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    • #2006791 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Running Windows 10 v1803 and Macrium Reflect Free.

      When do I need to make a new bootable Rescue Media USB?

      With each new Macrium Reflect version change?

      With each Windows 10 version change (eg: 1803 to 1903 to 1909)?

      Macrium Reflect says something about doing a refresh – what is that?  and how do I perform that?  Or should I make a new Rescue Media from the beginning?

      Windows 10 Pro x64 v1903 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
    • #2006849 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Yes, you ought to update your rescue media from time to time, not for each version change of Macrium Reflect, but possibly for each major upgrade of Windows.  Above all, you ought to test them, make sure that you CAN boot from them, otherwise they’re not going to be much use as rescue media.

      Which reminds me, I must update my own, and test them!

      Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

    • #2007109 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      I see no reason to update a working recovery. If it boots to MR and can see all your disks and backup images, take the “do nothing” option.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2007635 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      Tex, IMHO update your rescue media at every major update to both Windows and Reflect. The reason is major upgrades tend to fix major problems. Protect yourself. I’m my case I have multiple rescue media for the same reason I keep multiple generations of images, to protect the against as many failure scenarios as reasonably possible. HTH 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!


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    • #2007657 Reply


      I’m firmly in the “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it” camp, but note that Win 10 v.1903 broke Macrium Reflect 7.1, so you’ll want to update MR (and your rescue media) if you don’t have 7.2.

      Note: the MR KB article discusses the bug when it was in the W10 Insider Build, but MS did not change it and it persists in the 1903 release. I know because I ran into it when upgrading from 1803 to 1903.


    • #2007693 Reply

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      I create a new bootable Rescue Media USB after a Feature Update.
      — I create a monthly MRF system image backup during the week before patch Tuesday
      — After the first system image backup of a Feature Update and knowing that all is fine is when I create a new bootable Rescue Media USB.
      — As has been mentioned, I always test them.
      — If something goes awry or whatever could go wrong, I’ll adjust accordingly.
      — I keep 2 of the most recent bootable Rescue Media USB’s in addition the most current one.

      HP EliteBook 8540w laptop Windows 10 Pro (x64)

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