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Macrium. A quick question on the Macrium recovery splash screen.

Q: Macrium. A quick question on the Macrium recovery splash screen.

After much persuasion from you guys, and having encountered a real issue/bug with Windows own disk imager I'm giving Macrium Reflect a fair trial.

Quick question hopefully.

I've installed the Macrium 'Add recovery Boot Menu' option so that I can restore under Windows... and everything works OK but I'm surprised to see the recovery screen whenever I do a manual restart and when I boot from cold. Fast boot is enabled by the way.

Question is... is this normal to see this every time as I am doing ? (My fast boot isn't quite as fast with this getting in the way)

It will be tomorrow before I can look in again but if anyone can confirm this is correct and normal then that would be great.

Preferred Solution: Macrium. A quick question on the Macrium recovery splash screen.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Macrium. A quick question on the Macrium recovery splash screen.

Yes it is normal and correct. That's what happens when you select that option to create the boot menu entry. I believe Macrium's Reflect boot.wim file that runs when you select that boot item from the boot menu is contained in the boot\Macrium folder on your hard drive/SSD and that folder is probably hidden.

If you create have a Macrium Relfect rescue USB or DVD and you know the computer will boot from it you don't need that boot menu item because the Rescue USB/DVD will have the exact same boot.wim file on it.

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I just did a full backup of c: using macrium free, and all went well.

The image was stored to an external "My Book" drive and after closing macrium upon the image creation, I can't seem to safely eject the external. I get the following message:

I'm sure a reboot would allow me to eject it, but i'm curious what the proper way would be.

Macrium is fully closed
I don't see any processes running that are macrium related with "show processes from all users" used

A:Quick Macrium Free question

Neither Process Monitor or Process Explorer returned any results when filtering for the USB drive letter...

Event Viewer logged the following:

Nothing critical here, just more curious as to the why/how/learning parts of this scenario

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Hey Guys

I was a poster on the SevenForums, but it appears that usernames and logins don't transfer from there? Anyhow ive registered a new account here to post my (hopefully simple) query:

Ive just followed Brinks amazing Clean Install W10 without having to upgrade guide and it went flawlessly. I'm now in 10 and have been installing drivers, updates and AV/Malware scans and setup. All done - ready to make a post install image using Macrium (which I have also used before on 7)

I was intrigued with this guide though: http://www.tenforums.com/general-dis...sb-hd-ssd.html

I have followed all the steps (I believe successfully) and now have a separate SSD (not my OS SSD) with an Active Primary partition of 512mb. Ive copied the ISO which macrium created for the Rescue disc to it etc.

I then tried to get into the boot menu he shows in the guide and that's where Ive come unstuck. I have literally no idea how to boot from this rescue disc on my other SSD. I'm not even sure copying the ISO to it makes it a rescue environment I can boot from.

Happy to answer any questions or post screen snips of whats going on.

Any help greatly appreciated


A:Macrium - Setup Macrium Rescue to boot from an Internal SSD

It was my post. You have to copy the content of the ISO, not the ISO

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Was wondering of those who have used Macrium v5 and gone to v6, are they happier or not? I am not sure if I like the idea of a console coming up to restore, vs inserting media, as if the console doesn't come up for some reason...

A:Macrium v5 Users Opinions on Macrium v6

I tested Macrium V5 for about a year, then tried V6 when it was released.

I wasn't sure if i wanted to switch from Acronis (paid) to Macrium (free).
The new features in Macrium V6 sold me, i switched and no regrets here.

I'm not sure what you mean by "a console coming up to restore".

I can restore from a bootable Macrium Rescue media in V6, or boot the PC with Macrium if the HD hasn't failed, or restore from Macrium running on a different OS on a multi-boot PC.

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I am trying to recover a system using the free version of Macrium. Using the recovery disk, there is an option for partition selection, but it only allows you to select one partition. Is there a way to select more than one? or even the whole disk? I am having a problem because the MBR is having problems finding the OS. My backup has a System Reserved and a C: partition. Does the full version allow you to recover a whole disc vs. individual partitions?


A:Macrium Recovery

Here's a tutorial on using macrium,

Imaging with free Macrium

If you're having problems with your mbr, you might want to try this,

Startup Repair

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just installed free macrium w7 64 bit backup. created image bu on external hd. created both pe and linux recovery cds. inserted cd, shut down system; turned on system, no boot from either cd; windows came up normally.

what could be my problem?

A:macrium recovery cd won't boot

Tell your bios to boot from cdromdrive first.

You probably have an option if you watch the screen carefully as your machine starts up - something like press FKEY WHATEVER for boot menu, or boot options, or similar.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8122 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 467 GB (84 GB Free); M: 452 GB (433 GB Free); X: 931 GB (931 GB Free);
Motherboard: MSI, B75MA-E33 (MS-7808)
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Enabled and Updated

I am trying to use Macrium Reflect version 6 to create a Rescue Media on a USB Hard Drive.
I have had 2 problems:

1) When I tried to boot from the first effort, msi boot menu said the Hard Drive was Disabled. This happened with 2 different TOSHIBA hard drives.

2) I created a new Macrium Recovery Copy on to a new TOSHIBA HD today. It went smoothly up to the end but on the Burn Page, it said Macrium cannot read the geometry of the hard drive.

I`m going to try again with a new WD hard drive but I am not hopeful of better results. I have tried googling these error messages without success.

Would be glad of some advice before I give up on Macrium.

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I am running 32bit Windows XP. I'm trying to make a recovery disc using Macrium Reflect and it's asking me if I want to make a Linux based recovery CD or use a BartPE plug in. (It says XP works better with BartPE). Can I still use the Linux option? It doesn't require me to install anything.

Thank you.

A:Macrium Reflect Recovery CD?

Use can use which ever on you prefer.

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So, I am setting up my P50 (ordered system USB--not downloaded because of requisite connection time, made Windows System Image, WIndows backup DVDs, Macrium Full Backup, Macrium WinPE, Windows Backup) and have gotten to the point where I noticed that the included Thinkvantage's Rescue and Recovery also has full and incremental backups. Since I have already made a full Macrium Free Image, is there any reason to use ThinkVantage's Rescue & Recovery?  Any reason to NOT use ThinkVantage's R&R?  IF I've already made it by the time I read your responses, would you keep said R&R backup? Thanks!

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Hi, previously I used Macrium Reflect to do an image of my HP laptop's hard disk, and yesterday, i tried to recover using the image, everything was successful, however, I cannot access the recovery partition anymore. Pressing F11 while booting does not boot into Recovery Manager anymore like it previously did, instead it went straight into booting windows... and i tried to access the folders inside the recovery partition, it says that the files are corrupted and unreadable... does it mean that i cannot do a full recovery using the recovery partition anymore?

A:Cannot access HP recovery (F11) after using Macrium Reflect

Maybe this will help?


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hi i have some questions regarding macrium reflect

i have no cd/dvd drive but with macrium would need to create a recovery cd.??

is there a way around this?

also could also do with some tips/advice/instruction on how to use the software effectivly/competently.

and better understand some of the terms and methods required thanks for any help/info given

A:macrium reflect recovery cd (no cd/dvd drive)

This is a good start, read it carefully then ask questions.
Its not hard, Billy, and it will truly be worth the effort. It saved me while downloading Updates, I froze and could no longer boot. I used my Image and I was back up and running in 15 minutes.
Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi All,
I have tried several times and every time I try to make a recovery CD, it creates a bootable linux disk OK but there is no image to restore. I was able to make a USB drive bootable and then copy an image over to it, but not for the CD.

I checked their site and have tried all the Compatibility options, still nothing.

When I boot the CD it gets to the page shown in the pic and the list to the right is always empty for any of the drives selected.

Am I doing something wrong?

I can't ask om the Macrium forum as only paid members get to do that.


A:Macrium Reflect Recovery CD not working

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From Sleep, since recent updates, Windows will not boot . . . Question . . . .should I create a newer Macrium Reflect recovery disk? Current disk is saving my A**!

A:Thank God for my Macrium Reflex Boot Recovery . . . .

Naw, a new one is not needed; as each version's update roll-out occurs, a new one is nice. I make usb boot sticks because such can be updated while a DVD can't be updated, only replaced.

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I have just started using Macrium to image my disks. It is prompting me to "Create a Restore Disk". What is this used for?

A:Macrium Question

Its a bootable disk to run Macrium to do a restore if Windows gets corrupted and you need to restore the OS.

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OK, I have to admit I am confused on my first attempt at a backup using Macrium reflect.

1) please take a look at the attached screenshot to see how my drives are configured

2) Neither of the WD external drives will be backed up, so I know I need to uncheck those boxes. the 3tb drive is what will store the backups. I realize I must choose that as the destination.

3) on my internal physical 1 tb c:drive, windows is loaded on it and all my programs, drivers and some data is also on this physical disc.

4) the Internal seagate drive 2 tb stores all my other data.

5) My objective is that I want everything backed up, windows, programs, data,... everything... so if my c drive or anyother drive fails, I can restore and not lose anything or have to reload programs/plugins ect.

So here is where I am confused and my questions

1) You have 2 options..." Image all local drives on this computer" or "create an image of the partitions required to back up an restore windows

2) I choose the second option, create an image ...to back up windows. The wizard only really showed my c:drive and the partitions associated with it. It made a backup that was successful.


1) What I am not sure about is did this image I just created (when choosing the 2nd option) JUST do the windows files and nothing else on the c:drive ? Were my programs and other data imaged as well.

2) Am I now supposed to choose the first option (which brings up all the drives) and should I ke... Read more

A:another Macrium question

Quote: Originally Posted by harleynut97

3) on my internal physical 1 tb c:drive, windows is loaded on it and all my programs, drivers and some data is also on this physical disc.

5) My objective is that I want everything backed up, windows, programs, data,... everything... so if my c drive or anyother drive fails, I can restore and not lose anything or have to reload programs/plugins ect.
1) You have 2 options..." Image all local drives on this computer" or "create an image of the partitions required to back up an restore windows

2) I choose the second option, create an image ...to back up windows. The wizard only really showed my c:drive and the partitions associated with it. It made a backup that was successful.


1) What I am not sure about is did this image I just created (when choosing the 2nd option) JUST do the windows files and nothing else on the c:drive ? Were my programs and other data imaged as well.

2) Am I now supposed to choose the first option (which brings up all the drives) and should I keep the c:drive and system stuff selected along with the other drives I want to back up?

I was hoping that you would just pick an option and it would back up everything that you have selected INCLUDING all windows files to reload the operating system. But it appears that you need to make 2 images each time you want to do a back up.

Any help in clarifying my misunderstandings using this program wou... Read more

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For some reason I've been unable to turn on my windows firewall. I tried to go back a few days(when it worked) with system restore and it's not working either. I created an image with Macrium and am wondering if I reinstall my operating system (7 pro) and restore the image, should the other problems be solved?

A:Macrium question

Re-installing Windows then restoring the Image would be a waste of time.
If the problem exists in that image, it will always exist when it is restored.

When you restore a Image, it erases the drive and restores the image just as it was when created. Including any problems that were present at the time it was created.

This is why its a good idea to keep a few images in store.
Do you have another one before that one?

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This weekend I moved my Docs from a SSD that also had my Win 7 to a SSD for only my Docs. I was going to do a Macrium image restore to the new SSD but ran into a problem since the image wanted to restore to the original location. There was a solution on Macrium by Dragging and Dropping but I could never get that to work. I instead did a Copy and Paste from one SSD to the other. The new Macrium Image made after the Copy and Paste is smaller than the one made at the original location. Everything appears to be all there but I am not convinced. == Two questions -- Is a Copy and Paste reliable? And if anyone knows how to do the Drag and Drop in Macrium, I would appreciate a few hints on it as I still have the images from the original location. Thanks,

A:Macrium Question

Mack I don't know if this would work but what about cloning the second drive from the first drive and then deleting everything you don't need from the second drive.

You can do that with Macrium and it really doesn't takes long .

Another way is to copy the entire Documents in one drive and paste it to the drive you want them in - have done that on a number of occasions too with no problems plus pics as well.


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When you do a disk image in Macruim Reflect, do you have to put the image back on the original hard drive? I ask because it says saving partition. If you install a new hard drive will it make that partition on the new drive? It's confusing to me.

A:Macrium Question

If you have more than one partition and want to restore onto a new drive I would use the total disk backup rather than backing up a single partition. My impression is you install an unformatted bare HD and boot the CD or USB Macrium Rescue to restore the image onto it. At least if the backed up drive has one or more OS installed.

If you search Macrium there are video tutorials and FAQs. Also searching the forums can dispel a lot of confusion. If you have a paid version of Macrium you can post on the forums. If not I believe you can still search them.

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In my backups, there is one XML file that was created the first time I did my backups and then the actual backup file which is added everytime another backup is done. What is the purpose of the XML file and should there be one each time a backup is done? Thanks,

A:Macrium Question

The XML file stores your settings (partition you image, drive to where you image, etc.). Go to Documents > Reflect where it is stored. If you double click on the file(s) in the folder, you'll see your definitions

Btw: if you ever want to delete a particular setting, do it in this folder.

If you make another definition (e.g. for imaging another partition or to another drive), you will get another additional XML file. All you need to do then is click on XML file and then highlight the file that you want to run. Then click on the cog wheel and off you go.

I usually have a few definitions depending whether I want to image my system partition only, my data partition only, both together, etc. You can have as many as you want. And you can name them in the very last little window of the definition wizard. Then they are easier to tell apart.

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I have Macrium installed (free) on my system and now I have another system with Macrium on it too. My question is the Rescue Disk part. Do I need to create a Rescue Disc for each system?

Reason I ask is that I am about to place an order for some thumbs and if it is better to have a rescue disk for each system then I can just order more.


A:Question on Macrium use

One thumb drive can be used on systems in the free version and, in certain circumstances (when not using Redeploy), in the paid one as well. I would suggest making a couple of them just in case one dies on you at the worst possible time. Win PE doesn't take up much room so a really small thumb drive can be uses (1GB would be large enough).

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Please forgive me for not reading the whole "Window 10 Recovery Tools" thread before posting this, but that's a very long thread.

I am a long time user of Acronis True Image. Lately I've run into a few peculiarities that have me looking at alternatives. A number of people have recommended the free version Macrium Reflect, but I need the paid version to meat my requirements. I would like more information to help me decide. (Other products can be suggested, of course.)

My requirements are:
I have to run the backups on 3 devices - 2 desktops and 1 laptop.The laptop backup goes to a NAS drive.I need to run full disk image backups on all 3 devices.I need to run file/folder backups of some files on the NAS drive from one of the PCs.

I've done 1 recovery using Macrium and 2 using Acronis. I had a couple false starts with Acronis because understand the process. I don't remember how easy the Macrium process was. I found configuring the backup process less straightforward with Macrium than with Acronis, but I recently discovered that Acronis has an exclusion list and was excluding files from its "Entire PC" backups. (Grrr!) All recoveries were successful.

I've had to recover old data a number of times. I've done it successfully from the Acronis backup and have walked through the process with the Macrium. Both work with no problem. Macrium mounts the backup image faster than Acronis, but I don't think it gives an option of the drive letter to use... Read more

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I am using the free version. I have visited the site and read what the pay version does. As far as I can tell the incremental backups is really the only thing that seems worthwhile. I was just curious if anyone has tried the pay version and found a feature that made it worth paying for. Thanks,

A:Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay

I bought the Pro version because, at the time, I was using just my new notebook that was using the C: partition for both the OS, programs, and data. I didn't want to mess around with the HDD on my sole working computer so being able to do incremental images of a HDD with over 300GB on it was really attractive. One additional feature of the Pro version was it can install an image onto dissimilar hardware, such as an image from one MOBO to another MOBO, by finding incompatible drivers on the new installation and replacing them with compatible drivers.

Now that I have two working computers, I was able to take my notebook back to the factory state and resize the partitions so I could keep my OS/programs separate from my data. The data I don't worry much about backing up since it's all taken from my desktop rig which is backed up to the teeth. Imaging the boot partition takes only a dozen minutes or so so I don't really need incremental imaging anymore.

Being able to install an image from one MOBO to another one is attractive but I do not feel that alone is worth the cost of the upgrade since one can always do a clean install. The tech support that comes with the paid versions can be had here.

I don't regret getting the Pro version because it met a need I had at the time but, when the next version comes out, I'll probably go with the free one or stay with what I have since it should still work for me.

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Thanks for thinking about answering my question!

I currently have the following backup plan for my laptop - full backup on Sunday, then Differential every other day of the week. So in the case of a failure, I just have to restore the Sunday Full and the latest Differential backups and I am good to go.

A little while ago, I added a second step - on Wednesday during the day, I connect another external SSD, and do a Full backup. I then disconnect it. I do this to have something completely offline in case of weird viruses, ransomware, etc.

My question is this - I assume the Wednesday Full backup clears the archive bit on every file. While I can work with that, I would prefer that it did not clear the archive bit so the Wednesday evening Differential backup backs up everything changed since Sunday. I thought it would be easy to find how to change that option on a Full backup, but I can't find it.

It's not the end of the world, if the laptop dies on Friday I just grab my Wednesday full and use my Thursday Differential. But I would prefer not to touch my Wed. full backup.

Can I tell it not to clear the archive bit on a full backup?


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You can see from my Disk Management that my C: and D: partitions are backed up to my F: and G:. My C: is getting full and I thought I would get a bigger HD and restore C: and D: to it. == I am not sure of the exact steps to follow to do this. I can install the new HD and have three in there at one time. I could then format and partition. At this point I am stuck as to how to get the drive letters of C: and D: on the new HD. Any help is appreciated. Thanks,

A:Macrium Restore Question With New HD

I'm not sure I am following you.

What about this procedure:

Get the new HD and install it.

Disconnect the current OS drive C

Boot from your Macrium recovery disk.

Navigate to your image of C file on your backup drive. Restore it to the new drive.

Reboot to the new HD which now has the restored image of C.

I would think that in that scenario, the new drive would automatically have the C drive letter.

I use Macrium, but have never restored an image with it. However, that is the procedure I would attempt if I had to restore.

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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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Looking for a Macrium Reflect Guru (such as whs for example!)

My Dell XPS Studio 1640 laptop currently has installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

I have a project this weekend to set up my PC with triple boot (XP/7/Linux)

Partly to ensure I can go back to my original setup, I purchased a full Macrium Reflect licence to make a back up of my Windows 7 installation. I bought the full version so that I could have the Windows PE restore facility as well as the standard Linux based one.

I will be using the following guide as a starting point: http://www.bl0g.co.uk/install-and-tr...nd-ubuntu.html

However, if at all possible, I would like to use Macrium Reflect to restore my original Windows 7 system to the second partition rather than having to install Windows 7 from scratch and then re-installing all my (many) applications!

Qusetion - is using Macrium Reflect like this actually possible?

Many thanks in advance!

-- white were wolf

A:Macrium Reflect question - whs?

However, if at all possible, I would like to use Macrium Reflect to restore my original Windows 7 system to the second partition rather than having to install Windows 7 from scratch and then re-installing all my (many) applications!

Hmm, there are a lot of variables that we have to look at:

1. do you have the 100MB active partition
2. do you want to reinstall when XP and Linux are also on the system
3. what do you mean by "second Partition"

In principle you can reinstall to any partition. But you may have to fix the bootmgr (if in the 100MB partition), especially after Grub got in the middle. Let's discuss it.

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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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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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new to backup
do I need to make a boot disc every time I do a backup with macrium

A:question about macrium bkup

Quote: Originally Posted by Suegit

new to backup
do I need to make a boot disc every time I do a backup with macrium

No, just the first one. Here's a quote from a useful post:

Recovery CDs have to be burnt for all imaging programs. You do this best at the beginning of your imaging experience. The imaging programs provide the facilities for burning the CD.
The recovery CDs are needed to restore images. They contain the necessary software to manage the recovery process and will guide you through that process. You load them by changing the BIOS boot sequence to boot from the optical reader.

The rest can be found here,

Imaging strategies

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I downloaded the free version, created an image to an external hard drive, and created a boot disc. All went well until I checked to see if the boot disc would actually boot. It did, but I had no mouse function to move the curser to NEXT. What did I do wrong and how to I correct it? I tried to move the curser with the arrows buttons, but that did not work either.

Any ideas?

A:Macrium Free question?

The boot disk is similar to a linux live cd (if you used that version and not BartPE) so you'll need a mouse that can be detected (i.e. basic usb no drivers needed)

If you're using a wireless and or bluetooth mouse it's not likely to work in the boot disk.

Also, you may have to connect it straight to the computer and not through any hubs.

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I'm trying to "copy" one computer to another--both are identical models and Windows 10. I loaded one with what I want on it, did a backup image with Macrium Reflect....but now I don't know how to get it onto the other computer. The backup image is on a USB drive. I installed Marcium on the 2nd computer and get this message. What do I need to do? Thanks.

A:Macrium Reflect question

Please follow steps in link to create rescue disk and run from it


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When do I mark the image I'm restoring as active and when do I replace the MBR in the following scenarios.

1-If I'm restoring only the C partition.

2-If I'm restoring only the system reserved.

3- If I'm restoring both the system reserved and the C partitions. (One image)

If I understand correctly:
For #1 I would mark the restoration as primary and would not replace the MBR.
For #2 and #3 I would mark the restoration as active and replace the MBR.

My confusion really, is when to replace the MBR.


A:Macrium restore question

Correct. That's what I do anyway. I'm not sure when you'd just want option 2.

The MBR and system reserved can be restored without ill effect since they are quite static unless damaged or you do partition changes.
The main key rule is don't make C: (Boot...the windows partition) active if you have a system reserved partition. Otherwise make C: active.

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Hi All...

I previously had a Toshiba Satellite C655 with a Win7 Ultimate SP1 O/S.

My question is since I backup up to a 1TB external drive using Macrium Reflect and now I have a totally different computer (AMD10...Win7 Home Edition SP1)) do I just continue backing up after a full backup to the same external drive? Or do I wipe it clean and start all over again?


A:Macrium Backup Question

Any backups of personal files (music, pictures, documents etc) will be fine, but if you have done a clone image of your Windows OS, Programs and personal files, then you should wipe your backup clean and do a fresh backup.
Since you have different hardware it will affect the Windows OS and Programs.

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I have the free edition.

The picture below shows my question :

A:Question about Macrium Reflect

I can only tell you what I do.

I have external storage (USB and network storage drives) which I backup my program installation files and data/pictures to once a week using freefilesynch, all the games I play are through steam , so I can get those back any time.

So the option I use is number 2 , so if anything goes wrong with the OS I can get most of it back.

It all depends where you are going to store the backups and if you have copies of your other stuff anywhere else.

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I am relatively new using this version of Reflect. In fact I have never had to use it to restore an image.

The question I had is should I include the System Record in the image? If I do include it, will two images be created?

I have always uncheck that box. Is that a mistake?

Thank you!!

A:Macrium Reflect 5.0 Question

I always have that unchecked to and I have never had a problem with the restore from a image. I do not know if it creates two images or it's just one not sure.

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now that norton have scrapped releasing ghost 16 and only doing commercial backup software, i downloaded the free macrium reflect after reading various good posts all works ok, but the back up image took ages.

now when i do my next backup image will it just overwrite the old one and update its changes or will it copy the whole lot again taking ages, any tips please on this point.

A:macrium reflect 5.1 question

The free Macrium doesn't have the ability to do incremental or differential backups. So, you would have to run full backups each time.

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A Q or more for anyone familiar with MR.

I'm dual-booting W7 & 10 (both Pro x64) on separate SSDs.
Reflect Free v6.1 (same build) is installed on each OS (my first experience with Macrium software).
If I select W7 as the default OS, I get the legacy boot loader (Windows Boot Manager).
If I select W10 as default, it's the graphical Boot Options Menu.
This is not an issue for me, as I'll be changing the default OS for periods in the future, and so will be using the associated boot loading mode during those periods.

I've created a USB Rescue medium (in W7 using WinPE 5).
As yet, I haven't created a Recovery Boot Menu entry in either OS.

My intention is to create a Recovery Boot Menu option in both the legacy W7 Manager and the ('standard') W10 Boot Options Menu, so that it will be available whichever menu is displayed at the time, and I'm assuming I'll be doing this in each OS when set as default.

If that's a reasonable plan(?), should the W7 entry use WinPE 5 and the W10 entry WinPE 10?

As the PE options show as 'not built' in MR on W10, do I need to create a USB Rescue utility in W10 before creating the Boot Menu entry, or will the PE environment be built 'on demand' for the menu entry only?

I'm not enthralled by the prospect of dealing with potential booting/menu issues, so thanks in advance for appeasing my OCD/paranoid tendencies.

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Good evening to all.I did a backup of my C drive today using Macrium backup free.Backed it up to an external HDD and also made a Boot disc.
All went well,May I ask two points on this backup
1st,Does this backup of the C dive include the program files etc or is it just the operating system?
2nd.When the time comes (never I hope) but we don't know that when the existing C drive fails and take it out of the desktop and fit a new one,I understand when it comes to start up pc I place the boot disc that I made into the disc drive and that will start windows install from the external hdd that the macrium backup is on.Am I correct in the both questions Please.
Many Thanks.
ps I followed the macrium procedure to the tee from a tutorial on this forum.

A:Question regarding Macrium free Backup

1. If your programs are on the C: drive then yes, they are backed up.

2. Also yes. You may need to set the boot order in the BIOS or UEFI so your computer will boot from the disk when it is in the optical drive.

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When I clone an old hard drive to another hard drive, and install the cloned hard drive in my laptop, shouldn't it simply boot up, or is there something I'm missing. When I tried to boot up, it couldn't find an OS. I'm thinking I did it correct and might have cloned a bad hard drive. Thoughts?? I have a new SSD I plan to clone from my old harddrive, and I want to be sure I do it right.


A:Macrium Reflect cloning question?

You may have forgotten the 100MB system partition. Have a look at this.

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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I have an image of my C drive on a 322Gig partition of a 640Gig drive. The image is only 174Gig in size. Can I restore this image to another 319Gig drive? I've tried but it tells me my target drive is not big enough. The actual image is only 174Gigs.
Does this mean I have to get a bigger drive?

A:Solved: Using Macrium Reflect question

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Fairly new to this software and have a question regarding it.

There are 2 selections available and those are:

1: Image selected disk on this computer.
2: Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows.

I tried both 1 and 2.

1: showed 32.7 GB after imaging.
2: showed 29.0 GB after imaging.

What is the difference? What is #1 including what #2 is not including?

Which one is recommended to use to restore all what I need to restore Windows, including the software I installed?


A:Macrium Reflect FREE question

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

You presumably have multiple partitions--maybe as many as 3. We need to know what's in them and that would be shown by the screen shot.

Choice 1 would appear to include a partition that is NOT needed to restore Windows. Choice 2 would likely be C only or possibly C plus another partition that happens to be marked as "system"---which the screen shot will reveal.

To restore Windows, you need to restore C and any separate partition marked as "system". On some PCs, C is "system", so that's all you'd have to restore. On others, it isn't--so you'd have to restore 2 partitions in that case. Macrium is smart enough to tell which partitions are needed--that's what is meant by "Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows."

Unless you did something cuckoo, your software should be on C and would be included in both choice 1 or choice 2.

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I have the following partitions in my computer:

1 Win RE tools
2 System
3 Unformatted Primary
4 C: OS and programs
5 F : Data
6 G: Entertainment
7 NTFS Primary
8 Recovery

Originally when I received the computer the only partitions were 1, 2, 3,4(super large partition of over 9GB), 7 and 8 .

I shrunk partition 4 , and created 5, 6 with the remaining space and left some unallocated space as well.

If I use Macrium to image only partitions 1, 2,3,4, 7 and 8 ie leaving out F, G . What will happen if I restore using that image? Will it only restore the partitions I imaged and not override F and G ?


A:question re macrium image and restore

If you have the paid v 5 I would ask here
as well. Might as well get it right from the vendor.

But there are many Macrium users here. You should get a response. I use Macrium but I'm not an aficionado like some others here.

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I'm just been playing with free backup tools; Macrium Reflect and Aomei Backupper, and working out which works best for me for those times when you need to boot from a Recovery CD.

I'm posting in case it helps someone else.

I've been using a Toshiba PC which has 64-bit Windows 8 preinstalled, and is using a GPT file system. I changed the boot order so that the CD/DVD drive comes before the main HDD, if it finds a valid bootable source.

The BIOS options on the PC also include:
* Secure Boot: enabled or disabled
* Boot mode: UEFI or Legacy (CSM)

I tried both Secure Boot enabled and disabled; this didn't seem to affect the findings below.

However the differences some on switching between UEFI mode and Legacy mode in the BIOS settings.

My question was whether I can boot from a Recovery CD in UEFI Mode; although the PC can access bootable CDs in Legacy Mode, it won't boot itself.

Aomei Backupper 1.6

CD was created using the Windows PE option rather than Linux. By changing to Legacy boot mode, I can boot from the Aomei CD, and it then could backup my HDD to an external USB drive. But I had to change back to UEFI boot to make the computer boot again.
Macrium Reflect Free v5.2.6444 - 32-bit.

This is similar to Aomei. I selected the option to create a CD using Windows PE (version 4). By changing to Legacy boot mode, I can boot from the Macrium CD, and it then could backup to an external USB drive. But I had to change back to UEFI boot to make the co... Read more

A:Boot recovery CDs with UEFI: Free Macrium Reflect vs Aomei

You can use this to make efi bootable recovery media. It will include a whole bunch of tools, depending on what you already have installed.

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I noticed in the new v6 of Macrium the option to create a Linux boot is not longer there and the only available options are different flavors of WinPE depending what version Windows I'm running (Windows 7). When I created a WinPE 3.1 boot disk in Macrium 6 I notice it has to copy certain drivers from the system. My question is, is the boot disk created specific to that particular system or is it universally compatible with all versions of Macrium (assuming all my systems are running Windows 7)?

A:Macrium 6 Rescue Media compatibility question

With V6 you need a new recovery CD. The earlier versions are not compatible.

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I'm a new user to Macrium but so far so good, I've cloned my laptop HDD to an external HDD with no problems. I also created a rescue usb drive. Now I'm intending to fit an SSD to my laptop so here's my question ...can I fit the "blank" SSD to my laptop then boot up with the rescue drive then using Macrium clone or restore from my external HDD. The alternative is to connect the SSD as an external drive and just clone to it?

A:Macrium Reflect Free Cloning Question

Hi, OLDJACK. I believe you may be best off (whether you put SSD in laptop or connect externally) going the restore route, that is, assuming the SSD is smaller than the HDD you cloned and possibly having sector/alignment differences. There will likely be some drag and drop operations and some resizing of the operating system partition involved. See MR knowledge base article here: http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/dis...ion+properties

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Hi! A friend has a HP desktop PC with a 1TB HDD and I got him a 256GB SSD to replace it. Why a 256GB SSD? Fry's had it for $52, he's using less than 50GB of the 1TB HDD, and I'm a cheap *******.

Clearly, I need software to move his Windows 10 installation from his HDD to his SSD. I got a SanDisk 256GB Ultra 3D SSD and found out later, SanDisk doesn't make/provide any data migration tools. After doing some research, I found mention of the EaseUS ToDo backup software to do the data migration. I also found this thread here:


In that thread, the forum member did exactly what I need to do, but used Macrium Reflect to do it.

Does anyone here have experience with both Macrium Reflect and EaseUS ToDo backup software? If so, which application do you think is better, of the two?

Thanks in advance!


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