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Windows 7: Careful restoring from free Macrium w/boot CD and counting on backup

03 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
Careful restoring from free Macrium w/boot CD and counting on backup

The issue I ran across is apparently the same as in:

Macrium Reflect (Free 5.0.4118): need help on "recover partition"

So I had to restore my system to my SSD drive which I just secure erased. I have many drives on my system. I booted to the Macrium rescue CD, selected the backup image from one of my bacjup drives, went to the next page and selected the target drive - my SSD, drive 4, then went to a confirmation screen. Scrolling down I see it has as the target drive drive 3, one of my data drives! (if I would have went blindly on, you will see, it would have wiped my data drive).

So not knowing which was correct, I shut my PC down and disconnected all drives but the one with the image and the SSD drive, made sure all USB drives were disconnected (my phone had been). I then booted from the rescue CD, choose the image, choose the target (it correctly only gave me a choice of the SSD), then went to the confirmation page and the target was the backup drive with the image! Well, I thought what the heck, they SURELY won't format the disk with the selected image. WRONG! it formatted the backup drive and asked me for an image to restore, since it no longer had one. Sigh.

Well I had the foresight to have made an image with Windows 7 backup and restore as well, so was able to get back in business (after several trails and tribulations with it).

Note that with just an image on a backup disk and a target disk, I would not have been able to restore the Macrium image (I could have tricked it to selecting the right target by selecting the wrong one with multiple disks attached, but wouldn't trust that)!

So be careful and make sure you look at the selected target in the confirmation screen, it may not be what you selected. If you use the free versions of Macrium, you may want to do a dry run of sa restore up to the confirmation screen to see if you can actually do a restore.

Just to note I have restored from Macrium before with no problems. I don't know if it doesn't handle some system configurations correctly or if it is the version of the software.

I will need to check and see if the version of the rescue CD is the same as the current version of the software and if not, I will make a new rescue cd and do a dry run and report back here.

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03 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

OK, the "bad" version of the Macrium Reflect Linux based Rescue CD is 5.0.4076. I made a new rescue CD with the latest Macrium 5.0.4196 and the problem appears to be fixed.

If your Rescue CD has version 5.0.4076, throw it out and make a new rescue CD from Macrium 5.0.4196
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03 Jan 2012   #3
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Thanks GeneO.

I got lucky and hadn't updated to the 5 version until after the CD bug was fixed fortunately.
So I'm good to go.

I hope everyone reads this that uses Macrium on our forum.

Thanks for the update.
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