Windows 10: Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore

Discus and support Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hello, I am using Macrium Relect Free to make backups of my computer. I used it to make a system image backup of Windows 10 on an SSD. To test I booted... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by flexmcmurphy, May 4, 2021 at 6:12 PM.

  1. Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore


    Hello, I am using Macrium Relect Free to make backups of my computer. I used it to make a system image backup of Windows 10 on an SSD. To test I booted into the Macrium Rescue media USB key and restored the image to a different HDD. Macrium added another Recovery partition to the end of the HDD. Is it supposed to do that? I have two disks in my laptop.. Disk 0 is the SSD and Disk 1 is the HDD. I made an image backup of the SSD and restored it to the HDD. Here is a screenshot to illustrate. Why did Macrium add another Recovery partition to the end of Disk 1? Is that just standard practice? Is it better to have it at the end? Can I move or delete it? Which one should I keep? Cheers, Flex

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    flexmcmurphy, May 4, 2021 at 6:12 PM
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    @topgundcp

    I took your advice, did a second restore from the image backup, and can confirm Macrium doesn't add an extra recovery partition. I didn't do that step (delete existing partitions) on the destination disk the first time I restored a backup image and so there was a recovery partition already on the destination disk before the restore happened.

    I was thinking that Macrium might have placed a recovery partition on the destination disk to facilitate booting into a recovery environment if ever needed in the future. I notice that Macrium have a modified Windows Recovery environment to include an option to select Macrium Rescue tools instead of needing to boot into those tools from a USB key.

    @dalchina
    Here are partitions of the two disks viewed in gparted... some differences in file size I supposed is not unexpected. I'm not sure which of the SDD and HDD are /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, I forgot to look at the gparted properties for each disk, but as you can see they both have identical partition layout now.

    /dev/sda

    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore [​IMG]


    And /dev/sdb

    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore [​IMG]


    Thank you all!
     
    flexmcmurphy, May 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM
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    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore

    @flexmcmurphy
    I can assure you that Macrium does not create an extra partition and there's no such thing as a suggested new feature mentioned above and for what purpose ???. What you backup is what get restored so the extra recovery at the end of Disk 1 was already there.

    Try again one more time to restore from the backup to Disk 1 but this time, click on every partition on Disk 1 then click delete existing partition. This will make Disk 1 completely empty. Note that at this point, nothing is changed on Disk 1 until you click Next->Finish.
    The new restore will be exactly what you backup.


    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore [​IMG]
     
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    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore

    Hi SIW2.

    Is this what you mean?

    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore [​IMG]


    Disk 1 is the SSD I made the system image backup from. I asked it to include partitions 1,2 and 3. I loaded up the backup image from where it is stored then clicked "Browse Image" and you can see the contents in that screenshot. Just three partitions. When I restore that image to a 1TB drive there is a lot of unallocated space after the recovery drive.

    This is a screen shot from another partition tool called Disk Genius just to show again the partition layout of the 1TB SSD from which I made the backup image copying partitions 1,2 and 3 only.

    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore [​IMG]


    For some reason Macrium seems to put another recovery drive at the end of the disk when it restores the backup image to another disk. Here is another screenshot from Disk Genius showing the partition layout of the 1TB HDD that I restored the backup image to... with extra recovery drive partition at the very end of the disk.

    Macrium Reflect Free adds a second Recovery partition when I restore [​IMG]


    I guess I'm just asking "Is this standard behavior from Macrium" or am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks,

    Flex
     
    flexmcmurphy, May 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM
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