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Windows 7: Missing Partition After Using Macrium Reflect to Restore

13 Apr 2016   #1
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Missing Partition After Using Macrium Reflect to Restore

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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13 Apr 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

When you made your image with Macrium, you only made the image of the C partition, correct ?

And what do you mean E disappeared ? Was it now unallocated space ?

I`ll see if Wolfgang can lend some knowledge.
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13 Apr 2016   #3
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Correct on both. I only made the image of the C partition, and the E partition became unallocated. I wasn't expecting that to happen, as I would have copied the contents of E to my backup before doing the restore. (I usually do that when doing major updates and/or changes.)
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13 Apr 2016   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

One reason could be that you had made changes to the partition structure after you had imaged your system partition C: . (Your image had the partition table in sector 0 as it existed then.)
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13 Apr 2016   #5
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Excellent observation. I had resized the two partitions between creating the restore file and using it. I guess that's another important item not to be overlooked.

Since my C partition is larger than the original and the restored files, I wouldn't have thought that would be an issue.

It would have been nice if Reflect had told me there was a difference in sizes and what the result would be, thus allowing me to cancel the restore and make the C drive match the size when the restoration file was created, and then do the restore.

Thanks for your thought.
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13 Apr 2016   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by br4 View Post
Excellent observation. I had resized the two partitions between creating the restore file and using it. I guess that's another important item not to be overlooked.
In future one of the advantages of Macrium vs the Windows inbuilt imaging is that you can avoid this problem.
You can stay with the new target partition structure by using the Macrium "Drag & Drop" - "Note To use the target partition alignment."
Partition Alignment
It's an older link for V5 but should apply to V6.
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