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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect free

06 Apr 2017   #1
trimmer

Windows 7 SP 1 Home Premium x64
 
 
Macrium Reflect free

Good day, I'm using Macrium Reflect free v.5.3.7299 - It's the very last version of v.5. It was released [April 7, 2015]. I've restored my entire PC several times, Reflect worked exceptionally well. I keep #2 backups on a Toshiba Canvio 1 TB external drive. I made #2 Linux rescue DVDs, there's no need to make new backup DVDs. I put the DVD in and Macrium options come up at reboot.

I haven't kept Reflect up to date because it has no Linux rescue CD/DVD option, and I don't want Windows PE, is it? Or BartPE.? I'd like to keep it up to date.....how would I do that? Make an .ISO? If so, I don't know how I go about it. I had a slow DSL connect & downloading it was out of the question. I have a faster (DSL) connection now. I,ve read extensively, but I'm dyslexic......although, I am somewhat above average PC user.

I'm using Windows Home Premium with W 7 SP1 x64 - If this helps any: This PC was a gift, bought new in August 2010. A virus wiped it out one time (2013), besides that it's never been out of this room. Thanks in advance, best regards,
-Roy


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06 Apr 2017   #2
trimmer

Windows 7 SP 1 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ranger4 replied to this post, I got it in my email, but I don't see it here. Ranger4: You said you use Reflect v.5 full version. Do you know if the new version of Macrium have "Other Tasks" tab, and can it make a Linux rescue CD/DVD? Version 6.3.1745 is current at their website. I noticed at MajorGeeks they have version 7.0.1967. Excuse me, please......when it comes to figuring things out, and understanding, I am slow. Regards,
-Dale
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07 Apr 2017   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi Dale. I started to reply to your first post & then after re-reading your post I thought I was on the wrong track so I deleted my post.

I don't know if Macrium V6 or V7 have Other Tasks but I can't see why they wouldn't.

V5 can make either Win PE or Linux recovery CDs. As I had mentioned in that deleted post if you open Macrium & select Other Tasks, then select Create Rescue Media. On my version there are 2 options listed, one is Windows PE & the other is Linux. If you select the Linux option you should be able to make a rescue CD for Linux, which you can then test to make sure it works.
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07 Apr 2017   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I can't remember if V5 allowed one to make a Linux recovery disk in addition to Win PE or not (I'm using V6, which does not). However, there is nothing wrong with Win PE. I've used it for years with V5 and, now, V6 and it works just fine.

It will take a while to download on a slow internet connection but it is well worth the wait. Btw, I suggest using a USB thumb drive instead of a CD/DVD for the rescue media. It takes up less room in a drawer and may last even longer than burned optical media (CD/DVD). I also suggest making a spare one (you have to download Win PE only once) in case the first recovery media dies (keep in mind that all storage media is subject to sudden failure at anytime).
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07 Apr 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Macrium V6.3.1745 gives options.

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07 Apr 2017   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I can't remember if V5 allowed one to make a Linux recovery disk in addition to Win PE or not (I'm using V6, which does not). However, there is nothing wrong with Win PE. I've used it for years with V5 and, now, V6 and it works just fine.
V5 does allow you to select a linux rescue ISO. I just made one then deleted it.

I have the latest V5 version on one PC and V6 on another build and I use a Win pe rescue for both. The V5 Win pe involved a larger WAIK down load and you needed to add USB 3 drivers to the Win pe (messy for those not familiar with DISM) or manually add them each time you boot the V5 Win pe. V6 pe involves a much smaller download and has native support for USB 3.

Apparently a Macrium V7 free edition is coming soon.
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07 Apr 2017   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"...I suggest using a USB thumb drive instead of a CD/DVD for the rescue media..."
From personal experience, make at least one usb and one dvd boot of your utilities; sometimes my usb stick [which I should have boot-tested immediately after creating same] does not boot, however, the dvd does boot. Now and then, the reverse happens.
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07 Apr 2017   #8
trimmer

Windows 7 SP 1 Home Premium x64
 
 

I think I'll keep Macrium v.5, Windows PE seems too complicated. I can't understand how the rescue works. If my PC won't boot to Windows, how do I access Windows PE rescue file? 'Lady Fitzgerald': Do I download "Windows PE" (rescue?) to my Toshiba Canvio external drive? Using v.5 now; I have #2 50 GB Macrium (.mrimg) files in X-Backup #1 and X-Backup #2 [folders]......all PC partitions. I only put Lynux rescue on a CD. I avoid using them when I can.

'Layback Bear': Yes, I found out I need PE 3.1 - I'm stumped on how the rescue is retrieved, if t/PC won't boot to Windows. I hope everyone can half-way get what I'm saying, regards,
-Roy
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07 Apr 2017   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trimmer View Post
I think I'll keep Macrium v.5, Windows PE seems too complicated. I can't understand how the rescue works. If my PC won't boot to Windows, how do I access Windows PE rescue file? 'Lady Fitzgerald': Do I download "Windows PE" (rescue?) to my Toshiba Canvio external drive? Using v.5 now; I have #2 50 GB Macrium (.mrimg) files in X-Backup #1 and X-Backup #2 [folders]......all PC partitions. I only put Lynux rescue on a CD. I avoid using them when I can.

'Layback Bear': Yes, I found out I need PE 3.1 - I'm stumped on how the rescue is retrieved, if t/PC won't boot to Windows. I hope everyone can half-way get what I'm saying, regards,
-Roy

Win PE is a separate OS from your computer's OS. It gets downloaded to your computer but then it gets installed on your rescue media. If the OS on your computer will not boot, you boot Win PE and Macrium Reflect from your rescue media, then use it to restore your OS from your image. The same thing happens if you use a Linux based rescue media.
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07 Apr 2017   #10
trimmer

Windows 7 SP 1 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hey, 'RolandJS' - I'll learn how Windows PE works by trial & error, that's how I usually do with all software that's a bit advanced, I call it.

'Lady Fitzgerald' - Your reply about Win PE being "a separate OS from your computer's OS" helped.... it enlighten things a bit. Like I told 'RolandJS', I'll jump into it & figure it out......that's what I did when I started using Macrium. It was pretty easy. One thing, on reboot I hit the wrong option t/first try. I choose Verbose the second time and it worked like a charm. Have a good evening, many thanks to all,
-Roy
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