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Macrium Reflect Rescue Media Boot up Question

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    Windows 10 Pro

    Macrium Reflect Rescue Media Boot up Question


    Hello everyone, I have been using Macrium (free) for a couple of years to back up and store images of my OS drive and some other data files. When I first setup the program (with my Windows 7 machine), I completed several full restores to ensure that I had the basics down in case of a real emergency. Over time, I got away from 'testing' the restore process and now I feel lost.

    I decided to update my rescue media today, and believe I did so successfully onto a thumbdrive, using Win PE 5.0. However, I'm not sure that my computer is booting up properly in order to conduct a simulated restore.

    I changed the 1st boot device to 'Removable Device,' but the computer seems to boot up like it always does in to Windows. It's been a couple of years since I actually performed a real restore, and I would like to know if this is normal. I believe I booted up previously using a Linux bootable rescue CD, and from what I recall that was bare bones and went straight in to the Macrium restore options. This is not happening now, instead it goes straight to my desktop like any other normal boot up.

    Does a Macrium Rescue Disk boot up using WinPE 5.0 look just like a regular system boot up? If so, I suppose I'm good and will proceed to complete a full restore. If not, I have to figure this out.

    Thanks in advance for your input,

    PCG

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Try turning off Secure Boot in BIOS. No it should not look like regular system boot, just a basic GUI.

    And in BIOS most will show the USB stick when plugged, select that to be your first boot device.
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    Windows 10 Pro


    Thanks for the reply, I will go try it now...
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    Windows 10 Pro


    Secure Boot is off, and instead of 'USB' my boot options are my SSD, CD/DVD, Removable Dev.

    I've tried with both Removable Dev. and CD/DVD, but neither are engaging...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    BIOS may not support USB flash drive boot. Can you make a DVD instead?
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    Windows 10 Pro


    Yes I can, (lol), but I just removed my CD/DVD drive to make room for a 2nd 2TB WD Black drive...

    Since it takes only a few minutes to switch the drives, I'm going to go through the exercise, this way I'll know for sure that I have the means to restore if the time ever comes.

    I'm actually 75% complete with various upgrades on this computer and the next project is to transplant my XPS 8100 computer in to a larger Corsair tower. After that it's gonna be a new motherboard and cpu; When I do the MB upgrade (probably next year), the bios problem will go away, right?

    Thanks again for your help popeye; I'll let you know how the CD restore goes...
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You could break down & buy the Standard version of Macrium & get the boot time menu for restoring images & avoid issues of booting from usb drives.
    So much simpler...
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    Windows 10 Pro


    That worked popeye! It took me longer to find a RW CD than it did to test it out! The WinPE 5.0 version didn't work so I reverted to the Linux version and I was able to boot up and see all of the necessary drives.

    Out of curiosity, I also pulled out one of my old rescue disks from January 2013 and it also appeared to work.

    Thanks again!
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    Windows 10 Pro


    This is exactly what I'm in the process of doing David. I'm going to buy the Standard version. Are you saying when I purchase the Standard version I will be able to use USB instead of CDs on this computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    You could break down & buy the Standard version of Macrium & get the boot time menu for restoring images & avoid issues of booting from usb drives.
    So much simpler...
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    You could break down & buy the Standard version of Macrium & get the boot time menu for restoring images & avoid issues of booting from usb drives.
    So much simpler...
    You don't need to buy a standard version. I posted the procedure how to dual boot with Macrium Rescue before and here's the link:
    Solved How to dual boot Windows 8/10 with Free Macrium Rescue. - Windows 10 Forums
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