TAKE A BACK UP WITH MACRIUM REFLECT FREE
Reinstalling Windows from scratch is a one-way process. Once you’ve formatted the drive and reinstalled Windows, everything you once had is gone. What happens if you forget a key file or setting, or the reinstall process goes wrong, and you want to roll things back? Don’t worry— Macrium Reflect Free ( www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx) is just the tool for you. Here’s how you can use it to protect yourself and your files.
1. Sort Rescue Media
Launch Macrium Reflect Free and choose “Other Tasks > Create Rescue Media” to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive you can use to recover your Windows installation if something goes catastrophically wrong with your PC.
2. Back Up Partitions
Once you’ve created your rescue media, click “Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows”—Macrium automatically selects your Windows partition, along with boot partitions required to boot your PC.
3. Choose a Location
Click the ellipsis (…) next to “Folder” under “Destination” to select a suitable folder on your backup drive for the partition image. Click “Advanced Options,” then check “Verify image…” under “Auto Verify Image,” before clicking “OK,” followed by “Next.”
4. Check and Back Up
Ignore the Schedules screen—this is a one-time fail-safe backup prior to reinstallation. Click “Next,“review the backup settings, and click “Finish.” Uncheck “Save backup…” and click “OK” for Macrium to back up and verify the image.