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      • #2362201
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        I’m running Win 10 20H2 on a Dell XPS 8930 with a 512GB SSD and a 2 TB HDD.  I installed Reflect Free 7.3, created rescue media (WinRE) on a USB flash drive and did two image backups of the SSD to an external USB Western Digital 4TB MY Passport drive.

        I did not instruct Reflect to copy any extra drivers to the rescue media when it was created since it indicated that the WinRE environment either had required or compatible drivers available.

        I shut my system down and attached the rescue environment flash drive and the WD external My Passport drive, started the system and used F12 to boot from the rescue environment.  The system booted into the rescue environment and Reflect was started automatically.  It saw the external USB drive and the internal SDD and HDD.   So far, so good.

        It seemed that this was an adequate test of the rescue flash drive and I closed Reflect.  The program terminated, the display went black and the system rebooted by itself.  The USB flash drive and external USB HDD were still attached.  I did not touch any keys during the reboot.  Instead of successfully booting into Windows on the internal drive it displayed an error screen and one of the available options was to restart the system.  I selected the restart option and, with the flash drive and My Passport still attached it booted into Windows without error.

        Did I do something wrong when exiting Reflect’s rescue environment?

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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        You used the correct method to shutdown MR.

        Most PCs are set to boot from internal disk first so it’s likely your Windows installation wasn’t completely happy about something and offered to restart – restart is a complete refresh of the OS and hardware.

        Your PC may be set to “fast start” and the boot into MR made it decide the shutdown wasn’t quite right.
        If you have fast start on, turn it off. It is of no value if you boot from SSD.

        cheers, Paul

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          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks for your comments.  I’ve turned off “fast start” since the system boots from SSD.  I’ll see if it makes a difference when I next try the MR rescue environment.

          The Macrium forums also indicated that version 7.2 added a “shutdown” option that could  be used in the rescue environment instead of closing the Reflect application to trigger a reboot.

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