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Restoring an Image File from Macrium Reflect Free

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Restoring an Image File from Macrium Reflect Free


    I'm transferring my Windows 8.1 desktop system from a HDD to SSD. I've created a Macrium image file of the partitions "required to backup and restore Windows" on the D: partition of my HDD. I'm ready to restore the Macrium Image from drive D: to the new SSD.

    See Restoring an image from within Windows - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Software

    Please advise:

    1. What options do I select for the restore?
    2. Do I need to resize the restored partitions and how should I set the partition alignment to ensure a bootable SSD?
    3. Do I need to do anything else to ensure the new SSD will be UEFI bootable and the Windows recovery partitions will be operable?

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  2. #2


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    1. With SSD connected. Run Macrium and click on Restore tab then select the image that you've create in D: and select the SSD as destination drive to be restored to.
    2. No. You don't need to do anything.
    3. If the original is UEFI then the restore will be in UEFI.


    After restored the image to the SSD. Connect the SSD to sata port 0 and set it to be the 1st drive in boot priority. Reboot, the PC should boot up with SSD as the boot drive..
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I hit a problem. My C: drive is a 249GB partition of which 52.8 GB is used and the SSD is 240GB.

    Macrium Reflect won't restore the image since the SSD is too small even though only 52.8GB of the C: drive is used.

    What do I do now - shrink Drive C: to something like 200GB using Paragon Partition Manager or is there an option in Reflect I'm missing?
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  4. #4



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    To reduce the C: drive size:

    1. Try turning off system restore and pagefile and hibernate(all which can be turned on after system is on SSD if you wish).
    2. Reboot so the files are free.
    3. Then run ccleaner and disk cleanup(as admin) make sure you tick Windows update clean-up.
    4. Then defrag normally first with Optimize Drives.
    5. After that using admin command prompt with the commanddefragc: /x /v /ufor free space consolidation.
    6. Then and only then using Disk Management shrink your C: volume only as much as it allows.
    7. Then create an image to which you can reimage to the SSD.


    How much used is not the question/problem, it's how much space is allotted for the partition.
    Last edited by Cliff S; 26 Jul 2015 at 11:22. Reason: Made more readable
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  5. #5


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I had 5 partitions on the disc - the 4th was my C: drive and the last the PBR recovery partition. My original C: drive partition size was just too big to allow room for the PBR partition on the new SSD.

    It's quite easy to adjust the partition size when you work out how to use Reflect. You need to drag each source partition to the destination drive. On dragging over the C: drive to the destination drive there was not enough room for the PBR partition. I just used the option under 'Restored Partition Properties' to resize the C: drive on the new disk to enable the remaining PBR partition to fit.

    The OS has been restored to the new SSD and all works fine.
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    Trying to Sith things out
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    Cool I never heard of that way before. And no data or anything got lost? All programs work?
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  7. #7


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    All data restored OK but I hit a problem trying to improve the boot speed.

    When I started the system with the SSD alone it booted in 10 seconds. However, when I plug in the old HDD which contains a partition having the old Windows 8.1 OS, it takes 30s to boot - but it is booting from the SSD. Boot time is reduced to 15s if I enable fast start-up.


    I tried changing the MSCONFIG start-up options which messed up something since the system then refused to boot from the SSD!


    I've now restored the SSD again. I wonder whether the problem is due to still having the old OS on another partition (Drive G). Should I delete the old OS partitions or is some work needed using BCDEDIT to restore the boot up time?
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    If you don't need it: delete it. On mine I deleted the C: partition but left the Recovery partitions and OEM & EFI, the repartitioned the old C to F & G. Here's a screenshot:
    Click image for larger version
    I left the others because they really don't take up much space and it's kind of a 4th backup method(to be used when nothing else works to reinstall). But when I switch to Win 10, I'll probably pull out my Ubuntu live disk and nuke those partitions and extend them to F & G using GParted(great tool for everything but an OS disk(I use windows tool for windows)).
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I've hidden the previous OS partitions on the old HDD which is now a backup drive and disabled some unneeded startup programs and tasks using Autoruns.

    The PC now boots to the Windows login screen in 15s (from BIOS beep to login) with fast start-up disabled and in 10s with fast start-up enabled.

    Is this now a reasonable boot time for a system using a San Disk Pro SSD, Intel i5 4670K CPU, 8GB RAM & Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 Intel Z87 motherboard running Windows 8.1 Pro x64?
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    I've hidden the previous OS partitions on the old HDD which is now a backup drive and disabled some unneeded startup programs and tasks using Autoruns.

    The PC now boots to the Windows login screen in 15s (from BIOS beep to login) with fast start-up disabled and in 10s with fast start-up enabled.

    Is this now a reasonable boot time for a system using a San Disk Pro SSD, Intel i5 4670K CPU, 8GB RAM & Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 Intel Z87 motherboard running Windows 8.1 Pro x64?
    Yup very...
    If you wish to control/look at your boot times with break down of individual phases, go to this post and download the zip I posted, and follow the instructions there.
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