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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

I uninstalled Macrium Reflect and now my CD/DVD drive works a... Read more

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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I got an email from Macrium that the release of Reflect 6 is imminent. Does anyone have an inside scoop on the expected features of the various editions? They are offering a 40% discount off the upgrade to v. 5 which will then be able to upgrade free to 6. But I don't know if I want to buy it without knowing what v 6 Standard will do.

If my math is correct this should bring a v 4.2 Standard upgrade to $19.80 instead of $33.

A:Macrium Reflect 6 News?

I have Standard version 5.3.

No emails from Macrium yet.
Did your email have a link in it to info about version 6 ?

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Today I decided to put Macrium on the laptop I have recently gotten. When making the Rescue Disk, I had to download the Windows AIK file. I am not sure what it does but Macrium had the default as being on the C: drive, so that is where I put it. If my C: drive were wiped out and the WAIK file were gone, would that stop me from restoring? Should it be on some other drive? Thanks,

A:Macrium Reflect Question

No as the WAIK is only used to create the recuse disk. I have never bothered with it as the Linux based rescue disk has always worked for me ()by testing/booting from the disk after creating).

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Want to download the free version of Macrium just to try it out. I'm give the option to also download several flavors of "PE Rescue Components." What are these, and do I need them? Macrium's website provides no information.

A:Solved: Macrium Reflect

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I have 2 PCs running Vista but one of them was more up-to-date than the other, so I decided to use Macrium Reflect v6.3 to sync them. I successfully created a differential image backup of my more current PC and saved it to an external HDD. When I used the Macrium PE 3.1 rescue disk and pointed it to this Macrium backup, after 3 hours I received a report that the restore to the second Vista PC completed successfully. However, when I tried to boot this second PC I received a BSOD with a STATUS code: 0xc000000f and a STOP code: 0x0000007B and an error message: "THE BOOT SELECTION FAILED BECAUSE A REQUIRED DEVICE IS INACCESSIBLE".

The PC I attempted to restore to was functioning fine (under Vista) with no problems but now Macrium will not let it boot (since it terminates with a BSOD).


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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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Quite often I open up the Macrium program and see that there are updates. I don't feel I need to make a new Restore Disk everytime there is an update. Eventually I need to make a new one. How do I know when to make a new Restore Disk? Thanks,

A:Macrium Reflect Updates


I think they always advise to do that as a precaution, and that's what I do. It only takes a minute or so to create an ISO, which I then write to CD/USB at a later stage.


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using Macrium Reflect version 5.0, build 4620

I have reviewed tutorials in this forum and searched the help section of Macrium before beginning this thread. Instructions and images in the tutorials I have viewed appear to address a previous version. I have only a basic understanding of how backup and restore programs operate. As for XML files... I only understand the definition.

During the process of creating an image in Macrium, the choice is offered whether or not to create an XML file. If it is opted to use the XML file, a location must be chosen. The default location is C:\users\<user_name>\documents\reflect.

My normal mindset when performing a task using a program that is new to me is to use the default options if I cannot determine how or why to choose one of the available options. I make changes later if I find a reason to do so. For this reason I chose to use the default settings with the exception of the image target location. I chose an external drive to save the backups.

now, a few questions begging for the hows and whys of configuration:

1) Is using the XML files my best option to provide a reliable image to restore if it becomes necessary?

2) Should the XML files be stored in the default location or on the external drive? If the external drive is the better choice, should they be in the same folder as the image or a different folder?

3) Why is one option better than another?

Thanks for your replies.


A:using XML files in Macrium Reflect

In Response to your questions:
1- the XML files are meant to initiate the macrium reflect backup/restore from a VB script or a MSDOS batch file.
2- the XML files must be created and stored with the backup or image file in the same location and this XML will have the same date as the image date.
3- when you have a MACRIUM RESCUE CD in hand, why should you use an XML file.
Good luck

PS: When creating an image with macrium, the program creates an XML file associated to that image.

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I've recently started using Macrium Reflect free on several pc's, and think I've got the hang of it. I've done backups and experimented with rescue cd/re-install and that went OK. Next step is to get an external drive to duplicate the backups.

One thing puzzles me - what's the xml files for and how do I use them ? On my Win10 box, I have 3 backup images (separate HDD to OS), and 7 xml files on C:\ -

This PC\Documents\Reflect\My Backup(6) etc

IIRC during imaging, xml files are mentioned


A:What's the Macrium Reflect xml files for ?

The XML files store your settings for when you want to make an image with the same settings again. You just highlight the definition file and click on the cog wheel.

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I recently got a SSD and did a clean install of Win 7. I currently have a 100 MB active partition on it. My old HDD did not have the 100 MB active parttion. == When I did the image of my SSD, I have only imaged C: drive. I am thinking that I am not capturing the 100 MB active partition in my image. What do I need to do to capture the active partition? Thanks,

A:Macrium Reflect Question

Do you have a check in the box on the system reserved and C?

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I used this backup many times OK, this time imaging HD went through & said "successful" but when I looked in the external HD it did not appear.

Can you help?. Macrium does not allow support for the free edition.

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Hello Forum
Need really this help, please
Started to install "macrium", well what I downloaded on the first place was only the downloader program, And it started to download, lucky I did not click to install at the end of the download. Now I have some questions and I need them soon please.
Which option to use - free or home ?
Shell I select Macrium reflect + PE or just Macrium reflect
Which PE to select if I have to install with PE, my system is Win 7 pro 32 bit.
Answers will be much appreciated.

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Went to backup my windows 10 C drive upon opening the Macrium,I aint sure which one to select to backup.
Can someone please help me decide which one do I have to backup.
Image included.

Many thanks.

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