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  1. #1


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Use .wim file or all drives image > Macrium


    I guess this is the right area to post this in.

    I got the paid version of Macrium Reflect & did an image of all local drives:

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    And a .wim file:

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    Both on USBs.

    If I ever need to reinstall & get ALL my stuff back, would the Image or the .wim be best ?

    I used the PE4.

    Plus I made the bootable rescue media for Windows.

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  2. #2


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Your systems are in the image files of 32 GB. The Wim file contains a bootable preinstallation environment for windows WinPE, and none of your data, in its 161 MB.
    Macrium uses the WinPE to boot into the restore process, as described in the Macrium literature.
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  3. #3


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    1) I would YES to the above, but I do not use Macrium Reflect.

    2) but the bootable disk does not look right.
    Looks like you have no boot files.

    For example.

    Paragon 12

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    SSR Desktop Edition 2013

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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thank you both.

    If I test the image backup is there an option to stop the process if needed ?

    I might format the usb & try again to see if boot files get added.

    I think the xml file may control booting.
    I don't know.
    Here is its' content:

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?><!--                                                                                                           -->
    <!-- BDF v2.0.0 Image and backup definition file for Macrium Reflect v5.0                                      -->
    <!--                                                                                                           -->
    <!-- This file is a template XML to enable a Reflect backup or Image to be initiated from VB Script or an      -->
    <!-- MSDOS batch file.                                                                                         -->
    <!-- Simply modify this file if required and pass the file name as a parameter to reflect.exe.                 -->
    <backup_definition version="2.0" reflect="v5.2.6399">
        <!-- backup or image file properties -->
        <properties>
            <!-- Name that appears in the log when this definition is executed -->
            <name>D:\My Backup(1).xml</name>
            <!-- Auto Verify Image or Backup File.  Y - Yes, N - No  -->
            <autoverify>N</autoverify>
            <!-- 0 - Disk Image, 1 - File and folder backup -->
            <backup_type>0</backup_type>
            <!-- 0 - Full, 1 - Incremental, 2 - Differential, 3 - Auto -->
            <method>3</method>
            <!-- Compression level. 0 - No compression, 1 - Medium, 2 - High -->
            <!-- Applies to full file and folder backups and images only -->
            <compression>1</compression>
            <!-- Intelligent sector copy  Y - Yes, N - No -->
            <!-- Applies to full disk images only -->
            <intelligent>Y</intelligent>
            <!-- Maximum file size of the destination file -->
            <!-- 0 - Auto, otherwise file size in MB (1024 = 1GB) -->
            <!-- Applies to full file and folder backups and images only -->
            <maxfilesize>0</maxfilesize>
            <!-- Password protection. Empty - No Password, Otherwise enter password value -->
            <!-- Applies to full file and folder backups and images only -->
            <password Type="Clear" />
            <!-- AES Encryption. 0 - None, 1 - Standard 128 Bit, 2 - Medium 192 Bit, 3 High 256 bit -->
            <!-- Applies to full file and folder backups and images only -->
            <aes>0</aes>
            <!-- Override the application defined timeout for batch jobs.  Y - Yes, N - No -->
            <!-- Applies to all images and backups -->
            <disable_timeout>N</disable_timeout>
            <!-- comment for the backup -->
            <comment />
            <!-- Power Saving settings -->
            <power level="0" force="N">N</power>
            <!-- settings for email generation on backups -->
            <email>
                <!-- settings for successful backups -->
                <success>
                    <!-- enable notifications for successul backup, Y = Yes, N = No -->
                    <enabled>N</enabled>
                    <!--  attach log file, Y = Yes, N = No -->
                    <attach_log>N</attach_log>
                    <!--  attach VSS log file, Y = Yes, N = No -->
                    <attach_vss_log>N</attach_vss_log>
                    <!-- recipients list, separate each recipient with a semi-colon (;) -->
                    <recipients />
                    <!-- subject, plain text only -->
                    <subject />
                    <!-- body, plain text only, use \n for a newline -->
                    <body />
                </success>
                <!-- settings for failed backups -->
                <failure>
                    <!-- enable notifications for failed backup, Y = Yes, N = No -->
                    <enabled>N</enabled>
                    <!--  attach log file, Y = Yes, N = No -->
                    <attach_log>N</attach_log>
                    <!--  attach VSS log file, Y = Yes, N = No -->
                    <attach_vss_log>N</attach_vss_log>
                    <!-- recipients list, separate each recipient with a semi-colon (;) -->
                    <recipients />
                    <!-- subject, plain text only -->
                    <subject />
                    <!-- body, plain text only, use \n for a newline -->
                    <body />
                </failure>
            </email>
        </properties>
        <!-- The source of the backup  -->
        <source>
            <!-- The following applies to Disk Images only -->
            <image_entry id="1">
                <!-- disk is the 1 based index of the disk to be imaged -->
                <!-- id is the disk signature and is used in place of the disk index if specified -->
                <disk id="5E9C1399-0692-415D-A261-0DFD4A3675BC">1</disk>
                <!-- partition is the 1 based index of the partition on the disk -->
                <partition>1</partition>
            </image_entry>
            <!-- File and folder backup. backup ntfs permissions. Y = Yes, N = No -->
            <backup_ntfs_permissions />
            <!-- File and folder backup. follow system junction points and symbolic links Y = Yes, N = No -->
            <image_entry id="2">
                <disk id="5E9C1399-0692-415D-A261-0DFD4A3675BC">1</disk>
                <partition>2</partition>
            </image_entry>
            <image_entry id="3">
                <disk id="5E9C1399-0692-415D-A261-0DFD4A3675BC">1</disk>
                <partition>3</partition>
            </image_entry>
            <image_entry id="4">
                <disk id="5E9C1399-0692-415D-A261-0DFD4A3675BC">1</disk>
                <partition>4</partition>
            </image_entry>
            <image_entry id="5">
                <disk id="5E9C1399-0692-415D-A261-0DFD4A3675BC">1</disk>
                <partition>5</partition>
            </image_entry>
            <follow_system_reparse_ponts />
            <!-- File and folder backup. follow user junction points and symbolic links Y = Yes, N = No -->
            <follow_user_reparse_ponts />
            <!-- Fie and folder backup filters. Increment the 'id' for each filter-->
            <!-- Applies to file and folder backups only -->
            <folder_filter id="1">
                <!-- Folder to backup e.g. 'c:\my documents\'. -->
                <folder />
                <!-- Include sub-folders Y or N -->
                <sub_folders />
                <!-- File filter patterns, separated with semi colons -->
                <include_file_filter />
                <exclude_file_filter />
                <!-- Sub-folder filter patterns, separated with semi colons -->
                <include_folder_filter />
                <exclude_folder_filter />
                <!-- Exclude System files Y or N -->
                <exclude_system_files />
                <!-- Exclude Hidden files Y or N -->
                <exclude_hidden_files />
            </folder_filter>
            <!-- exchange backup Y or N -->
            <exchange>N</exchange>
            <!-- Exchange Components to be backed up -->
            <exchange_components />
            <!-- Exchange metadata -->
            <exchange_metadata />
            <!-- sql backup Y or N -->
            <sql>N</sql>
            <!-- databases -->
            <sql_databases />
        </source>
        <!-- Destination of backup or image file  -->
        <destination>
            <!-- Fully qualified path to destination directory  -->
            <directory>D:\</directory>
            <!-- Destination file name.    -->
            <!-- A empty name indicates that the 16 character hex name of the     -->
            <!-- backup set will be used. This is the recommended setting         -->
            <!-- Applies to full file and folder backups and Images -->
            <file_name />
            <!-- Disk Space Management -->
            <dsm>
                <!-- Active Y - Yes, N - No -->
                <!-- dsm_type  0 = based on age of backups -->
                <!--           1 = number of full backups to retain -->
                <active dsm_type="0">N</active>
                <!-- Run after the backup -->
                <run_after>N</run_after>
                <!-- for dsm_type = 0 - Type 0 - Days, 1 - Weeks  -->
                <type>0</type>
                <!-- dsm_type  0 - Number of days or weeks         -->
                <!-- dsm_type  1 - Number of full backups to retain -->
                <number>30</number>
            </dsm>
        </destination>
    </backup_definition>
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  5. #5


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    Macrium Support Forum - Unable to download WinPE 4 files

    Quote Originally Posted by Gork
    Perhaps the following topic would be helpful:
    Macrium Support Forum - Problems Installing after Win 7 upgrade

    Since you indicate you are using WinPE 4, however, I believe you'd download the WADK instead of the WAIK.

    Did you download the WADK files?
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Waik.
    I'll try to download the other now.
    I joined the forum at Macrium & posted there too.
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  7. #7


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I studied the backup.
    I verified it:

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    I browsed it & found Boot file among others:

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    I will now throw caution to the winds & create a new image & test it on restart.

    If I don't post back soon, it's because I screwed up my computer.
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  8. #8


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    First make sure the bootable Recovery disk will boot.
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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    New image shots before testing


    I made a new image.
    Pictures:

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    Now to test it.
    I'll post back if the computer still works.
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Computer still works.

    The xml file is for double clicking to start the image recovery.
    If you do it from your computer & not a USB drive.

    I made a new image since I forgot any changes I had made since the first one.

    With the USB in the computer, I chose Restart.
    It gave me the options of booting to Windows 8 or Macrium.
    I chose Macrium.

    Macrium came up & I chose to deploy the image backup.

    It took 35 minutes to complete.

    And here I am.
    No issues.
    EVERYTHING replaced & functioning nicely.

    It was well worth the $45 I paid for it.

    When I started the process the .xml file did not come into play since I was booting from the USB drive.

    I'm happy this worked so well.

    I hope this info helps others unsure about how to use Macrium.
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