Solved Macrium, Imaging the C-Drive


Successful reboot from Rescue Disk

Macrium is no longer an issue. Macrium is the Imaging program I'm using. After I succeed in creating the Image, (Presumably of the whole disk, since the whole BitLocker issue, despite my historical explanation of why it is there, seems moot.) I'll be installing Win11.

Seems I have to recreate the Rescue Disk (see below) Agree??

Adding BitLocker support to Windows PE

Note: It isn't absolutely necessary to unlock a BitLocker encrypted drive when restoring an image of the
encrypted partition. The partition will restore without problems but will require re-encrypting on reboot.
Unlocking the drive in Windows PE enables intelligent sector copy imaging and cloning, RapidDelta
, and also free access to the drive's contents using PE Explorer. In addition, restoring to an
Restore (RDR)
unlocked drive will retain the encryption status of the drive when rebooting.
Automatically unlocking BitLocker encrypted drives
Macrium Reflect can include the components and decryption keys necessary to automatically unlock Microsoft
BitLocker encrypted drives in Windows PE.
In the
select
then
and
Rescue Media Builder
Advanced
Add BitLocker Support
Automatically unlock BitLocker

Volumes
 
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Successful reboot from Rescue Disk

Make an image, just to get the experience. Save it on some other drive. I think your boot drive has around 170 gb occupied? Image size should be somewhere around 100 gb.

You can accept defaults on your first attempt. See what happens.

You can delete the image easily, just like any other file.
 

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Boot Disk reformatted and tested. Will now attempt to image the C-Drive to a 1.5 TB drive. accepting defaults
 

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Boot Disk reformatted and tested. Will now attempt to image the C-Drive to a 1.5 TB drive. accepting defaults

As a first attempt, I'd choose the option in the upper left of the Macrium interface..."create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows". Then defaults from that point on.

That should include more than just C.

Might take 15 minutes; might take an hour; depending on speed of your drives and occupied space on boot drive.

You can do it via your Rescue Media or direct from your boot drive.
 

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Boot Disk reformatted and tested. Will now attempt to image the C-Drive to a 1.5 TB drive.

Not quite following that.

You formatted the boot drive and are now going to image the C partition?
 

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You formatted the boot drive and are now going to image the C partition?
Yes ... Create an image of the partitions required...
1708382477270.png Verify file system; verify image
1708382728226.png1708382788384.png
 

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While waiting I'll light the fire...

- Slight mistake: Destination drive = 2 TB
- Why it chose to image 171.94 GB (see Imaging Summary) I don't know. Oh, yes I do. I guess, thinking I only needed to select the drive, I neglected to separately choose all the partitions on the drive and it opted to go for the C-Primary...how that relates to the C-Bitlocker...this thread #57
- And what does this mean (every time I startup)? 1708383971015.png
 

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While waiting I'll light the fire...

- Slight mistake: Destination drive = 2 TB
- Why it chose to image 171.94 GB (see Imaging Summary) I don't know. Oh, yes I do. I guess, thinking I only needed to select the drive, I neglected to separately choose all the partitions on the drive and it opted to go for the C-Primary...how that relates to the C-Bitlocker...this thread #57
- And what does this mean (every time I startup)? View attachment 87746
I have no idea about that powershell thing.

Why are you surprised it is imaging about 172 GB?

Did you select "create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows"?

Or something else?
 

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Why are you surprise it is imaging about 172 GB?
Thanks for asking the question. Because, depending on what disk "image (as in 'picture')" you are looking at (#57):
- The macrium 'picture' clearly marks that space as being (C) Primary - NTFS
yet the
- MiniTools Partition Wizard includes that space within what it calls C-(BitLocker)

Did you select "create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows"?
Yes
 

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Thanks for asking the question. Because, depending on what disk "image (as in 'picture')" you are looking at (#57):
- The macrium 'picture' clearly marks that space as being (C) Primary - NTFS yet the
- MiniTools Partition Wizard includes that space within what it calls C:(BitLocker)


Yes

For Macrium purposes, I wouldn't pay much attention to Minitools. It's good software, but largely irrelevant for your task at hand.

Pay attention to Windows Disk Management and the Macrium interface.

Are you creating the image after booting from Rescue Media or after booting from hard drive?
 

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Sorry for the intrusion, but..., why Image a sh*t drive if you're gonna do a clean install anyway? 🤷‍♂️
 

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Did you select "create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows"?
This ^
If it says 172GB, so be it.
 

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OK. Now how do I test this image to see what it imaged and if it is all in tact?
 

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View attachment 87749

OK. Now how do I test this image to see what it imaged and if it is all in tact?

You have Macrium set to "auto verify", so you don't need to do it manually. All that means is that the file is readable and not corrupt.

You can't know if it will restore properly until you actually attempt a restore. That is the acid test/gold standard.

I would NOT over-write a known good OS to find out if it will restore.

If the image includes the proper partitions, your success rate on a restore is in the upper 90 percentile range I'd say.

If you poke that mrimg file, you can look at what it inside it, BUT that is NOT how Macrium is typically used.

Did you make that image using your Recovery Media?

I'd make more images to get the hang of the interface and non-default options. Delete images as you wish. Each is about 110 GB, so you don't have space issues.

If you look through the settings, you can do stuff like retain the most recent 2 or 3 images and delete older ones; enable high compression, etc. But defaults are fine for typical purposes.
 

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I'd make more images to get the hang of the interface and non-default options. Delete images as you wish. Each is about 110 GB, so you don't have space issues.
I agree. I'm just glad something worked out right!
Did you make that image using your Recovery Media?
No. I used the app itself. I made sure no other drives (including even thumb drives) were plugged in. (Maybe I'll boot off the recovery disk and try...)
If you look through the settings, you can do stuff like retain the most recent 2 or 3 images and delete older ones; enable high compression, etc. But defaults are fine for typical purposes.
Yeah I noticed that.

Second image successful 1708391323953.png
This time the image was executed from the Recovery Media. I assume every computer to be Imaged must have Macrium Reflect installed. I also assume there is no advantage to using the Rescue Disk to do so except just to know it is available. (any other reason?) Kind of like always putting the oil in the chainsaw first...before the gas.

Should I be concerned there is an ~6GB size difference isn't important.
 

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I agree. I'm just glad something worked out right!

No. I used the app itself. I made sure no other drives (including even thumb drives) were plugged in. (Maybe I'll boot off the recovery disk and try...)

Yeah I noticed that.

Second image successful View attachment 87751
This time the image was executed from the Recovery Media. I assume every computer to be Imaged must have Macrium Reflect installed. I also assume there is no advantage to using the Rescue Disk to do so except just to know it is available. (any other reason?) Kind of like always putting the oil in the chainsaw first...before the gas.

Should I be concerned there is an ~6GB size difference isn't important.

I don't think a PC must have Macrium installed to have an image made. Macrium would be on the Rescue Media that is used to boot. Macrium from C and Macrium from Rescue Media both lead you to the same interface. No advantage to Rescue Media but consider it a must to have on hand because your boot drive can drop dead at any minute.

I wouldn't be concerned about the file size differences.

If you have a spare hard drive laying around, you might connect it instead of your current C drive and see if you can restore the image you just made to that spare and then confirm it will boot. You'd prefer to NOT be in the position of being in a real-life jam without ever having experience with Macrium restore.
 

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I was under the impression that there was a different procedure involved if one wanted to install Win11 using a Local ACCOUNT--a procedure that bypasses elements particular to MS365 and OneDrive--and that procedure was explained in this forum's technical articles.
1) Am I mistaken? If so, is there a difference between installing Win11 through a local account vs through a non-local (Microsoft) account?
2) Prior to the install, is a reformat recommended? If so, as what? NTFS?
 

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I was under the impression that there was a different procedure involved if one wanted to install Win11 using a Local ACCOUNT--a procedure that bypasses elements particular to MS365 and OneDrive--and that procedure was explained in this forum's technical articles.
1) Am I mistaken? If so, is there a difference between installing Win11 through a local account vs through a non-local (Microsoft) account?
2) Prior to the install, is a reformat recommended? If so, as what? NTFS?

I don't use 11 yet, but yes, there is a different procedure.

No need to "reformat" anything. When you do a clean install to a drive that already has something on it, you will be shown ALL partitions on the drive. DELETE THEM ALL at that point, leaving nothing but "unallocated space". Windows will do the necessary formatting during the install and make new partitions as it sees fit.

NTFS: New Technology File System. Use it.
 

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    Manufacturer/Model
    Fishmill Special
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
    SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps Netgear Orbi + 2 Satellites
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft PowerToys
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Microsoft Visual Studio Code
    Macrium Reflect
    Dell Support Assist
    Dell Command | Update
    LastPass Password Manager
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps Netgear Orbi + 2 Satellites
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
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