Using Macrium for backup purposes

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I use Macrium for back up. When I create an image of the 'partitions required to backup and restore Windows', does it include all the programs on it? I've installed several freeware, I have a lot of documents and photos, will it be included? I just want to play it safe.

Answered By 0 points N/A #199953

Using Macrium for backup purposes


Dear Finlay,

Yes, offcourse you can restore data such as your installed softwares , drivers and even operating system

Such as windows. Macrium  is very powerful tool and has built in Windows PE (a small bootable version of windows) which

Enables it even restore system drive (usually c drive) including all installed software.

Step by step process of restoring system drive is as follows.

1. Select the image as shown in attached picture 1 for restoration.

2. Click on run from window PE as shown in picture 2 below.

3. Select the macrium select system recovery as shown in picture 3.


Answered By 590495 points N/A #319552

Using Macrium for backup purposes


If the backup refers to an entire partition like in this case, the partition to backup is referring to the system partition which is drive C by default, the backup will include all the programs installed on your computer.

If you are backing up your system partition to another separate drive, check the total size of your system partition then check if the available space on the other drive is bigger than this amount. One partition refers to one drive. To check the total size of your system partition, open Windows Explorer then select “Computer” on the left pane.

Next, on the right, click on drive C first to select it then right-click it and select “Properties”. In the “Properties” window, in “General” tab, the amount indicated in “Capacity”, in GB, is the total size of the drive or the partition.

Partition or drive size
Partition or drive size

Once you have the total size of the partition to backup, go to the backup drive and check the amount of available space and make sure this amount is higher. If you haven’t updated yet to the latest, download the latest free version of Macrium Reflect. The latest version at the moment, Macrium Reflect 7, supports Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, and Windows 10.

For servers, it supports Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and higher. It requires 512 MB RAM. Supported file systems include:

  • FAT16
  • FAT32
  • NTFS
  • Ext 2, 3, and 4

Note: all other file systems and unformatted partitions will be imaged on a sector by sector basis like for example, every sector in the partition will be copied.

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