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Windows 7: Using macrium reflect with windows 10

28 Aug 2015   #1
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Using macrium reflect with windows 10

Went to backup my windows 10 C drive upon opening the Macrium,I aint sure which one to select to backup.
Can someone please help me decide which one do I have to backup.
Image included.

Many thanks.




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28 Aug 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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We may have different versions of Macrium, but I have a choice along the left side that says "create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows".

Do you have such a choice in your version of Macrium?

If I take that choice, Macrium will decide on the necessary partitions.

I don't use that choice because I know what partitions to choose on my system. I don't have a GPT boot drive like you do, so it's much simpler.

I would advise you to go to the Macrium web site and search their help files and forum regarding info on GPT discs.
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29 Aug 2015   #3
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Good morning.
I should have thought on that option,If that is the correct option when I select it the whole item comes up for backup as in the 1st screen shot.
I only want to make a copy of the operating system,As I have a regular backup of my documents etc using the Microsoft sync toy to an external hdd.
Would one of those in the 1st screen shot hold the O/S??

Thanks.

Is this the icon on the left side on the macrium page?.If so that's the one that selects all the drives.


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29 Aug 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Yes, that is the icon.

Your operating system is on C, BUT, BUT, BUT it isn't enough for you to just make an image of C. Or, more correctly, it isn't enough if you want to restore your PC to a working state---which I assume is what you would want to do.

I'd just let Macrium choose by using that icon, until and unless you develop enough knowledge about GPT and UEFI to know which partitions are required. If you do, you could then select them manually, not using that icon.

Imaging is done on a partition-by-partition basis. If your data is on C, it will be included in any Macrium image of C. If your data is on one of the other partitions Macrium deems necessary to restore Windows, it will be included.

You say that when you choose the icon, Macrium automatically selects all partitions. That tells me you don't have a "data only" partition.

The way around that is to deliberately put your data on a "data only" partition, unrelated to Windows. If you do that, Macrium would NOT include it in the necessary partitions.

The only harm in including your personal data in a Macrium image is that the image file would be considerably larger. If you have plenty of storage space, no problem.

Actually, there is another issue: suppose you keep your data on C. Suppose you make an image file of C on Sept 1.

On Sept 3, you develop a bunch of new data--say family pictures. Then on Sept 5, your hard drive fails. So you restore the Sept 1 image of C to a new hard drive. In that situation, your Sept 3 pictures would be lost---unless you had another backup of them made on Sept 3 or later, unrelated to Macrium.
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29 Aug 2015   #5
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Hey.Thanks for that information.
I must say that it looks very complicated a bit beyond me that was.Will have to have a good think about it.
Totally.......

Many Thanks.
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29 Aug 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

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It's actually pretty easy to use Macrium.

The main pitfalls are not making a known good "recovery disk" within Macrium that will in fact boot your PC. If it won't boot the PC, you have no way to start the machine with a bad hard drive and therefore could not restore.

And some folks make the bad decision to just make the image file, with no idea about how to actually restore it when disaster strikes.

So, if you decide to go with Macrium, I'd recommend you make a test image of a partition and then restore it, just so you know how the process works when you are not under the stress of a failed hard drive.
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29 Aug 2015   #7
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Yea thanks.
I have used macrium before on a windows 7 desktop.
But that was easier as the OS was on a separate hdd and all doc's etc were on another internal hdd.

Looking at this laptop the 1st image confused me totally,Didn't know where to begin as there were so many places on the C drive.
Thanks.
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29 Aug 2015   #8
ignatzatsonic

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https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...red_partitions

Above link might help you.

You apparently have a GPT system with UEFI.

From that link:

"For UEFI systems, the boot drive must contain an ESP, an MSR, and at least one basic data partition that contains the operating system."

So, that's 3 partitions required: C, ESP, and MSR (Microsoft Reserved).

"On drives greater than or equal to 16GB, the MSR is 128 MB."

That tells me that the third partition in your picture is the MSR. It's the only one that is 128 MB.

My guess would be that the "recovery" partition, the first one shown, is put there by Acer to help you recover to factory specs if needed. But I'm not sure why Macrium would necessarily think it's required to restore Windows.

The "push button reset" partition may also be part of the Acer recovery process and is apparently not needed to restore Windows, so Macrium omits it.
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30 Aug 2015   #9
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Well here we are another day.
1st. I must thank You very much for giving up your valuable time to help me out here.
2nd.That does look very complicated,Not as simple as the windows 7 that I have been doing.But over the next few days will definitely have a good deep read of all your info and may have a go,As I'm not very up on computer technology but am learning slowly.

Well Thanks very much once again.
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02 Sep 2015   #10
flogit

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Hi,I thought that I would give you an update on the windows 10 backup
Well I went for it just selected the icon in question and let it run.
It took about 45min,But the only issue is it backed up everything windows OS and doc's etc.The only thing is when the time comes when the pc plays up don't know what will happen then.
I also tried the rescue disc that I made and all is okay.

Just cross fingers.
many Thanks
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