I think you have had some hints from previous replies. I don't have specific experience with Macrium, but you can have a look at your own disk and see what partitions are there and, when restoring, depending on what you need to do, you may have to restore, at the most, all the partitions you have on your drive. I say depending, but because it depends on your goal for the restore. If you just want to fix something that has only to do with the C: drive, then you only need to restore the C: drive. if you want to copy the disk to a new one (to replace it, for example), then you would need to restore everything in your image.
Your reply to my Q1 makes it clear that I was wise to abort the restore when I did – it looks as though I was trying to restore the wrong drive. Puzzled as to why it was possible to examine folders in Explorer, but not from the boot disk/drive without formatting, I’ve just had another try with E and was told it also needed formatting first.
Further examination shows several drives, ESP, Diags, Winretools, etc. and I had selected the drive called No Name on the basis that 120 GB was most likely the image. Looking at it more carefully, I notice it is 120 MB not GB, which just left OS(C), an unlikely choice but with 48.7 GB used from 450 GB clearly the image, and it was possible to delve down to Users and open folders.
In future I will need to be more careful about the choice I make. But when restoring an image does one select all the drives, or is everything on the 48.7GB drive?
As FUN said, you don't need the Pro version just to get a SSD, as that doesn't fall in the definition of different hardware. However, if you do feel this is a nice software packaged and that will provide good value, I would encourage you to reward the company by buying a paid version. Free is good and all, but I like to pay for software that I find helpful and valuable, or even donate to the creator. It's a way to show our appreciation for the people who develop the products and helps ensuring they can keep doing it. If we rely on free and never pay, even with companies as big as Google, the software may end up being discontinued.
I will follow your advice and create another image, probably tomorrow or Saturday, so as to have two available for the big test. Success with that would give me confidence in ordering the MR family pack before the offer ends on the 31st.
This raises the question of whether to buy the standard or Pro version. Pro offers support for dynamic disks – whatever they may be – but also allows restoration to new hardware, which presumably would be needed as/when I decide to add an SSD, and also if the wife’s PC or the laptop need replacing.
Thank you and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014 for you and your loved ones, too.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and many thanks for all your help during the last 12 months.