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Q: Macrium restore from USB Thumb Drive.

Hi folks. I have imaged my neighbours Netbook with Macrium Reflect. Since it has no DVD burner, I want to create a bootable Macrium (Linux) recovery media on a thumb drive. Not sure how to proceed.
Many thanks

Preferred Solution: Macrium restore from USB Thumb Drive.

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 restore from USB Thumb Drive.

Just happen to have an excellent tutorial for that.

MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

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I want to have Macrium Rescue and windows backup in one pendrive. If I create two partition in my pendrive, first for rescue and other for keeping backup, is it possible. Because windows only recognize the first primary partition of the pendrive.

Sorry found the answer in my earlier threads. So this is closed now

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I have read the post about Macrium Image your system with free Macrium (all 12 pages) but my question is can I make an image backup of my current hard drive, remove it and put in a new hard drive and restore to it? I currently have a 160 gig hard drive partitoned in two. C has the os and D has all the programs I use and all personal files. I also have all personal file saved off site. I want to replace the hard drive with a faster larger hard drive. Is it possible to do using Macrium?

Thank you

A:Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

Using Macrium or Windows Imaging.
A current Disk Management screenshot will help the description.

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My objective: multiple backups of my "C" drive. And I would like the "other" drive to be bootable (I can easily switch boot drives in my BIOS) -- which means it can't be in the compressed format and has to have a correctly populated boot sector.

I've just loaded the free trial of Macrium Reflect. Here's my disk line up:
C: System/Program
D: Backup of C
E: Data
F: Backup of E
G: Spare hard disk
I first made an image copy of C: and loaded it on D: ... noticed that there was (I hope) considerable compression in the image backup process. I then downloaded "Linux Rescue Wizzard" and found that I could not restore my backup on anything but "C:" ... I really wanted to restore it to G. So I next downloaded "Windows PE" for a more advanced rescue process; alas, met the same situation: I could not restore the "D" backup to "G".

Other than using something like xcopy or robocopy to just copy the backup to "G", is there a way in Macrium Reflect to do this? Of course, I have the 30-day trial free version, but would not be upset if I had to buy the paid version.

A:Restore to another drive with Macrium Reflect

I've not done it myself but I think you will need the WinPE version of the recovery disk. There is a pre-built ISO provided by whs here. FileSwap.com : Macrium 5.0 WinPE.zip download free. You will just need to burn it to CD.

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Hi ,

I am using WIN 7, PRO, SP1
I have a couple of questions about the operation of the Windows ?System Restore Point? function.
1. Can the ?System Restore Point? created file be written or exported to external storage --- burn to CD, DVD or write to thumb drive?. Writing a ?recovery? file to your hard disk C:\ partition seems to defeat the possibility of ?recovery? when the computer will not boot or the C:\ drive cannot be accessed.
2. Assuming the System Restore Point file can be placed on external storage, are there program(s) that can be used to boot a non-functioning computer and read and replace the System Restore Point from the CD/DVD or thumb drive? You could think it as a ? System Restore Point Emergency Boot Disk?

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This morning I had a computer crash . Somehow it got stuck on an upgrade . I Booted into system restore and tried to restore to earlier date. Error message came up indicating I had drive issues so I continued with the offer to scan and repair the drive. After drive was "fixed" by windows , I could not proceed with the restore by clicking on next. Its like I am getting an loop of disc errors. I went back to the restore dialog and then chose a restore point .Computer started Restoration but then had an error that indicated it could not restore due to some problem with candy crush ! I then shut down the computer . Restarted it and went thru the HP Diagnostics and everything looked OK so HP diagnostics let me restore the computer ...but this time I had to enter my password to my msoft account and the restoration went smoothly.

My question is :

If I had failed to restore the computer via windows restore process due to disc errors , Could I use a very recent image of my disk made with Macrium Reflect v6 ? Would Macrium work despite windows detection of disk errors?

A:Macrium Reflect restore over corrupt drive?

Have you made the Macrium Reflect Rescue USB bootable stick?
Where are the image backups stored? Should be on a separate drive. Can't be on same drive as OS is installed.

If the disk has errors than you will have to repair the disk before be able to use Macrium Reflect. Sorry.

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I usually resolve this type of issue via a Google search but I wasn't exactly sure how to phrase my question.

1. I have a Sandisk Ultra Fit thumb drive (recommend, by the by)
2. I had to reformat it as a bootable Windows Media Creation drive (so that I could install Windows on a laptop from it)
3. I now wish to restore the thumb drive back to 'normal' but in Windows there seems to be various format choices. I want the formatting that allows me to remove the drive from PC and plug into my TV (so that my TV can read the pictures, video, what have you)

And so what format should I reformat to is really my question? And if you know of a handy webpage that explains the process in Windows 10 please she URL and save yourself the bother of typing it out.

Thank you

A:Restore thumb drive from Windows Media Creation Tool to 'normal'

FAT32 and change the allocation size to default will be the most compatible

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I've created an 'image' of my internal hard drive C:\ to an external HD & I have no partitions. My question is when testing Macrium restore with a recovery disk I get to a screen asking me to select 'active', 'primary' or something else. I don't know which to select. I currently don't have any problems, was just testing to verify a good image.



A:Macrium Restore

If your C drive is active in e.g. the Computer window or in Disk Management, then you mark the partition as active. But if you have a seperate 100 or 200MB partition that is marked as active (and contains your MBR), then you mark it as primary. You also DO NOT restore the MBR.
I suggest you post a picture of your Disk Management so that I can have a look what's going on. I also suggest you watch my Video tutorial that shows the whole imaging/recovery cycle with Macrium. I draw your special attention to the Warning at the beginning of the tutorial that gives more details regarding the case where C is not the active partition.

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Without trying to be offensive, If anyone has actually tried to test the backup file with the macrium rescu CD, please help me as I am a bit old & thick in the grey matter.

A. I get confused of the Macrium Help instruction, see foto #3 below, 'Create Rescue CD' or 'Create a bootable rescue CD', can't do both so why show them?

B. I made a Vista C:\ backup as #4 below.

Then tried to create the Rescu CD using the BartPE option but:-

Instead of geting what the Macrium Help file shows #2 which has the "Start the Reflect Restore Wizard" option, I get this #1 below, which does not have that option, thus making the boot CD useles. ............nick

A:Macrium Restore CD

I have Macrium. I haven't done the BartPE. My impression is you need a BartPE setup that enables you to create a custom rescue CD. If you want one that works out of the box, try the Linux Rescue CD. It comes up to a graphical point and shoot restore program so there's no need to know anything about Linux. I have a Raid controller on my HP desktop and it still works with that where some other restore programs didn't.

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So far as I know, I created a valid Macrium free image of my OS which sits on my 750 Gb HDD. (hopefully I will never have to use it.)

As part of this general task-set (getting my "recovery house" in order), I decided that I would resize the OS drive downwards and I created Macrium free images of the OS both before shrinking operation and afterwards.

Sitting on the shelf (but attachable via usb, for instance) was another HDD (2 TB), onto which several months ago I had cloned the OS of the 750 Gb drive. I decided to resize its OS similarly (so that the OS partitions on the two HDD's are essentially the same size), and have done so (having likewise made "safety" Macrium free images of the "2 TB OS" both before and after the resizing).

I further figured while I was at it, that I might as well replace the OS on the 2 TB drive, with the Macrium free image I had made for the 750 Gb HDD. (Which is why I called the 2 Macrium images made of the 2 TB HDD's OS only temporary or "safety images" -- since they were to be discarded once the OS for the 750 GB had replaced the 2 TB's OS).Not only would that operation render the "on the shelf Clone" much more "current", but it would be a test of how good & unproblematic the Macrium image-and-restore process was. See, my post at Two "Shrink" questions
HOWEVER, whether I accessed the restore features of the Macrium free program under Windows (running on the 750 G... Read more

A:Restore under Free Macrium - To a different HDD?

Not sure what you are asking.

I have no trouble restoring a macrium image with the free version to any HD , or any partition I choose.

Select the image

Select the partition backup you want to restore - because the image might contain more than one partition - select which you want to restore

Tick the partition you want to restore it to

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I have been looking at this software and it looks great so far. However when reading the documentation I notice to make a restore disk you need to purchase software. SO when using the free edition how are you managing your restore when needed?

Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008


Macrium KB
Macrium Reflect

Install or update to the latest version of Macrium Reflect. You must have the purchased edition of Macrium Reflect installed on your PC. To check for the latest version take the 'Help' > 'Check for updates..' menu option.
Windows PE
Install or update to the latest version of Windows PE. Windows PE is only available with the purchased edition of Macrium Reflect. For information on installing Windows PE please see this knowledge base article: Macrium KB. If you already have Windows PE installed then make sure you are running the latest version by clicking the 'Updates' button in the Rescue CD burn wizard.

A:Macrium Reflect - How do you restore

I think the free version lets you do a linux based boot cd.

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i am thinking about restoring my system using a macrium image
what is the best method to restore and how to do it?
i have 2 images
one made with winpe (with restore points)
and one made with windows (without restore points)

any help info would be much appreciated


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I tried a Macrium Reflect image restore of 2 partitions (100M system, c: 490G).
I wanted to select the 2 partition boxes but Macrium would only select one - I tried control clicks etc. Can I only restore one partition at a time?

A:Macrium image restore

Whilst you can image several partitions at one time, you can only restore one partition at a time. Reason is because you have to specify whether it is active or primary and whether to replace the MBR or not. But the 100MB partition should not be backed up anyhow. It contains the MBR and that is universal. See also the warning in my tutorial.

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I had to restore an image last week. On getting to the desktop after the restore, there was a shortcut on the desktop to a programme that was installed when I started the restore process but was not installed when the image was made.

Because of this I'm a bit wary of using it again, any ideas as to why this happened?

Thanks in advance.

A:Macrium restore problem

What you are telling me is Macrium anticipated your installation of the app and went ahead and included it in the image. I don't think so. There is another explanation. Not knowing exactly what you have done precludes me from what that explanation is. I have found Macrium to be very reliable.

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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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I restored my PC with a previous image of Macrium from an external drive. It is not critical, but is it possible to determine which image date I used. I tried the Systeminfo command, but that only gives me the original date since it is an image. Would the external drive have anything as to which image date I used? Thanks,

A:Macrium Restore Date

I use Macrium, but I don't let it create the backup name. I manually enter my own designation. I have a dual boot system, Win 7 and Win 8 on separate drives. I name my backups, for example, "Win 7 032214" and with that I can easily identify what the backup is.

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Thanks for the answers.
Searching I found this long explanation which made me more confused
and I have lot of questions since,
1. Have one full instl. file "reflect_setup_free_x86(6.1.1081).exe size 39.502 KB" downloaded 2 months ago, the other one downloaded yesterday as in the article above "ReflectDL(6.1.1225).exe size 3.463 KB" - which one to use.
2. Do not know what is "uefi", what is my system, when starting I have on screen for a second or 2 "set bios (F2)",
here I attach a screenshot of the 'disk management', have two disks, one divided into 2, C: for the system and D: for data, the other is F: to store the backups.
3. What partitions to select for the backup (refering the screenshot).
4.. shell I add "add macrium boot menu" ? (I did it on the win 7 and quickly removed it)
5. I still do not have an external usb disk (I intend to) so the backups go to F: as mentioned above but the rescue disk needs a dvd size ?
And about the 'snipping tool' - I call it from the 'search windows' there is no shortcut, I right-click on the small window and do not get any option to create a shortcut.
Think that is all for now.
Appreciate your answers
Many Thanks

A:Backup & Restore with Macrium

Originally Posted by Motim

Thanks for the answers.
Searching I found this long explanation which made me more confused
and I have lot of questions since,
1. Have one full instl. file "reflect_setup_free_x86(6.1.1081).exe size 39.502 KB" downloaded 2 months ago, the other one downloaded yesterday as in the article above "ReflectDL(6.1.1225).exe size 3.463 KB" - which one to use.

6.1.1225 is the one to use , it should give you the latest version install.

Originally Posted by Motim

2. Do not know what is "uefi", what is my system, when starting I have on screen for a second or 2 "set bios (F2)",
here I attach a screenshot of the 'disk management', have two disks, one divided into 2, C: for the system and D: for data, the other is F: to store the backups.

As far as I can tell your system doesn't use a UEFI boot partition based on what your disk partitioning shows.

Originally Posted by Motim

3. What partitions to select for the backup (refering the screenshot).

Depends what you're trying to backup.

If you want to save your Operating System so you can restore it and make it re-bootable, let macrium choose for you , there is an option on the left hand side 'create an image of the partition(s) required to backu... Read more

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Hi, I need to restore an image I used and I saved the image on an external hard drive using free macrium.

After I made the image I upgraded to windows 7 but I have had a real problem getting wifi to work so I figure I will go back to the way it was.

Can I do that? Problem is that I have a new OS and there is no optical drive to allow for a restore disk to be used - can I use a restore USB?

Is that possible? Thanks!

A:Need to restore an image using macrium - help pls

It seems an ISO can be created that can then be put on a bootable USB stick.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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This morning I had to restore an image using Macrium. The image was only 5 days old.

I had made both the Linux and Pe rescue disks. The Linux disk did NOT work at all.
The PE rescue disk loaded and first it did not load 3 drivers, but I did a scan and it found the drivers and loaded them.

After a lot of nail biting I think I got it to restore. I then restarted the computer, but on Bootup, it said "BOOTMGR" missing. It told me to restart again, but the same message came up.

How do I get my "BOOTMGR" Back??

A:Macrium Reflect v5 restore

this tutorial may help: Startup Repair

it's important to do a trial-run and always test an imaging program before relying on it in a 'panic' situation. you can't just assume that it's going to work ok.

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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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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 use Windows 7 64 Bit. 1 TB HD. 8 GB Ram.

I recently used Macrium to make a image of my hard drive. I put the image I made onto my external hard drive from my desktop. Before I did this I made a rescue disk on a DVD. I have several questions:

If I have problems with my computer what should I do first?

Do I try the rescue DVD I made?

Do I try and restore the image I made?

What is the purpose of making a Bootable Windows PE USB Stick? And if I make one
when would I use it?

If I have to restore my system and use the image to restore will it just overwrite
the original partitions and operating system files?
Thank you.

A:Several Questions About Macrium Backup and Restore

Do I try the rescue DVD I made?

Do I try and restore the image I made?

That is the same thing. You need to boot the PC with the rescue CD, navigate to the image and restore it. Here is a recovery video tutorial by our friend Keith.

Macrium Reflect - Restore With WinRE - YouTube

What is the purpose of making a Bootable Windows PE USB Stick? And if I make one
when would I use it?

The stick does the same as the CD. It is mainly used for systems that have no CD reader, but may be handy otherwise too. If you have the CD, you don't need it.

If I have to restore my system and use the image to restore will it just overwrite
the original partitions and operating system files?

Yes, that's exactly what happens.

Important: Do not forget to image the System Partition (the little 100MB partition). The day your bootmgr is corrupted you will need to restore that. - It happens sometimes.

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I'm planning on creating in addition to a CD a USB flash restore drive. The problem is that no where can I find how large of a flash drive do I need.
I'd appreciate your insight.

A:Restore Media Macrium Reflect

I believe, you need at least 6GB. I just created one for my Surface Pro 2, and it was just over 5.5GB. As cheap as USB media is right now, go big.

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I'm having to restore back to early December as I think my boot drive's data is corrupt and it's had to perform system repairs since. I record the image onto a 2 partition hard drive, and the image has to be recorded onto both because of the size of it. I didn't think it was possible to restore from 2 partitions, so I've moved it to my single partition 500GB drive. I need help now with actually restoring that image, as I have to go into Windows PE, which I don't think I've done before. Sorry if this is blatantly displayed in a tutorial, I haven't had many resources to check and I've just recovered this computer back from having a stroke.

I appreciate the help in advance.

A:Restore an OS split image w/ Macrium

Hmm, there are a few flaws. Let's unravel them:

1. Do you have a working Macriun WinPE CD. If not, download the .iso from here and burn it to CD.

2. What was this story of imaging to 2 partitions. How did you do that anyhow.

3. Now that you have the image on 1 partition, double click on the image and mount it. Then look into My Computer, double click on the virtual drive (usually F) and have a look whether that is the complete image.

4. For more details regarding the recovery procedure, have a look at this excellent tutorial which Keith has made for the purpose. For more info on Macrium consult this tutorial.

If you have more questions, post back.

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I used my Macrium Reflect (free version) recovery disk to restore the C: drive on my 4 year-old Win7Pro-32bit HP laptop. The image restored was on an external USB drive. Restore seemed to proceed as expected. On restart, however, the screen goes black after the Starting Windows flag-waving. Control never returns to the keyboard. Disk light continues to flicker. This state remains unchanged for at least 30 minutes. This behavior was repeated after restoring a different date's image.

Conceivably relevant info:
Laptop has single HDD with multiple partitions. C: partition was imaged and restored. Recovery disk version shows

E57932F1AE469A26#5.0.4258 2012/01/27#WAIKFiles00x86.exe


Any hope for getting my laptop back to working order?

A:Display blank after Macrium restore

The solution, at least in this case, was to reinstall Win 7. None of the three C: partition restores would boot properly. Safe mode was available but no further clues appeared. Oh well. Trust has been diminished.


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Hi, I have used Macrium (free) in the past to back up my C drive and have created a couple of disk images which have in the past successfully restored in the event of a crisis.

Recently my PC started doing a few funny things (sleep results in fan constantly going, occasionally can't awake from sleep but fan still goes etc). I played around with the power settings today and also changed the BIOS setting from Auto to S3 (save to RAM). When I rebooted the "Windows starting" splash screen came on but when it went, just a blank black screen with a mouse pointer (normal size for the resolution I'm using, implying the graphics card was supporting the resolution I normally use). This happened repeatedly and I was unable to get past it to the pale blue login screen by any means. But I can log in as normal if I boot through Safe Mode (and am posting this via Safe Mode with networking).

I restored my operating system disk today using Macrium, then booted up normally. To my dismay, after "Windows starting".....still a black screen with nothing but a mouse pointer that I can move around. Control+alt+del and Windows key + P do nothing. Where have I gone wrong? I'm pretty sure that my other BIOS settings (e.g. AHCI rather than IDE - I'm using an SSD) are unchanged. Thanks for advice.

BTW I am using a desktop system, i7 six core processor, two Nvidia 210 graphics cards, 24GB RAM and Win 7 pro.

A:Please help me - Macrium failed to restore my PC to be useable again!

Update - I have at least discovered the cause of my black screen. I have four high resolution monitors, let's call them 1, 2, 3 and 4, though I only use 2 3 and 4 for running certain software otherwise they are switched off. They are set such that monitor 1 is the one with my login screen. When I booted into Safe Mode monitor 1 was the one with the login, when I was booting into normal mode monitor 3 was the one that had the login screen, I only found that out when I switched on all three other monitors.

Here's the catch though. Instead of 1920x1080, monitor 3 is now displaying only 1024x768 and the Windows Display options lists it only as a Generic non-PnP monitor (it's connected via DVI so it jolly well should be recognised as the exact monitor type that it is). I can't get it to display anything more than low resolution 1024x768 now however, despite effectively having a new Windows installation (well, backed up version with drivers that it worked at high resolution previously).

What's gone wrong?

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I am just setting up my system, a clean install of Win 7 x 64
I have installed macrium reflect free ed. and have managed to create a backup image of the C partition.
However on running restore and going through the wizard I get to the screen
'Drive C is locked The partition you are trying to overwrite is in use by windows
select one of the following
1) Close all windows and applications
2) Reboot and select reflect recovery environment
3) Reboot and start reflect recue cd

Well, reflect is the only application i have running so i dont understanfd how Im supposed to restore my C drive with windows on it?

Option 2 dont really undestand and option 3 is not an option

Any ideas? Thanks

A:Macrium Reflect Restore problems

Are you keeping the image in a partition other than C, which you are trying to restore?

( I appreciate the fact that you have taken to creating and restoring backups at the initial stage itself and this "learning" will keep you in good stead later when you have to restore in emergent conditions.)

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Yesterday I had a near disaster trying to upgrade to Thunderbird 3.0 email. System restore was no help and I thought I would have to restore a Macrium Reflect image.

I started the process and chose my C partition as the destination for the restore.

I got an error message saying the C partition was locked. My choices at that point were:

1: Reboot and select the C partition from a special menu

2: Exit and reboot using my previously made Macrium rescue disc to bypass Windows.

I tried the first choice and no menu came up--the system booted into Windows normally.

My only remaining choice was to use the rescue disk.

I didn't do that and was able to resolve my problem in other ways.

Is this normal behavior for Macrium restore attempts--being locked out of the C drive when in Windows and then not having access to the referred to menu when rebooting???

If so, I am skeptical about using this product over the long term.

A:Macrium users: have you tried an image restore??

Interesting that, because I downloaded Macrium last week and tried a system backup. It got most of the way through then crashed giving me some error message or other. Macrium then got backed up - straight into the bin

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Still new to Macrium, want to be sure this will work before I modify my backup settings....

I currently run 2 separate backups; one images all the partitions on my boot drive (SSD), the other images an external USB drive that mostly contains encrypted virtual machine files.

What I would like to do is combine these but that will only work if, come restore time, I can restore only one of the disks as needed.

This will work, right?

A:Macrium- image 2 drives, restore only one?

I never tried combining two separate drives. I'm not even sure you can. I have imaged a large HDD that was partitioned into separate drives/partitions. When I wanted to restore I was given the choice of what drive/partition I wanted to restore.

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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 tried one again to use Macrium to backup only C:, clean install then restore only C:.
Once again it did more that I asked it to and removed the 16MB partition created by the clean install.

After clean install I had this, 4 partitions on Disk 0 (SSD):
After restore I had this, 3 partitions o n Disk 0 (SSD):
I did not run the Macrium fix boot option after the restore so when I rebooted Win 10 ran Auto repair then the system booted up normally.

Why is Macrium doing this? Any idea?

Guess I'll ask in the Macrium forum and see what I can find out.

The reason I'm doing this is is Shift Restart from Power is not working, it just boots normally.

I just redid the steps in Brink's tutorial to setup Recimage, then ran
reagentc /setosimage /path "location\ResetRecoveryImage" /index 1

I'll try Shift restart again now and see what happens.

Edit: Nope, still doesn't work. I know I'm missing a step or two ...

A:Macrium image restore changes partition layout

Originally Posted by Ztruker

Edit: Nope, still doesn't work. I know I'm missing a step or two ...

Did you run reagentc /enable?

Post the results of reagentc /info and we can help more.

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I restored my C drive using Macrium Reflect recently, my first time using MR to restore.

I have C and E partitions on the same disk. After C was restored, my E partition disappeared, so I had to name and format it. Of course, all the data on it was lost, but not a big problem since I had it backed up.

I'm wondering why my restore of only C caused this issue with E. I checked and double checked each step in the restore process since it was my first time. Is this to be expected whenever one does this type of restore?

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I have Win10 installed as C:
I created an image from a different PC of Win7.
I installed Macrium Reflect ver. 6.1 build 879 in Win10.
I restored the one partition of Win7 as the Macrium instructions state. It's now D:
I created a Rescue Media from the Win10 PC.
I booted to the Rescue Media and chose Restore, Fix Windows Boot Problems.
It finds on Disk 1 Win10 C: and Win7 D:
The next screen it finds on Disk 1 FAT(32)LBA. It doesn't say but I guess that's the EFI partition.
There is a check mark on that partition.
The next screen has the first three boxes greyed out. The last box has a check mark in it saying:
Rebuild the Boot Configuration Database (BCD) and BOOT.INI files.
After I select finish it says it's creating BCD for C:\Windows.
I expected it to say it's creating BCD for both C:\Windows and D:\Windows.
The next window asks to Restart your PC.

I expected it to show me a boot menu to select:

It doesn't. It shows Windows failed to start
File: \Windows\System32\Winload.efi
Status: 0xc000000f

I booted up with a Win7 OS CD that matches the Win7 installed on the Hard Drive.
I selected repair your computer.
It said it's not compatible with the version of windows I'm trying to boot up with.
It must be trying to boot into Win10.
Win10 came pre installed on the PC.
I'm downloading a Win10 Pro 64bit ISO to see if that will fix the problem.

Any ideas are welcome.



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Attempting to restore an image to my dad's computer as a test in case of a crash. He is running Win 7 Pro 64bit and I have made the Macrium rescue CD which finds the images and reports a successful operation. However, when I try to start the new disk, it gets to the windows flags screen and goes nowhere for an hour or more.

I have used the exact same procedure with my Win 7 Pro 32bit computer and it all works fine...what am I missing here?

A:Macrium Reflect Image Restore Issues

Check the info from macrium v4: Macrium Reflect DiskRestore (DiskRestore, Restore, v4)

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I have never had the need to restore deleted folders or files; so I decided to create a test folder containing a test file on my desktop. I used "image this disk" to create an image backup and then deleted the test folder.

The instructions included in the help files do not follow exactly what I see on my computer. I have mounted an image and browsed to find the folder and the included file. Here is where the help files fail to help me. I believe I have two options, but would rather confirm the correct method before lousing something up.
Drag and drop the folder or file to my desktop.
Copy the folder or file to my desktop.
Are either of these options proper, or do I need to restore the folder or file from a bootable disk? I have never used a WinPE or LInux disk for recovery either; so that is why I am questioning things first.

Thanks for your guidance.


A:restore file using Macrium Reflect free

Drag and drop the folder or file to my desktop.
Copy the folder or file to my desktop
Either they both do the same thing;

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Good morning, forum.

I created 2 images of my laptop c: partition with Macrium Reflect Free. The first one with Windows 7 and updates and the second one with OS, updates and drivers.

There is a file I need to recover from the first image. Will Macrium Reflect Free allow me to get this file from the first image? If not will the standard or pro version allow me to recover the file from an image created from the free version?

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Restore a file from Macrium Reflect Free

Very easy - with the free Macrium. All you have to do is to mount the image file (double click on the image file and you'll see). Then the whole image will appear as a virtual drive in Computer. Double click on that and navigate to the file you want to retrieve. Then you can copy/paste it like from any real drive.

If this is not understood, post back and I make you a few pictures of the process.

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Hello, everyone!

First, I want to apologize if this questions were already asked by other people here, and I repeated it. I just can't find the answer that will set my mind free before I restore my back up image. So, sorry for my "noob"-ness.

Anyway, while I already can do the imaging of my HDD and its partitions and I know some about it, I will only do the Restore for the first time now. Before doing it, I want to be sure what will I do and what may be its effects. Searching the web for the answers of this questions seems to be a failure, so I am begging for your help.

QUESTION 1: When I restored an image of one of my HDD to another HDD (a new one), but I will NOT remove the original HDD, will it affect the installed applications that was duplicated due to restoring the image?

QUESTION 2: In case I restored the backup image (example, image of D:/, not system image) to a new HDD (example E:/), then after restore completion, I swapped the drive letters thru Disk Management, will it create an error or corruption to my files? Or worse, will my applications not run anymore?

Hope you can help me with these items, so that I can safely restore my failing HDD to my new drives.

Thank you in advance.

A:Questions About Macrium Reflect Image Restore

Quote: Originally Posted by tephen04

QUESTION 1: When I restored an image of one of my HDD to another HDD (a new one), but I will NOT remove the original HDD, will it affect the installed applications that was duplicated due to restoring the image?

QUESTION 2: In case I restored the backup image (example, image of D:/, not system image) to a new HDD (example E:/), then after restore completion, I swapped the drive letters thru Disk Management, will it create an error or corruption to my files? Or worse, will my applications not run anymore?

I don't understand question 1, perhaps you can rephrase it.

Question 2:

I've never heard of any problems caused by swapping drive letters. D is D and E is E and F is F, regardless of whether they are new drives, old drives, Seagate, Western Digital, etc.

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Backup/Restore Procedures

Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI [Acronis] or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x[ddd]C, data partitions S0x[ddd]D, x being computer number [1 2 or 3], ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty, the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. [* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.]

Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time to fix the explorer-ext... Read more

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Created an image of my C drive and System Reserved with Macrium. I want to change my partitions prior to restoring my image. Is the easiest to just use my Windows 7 disk?

Have a 500GB hard drive on my laptop and want to change the partition sizes.


A:Change Partitions Prior to Macrium Restore

The easiest way is Windows Disk Management.

Sometimes, it won't let you do exactly what you want to do.

In that case, you need a third party tool such as Partition Wizard bootable CD, from here:

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

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Hello, I just bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex 780, and I actually already have a Dell Optiplex 780. I did create an image of my current computer with Macrium Reflect. I've read that when you try to restore the image to a different computer there can be problems because of incompatible drivers. Does anybody know if that could be an issue with me? Would one Dell Optiplex 780 have the same drivers as another Dell Optiplex 780? Or any other reason I'm not thinking of why such an image restore might be dangerous?

I figure that if this is doable, as an extra safety measure I should probably image the new computer first thing (with Macrium Reflect) before trying to restore some other image to it.

A:Macrium Reflect to restore image to different computer/same model?

I'm guessing both PCs have a Windows installation and each PC has it's own individual Windows license.

Is that correct?

What are you trying to accomplish by restoring an image of the old PC onto the new PC?

Maybe because you want to avoid reinstalling a bunch of programs?

Some other reason?

Yes, regardless of what else you do, it would be a good idea to make a Macrium image of the new machine.

More details needed.

Have you ever restored a Macrium image to a hard drive?

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This weekend I had too much time on hand and decided to do some acid testing of the free Macrium restore capabilities. Straight forward restores of images using the PE environment were flawless. I was curious to learn if the free version had the capability to move a restore partition to a different target disk location as advertised. Reading of the entire help file did not indicate that this was limited to only the paid editions.

My set-up is dual boot with Vista on partition 1 (C, and Win 8.1 on partition 2 (K. For those Vista haters, my wife loves it and I had to keep it for her use.

My conclusion is do not move the Win 8.1 partition if it's normal drive letter is not C:. Moving the partition seems to force reassignment of a different drive letter to Win 8.1 which hoses access to your user files and profiles. Also, Win 8.1 will not complete loading after user sign on to a generally blue screen. It seems that moving the Win 8.1 partition changes the partition ID number which windows uses for drive and user profile assignment. I suspect, but could not confirm that if Win 8.1 partition is normally assigned as the C: drive this may not be an issue.

A:Free Macrium image restore with Win 8.1 dual boot

Depending on how you set up the dual boot.
If you installed Vista first, Windows 8.1 2nd then Windows will use the Vista boot loaderIf you installed Windows 8.1 first, Vista 2nd then Windows will use Windows 8.1 bootloader.
When you boot into Windows Vista, Windows will automatically assign C: drive to Vista and assign a different letter to Windows 8.1When you boot into Windows 8.1, Windows will swap the drive letters with Windows Vista. ie. Windows 8.1 is now drive C: and Windows Vista with the drive letter which was assigned to Windows 8.1 in step 1.

After moving Windows 8.1 to a partition on another drive. If under Vista, Windows 8.1 is assigned to another drive letter then you need to open the elevated command prompt and type: bcdboot X:\Windows where X is the newly assigned drive letter to reflect the change in the BCD (Boot Configuration Data).

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My computer has been shutting itself off for no reason that I can tell, although it usually seems to happen when I am away from it rather than right while I am doing something. Tried changing power management to never go to sleep, but that doesn't stop it from occurring.

Also got a message that regular weekly backup did not occur. I think the backup problem was a space issue on the external HDD, so I freed up some space and tried to re-run backup. But it takes a long time to run and ends up shutting off before it completes, so I don't have much faith that the backups it has been trying to make the last couple days are worth anything. On the plus side, I made my own backup of all data files on two separate portable HDDs so I believe I'm safe.

Today I decided to run a system restore, picking a point before where I thought problems had started. I do have restore points available, one before a windows critical update on 4/15 and one before installing turbo tax on 4/13. I get an error message for either one, System Restore did not complete successfully, failed to extract the file (C:\) from the restore point. An unspecified error occurred 0x8000ffff. There are other restore points dating back to December, but System Restore apparently can't find them to use.

Next I decided to restore image using Macrium Reflect free edition from an image that was created 8/17/14 after following tutorials Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and Clean Up Factory Bloatware -- the image that... Read more

A:System Restore not working (0x8000ffff); neither is Macrium Reflect

Is this internal G drive accessible and usable at all as of now?

Can you copy a file to it? Save a file to it? View it and navigate it in Explorer? Open a Word or JPG file on it? View it in Windows Disk Management?

Post a screen shot of Window Disk Management showing all internal and external drives if possible.

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Attempting to restore an image to my dad's computer as a test in case of a crash. He is running Win 7 Pro 64bit and I have made the Macrium rescue CD which finds the images and reports a successful operation. However, when I try to start the new disk, it gets to the windows flags screen and goes nowhere for an hour or more.

I have used the exact same procedure with my Win 7 Pro 32bit computer and it all works fine...what am I missing here?

A:Solved: Macrium Reflect Free Image Restore

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Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition as long as there is enough space allocated for the space used ?

I transferred my Test Box triple boot OSs from a HD spinner to an SSD.
I had to make the OS partitions smaller for this transfer.
Macrium Reflect free recreated the SSD partition to the original HD size during the restore.
It didn't restore the image to the smaller SSD partition.
It deleted my 2nd pre-allocated partition so it could have a 120 GB partition to restore to.
The HD partition is 120 GB with ~20 GB of used space.
The SSD partition is 65 GB.

I ended up using Acronis, as it can restore to a smaller partition size.

Did I miss something when creating or restoring the Macrium image that would allow restoring to a smaller target size partition ?

A:Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition ?

Macrium must be restored to a larger or partition of equal size.
At least for the free version which I have.

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Under XP Media Center
I have two internal HDs two CD drives, one ext. HD and Windows has assigned drive letters to all and all have been stable over the years the very weird thing , and I can't figure out why, is that for my USB thumb drive - which I always plug into the same USB port it changes letters after an extended period - say about 8 months, it will go from "G" to "I" and then back. It is bothersome only because I use the "Send To" command for many files. is there a way to stabilize this or is it just another XP annoyance I must put up with.

A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
in the right hand side you should see all the drives
go to the the drive that you want to change the letter ID
right click - then choose "change drive letter" a box will appear with the current letter
choose a new letter and click ok then its all done same letter every time

I often set to X, Y, Z for external and any mapped drives

have a read here http://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...s-xp-for-an-external-usb-stick-or-hard-drive/

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I have tried installing Anti-virus software on a flash drive. However, the Avti-virus will only run from the flash drive on the machine that I installed it from. Indicating a registry association.I need anti-virus software that will run from a flash drive on any machine running windows. Preferably, not bloatware like McAfee. Anybody know of any?
Thanks for help. PS. McAfee won't

A:I need Anti-Virus that will run from a Flash drive aka: Thumb drive

Stinger.exe will run from a flash drive an will seek out and find most of the more recent worms and viruses. You can find it here:


I would think for any full fledged av program you could put the exe. file on the flash drive and then install it on most any computer. Such programs as Avast, Antivir, and AVG should work in that manner.

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