How to make full Windows Backup using Macrium Reflect

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I’m going to do here is use grim reflect on creating an image of this hard Drive. This hard Drive is a 500-gigabyte hard drive, and I am later going to restore it on a 250 gigabyte. So I’m going to show you two of those steps to back up an image this disc, and the other is to restore it on a 250 gig or a small or hard drive. So let me go ahead and do that I will image this disc, and I could also clone it. If I have another hard drive but because I only have one docking station which fits one hard Drive. I will image it to the disk first, and then I will restore it on to my other hard Drive by swapping it out on the docking station.

How to make full Windows Backup using Macrium Reflect

So I’m going to go ahead and image it, and I’m going to give it its name. So I’m imagining the entire disk here and let me go ahead and say this is my Vostro 3:30, and I will do in a good next, and I don’t want any backups. So I am simply going to uncheck all of these, and I’m going to click Next, and I’m simply going to hit finish, and this should finish in about a couple of probably about half an hour. You can see here that my hard Drive has two partitions: one is a 28 megabyte, the system partition it’s 28 megabytes used, 100 megabytes, and the other partition 55 Gigabytes used and 465 gigabytes. I’m going to restore this later on, and I’ll show you the restore, which is simply dragging and dropping many of these drives and resizing the partition.

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Make Partitions

Now I want to note that with these partitions, the system reserved usually does not get a drive letter. So I’ll show you that also you see that the first partition has been saved and now it’s moving on to the second partition here and it estimates roughly around half an hour. Now you’ll notice with my II drive, the data drive, and the operating system drive here that there are fifty-five gigabytes used, and I’ll have to resize this partition and what I’ll do. I’ll set the drive letter to Auto such that I plug this in back into a working computer. It simply is the C Drive, and the system reserve will have no Drive letter. Let me pause it here and wait until it gets done. You’ll notice it’s fairly speedy here, which is merely going to be about 20 minutes as far as actually storing this onto disk.

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Go ahead do the restore, so as you can see, this here is nearing its end with the backup at 98% with 20 seconds left and the next thing. I’m going to do go to the backup tab and restore, so what I’m going to do afterward is take out my original Drive from the docking station and swapping it with the target disc that I want to overwrite and clone and so in just about a couple of seconds. When this is complete. It’s 100% now, and there you go, so in just about under 24 minutes 23 minutes it was able to copy about 60 gigs 55 gigs of data and let me go ahead now and swap out the drives and show you how to restore to a smaller hard drive. So I swapped out my 500-gigabyte hard Drive for the 250 gigabytes. You’ll notice at the bottom it has the 250 gigabytes.


I will highlight that particular hard Drive, and I am going up here and clicking the restore tab, and when I click the restore tab, it will prompt me to navigate the image file. So I’m going to click browse here, and I will select the image file that I want, which is this vosotros 338, and you’ll see that it will show the partition here the original partition as you remember it to be 500 gigabytes. I’m going to click that particular one, and I am going to click now this restored image and when I click the restore image.

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It will prompt me for the Drive that I selected now because I previously selected and highlighted the 250 gigabytes. It’s what shows up. If you want to change the target disk, select this different target disk now. What I’m going to do is I am going to highlight this and click the copy selected partitions. So you’ll notice I’ve highlighted both of these. I’m going to click the copy selected partitions and you’ll notice in the bottom it switches really quickly. It has a warning that the last partition has been shrunk to fit now the reason why it’s important to click the copy selected partitions with the checkboxes here is that I want to change the partition properties. So what I’m going to do is highlight this particular partition.


I’m going to click restore partition properties, and I want to set this to none because that is my system reserved partition that I don’t want showing up in Windows and keep in mind that of the other properties of the partition should remain the same. So I’m going to click OK so you’ll notice up here the original one has the active partition and this should also be active which once again it is active now for the other partition. I’m going to click, and I’m going to highlight you’ll notice there’s an underscore here when I highlight the partitions. I will click restore partition properties, and for this particular one, I will select Auto because I don’t want it to be the e Drive when I was cloning it, it was thee Drive, but I want it to be the C Drive. So I’m going to click Auto here. Once again, I will leave that as the primary partition that matches the original partition’s original properties so once again that when I was copying it. This was the e Drive and this particular system reserved was the Q Drive.

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What I wanted to be is none in Auto, meaning that this partition will not appear as a drive and because it’s simply this system reserved is simply a boot partition, and then the Auto will come up as a C Drive instead of an e Drive. So once I’ve done that, I can click Next. It will start copying my partitions now. Suppose you are doing a smaller partition into a bigger hard drive. In that case, you can actually drag and resize the partitions, or you could go in to restore partition properties resize it here manually. Still, I don’t have to do that because I am going from a larger hard drive to a smaller hard drive. Hence, what I’m going to do now is click Next and click finish, and it will simply overwrite my 250 gigabytes hard drive with the image file.

Final Verdict:

I should be all set, and yes it will prompt me for the warning because those were my originals that it was not a beer drive. I should have also just deleted those partitions. It is simply going to copy from the image file here to the partition to the newer hard drive. You’ll notice this is the Master Boot Record file system that it’s copying, and this should be done probably in another 20 20 minutes or 25 minutes.

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