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    Can't restore with Reflect; need advice

    I've been using Reflect for many years. I've always worried: what would happen if I had to restore my image.

    Well, I have an old Windows XP machine that I decided to experiment with (Dell Inspiron 2200). It does not have a CD drive.
    Anyway, I made a B/U image using Reflect (I have the free version).

    I then tried to restore it (I first ran a validation and that checked out).

    But it said it cannot do it because Windows is operating and I need to boot with some other media.

    It has no CD drive to boot from.

    Suggestions?

    Mel

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    Mel,

    Can you boot your computer from a USB device? If so you can create a Macrium Recovery media on a USB Key or HDD. I use this method all of the time. If you can't boot from a USB device you can use the option to create a Macrium Recovery Partition of course this is useless if the HDD dies.

    Here's a link for details.

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    Make a USB boot disk, I think it is an option in MR.
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    Macrium Reflect Free has the WinPE 5.0 function for creating a rescue environment...

    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

    How-to...

    http://www.macrium.com/help/v5/How_t...nvironment.htm

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    Gee, no joy yet. Here’s what I did: I used Macrium to create rescue media, namely a USB flash drive. I then reset the boot order so that it would first boot from the USB port first.
    However, when I booted the computer, I got the error “No Operating System Found.” It then stalled right there. I had to revert to the previous boot order. Not sure what to try next. I do have Macrium rescue media (CD) for my other two laptops. I might have an external read only CD drive (if it still works). I guess I can try that.

    But some other questions have come up. I tried my rescue CDs on my laptops. They worked fine. But they are CDs. Just a thought. Are DVDs more reliable (I can create rescue DVDs).

    Also, when I tried to at least start the restore process via Macrium on my laptops, I got a message that I might need to d/l some drivers in order to do a Backup/Reinstall. I have had no problems doing backups. Anyway, I said YES to the drivers question, but it couldn’t find any. I could then go to my image and I stopped there (no need to restore anything).

    Is there a problem regarding the missing drivers?

    Mel

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    The USB drive is probably formatted as FAT32...

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/954457

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    Jwoods:

    Thanks for the information. You are correct.

    Now I'll try and find my old external usb CD drive!

    Mel

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    Jwoods:

    Thanks for the information. You are correct.

    Now I'll try and find my old external usb CD drive!

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    You can get a new one from Best Buy for a little over $15.

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    No, I found my external USB CD drive. But my Reflect Rescue Disk will not boot, probably because they are W7 Reflect rescue disks (one for each of my laptops).

    Unfortunately, my drive is read only, so I cannot create a new one.

    Any new ideas??

    Mel

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    I thought you just made a rescue disk using the WinPE 5.0 function?

    Go buy a USB flash drive (also about $15 for 16 GB at Best Buy), create the bootable drive with Macrium (you may need to use the Linux option with WinPE 5.0) on that, and then use it to restore your backup (hopefully it's on a CD).

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    JW:

    Sorry, I am still confused. Can I make a rescue disk using my W7 Laptop, and the WIN PE 5.0 function, that will work on my XP machine??

    The only rescue I made today was my USB drive, which is FAT 32.
    The only rescue CDs I have were made on my W7 machines (one has W7 Home and the other has W7 Pro).

    I just dug out my old XP Inspiron machine (which has no built-in CD drive as it was defective and we threw it away years ago) only to see how to restore an image. We are ready to throw out the Inspiron. It served us well.

    Mel

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    You should be able to make the rescue boot disk work for any machine if you choose the Linux boot option in Macrium.

    I think on the Macrium site it says the Windows 7 option may not work on legacy (read XP) systems.

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    I'm going to try it now, actually!!!

    Mel

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    Update:

    Would not boot at all from the linux disk.

    This has been fun, but I'm giving it a break for now

    Mel

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    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    Update:

    Would not boot at all from the linux disk.

    This has been fun, but I'm giving it a break for now

    Mel
    No worries.

    Since you didn't mention any errors, I'm wondering if you changed the boot order so that the Linux disk would be checked first, instead of your hard drive.

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