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Problem Backing Up with Macrium Reflect

Q: Problem Backing Up with Macrium Reflect

I have made many back ups using Macrium Reflect in the past. I tried to make a back up today ecountering a problem that makes my efforts fruitless. When the back up reaches 11% complete the process freezes until a notice is displayed which says "Back up aborted, error code 1117. The request could not be completed because of an I/O error.
Since I/O indicates input/output, I feared the worst and made a chkdsk on both the drve being copied and the destination drive (my external) both show no problems. Any ideas guys and gals?

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A: Problem Backing Up with Macrium Reflect

Is this any help Rich ? Macrium Support Forum - Image error 1117

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Up to and including Macrium 6.2.1549, I never had any problem creating recovery media which booted with the correct resolution (1366 x 768) for my Inspiron 15R 5537.
With versions 6.3.1665 and the current version 6.3.1734, recovery media boots with resolution 640x480 only. I cannot see the whole screen, and there are no scroll bars. This makes Macrium Reflect useless.
I have found posts in the Macrium Forum on this subject, and the replies suggest switching the machine to insecure boot. They then go on to say that if this fails (and it does on my machine), the machine has a firmware error.
Does this sound feasible, and if so, what is the remedy?

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I'm not computer literate so when my 14 month old PC running Windows 7 Home Premium failed to restart I took it to Staples for a recovery installation. Since bringing it home I downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials, then downloaded PC Decrapifier to remove the bloatware, and then downloaded Macrium Reflect and made a rescue disk and my first image backup.

I then started reinstalling programs starting with Microsoft Office suite from disk. That worked without a problem. Then I tried to reinstall the Hallmark Card Studio program from disk and the PC wouldn't read a disk anymore. The light flickered and then went solid. When I went to "computer" and selected the drive the heading at the top of the window said "DVD RW Drive (D HCS 2010 (Not Responding). I tried other disks including the Microsoft Office suite disk that had worked an hour previously and got the same results.

I also noticed that having my Seagate external HDD connected to a USB port prevented my PC from booting. That is the same problem that caused me to take the PC to Staples in the first place, and yet I've had that external drive plugged in permanently for months without a problem.

I finally connected the dots. The last thing I did before I had to take the PC to Staples was to install Macrium Reflect, and the last thing I did before the CD/DVD drive failed after I got it back from Staples was to install Macrium Reflect.

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A:Macrium Reflect caused problem

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Management drive map with listings showing all columns and external HD plugged in, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

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I just tried to make a Macrium snapshot of my main drive and it all went well for the first 3 of 4 disks. It burned the first 3 disks in about forty minutes at which time it had completed 68% of the hard drive.

I put in a 4th disk and it appeared to be working fine but it didn't go beyond the 68% for 2 hours and I couldn't open the D: drive so I rebooted the computer.

Can anyone tell me why it got stuck at 68%? I guess now, I'll have to start again from the beginning and I don't want to run into the same problem.

Thank you,


A:Solved: Problem with Macrium Reflect

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After reading a few recommendations for drive imaging software on this forum, I installed Macrium Reflect 6.1, free edition. I made an image of my Samsung SSD 840 system drive onto my 1TB regular drive. The image was of a clean Win 7 install + software I use every day. I then created a rescue usb disk, installed some extra software on my SSD drive and did a test restore of the image back onto SSD drive and that seemed to go without a hitch.

Now I am thinking that Macrium and my image work fine, I proceed to install Autodesk Inventor onto my SSD drive but then discover that Inventor interferes with another program previously installed (Sandboxie) so I decide to revert back to my clean image. I boot from rescue USB, choose image to restore and click finish. To my horror, an error pops how Macrium encountered serious error and needs to close and that I should email dump file to the developers.

How is this possible? I already restored from the image not even 24 hours prior to the error. The image verifies fine in Macrium. I also have run parity check on the image and it is the same it was the moment it was created (I created par files right after I created the image). The hard drives are the same drives with same partitions as they were when the restore job worked. I even created another USB rescue disk thinking that the original might be corrupted but that didn't help. I emailed dump file and details about the problem to Macrium support but have received auto reply th... Read more

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I can't restore using a Macrium Reflect Image because the linux rescue cd won't activate the USB mouse and keyboard.
Is there a workaround for this?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Current system:
PC: DELL Dimension E521
OS: Vista Home Premium x86
CPU: AMD 64 Athlon X2

A:Solved: Macrium Reflect Problem

You could try using another computer and create a new CVD. Go to "Other Tasks" select "Create a rescue CD"

Click "Next" to accept the Linux option then click the "Advanced" button and select "Compatibility mode."

That might work for you. Other than that borrow a PS/2 keyboard and mouse.


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Hi there
using the Boot media (WinPE) or Linux the restore fails when using a USB3 port

Image boots but then faisl to see the data.

Hi there

Test results

USB stick attached to a USB2 port. OK
USB stick attached to USB3 port. NOK===> Fail
USB3 Disk drive drive attached to USB3 port NOK <====== FAIL
USB3 Disk drive attached to USB2 port OK
USB2 Disk drive attached to USB3 Port NOK ==>FAIL
USB2 Disk drive attached to USB2 Port OK

On USB3 the program boots but doesn't see the image if it's on the same media when using a USB3 port.

Unfortunately the restore is quite slow on a USB2 port -- USB3 would speed it up by a factor of 10 but it doesn't work with a Full USB3 external drive attached to a USB3 port.

Anybody else had this and got a fix for it.

(FREE edition)


A:Macrium reflect and USB3 problem

Are you using the latest version? There were some USB3 problems fixed a few versions back.

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The scheduled, daily image failed the 28 and 29 both with the error couldn't find the *.xml file. The backup had been doing fine for the past 3 or so weeks. Coincidentally, the program didn't recognize the user name or password. The user name was correct and so was the password (reentered several times w/cap locks confirmed off).

Then I realized that the definition was no longer present.

I deleted the associated schedule, closed, reopened and created a new backup definition.

I got the same credential dialogue error screen as previous. This time, to be certain, I copy/pasted from 'whoami' to the user name--the only difference being case which shouldn't make a difference. I again reentered my Window's password and still I am getting the 'user name/password' incorrect message.

The only thing I can think of to explain the preceding is that somehow some part of the software is corrupted and requires an uninstall/reinstall. But before I do so I'm checking here for any ideas?


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The five minutes it will take me to post this message may save grief to unknown future users who discover it in Google. So, here goes:

I wanted to clone my dual boot SSD, wasted several frustrating hours with Clonezilla, and turned to the free Macrium Reflect. Veteran computer biz writer Lincoln Spector recommends it -- Backing up your entire drive: Cloning vs. imaging | PCWorld -- and some here have sung its praises. It offers professional quality documentation, and looked plenty professional once up and running.

I rigged up the second SSD in a hard drive enclosure, and attached it by USB. Macrium let me clone the dual-OS boot drive onto this SSD with Windows running. Wonderful!

Or so I thought.

After the cloning wrapped up, the Macrium window went translucent, indicating a system freeze, then closed out. I clicked on a couple of icons on the task bar, couldn't make a program start. I rebooted, and whaddyaknow: I now couldn't log back into Windows at all, as either a standard user or administrator.

I booted into Linux Mint; all good. I swapped in the new, freshly cloned SSD. All good there, too: it ran both Linux Mint and Windows 7! The clone had succeeded, but had somehow harmed the Windows install on the source drive. Go figure!

Thankfully, I learned in future experimentation that I could invoke Task Manager on the damaged source OS even without a successful log in. I did this, used Task Manager to run CMD with administrator permission, and typed the mag... Read more

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Hello all,

Yesterday I bought SSD (Samsung 840 pro 240 GB) and let it be connected to my computer (Win 7). As always advised, I disconnected the cables of the old HD (450 GB) and tried to restore a successful image, which I already used to restore the old HD few weeks ago (made by Macrium reflect, the free version) to my new SSD. Start the computer by using the Rescue PE cd which went without problem. Then follow the instruction and chose the image of the old HD which is located on an external drive. Everything went \OK and in the end got the message the restore is successful.

Tried to start the PC but it didn?t start. Changing the Bios Storage configuration to: AHCI didn?t help as well.

Any advice about how to restore my old windows 7 image to the new SSD will be appreciated.

Thanks & regards,


A:Problem restoring image of an old HD to new SSD using Macrium Reflect

Put AHCI in BIOS back to what it was! We can change it later if necessary.

Tried to start the PC but it didn’t start

What error message? Tell exactly what happens please.
How many partitions did you restore to SSD?

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I have 2 Dell laptops, bought at the same time, both same spec running Win 8.1.

After several failed attempts and lots of forum browsing I finally managed to create a System Image on one laptop, using Macrium Reflect Free edition with the latest update.

So I wanted to also do this on the other laptop.

First I installed Macrium. This installed and opened without any problem. I then searched for updates as the file was a few months old and updated to the latest version. After this it was not possible to open the program: 'Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging has stopped working'.

I uninstalled and tried again a few times with no success.

So I thought I would try to create an image before updating, but got a familiar (to me when using Macrium) VSS issue which aborts the process. When I got this issue on the other laptop, updating the the current version was part of the solution, hence doing this immediately on the second laptop.

So I decided to try a completely new install of the free edition from Macrium's website. This took a lot longer than the previous installs but eventually appeared to have completed successfully. But when trying to open the program I still get the 'stopped working' message.

Here are the details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Reflect.exe
Application Version: 5.3.7149.0
Application Timestamp: 53f0d0c0
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.3.9600.17114
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A:Macrium Reflect Free installation problem

I use Macrium.

Mine is stopped---

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I had Macrium Reflect installed on my grandson's laptop. When I tried to back it up, the program wanted to update. I clicked for it to proceed. It got hung up with the following message:

There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A DLL required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.​
I deleted the installation file, as well as every trace of it on his laptop, then tried to install it again, with the same result. Would appreciate any suggestions.

His laptop is: HP Pavilion dv5-1125nr
OS: Vista Home premium 64 bit

A:Macrium Reflect (free version) update DLL problem

Have you tried installing the latest version of Macrium Reflect?

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I have Macrium reflect, have done an image one month ago. Now I have to use that image and its been some years since I have had to use MR. It was so easy, load disk choose location and bingo done. Now it seems more complicated. The reason I am having to do this, is because all my icons on the desktop and start menu don't work and they are all white. Have tried to use system restall (sorry if wrong words used have taken 300mg of morphine so far today so hoping you get the jist) but that didn't work. Have gone through the internet without success to resolve it, so my only course was to use MR. I had my first problem when I loaded up as it stated Linux and couldn't use windows, but I know this I have used before. I have the image on another hard drive. It saw it, but it didn't see my damn C drive only the drive where the the image was 'E'. I downloaded the 1GB for WinPE, loaded it on the disk and have tried to make sense of it and quite frankly I have no idea what I am doing. Can anyone assist as I need my comp up and running asap. The new WinPE sees the C drive, but it is all to complex for my poor morphined brain. I hope someone can assist

A:[SOLVED] Macrium reflect problem reinstalling win7

Hi here is the help topics Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging and Backup - Help

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Has anyone else had a problem with Macrium Reflect Scheduler not working after installing Windows 10 Anniversary Update?
Any Insiders that determined there was such a problem before the Anniversary Update was released? It seems MR uses the Task Scheduler for automatic backups, but since Anniversary Update, Task Scheduler isn't getting the proper info from MR. Appreciate any information regarding this - I have a support ticket in to Macrium but it's too soon to know anything yet.

A:Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Macrium Reflect Scheduler Problem

I have exactly same problem, not sure what to do.

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Anybody tried installing Reflect ?

Back up your registry Hives first. LOL

A:Macrium Reflect

Originally Posted by SIW2

Anybody tried installing Reflect ?Back up your registry Hives first. LOL

Macrium X64....with boot recovery menu...Works GreatYep.. works fine...backed up my C drive on SSD first in case i want to return to windows 7....Booted into Macrium Recovery and using the command prompt formatted the C drive ready for clean install. Installed Windows....tweaked it up...installed my Wifi Driver using the Devicemanager..Update Driver option...fine......RAID drivers a no no...had to restart ....rebooted using External Macrium Recovery CD (my DVD slotis now a second HDD) and formated C again...Clean install without Raid Drivers and all is fine....full back up of C completed...and Added theMacrium Boot Recovery option..worksfine

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I have downloaded and used Macrium Reflect Free Version to do a backup of my system, then I created a boot disk and done a restore.
I found it quite good and easy to use but was wondering if I can restore single folders or files with this software.
If anyone has any information on this I would be grateful of any info on how to do it.


A:Macrium Reflect

Yes you can. Easiest is to double click on the backup image, Macrium will then open/mount it in a virtual drive (will look just like your C drive, only with a different letter) and you can pick and choose what you want to copy from it there.

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Hi everyone!

Thanks for all the prior assistance!!!

Now that I got Macrium (standard paid version) downloaded and installed.....

(see my prior discussions of how this was done on::

Macrium etc Free Software--How to avoid CNET Virus/Adware/malware prog


Need a new Backup & Storage program

I need help in using it for the first time....

Yes, I'm confused........

Yes, as first time is the most critical saving time....

If I do NOT make the right choices..... what happens next is not the fault of the program as the computer will automatically follow whatever commands I tell it to do.....

INCLUDING! Copying from the Empty External HDD back over and replace the "not saved for one year!!" Original HDD inside the Laptop!

That is not the direction I want the backups to be made in...

Again (to beat a dead horse----I know mjf sounds like your "broken record" phrase too), I do not have instant phone help with Macrium, where someone can walk me slowly... carefully through the various menus until I get the hang of it (not just once I usually need several calls to get it right and committed to memory or notes that I can read and follow)

Yes I read the Macrium online manual a few times...

Yes I saw whs? or who he directed me to view, You Tube video a few times.....

Somehow its not what I'm seeing... as this is the first time.... I have not set up any preferences in the list of tasks for Macrium, so its showing me ALL the possible choices...

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A:Macrium Reflect How Do I Use It?

You need to learn how to pay attention (not to mention stop writing tedious to read small novels in most of your posts) as well as get over your extreme paranoia. As several people have already told you, there already is a thread for this—Image your system with free Macrium—and there was no need to start another. Also, here is a another good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect (you have also been told about this).

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I have created a restore disc and I am attempting a system image to save to my external hard drive (e drive).

I am not sure which partitions I would be best to check/include - see attached photo.

Any help would be appreciated.



A:Help with Macrium Reflect

I'd say check the first disk and it will backup the 3 partitions (System Reserved, C, Lenovo_Part).

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When you buy this program you get a Windows PE recovery download. Is Windows PE compatible with Windows 7 64 bit or is it only good on 32 bit systems.

A:Macrium Reflect

Looks like it is,

Windows Preinstallation Environment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I had been using Macrium Reflect without any problems then about a month ago or so u couldn't use from within windows on the free edition u had to boot from a cd (windows PE) this worked if u didn't need it in a crisis .... but twice now I need it and it wont work, good alternatives any advice am I doing it wrong ?, run program in windows it tells u cant use anymore so select to run in pe after reboot, I hit F8 select the drive with disk in but windows just restarts

A:Macrium Reflect

I can still run Macrium free from within Windows ...
I'm using the latest MR free 5 version, but it worked even before updating to the latest ...

Start with a System File Check:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If that doesn't find and fix issues, I'd start scanning for malware ...

Do you have a System Backup Image or Restore Point from before the problem started ?

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I have a question regarding this software. I use this for imaging my computer files its seems to work ok but I have ended up with 3 drives showing that I don't have they show to be on the computer. The only drive I use is "E" these are labeled H,I and J I want to remove them off my list I try and format them but it says they are "Write Protected". Can anyone tell me how to delete them

A:Macrium Reflect

Can you post a screen shot of diskmanager showing all drive and partitions so we can see. Are you imaging the drive to a file or cloning drives?

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Hi I need a bigger HD and am looking to upgrade to an ocz vertex 3 to an ocz vertex 4.

Given that the hardware is similar should i be able to do this transfer? I'm only switching the HD not the mobo or anything else.

A:Macrium Reflect to new HD?

Looks pretty straight forward.

Macrium Support Forum - Restoring image to new Hard Drive

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I have installed Macrium Reflect Pro to take advantage of being able to backup not only drives (or partitions) but also Folders and Files.

When I created an image of my OS drive (C), with compression set to medium, the original size was 20.2gb and the compressed file was 7.23. The ratio is 35.8%. Does that seem fairly reasonable?

When using the Folder and File option shown below:

NOTE it say it "will compress to a virtual FAT32 drive". I am not sure exactly what this means and what I would get if I had to restore it. I would appreciate it if someone can enlighten me on this.

Before I made the image, I took ownership of the folder and set permissions to maximum. I also made sure that I was showing Hidden Files and Folders.

Note the folder size is 5.74 gb before compression and the compressed image is 2.70 mb. The compression was set to medium as before and the ratio of compression is .04%. This seems very unrealistic to me. I would have expected the ratio to be 35-50%.

I was wondering if anyone else using the pro version had sees this a typical.

Thank You.

A:Macrium Reflect Pro

Hi Huffman. It's early morning and my math. might be off but - going from 5.74gb to 2.70gb appears to be 47%.

Am I missing something.


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I have made a query on this before but my memory is getting very short these days.
Its regarding the Macrium Reflect software.
I accidently deleted a section of Microsoft Office OneNote and I want to restore it from the backup file using copy paste.
I go into the drive where my backups are stored and double click the backup file,a box comes up saying:
Select the backup or image that you wish to browse and associate a drive in explorer.
Underneath is listed the original location of the backup.
I would like to know what to do next.

Many thanks for any replies.

A:Macrium Reflect

Select the backup or image that you wish to browse and associate a drive in explorer.

When it gets to there select the image you want to browse and it will put up a small drop box where you can choose a drive letter,

which if you do nothing will be the next available letter. Then just click OK and Reflect will start/create a virtual drive and mount the image, and you can browse/copy/etc to your heart's content.

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Hi ,,,,I took David Baileys advice and installed Macrium Reflect Free to try out.
It showed me my drives, but there is some I have not seen before,, Could someone tell me what they are and
do I need them and how can I see whats on them,, or do I need them.
Here they are:
1 WINRE (none) NTFS Primary 400 MB
2 No name (None)Fat32 (LBA) Primary 260MB
3 (None) Unformated Primary 128 MB
4 (C) NTFS Primary 674 GB
5 (none) NTFS Primary 450 MB
6 Recovery (D) NTFS Primary 23GB

I guess number 4 is the c drive with all my system and prog files and number 6 is the drive to do a boot installation recovery with but its the other 4 I am at loss with.
I do hope you can help please.

A:Macrium Reflect

1,2,3,4 are partitons from Windows UEFI installation. Apparently, you updated from Windows 8 -> 8.1 and the update created an extra partition 5. 6 is your recovery image from factory.

Macrium just shows you what you have on the HD. If you open Disk Management, you would see the same thing.

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I have Macrium and have restored with it a couple of times with no problem. What I am wondering is that if my HD were fried and I had to get a new one, would Macrium backup to a new formated drive just as easy?

A:Macrium Reflect

In my experience yes.

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Has anyone else ever had issues with this program not finding the "start" point for the image restore? It says to use the last disc, but when I put it in, no image file shows up from within the program

A:Macrium Reflect

Bump. Anyone have any ideas?

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i am looking to use macrium reflect to perform an image or clone of my system

but am new to creating back ups and bak up software. (have never used any back up software before)

also i understand i have to create a recovery cd or dvd and i have no cd drive on my pc and no external but understand it is possible to create a bootable usb version .

but as i am completely new to all this could do with some help advice info and instruction on the whole procedure.

if anyone could help it would be much apreciated.

many thanks

A:macrium reflect

Hi. In addition to asking here I'd sign up on

They may have changed it so that only licensed users may sign up. But you still should be able to search there. I know there are tutorials for making bootable USB with the rescue disc and with WinPE. Since you want basic usage info most of your questions are likely already answered there. But there are many Macrium users here and I'm sure some will chime in.

I'm still using Macrium 4.2 on my Vista machine since its tried and tested through restores. I imagine you're using 5.x.

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I have a Belkin USB Network HUB F5L009, that I have set up on 2 computers.

I shall drive a 2TB SATA HDD for backup, and I use Macrium Reflect for it.

The backup works ok, nor problems.

I then would try a restore.

I booted on the PE CD disk, but now the issue came up.

The Belkin needs to be started up after boot, but this cannot be done with the
set up I use above.

Then the backup cannot be found from the restore.

How can I solve this ?

A:Macrium Reflect.

Sorry I didn't see this before ...

MR provides an option to download a utility to your PC, so that then you create the WinPE CD, it includes all the drivers from your PC on that disk. That ensures that when you boot from that CD, you will be able to access all the connected hardware. It's a utility named ReflectDC and it can be downloaded for free from the MR website.

Once installed, you will have to create and burn a new WinPE CD -- but then, it will have your drivers.

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Dell computer with Intel Celeron cpu, 2.0 GHz and 3.0 gb memory.

Prior to installing Windows 7 Pro I had Vista Home Premium (came preinstalled on the pc, and had not be partitioned). I had made the rescue disks was prepared to restore to factory conditions. I even had Macrium Reflect image.

Try as I might, after Vista became very unstable, I could not get factory conditions restored. Macrium image from an external hard drive took over 24 hrs to restore the image (which would not boot either).

Finally I decided to install Windows 7 Pro. That went very well and has been activated. I then partitioned the hard drive as shown below.

I have installed the latest version of the free Macrium and created a new restore disk (and checked it). I then made an image and placed that image on drive J. I am not going to put that image on an external HDD. BTW when I booted up from the restore disk Macrium does not see drive J, it sees it as drive F.

This my question: why did it take so long to restore the Macrium image (with vista) and can anyone give me an idea why after it was restored it did not actually work.

Can I reasonally expect Macrium to work since installing Win 7?

Thanks in advance

A:Macrium Reflect

Which restore disc?

Linux or pe?

Dunno about the Linux disc , but the pe disc should show you the same drive letters you see when you are booted into windows.

Macrium is unique in doing that.

Quite useful for the average punter who only has one o/s - bit of a pain for everyone else.

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When I was trying to install Macrium Reflect, my antivirus canceled the install and counted it as a threat. Does anyone know why?

A:Macrium Reflect

Have you contacted Norton ?

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This is how I do it.
Works good.

First install it.
I have the paid Standard version:

Then create the recovery environment:

Then image all local drives.

I use maximum compression:

On usb:

This is how I do it.
It works good for me.

A:Using Macrium Reflect

Good tutorial for those who want to use Macrium. Acronis is more to my liking though but that's me.

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When I was trying to install Macrium Reflect, my antivirus canceled the install and counted it as a threat.

Does anyone know why?

A:Macrium Reflect

Where did you download from and what av are you using?

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I just had a complete crash on a laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium (I had already checked it for spyware/viruses/etc with a computer expert). Luckily, I had imaged it earlier with Macrium Reflect (free edition - latest release). After I successfully restored the image (which was a problem in and of itself), I noticed that I'm missing files and folders. I know all about folder options and I can see all hidden files/folders. With important files missing (like every .dll in C:\Windows\system32\drivers\ or custom/personal folders), I find myself seriously wondering whether I should continue to use Macrium, since I use it on all my desktops and laptops. I've checked Macrium's forum, which you can only post to if you bought a paid version, and it seems no one over there has this problem. The only reason I would till use Macrium is because I can mount disk images and navigate via explorer. Is this problem only happening to me? Should I switch to Paragon Backup and Recovery (which narrowly outranked Macrium on Gizmo's Best Freeware website)?

A:macrium reflect

Are you still able to access System restore If so are your Restore points Missing if Not could you Run System Restore to a Point before you did the Recover

See System Restore - How to For More Information

Hope This Helps,

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Recently I started having trouble creating a system image on my Dell Win 7 Laptop. I get what appears to be a common error message about being unable to find some weird file. My C: drive is 1 T, and it is close to being full, i.e. only 90 GB Free. So I downloaded Macrium Reflect Free and find it to be very confusing. I tried looking at some online videos, but none of them seem to be using this newest version that I downloaded yesterday, or at least what the videos show is not the same as what I am seeing when I run the program. The terminology used by the program seems very strange. I did what I thought was the right thing and ended up, after 4 hours, with a single file named CBF9B2FF21709F7E-00-00.mrimg. How do I know if that is really an image file of my C: drive? Now when I open Reflect again, the "bar" under what I think is my C: Drive (labeled by Reflect as "3-OS (C") shows up as red, whereas the bars under the other things (Labeled by Reflect as "MBR Disk 1") is clear and the bar under the second block (Labeled bu Reflect as "2 - RECOVERY (Y") is blue. I don't even understand the labels on the 3 blocks, much less do I understand if a useful image file has been created. I have tried looking for online help, but I haven't found any site that explains all of this. I would appreciate any advice that anyone can give me about this.

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This probably belongs in the Security section because system image/reimage is probably the second most important thing after your AV.

Macrium Reflect v6.1.1225


What's New 6.1.1225 - 29th March 2016

Server Plus - Support added for Exchange 2016
Server Plus now fully supports MS Exchange 2016 granular backup and restore

Bug Fixes

Encrypted image file access
In rare circumstances encrypted images could fail to open with v6.1.1196. This has been resolved
Out of memory error not reported for consolidation failure
On 32 bit Windows installations an 'Out of Memory' error would report 'Unknown Error'. This has been resolved
Server Plus - Email export problem
If an email had no subject, Reflect was previously unable to export it to EML or MSG file. This has been resolved.
Server Plus - Deleted email restore problem
On Exchange 2003 and 2007, if an email's content had been deleted from the Exchange server but it still had an allocated row in the Exchange database, then that row would still be visible in the Mailbox Restore wizard. When restoring folders, Mailbox Restore would try to restore these non-existent emails. This has been resolved


Macrium Reflect v6 Home Edition

Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase

Macrium Reflect v6 User Guide

FYI: Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal/External USB HD/SSD

A:New Macrium Reflect Update

I got that one today. I was shocked to see it since V6 out now. I'm waiting a while to see if there are any major problems before deciding if I want to shell out the shekels to upgrade my four license pack to v6.

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A week or so ago I was getting an error when trying to create a System Restore point. I tried a couple things and it didn't help. It then hit me that I will just do an image restore from Macrium. I had never done a restore before, but I have been faithfully backing up my docs everyday and my OS once a week. My backup OS partition will only hold six backups so when it gets full I delete the oldest three. As luck would have it I only had three backups at this point, but no problem. One is all I need. I tried the newest image and a prompt came up that it was corrupt. No problem, I had two more. The next one came up corrupt also. Well I was beginning to worry now. The third one restored OK. After thinking about this I did do one thing different with the third one. == On the first two the restore disk ejected from my DVD, I closed the drawer with the disk still in it. On the third one, I took the disk out and closed the drawer. Would this have been the reason that the first two did not restore properly? Thanks,

A:Restoring Macrium Reflect

Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck

Would this have been the reason that the first two did not restore properly? Thanks,

I wouldn't be surprised.

Imaging is very very touchy and not always explainable.

A couple of months ago, I made a new image with Macrium and thought I'd make a new Macrium rescue boot disk as well. I had to make 3 different boot disks to get one that would in fact boot my PC. I had to use "debug" mode in the making of the disc.

It doesn't inspire confidence, but I don't know what you can do about it.

Just accept it for what it is, expect to have problems, and plan on reinstalling Windows. If you don't have to, good, but I keep my expectations low and back up my data in other ways.

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I would like to put another OS  on my laptop to dual boot, and have read that it would be a good idea to use macrium reflect to both create a rescue environment(that would allow me to boot into a PE environment which i understand as a stripped down version of the original OS in case I make changes while installing the new linuxOS that results in not being able to boot into windows) and to create a restore point/system image.  I have already created the rescue environment- put it on a 16GB stick drive- and have successfully tested being able to boot into the Rescue enviroment. Now, from what I read I should ALSO make restore point, but where do I put it? On another stick drive? How do I restore windows Using the rescue environment? Macrium says to search for your restore point in its Rescue Environment, but I dont know how to put an image there?  Please do not suggest using a different software, I would really like to learn how to use this.  Here's what I have read: https://blog.macrium.com/2016/11/08/techie-tuesday-macrium-rescue-environment/ I just do not know how to use it yet....Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Anyone familiar with Macrium Reflect?

You need to create a complete disk image to a USB external drive. Your image is copied to the external drive during the backup process. You can create a complete disk image inside of Windows or using the bootable USB flash drive. I suggest you purchase a 1TB or 2TB USB external drive to hold your images.
When you backup the disk make sure all partitions are checked. You do not want to backup a single partition on the disk but every partition.
Backing up a disk
Restoring a disk
There are other videos on youtube than show the process.

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Hi. I have a HP Media Center PC that has a 250G HD on it that I would like to replace with a 500G drive. I was reading some posts on free imaging software that is available that might do the trick. Evandil was the person making suggestions and they suggested using "Macrium Reflect free (MR)." All I want to do is replace the HD with a larger drive. I would like to have 3 partitions on that drive- a recovery partition, a windows partition and a data partition. I had no issue using computer manager to partition the drive. I kept the recovery drive as FAT32 and made the rest NTFS. I made the recovery partition 10G (the current HD allocated 7G), I made the Windows partition 250G and made the data partition what was left. NOTE: the existing drive just has 2 partitions- one for recovery and one for Windows XP.

I was able to use the MR program to save an image of the drive. I used a second computer running MR which had the 500G drive in it and tried to run the restore part of MR- but the computer ended up not loading the image, just rebooting.

I had created a Bart PE boot disk per the instructions on the Reflect site. The boot disk loaded PE but I did not see any option that allowed restoring the image file to the disk.

I am thinking that I must just be doing something "dumb" and would appreciate some suggestions. Or, if there is a different program that is simpler to use, feel free to comment. If Evandil is out there, perhaps I could get a suggestion. The t... Read more

A:Using Macrium Reflect- HD replacement

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One of my drives (non-OS) has developed some bad sectors. Acting from an abundance of caution I picked up a new HDD to replace it and d/l'd the latest Macrium Reflect to clone the 'bad' disk.

Macrium stalls at 25% with a Broken pipeline 13 error. I did a chkdsk /f and fixed the errors on the old drive, but Macrium still generates the same error. Any ideas? First time with this program but it seems pretty self-explanatory.

A:Macrium Reflect failure

To get an image copy of your faulty HDD using Macrium that could be useful for data recovery
v5: Imaging disks with bad sectors (Bad Sectors)
I don't know if this applies to V6 of Macrium Reflect.

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Because it has been highly recommended by several 7forum posters, I downloaded and installed Macrium Reflect Free (version 5.3.7220; in the meantime I have updated to 5.3.7253).

On first use of the program, a couple of unexpected things happened.

First thing I did was create a Rescue Disk (Win PE 3.1). Because I was expecting a 1.7 gigabyte download of WAIK, I took my notebook to the Library which has fast internet. However, no WAIK was downloaded as far as I could tell.

Next, a message box appeared: "Check that your rescue media can access your drives"

"If you are unable to access the source or target drives for your restore you may need additional drivers"

"To add drivers to Windows PE please use the 'Check for unsupported devices' feature."
So I thought, maybe this happens because I did not bring my external hard disk drive with me? There were a few errors in Event Viewer that maybe had to do with that...

Back home to grab the external disk, back to the Library.

Again, the message box warning. I clicked on "Continue". Then it tells me an update has been found for Windows PE. I proceed to download that. (Again, only a few kilobtes dribble over the line.)

Again I get the message box with the "Check that your rescue media, etc." warning! Again I click Continue, which returns me to Rescue Media Wizard. Leaving the radio button for "CD/DVD burner" selected (the other radio button is the USB-connected external h... Read more

A:First use of Macrium Reflect: Questions

1. Download the Winpe rescue disc .iso from my OneDrive and burn that to CD. Then you are done in a few minutes.


2. Just forget the 'unsupported devices' check

3. The restore will work exactly like the system you restored. No problems.

4. Here is a tutorial I made for Macrium beginners. It may be useful.

Imaging with free Macrium

5. Create a small 2GB partition and populate it with some random data. Then practice imaging and restore with that. This will give you an idea how it works and you don't have to scramble when you really need it on the real thing. Here is an additional tutorial by my friend Keith for the recovery part.


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I'm using Macrium Reflect Standard Edition 5.3 and wanting to backup an image of my laptop hard drive to two different external hard drives.

Now usually when I create an image for the first time and save it to an external drive I let it create an XML Backup Definition File. Once done I then right click on it and create a desktop shortcut.

By saving the image to two different external drives I couldn't use the My Backup.xml shortcut feature correct? If I did I (and that's even if MR wouldn't even allow it) wouldn't I have two XML files and be confusing to MR? Or possibly you could use one for one external drive but not the other?

I understand you don't need to use the XML shortcut just kind of handy.

A:Macrium Reflect question

Absolutely handy. But when you clicked 'Finish' you have to give the xml a name and not leave it at 'My Backup'. Then you will see the different xmls by name when you open Macrium and click on 'Backup Definition Files'. Just highlight the one you want to repeat and click on the cog wheel.

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I have latest (free) version of macrium reflect. when macrium reflect Is updated do I need to d/l the winpe files again??. will previous ISO still work with future updates.

A:backup(macrium reflect)

Normally not. Only if the change log syas that this is reqired. But that is very rare.

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I sent a query to Macrium Reflect Sales using this Form and got a reply to my question. A bit later I got an email telling me that Macrium Reflect 6 would be released "in the next few weeks." Also there was a coupon code for an additional discount when upgrading from 4.2 to 5.3.

Here's why I mention it. Once Reflect 6 comes out there will be no upgrade path from 4.2. But they are saying if you upgrade to 5.3 when 6 is released you may upgrade from 5.3 for free.

So I urge those of you who are committed to Macrium Reflect to use the form to contact sales and tell them you have heard about a discount for upgrading to 5.3. Chances are good they will email you the coupon code. I suggested this same thing on W8 forums and a forum member there said he was indeed contacted by Macrium and given the coupon code. In my case I have Macrium Standard and the regular upgrade price was $33 and change. The coupon reduced this to $20.24.

I haven't been able to find out what features will be in Reflect 6 Standard but it was a good time to upgrade anyway since my Laptop is W8 with UEFI and GPT.

A:Macrium Reflect 6 to be released soon

Thanks for the heads up!

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New Macrium Reflect Update ready to be downloaded and updated
Version 6.1
Build 1225

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I've been using Macrium Reflect Free v5 for some time now and liked it a lot.

I will be getting a new computer which will probably have MBR and GPT partitioned disks.

Will I be able to, let's say, make a system image of a GPT SSD to a MBR HDD and then recoveer it from MBR HDD back to GPT SSD? Or any other combination really.

I've also read that the new v6 now has auto verify feature - that's great, I always did that manually in the past.

What is the SSD Trim feature (not included in the Free version) about? Is that only when imaging to (and restoring from) a SSD? So only concerning a backup SSD drive? Or is it about the OS SSD drive?

Also, I have a Macrium Boot Media CD for my Windows 7. Do I have to create a new one for the v6 now?

Anything else I should know?

Thank you!

A:Macrium Reflect Free and GPT+MBR

Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos


Will I be able to, let's say, make a system image of a GPT SSD to a MBR HDD and then recoveer it from MBR HDD back to GPT SSD? Or any other combination really.

I'd be very surprised if the destination disk being MBR would be a factor. VERY surprised.

However---I too am concerned about possible issues when making an image of a GPT disk, even if the destination disk was GPT.

I've been told that it's not a problem, but I have seen very little discussion about it on these forums. Maybe that's because it isn't a problem, but I'm still a bit anxious. You might find more detail at the Macrium forums.

Can't help with your other questions, but I need to look into them too. I'm trying to resist the urge to move to free version 6 when free version 5 is working perfectly.

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