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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect Free ...I'm in :-)

02 Oct 2012   #1
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Macrium Reflect Free ...I'm in :-)

Sorry, it's me again!

I started my Macrium imaging experience today with the Tecra R840 laptop (Win7 Pro 64-bit).

1- After installation, I created the Rescue disc with sucess :)
(I already had the 1.7 GB WAIK stored in one of my USB 3.0 external hdd, so it was done in a breeze. But...I still do not understand what is the WAIK!!! There was an option to delete the WAIK after the disc creation...I do not checked that!)

2- I imaged my entire SSD to one of my external USB 3.0 hdd (used only for backup images) (see pic) (70.4 GB in 11 minutes and the resulting image file occupied only 50% of that :)).



Everything occured with no trouble at all and very friendly :).

If anyone could answer these questions I would appreciate:

a- I imaged to a folder that I created (named "MacriumReflect Images) in my external hdd. Is this ok, since with windows backup I need to image directly to the root directory of the hdd ?

b- Instead of a DVD could I create a USB flash rescue bootable media?

c- Was everything in my laptop imaged?

d- In a worst scenario case (almost) like I cannot boot from windows, neither in safe mode, how can I restore my laptop to a previous imaged state?

e- I saw (via autoruns) that a service was created "ReflectService.exe" ! Is this necessary for...? What will happen if I disabled it?

f- May I backup my images? I mean, may I copy/paste the image for another external hdd just in case?

Thanks a lot for reading this! I will appreciate any comments :)

Cheers,
paulo




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02 Oct 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Bom dia Paulo - please see some comments below.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
If anyone could answer these questions I would appreciate:

a- I imaged to a folder that I created (named "MacriumReflect Images) in my external hdd. Is this ok, since with windows backup I need to image directly to the root directory of the hdd ?
Yes, its perfectly OK to use that folder structure.


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b- Instead of a DVD could I create a USB flash rescue bootable media?
Yes, you can do that. Here is a tutorial that shows how to use the Linux rescue disk from USB, but if you use WinPE its exactly the same. Tip: for the rescue ISO, make sure there are no spaces in the name, or the USB will not boot.
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
c- Was everything in my laptop imaged?
Everything on the SSD was imaged.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
d- In a worst scenario case (almost) like I cannot boot from windows, neither in safe mode, how can I restore my laptop to a previous imaged state?
Boot from the rescue iso from the USB, then browse to the image and restore it. See this:
Imaging with free Macrium

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e- I saw (via autoruns) that a service was created "ReflectService.exe" ! Is this necessary for...? What will happen if I disabled it?
The service is neccessary to run Macrium.

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f- May I backup my images? I mean, may I copy/paste the image for another external hdd just in case?
Absolutely, yes - you back them up like any other file. No worries with that.
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02 Oct 2012   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Allow me to make one more point. Test the rescue CD, now, make sure it works. You will not have to use the image. You want to be sure the CD works during the time of a crisis. I make a new image every time I download new software, updates or make any other changes. In addition, I make an image twice a month.
Macrium has saved me twice.
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02 Oct 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Excellent addition, thanks Rich.
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02 Oct 2012   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

And you are welcome.
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02 Oct 2012   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

reflectservice.exe = Macrium Reflect Image Mounting Service
To mount the image and give it a drive letter as it was a real drive.
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02 Oct 2012   #7
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Golden, thanks for the quick answers and the portuguese words too .
Thanks richc46 for the aditional tip :).
Thanks for the explanation Kaktussoft.

About your tip "Test the rescue CD, now, make sure it works"...(sorry I'm a newbie) how can I do that? Any sugestion? This CD only works to my computer right? I've finished to install Macrium in my desktop at work too!

Cheers,
paulo
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02 Oct 2012   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Turn off the computer
Put the CD in the computer
Boot the computer
It should boot from the CD
After boot you should not be in Windows, you should see the available, images. You can stop at this point do not choose an image or you will actually install the image.
If any of the above does work as described, post and we will help.
BTW, now, set the computer to boot from a CD and leave the setting, in case of future problems.
Follow this tutorial, the same as Seven
Boot Priority - Change - Vista Forums
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02 Oct 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
Golden, thanks for the quick answers and the portuguese words too .
Thanks richc46 for the aditional tip :).

About your tip "Test the rescue CD, now, make sure it works"...(sorry I'm a newbie) how can I do that? Any sugestion? This CD only works to my computer right? I've finished to install Macrium in my desktop at work too!

Cheers,
paulo
That is very simple.

1. Create a small 2GB partition
2. Copy some data into that partition (any folders)
3. Image that partition
4. Delete some data from that partition
5. Restore that partition with the Macrium WinPE CD and check whether the data you had deleted is back.

The advantage of that approach is that it is very fast and you need not take any risks with your system partitions. Just watch out that you do not have more than 3 primary partitions on your disk before you attempt to create that 2GB partition.
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02 Oct 2012   #10
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks a lot for all this help!
I will try it right away and post here as soon as I finish!

paulo
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