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Applications For Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging

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    Windows 8.1

    Applications For Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging


    It was suggested I backup up my PC with Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging so I did.
    I'm now wondering when I can take advantage of it.
    Can I use it at any time?
    Or should/can I only use it when my PC is stuck and needs to be wiped clean?
    System Restore ( or is it Recovery?) doesn't retrieve deleted Trash Bin files...correct?

    I'm asking now because I have a lot of unknown files in my trash bin so I'm afraid to delete them.
    IF I delete then and delete a file that was essential to a program can it be recovered by MR if it was in place when I Imaged (backed-up)?

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    Wolves, England
    Posts : 143
    Win7 Pro x64 | Win8.1 Pro x64 VM | Win 10TP x64


    Macrium images will restore your drive/partition to the exact same state it was in when you created the image. There's no point restoring images if you don't need to. It doesn't wipe your system clean either, just puts it back exactly how it was. The images are a fail safe to fall back on if something goes wrong.

    If you have files in your Recycle Bin the chances are you put them there, and if your system is running fine without them then they should be good to get rid of.
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  3. #3


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    And image about once a week, replacing the old one, if you want it to be a bit more current especially if making lots of changes. A week's time is usually enough to know if something has created problems.

    Oh, be sure to create the recovery disc built into Macrium options. It lets you boot into Macrium from disc even if your system totally crashes, Then you can restore your last image.
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I use either Clonezilla or EaseUS ToDo Workstation, depending on the circumstances.
    As for back up periods. I do them when I first install the OS & remove the garbage. Then one when there are major fixes.

    Other than that, I could go six months before backing up. All documents, pictures, music. All get stored in two offsite Cloud Shares.

    My laptops just contain the essential, nothing else. The reason is that if someone tries to gain entry into a laptop. The do not have any access to Private Confidential information.
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    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks guys.
    The problem is with some files you don't know it's needed until you open a program that requires it and the program doesn't work.

    I'll take the advice and wait a week or two before deleting.

    Cheers!
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  6. #6


    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.
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    Posts : 101
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.
    Great advice...cheers!
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    I only do full hard drive (all partitions) images (backups). No incremental. I keep two backup versions. The current backup and the previous. After I do an image backup, I then delete the oldest version and that leaves the current and previous versions.

    Doing a full hard drive, all partitions, is especially critical for commercial built systems (e.g Dell, Lenovo, etc) that have recovery partitions. If you just back up, for example the "C Drive" and not the other partitions, if the drive were to fail, the factory restore image (and whatever else) is lost.
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  9. #9


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.
    Yet another way is just to double click on the image file (.mrimg), then select C: drive, it should automatically mounted and open in explorer:

    Click image for larger version
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  10. #10


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    If you open Recycle Bin and use detail view it will show the original location of the deleted file.

    Jim
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