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Old 02-07-2013, 14:02
bri160356
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Hi , anyone tried using Macrium Reflect Free version s/ware to do a Hard drive image recovery?

I tried (granted using an external USB hard-drive) and it didn’t work. The image creation appeared to work successfully but when I tried the recovery to drive ‘c’ it seemed to start before I got an error message ‘boot sector missing’ or something similar (can’t remember the error message exactly).

The target drive was a newly formatted ‘clean’ drive.

Fortunately, the recovery was not critical as I was testing the Macrium Reflect Free s/w in the event that I will actually need it in anger,somewhere down the line. I guess it’s a good job I did.

Any ideas where it (or me more likely ! ) may have gone wrong?

All replies gratefully received.
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Old 02-07-2013, 14:18
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I use the free version regularly to make system images. I've also successfully restored a system from an image a few times.

Was this an image of a partition, rather than an image of a disk containing partitions? The reason I ask is that on my system at least the actual boot partition is the recovery partition, which starts the operating system that's on the C partition. Restoring C on its own wasn't bootable but restoring the whole lot worked perfectly.
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Old 02-07-2013, 14:26
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Did you verify the image you made?

Every guide I read about using the s/w stressed that verifying the saved image was essential.
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Old 02-07-2013, 14:31
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I use the free version regularly to make system images. I've also successfully restored a system from an image a few times.

Was this an image of a partition, rather than an image of a disk containing partitions? The reason I ask is that on my system at least the actual boot partition is the recovery partition, which starts the operating system that's on the C partition. Restoring C on its own wasn't bootable but restoring the whole lot worked perfectly.
Hi, many thanks for the reply my friend.
I think I imaged the entire drive but I'll check when I can. The PC is in use at the moment; I'm using my Laptop now.

What do you use as your backup media if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 02-07-2013, 16:58
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What do you use as your backup media if you don't mind me asking?
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For a while I was using a NAS, but that's quite slow.
More recently I've attached a 3TB drive in an e-sata caddy to my laptop, so Reflect can image the contents of the SSD (recovery partition plus system) to the F: drive very quickly indeed. I can then copy an image from there to the NAS at leisure, so I'd probably do that if I wanted to keep an important image before messing around with the machine. Can't have too many backups...

As regards the recovery process, I initially used the basic bootable CD that you can create from one of the Macrium options, then more recently I created a Windows PE disk that offers a much more complete environment.

One thing to bear in mind with images on the NAS is that in order to use them for recovery you need to know where you've put them, so the location would need to be specified as a specific share name in the menu. I don't think it is easily discoverable via the 'Network' tab. I also recall that when using the e-sata drive it wasn't visible to the recovery menu of the basic bootable CD (maybe due to missing drivers), which is why I created the PE disk for recovery.
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Old 02-07-2013, 20:35
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Imaging doesn't always work. Try again.

Make sure you also include any System and any hidden partitions and the MBR.


While my c: drive (60GB of data) takes about an hour to save, my W7 SYSTEM partition and MBR takes less than a minute to Image and restore as a useful test.

Burn the boot CD/DVD ('Recovery Media/Disc') too, if you haven't already dons so.

And Verify first of course.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:41
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Hi Guys, OP here; many thanks to ALL above for the help and advice.

Now that you’ve expanded my knowledge base considerably, I’ll have another go at the backup & recovery process using Macrium Reflect Free s/w.

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