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    Test backup problem

    I do weekly backups using Macrium Reflect 5.2. I have now tried to do a test to see if
    the backup would work.
    I do a reboot with the Rescue disc in the CD drive but the I just get a normal boot up.
    What am I doing wrong, or are there some settings incorrect.
    Present situation would be of no use if I had a sudden hard drive failure.
    Please kindly assist.
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    You need to tell your PC to boot from the CD. Generally pressing F11 several times as the machine is booting you will get a machine boot menu. In Windows 8 you can hold Shift down and click Restart.

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    Dave,

    On Dell Computers that would be F12. HTH
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    Thanks to both. The problem is solved. Found the actual CD-RW disc was faulty. Although when I
    created the rescue media, the message was created successfully. Luckily I never had a failure otherwise problems.
    Have created a new disc which tests OK. The new disc was from the same batch.
    Anyway, lesson learnt.
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    Found the actual CD-RW disc was faulty.
    It's generally recommend to never use the RW types of CD or DVD discs for backups and archiving of data, may not always be usable on same computer or other computers.

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    Thanks Berton, so what type of disc is the recommendation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBRenn View Post
    Thanks Berton, so what type of disc is the recommendation?
    -R or +R - I prefer -R and Maxell or Verbatim DVDs.

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    Personally, I'd recommend a USB stick, as they are easier to update and boot quicker! HTH
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    RG, how does one do a bootup from the rescue media on a USB stick using Macrium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBRenn View Post
    Thanks Berton, so what type of disc is the recommendation?
    Either the +R or -R will work. The two types are competing formats and the parties involved couldn't agree on a common ground, similar to BETA and VHS where VHS won out. The issue became rather moot when drive makers went to the Multi-Format construction. Just use the ones you have success with, I personally use only brand names such as Verbatim, Sony, Kodak, TDK, etc., get them in the 100-count 'cakebox' at major office supply stores, Wal*Mart, Costco, Sam's Club, etc., at about $30, sometimes less. I had bad experiences a few years with the fully-colored discs, some drives couldn't read them, could have been the power of the drive/laser wasn't quite good enough.
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    Dave,

    On my Dell machines (3) I just press the F12 key rapidly at boot until the boot menu is displayed then choose the option to boot from the USB device. I've actually made the process easier by saving the Macrium Boot setup to a partition of my USB HD so I can boot from the same device that holds the backups. You can read about the process here. HTH
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    Thanks RG, will invest in a USB stick and give it a try.
    Also thanks to Berton and Sudo re. disc info.

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    You're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBRenn View Post
    Thanks RG, will invest in a USB stick and give it a try.
    Also thanks to Berton and Sudo re. disc info.
    You are also welcome

    You will need to check if the machine does have the option to boot from USB before HDD as some earlier machines don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBRenn View Post
    Thanks to both. The problem is solved. Found the actual CD-RW disc was faulty. Although when I
    created the rescue media, the message was created successfully. Luckily I never had a failure otherwise problems.
    Have created a new disc which tests OK. The new disc was from the same batch.
    Anyway, lesson learnt.
    Regards
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    As easy as it is to 'bork' (mess up) a CD, make multiple copies of your Rescue CD.



    PS: Save multiple backups, not just one! If a backup image goes bad for any reason, and you have only one, you're in deep Doo Doo!

    When I do my weekly C: drive backup, I first make the Backup Image File, saved to a backup (1TB) drive. Then I 'Check' the backup for validity, then I do an immediate Restore, which proves that the backup will work when I need it.
    That Restore re-writes the entire C: partition, with NO spaces between files and NO Fragmentation. I call that my Super Defrag!
    Last edited by DrWho; 2015-03-19 at 09:19.
    Experience is truly the best teacher.

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