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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect.


13 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Macrium Reflect.

Hi.

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

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

The backup works ok, nor problems.

I then would try a restore.

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

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

Then the backup cannot be found from the restore.

How can I solve this ?


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16 Aug 2011   #2

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Sorry I didn't see this before ...

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

Once installed, you will have to create and burn a new WinPE CD -- but then, it will have your drivers.
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16 Aug 2011   #3

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Since an image restore is, hopefully, a once-in-awhile thing, why don't you bypass the hub and plug your external drive directly into the computer you are trying to restore to? If you just need to restore a single file here and there which you might do more frequently, then I would suggest that Macrium Reflect isn't the correct tool for that. Other tools (such as Acronis True Image) would be able to accomplish that without the need to boot the PE CD. Win 7's built-in backup would also work.
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16 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

@ Mark Phelps

Many thanks for this nice tool link.

@strollin

I see your point. The reason is, that I have 3 windows computers that I want to backup.
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16 Aug 2011   #5

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
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@strollin

I see your point. The reason is, that I have 3 windows computers that I want to backup.
I don't understand why that makes a difference but if it makes sense to you and you wish to put forth the effort to make it work then I won't argue with you. I just think there are easier ways and I'm lazy so I take the easy way.
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17 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

The easier way is ?
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17 Aug 2011   #7

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

I already explained that in my first post. How often do you need to do an image restore from a backup? To me, it's far easier to plug the external drive directly into the machine you want to restore and bypass the hub rather than build a custom PE CD that includes the drivers to make the hub work. It's very rare that I do an image restore but maybe you do it more often.
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17 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

With any backup, imaging included...the number 1 thing is to eliminate as many points of failure as possible and make restores simple. The last thing you want is complexity after a disaster in trying to get your critical data back.

I agree completely with Strollin, I would plug an external drive directly into each computer when you want to image and restore. this way you don't have to be concerned that the latest version of your software's recovery media may or may not have been built with the drive support that you need to access the device.

For my backups, I use a USB 2.0/eSata dock and a typical 3.5" drive
The dock I use is $23.99 with a rebate and free shipping at newegg right now: Newegg.com - Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5” & 3.5” USB 2.0 & eSATA

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkhorse View Post
I see your point. The reason is, that I have 3 windows computers that I want to backup.
Could you not plug in an external drive to 1 computer, share it out, and then have all 3 computers backup regularly to that share. In the event that you ever have to restore, you simply disconnect the drive and move it to the dedicated computer? That would be my approach if you want to run scheduled backups of all 3 machines. For me, I just plug the drive into the machine that I want to backup and I backup manually when I get the urge that it's due.
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17 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Many thanks for answers and great suggestions. The eSata dock is very cheap. I will drive to Newegg tomorrow here from denmark :-)
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