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Koukol

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It was suggested I backup up my PC with Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging so I did.
I'm now wondering when I can take advantage of it.
Can I use it at any time?
Or should/can I only use it when my PC is stuck and needs to be wiped clean?
System Restore ( or is it Recovery?) doesn't retrieve deleted Trash Bin files...correct?

I'm asking now because I have a lot of unknown files in my trash bin so I'm afraid to delete them.
IF I delete then and delete a file that was essential to a program can it be recovered by MR if it was in place when I Imaged (backed-up)?
 

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Boozad

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Macrium images will restore your drive/partition to the exact same state it was in when you created the image. There's no point restoring images if you don't need to. It doesn't wipe your system clean either, just puts it back exactly how it was. The images are a fail safe to fall back on if something goes wrong.

If you have files in your Recycle Bin the chances are you put them there, and if your system is running fine without them then they should be good to get rid of.
 

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popeye

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And image about once a week, replacing the old one, if you want it to be a bit more current especially if making lots of changes. A week's time is usually enough to know if something has created problems.

Oh, be sure to create the recovery disc built into Macrium options. It lets you boot into Macrium from disc even if your system totally crashes, Then you can restore your last image.
 

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I use either Clonezilla or EaseUS ToDo Workstation, depending on the circumstances.
As for back up periods. I do them when I first install the OS & remove the garbage. Then one when there are major fixes.

Other than that, I could go six months before backing up. All documents, pictures, music. All get stored in two offsite Cloud Shares.

My laptops just contain the essential, nothing else. The reason is that if someone tries to gain entry into a laptop. The do not have any access to Private Confidential information.
 

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Koukol

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Thanks guys.
The problem is with some files you don't know it's needed until you open a program that requires it and the program doesn't work.

I'll take the advice and wait a week or two before deleting.

Cheers!
 

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mikeytg

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Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.
 

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Koukol

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Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.

Great advice...cheers!
 

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fireberd

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I only do full hard drive (all partitions) images (backups). No incremental. I keep two backup versions. The current backup and the previous. After I do an image backup, I then delete the oldest version and that leaves the current and previous versions.

Doing a full hard drive, all partitions, is especially critical for commercial built systems (e.g Dell, Lenovo, etc) that have recovery partitions. If you just back up, for example the "C Drive" and not the other partitions, if the drive were to fail, the factory restore image (and whatever else) is lost.
 

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topgundcp

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Another way to use macrium reflect is to mount the image and explore it for the particular files you need. To do this use "explore image" on the restore menu. This way you can restore files without reloading everything.
Yet another way is just to double click on the image file (.mrimg), then select C: drive, it should automatically mounted and open in explorer:

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Phone Man

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If you open Recycle Bin and use detail view it will show the original location of the deleted file.

Jim :cool:
 

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Koukol

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If you open Recycle Bin and use detail view it will show the original location of the deleted file.

Jim :cool:

EXCELLENT!
Thanks!

Edit~OK I clicked "details pane" and chose this file libexif.dll
It didn't tell me what it was for.

I had to Google to find out it was a Chrome dll.
(I tried to switch to Chrome but went back to Firefox)
 

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broe23

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fireberd that is where Clonezilla comes in handy, but there is a catch. If the original install was say Windows 7 or Windows 8. 8.1.1 does not update the recovery partition, unless you physically install a OEM copy. That is where things will get a wonky with 10, when it comes out in July. There has to be a way to put 10 on a DVD or USB stick, then have it load a clean install with a restore partition, and OS partition.

I have not played with it, because right now I just waiting for it to come out in July. The really bad thing is that Google is readying Chrome for 10, so they are attempting to rid Chrome of third party items like Adobe Reader, Silverlight, Nuance Reader as NAPI's.

I got into a problem with Cups on Xubuntu 15.04, that it will only print blank pages to our Brother Laser, when trying to print from within Chrome. They screwed something up with Cups, that it does not work properly with DNSSD.
 

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Koukol

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I just updated my Imaging and came upon an option I don't understand.
A box was checked off (on) about backing up as a "XML Backup Definition File"
I left the box checked but have no idea if I should have.
 

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topgundcp

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The definition file appears in the Macrium Reflect main window on the Backup Definition Files tab, this saves all the settings for current backup and you can re-use for the next backup without having to reconfigure on how you want to backup again.

Uncheck it if you dont't need it. I normally do
 

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Koukol

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The definition file appears in the Macrium Reflect main window on the Backup Definition Files tab, this saves all the settings for current backup and you can re-use for the next backup without having to reconfigure on how you want to backup again.

Uncheck it if you dont't need it. I normally do


OK...this has me a little concerned since I've never done a "set-up"
I just opened the program and clicked "image" all files.

Is there a possibility I don't have a proper backup?
 
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gator2013

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OK...this has me a little concerned since I've never done a "set-up"
I just opened the program and clicked "image" all files.

Is there a possibility I don't have a proper backup?
If you have imaged all files you probably have more than you need. A straightforward method is to select "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup Windows" This will image everything you need but generally does not image the Recovery Partition if you currently have one. If in doubt, create another image and keep or delete the first one. Always Verify the image before you are done.
 

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Koukol

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OK...this has me a little concerned since I've never done a "set-up"
I just opened the program and clicked "image" all files.

Is there a possibility I don't have a proper backup?
Always Verify the image before you are done.
Thanks for the reply.

This is something I haven't done.
I guess I better do it again tomorrow.
Is the "verify" button easy to find?
 

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Was it---

"image" all files.

or image selected disks ?

screenshot_272.jpg

I like screenshots. :)
 

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gator2013

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Is the "verify" button easy to find?
Select Restore, you will see the Verify selection to the right next to the image file.
 

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