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    I have made a Windows 11 backup from a SSD onto a SATA hard disk.
    I would now like to use this backup, and restore it on another SSD using Macrium Reflect, is this possible please?
    Then if so, what are the steps I have to do, to boot up directly on this new restores second SSD?

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    • #2438366

      Why not just clone the SSD to the new one, then you’ll have a bootable drive available.

    • #2438397

      Not only is this possible, it is the purpose of a backup program.  I’ll give you the steps you need to take but not in detail.  The detail can be found in the Macrium Help files but most is obvious as you proceed.

      1. Use Macrium to create Rescue Media.  Usually this will be a bootable flash drive.  You may be able to use a CD/DVD drive, not sure.  Select the Macrium Rescue tab and follow the online instructions.
      2. Insert the Rescue drive in the computer and restart the computer booting to the flash drive.  If you don’t know how to do this, google instructions for your computer.  Some computers have a key that can be pressed to bring up a boot menu (ASUS is F8) during restart.
      3. Booting to the flash drive will start the recovery process.  Just select the drive image as the source and the new SSD as the target.
      4. Shut down the computer and remove the old SSD.  Restart.
      5. That should do it.
    • #2438416

      I answered this previously but I guess it’s under review. Not sure why. I didn’t post that about BBCodes and don’t know what that means.
      I assume you created the backup image file using Macrium Reflect. The following steps should accomplish your goal.
      1. Use Macrium to create Rescue Media. Click the “Rescue” tab and follow the instructions to create a bootable flash drive. (It may be possible to use a CD/DVD instead)
      2. Restart your computer and boot into the Rescue flash drive. There are various ways to boot to the flash drive; e.g, change the boot order in the UEFI BIOS, select a specific key during boot to bring up a menu (F8 for ASUS)
      3. Booting to the flash drive will start the restore program. Navigate to your source image and set the new SSD as the desitination.
      4 Upon completion, shut down the computer. Remove the flash drive and the old SSD drive.
      5 Restart. It should find the new SSD as the boot drive.
      I hope this helps.

    • #2438470

      What sort of backup did you do? Image, files?
      Only an image backup of the entire disk will allow you to restore to a bootable state.

      You can check the backup by selecting it and clicking Restore. You will now be able to see if it contains a disk image or files.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2438477

      I would like to clarify what I previously posted.

      My “C” drive is an SSD, I do not want to overwrite this, or touch it.

      On my Seagate Back Up SATA ( E) drive, I have made a complete image backup of my “C” drive.
      With this (E) drive backup, I want to transfer that to a different SSD, this being my SDD (H) drive.

      So it is indeed indeed possible to transfer a backup that’s on a SATA drive, over to a SSD please?

    • #2438485

      Yes, as rck281 said.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2438514

      Thank you, good to know it will work.
      The backup of my “C” drive, to another drive, was in fact an image.

      In the responses I have received, it doesn’t look easy to do, at least for me.
      The data I was trying to see on this back up, I think I have now found it elsewhere.
      Maybe some day I will take this backup to someone who can boot it up, then copy the few files that are in doubt, and send via email to myself if that is the case.

      Thank you to all those that have responded.

      • #2438517

        You can copy/restore any file, folder.. from an image just by clicking on the image file which will open it and let you restore files..

      • #2438819

        If you made the backup using Macrium Reflect then you can easily view any and all files and folders contained in the backup. Open/launch Macrium Reflect. Click on “Restore”. (On my old-ish version of Macrium the Restore option is right above the big blue question mark.)

        So, click on Restore, then click on “Explore Image”, and select the backup you wish to look at. Macrium will open it so you can browse and look at whatever you want. Easy!

    • #2439060

      Thank you again, I didn’t know I had this option!

      Now in practice when I have just tried to do this, on Mozilla Thunderbird mail, I get as far as Profiles, but then I don’t get any further further.
      So with this program is there a way please, or will I have restore this whole back up on a spare SSD, and then boot it up from there, to find and look at some specific files?

    • #2439083

      You can restore any files you want by selecting the folder or individual files.
      You can also restore to a different location on the same disk, so you don’t need to find a different disk to use.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2439345

      Don’t seem to be having a lot of of luck here, when I click on the file it just seems to make a copy of itself in the This PC folder – see attached.

      Problem is that I can not delete them now!

      Also how do I home down in the Thunderbird Profile, to look at the individual files please?

    • #2439349

      You have opened 7 backup images as disk drives (browse image). You can browse those drives to find the files / folders you want, then copy / paste / restore.

      To remove the drives, right click on them and select Macrium Reflect > Unmount Macrium image.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2439367

      Thank you, amazing, as I would not have figured it out.

      Can’t thank you guys enough, for everything you have done to help me recently.
      Just like the man himself – Woody, who would got out of his way to help all of us, whilst he was here in Phuket.
      A one off, we were so truly lucky.

      My subconscious kicked in, to find the missing new folders that I had saved, solely on working on Gmail, before I added my POP3 account.
      Although they did not initially show up, when I went to my Gmail online version, on scrolling down they were in More.
      Got them, now 100%, again so grateful to get all my emails back.

    • #2439434

      You can restore any files you want by selecting the folder or individual files.
      You can also restore to a different location on the same disk, so you don’t need to find a different disk to use.

      cheers, Paul

      I believe the FREE version of Macrium Reflect does not support file and folder restore.  That capability is only in the $70 Home version.  So, it depends on what version of Macrium the OP is using.  Please let me know if I am not correct.


      • #2439445

        Macrium Reflect requires a paid version to support its File and Folder backup/restore command functions.

        The Free version allows you to mount drive images with File Explorer and access the image as if it were a physical drive, thus allowing you to copy files or folders from the image.


        Regards, Phil

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