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A couple of questions about Macrium Reflect

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    Greece
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    A couple of questions about Macrium Reflect


    I'm using Macrium on a usb to create System Images from 2 laptops (using the usb because the program will not install onto one of the laptops and I want just one solution).

    When I open the program I get a message saying that I may need to load the driver for the Network Controller. Under this is a comment that I only need to load the drivers if they are needed for an image or restore. So far I've chosen not to load the driver and the images have been created successfully. But should I be loading the driver?

    Also, sometimes the process fails on one laptop because of bad blocks. I know that on the desktop version I can choose to ignore bad blocks. I can't find a way to do this on the usb. Is it possible?

    And finally, do I need to keep updating the program on the usb or will it be okay if it's a somewhat out of date version?

    Thanks

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe insert it & find it in my PC & right click it & click Properties & use the error checker under the Tools tab---

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    Last edited by David Bailey; 18 Jan 2015 at 11:27.
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    Greece
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    Hi David,

    Not sure how this would work. Would it be checking the C drive for errors (which is what I need) or the usb itself?

    And I forgot to mention that I'm using the free edition. I know you use the pro and it may have different options.

    Usually I try to remember to do a chkdsk before I do the image, but sometimes the memory (inside my head) fails.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    You run the error checker on the usb drive.
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    Greece
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    Hi David,

    I can see that it runs from the usb, but does it error check the usb drive or the c drive? (or am I being even more dense in my lack of understanding than usual, which I would have to attribute to a lack of red wine tonight ). I can't see anywhere that allows you to select a drive to error check (but then I've only looked at it, not tried it).

    I want to error check the c drive before I make the image.
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    Covington, La
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    Look at the top under "Other Tasks" - "Edit Defaults" and select "Verify File System" under the "Backup" tab.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    does it error check the usb drive or the c drive
    If you click on Properties of the usb drive it checks the usb drive.

    If you click on Properties of the C drive it checks the C drive.

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    Greece
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Look at the top under "Other Tasks" - "Edit Defaults" and select "Verify File System" under the "Backup" tab.

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    Jim
    I don't see this on my usb drive Jim. (I'm using the Macrium recovery.iso that whs gave me a link to some time ago.) The program seems to have limited functions (just image and restore basically). I can't post screenshots as I need to boot to the usb to use it, and then don't have access to my snipping tool.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    does it error check the usb drive or the c drive
    If you click on Properties of the usb drive it checks the usb drive.

    If you click on Properties of the C drive it checks the C drive.
    I don't think this is the solution I need David (but thanks anyway). I was hoping to avoid having to check the drive by excluding any bad blocks beforehand.

    When I do a Windows System Image it will still work if there are bad blockss; it just tells me they've been excluded from the image. This is good as I don't always remember to do a chkdsk first). I was hoping I could use the same setting on Macrium to save me wasted imaging attempts, but it looks like this may not be available from the usb (though I'm pretty sure it is on the free edition I installed on my laptop before).

    I am assuming that I can't run this full program from a usb as I was directed to the recovery.iso by whs when having problems before. And I'd guess the full program needs to make registry entries etc.?

    Things have to go on hold for a little while now as my laptop has kindly informed me that a hard disk failure could be imminent. Fortunately I have just successfully created both a Macrium and a Windows backup, and being forewarned I can make sure I back up any new data every day, so I should be okay until I get a new HDD fitted. And if I am lucky, this will maybe solve the problem of those bad blocks for me (fingers crossed emoticon needed here!).

    But I'd still be interested to know if I can exclude bad blocks from a Macrium backup done using the recovery.iso...
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Look at the top under "Other Tasks" - "Edit Defaults" and select "Verify File System" under the "Backup" tab.

    Click image for larger version

    Jim
    I don't see this on my usb drive Jim. (I'm using the Macrium recovery.iso that whs gave me a link to some time ago.) The program seems to have limited functions (just image and restore basically). I can't post screenshots as I need to boot to the usb to use it, and then don't have access to my snipping tool.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    does it error check the usb drive or the c drive
    If you click on Properties of the usb drive it checks the usb drive.

    If you click on Properties of the C drive it checks the C drive.
    I don't think this is the solution I need David (but thanks anyway). I was hoping to avoid having to check the drive by excluding any bad blocks beforehand.

    When I do a Windows System Image it will still work if there are bad blockss; it just tells me they've been excluded from the image. This is good as I don't always remember to do a chkdsk first). I was hoping I could use the same setting on Macrium to save me wasted imaging attempts, but it looks like this may not be available from the usb (though I'm pretty sure it is on the free edition I installed on my laptop before).

    I am assuming that I can't run this full program from a usb as I was directed to the recovery.iso by whs when having problems before. And I'd guess the full program needs to make registry entries etc.?

    Things have to go on hold for a little while now as my laptop has kindly informed me that a hard disk failure could be imminent. Fortunately I have just successfully created both a Macrium and a Windows backup, and being forewarned I can make sure I back up any new data every day, so I should be okay until I get a new HDD fitted. And if I am lucky, this will maybe solve the problem of those bad blocks for me (fingers crossed emoticon needed here!).

    But I'd still be interested to know if I can exclude bad blocks from a Macrium backup done using the recovery.iso...
    OK.

    Error checking would be good if you suspected bad sectors on C or on the usb.

    There is Auto Verify too in Macrium.

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    a hard disk failure could be imminent
    Another good reason to use error checking.

    But I'd still be interested to know if I can exclude bad blocks from a Macrium backup done using the recovery.iso...
    A good reason to get the Standard version with Auto Verify option.

    A couple of times the backup was aborted for me because something was wrong.
    I don't remember what but I fixed it & started the image again & it went ok.

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    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Why don't don't you just make the image and verify it? If it verifies ok it will re-image ok.
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