If two "Guru's" use those practices for restoration, so will I.
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  6. Posts : 56,064
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #715

    @Silky

    You can edit the comments for a backup definition file at any time. So, in your example, you could modify the comments before the scheduled backup, and it would be there attached to that next backup.
    Right click the definition file and click Advanced. Then click Comments and type away, and click OK. It will be saved.

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  7. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro
       #716

    f14tomcat said:
    @Silky

    You can edit the comments for a backup definition file at any time. So, in your example, you could modify the comments before the scheduled backup, and it would be there attached to that next backup.
    Right click the definition file and click Advanced. Then click Comments and type away, and click OK. It will be saved.
    <<slaps forehead>> I'm an idiot. Thanks for that.
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  8. Posts : 56,064
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #717

    Silky said:
    <<slaps forehead>> I'm an idiot. Thanks for that.
    No you're not. Sometimes the fix is so right up front, it's not obvious at all! Glad it helped. Cheers!
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  9. Posts : 76
    W10 pro 21H1
       #718

    Using this tutorial on 1 22 20


    I am updating the last computer to windows 10. In the process, I used this tutorial to back up the disk.

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Some of the steps would not have been obvious to me without the illustrations of the process.

    At the same time. I found that some of the screens and options have changed. I downloaded the free version of Macrium. It did not offer me the option to create recovery media or the option to verify the backup. Or, at least, I did not find these options as I proceeded through the menus and the tutorial.

    I'm sure there are instructions on creating a recovery disc elsewhere, so I'll find them and do that. I won't need these safety nets at all except in an emergency, and I have saved the files of my work. However, I have a program that I can't replace, and would miss. I am hoping it makes the leap to Windows 10, and one of my goals in the backup and recovery disc process was to not lose it.

    It is a video editing program that came with my Canon video camera. The camera had only a very short production run because production was shut down by the Fukushima disaster. (When Canon started back up, they moved on to the next model, which did not have a viewfinder, just the screen. I use the viewfinder most of the time.) Canon had licensed the use of the editing program, but did not renew the license. There are of course myriad video editing programs, but this one meets my needs and is closely integrated with the camera.

    So, thanks again, profusely.
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  10. Posts : 56,064
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #719

    @Judy in Texas

    If it would be of use, here is the complete Macrium User guide up to date for the current 7.2 version. It's a PDF, so you could, if you want to, download it for reference.

    http://updates.macrium.com/reflect/v...df?src=sidebar
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