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Windows 7: using XML files in Macrium Reflect

01 Jun 2012   #1
drpepper

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 
using XML files in Macrium Reflect

using Macrium Reflect version 5.0, build 4620

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

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

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

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


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

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

3) Why is one option better than another?

Thanks for your replies.

drpepper


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01 Jun 2012   #2
Hanna 1

win7 home premium-64bit-SP1-IE10
 
 

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

PS: When creating an image with macrium, the program creates an XML file associated to that image.
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01 Jun 2012   #3
drpepper

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks Hanna 1,

That gives me a little better understanding. I'm sure that my understanding will grow as time unfolds.

I will copy the XML files to the target location to get into the habit of keeping proper file structure.

I do have a rescue CD to use if needed. That is why the XML files raised questions for me. From my limited understanding having both XML files and a rescue CD did not make sense. The only rationale I see is that it gives me a choice of restoring the virgin image or choosing a more recent image. Is that correct, or will the rescue CD allow me to choose which stored image to use?

drpepper
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01 Jun 2012   #4
Hanna 1

win7 home premium-64bit-SP1-IE10
 
 

Don't copy the XML file to the target location, it will be automatically generated in the chosen location.
The rescue CD will let you choose the wanted image.
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01 Jun 2012   #5
drpepper

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks, that clears things up quite a bit.

drpepper
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