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Boot recovery CDs with UEFI: Free Macrium Reflect vs Aomei

  1. #11


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by heracles View Post
    My question is this:
    Do i still need to enter the Bios and change the 1st boot order to usb even when using the PE 5.0 rescue environment,all the research i have done so far seems to say that the newer PE 5 rescue media will boot to Macrium without any other intervention,or have i got this completely wrong?
    I think you need to change the boot order.

    If the BIOS Boot order is set to look at the main hard disk first, and assuming your Windows installation is currently working fine, it won't even get as far as trying the USB.

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  2. #12


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


    You need the Macrium Boot environment---

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  3. #13


    Does the computer have the one time boot menu key, usually F12? If so, no need to change boot order in BIOS.

    With the USB drive installed, boot up and press the one time boot key. You should see the USB drive as one of the boot options. It won't show unless the drive is already inserted.
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  4. #14


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by heracles View Post
    Just a quick bump for this thread as i have a Windows 8 Asus laptop with the the newish UEFI,i have used Macrium free edition to make the PE 5.0 rescue usb,but when rebooting the pc to utilize the rescue media when attempting a live system image restore, the PE 5.0 usb is not recognised and the pc loads back into the windows desktop.My question is this:
    Do i still need to enter the Bios and change the 1st boot order to usb even when using the PE 5.0 rescue environment,all the research i have done so far seems to say that the newer PE 5 rescue media will boot to Macrium without any other intervention,or have i got this completely wrong?As you can probably tell i am not at all pc literate so would welcome all help/comments.

    Regards
    Your system spec does not tell me whether you are running 32 bit or 64 bit. UEFI is supported in 64 bit only. So if you have 64bit and your BIOS is setup for UEFI.
    1. Build the Rescue disk and in one of the screen, make sure you have checked as shown in the screen below:

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    2. You don't need to change anything in the BIOS. For ASUS Laptop, the one time boot is <ESC> key so you need to keep tapping on it during the boot up.
    3. Select UEFI-USBXXX.
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  5. #15


    Thanks for all your replies chaps[chapesses],my system is 64 bit but i think the usb pendrive was faulty so as a result was not being recognised,so built another and on RESTART i kept the "esc" key depressed and sure enough up popped the one time boot screen where i was able to choose the usb drive and boot straight into the Macrium recovery environment.Only on this forum did i actually find/receive the info needed to answer my question,so once again thanks to all and keep up the good work.

    Regards
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  6. #16


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by heracles View Post
    Thanks for all your replies chaps[chapesses],my system is 64 bit but i think the usb pendrive was faulty so as a result was not being recognised,so built another and on RESTART i kept the "esc" key depressed and sure enough up popped the one time boot screen where i was able to choose the usb drive and boot straight into the Macrium recovery environment.Only on this forum did i actually find/receive the info needed to answer my question,so once again thanks to all and keep up the good work.

    Regards
    Glad to hear it's working and BTW, your USB pendrive might not be faulty. Try this post to see if you can make it work again:
    Disk Management reallocation issues.
    and thanks for the rep.
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  7. #17


    ^^^
    I went through the above proceedure on the 2nd usb pendrive as i got a error message from Macrium saying "This usb disk does not contain a partition table,it may not be UEFI bootable,use Diskpart to initialise this disk as MBR.Error code 2" when attempting to make the PE 5.0 and all turned out fine,with the 1st usb drive i have since formatted it and am using it for my automatic files backup,but i think it is not 100% as sometimes it does not show up in "My Computer" but will if i disconnect/reconnect it?

    Regards
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    One of my usb sticks does that too. You may be better using a different one.
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