TAKE A BACK UP WITH MACRIUM RE­FLECT FREE

Maximum PC - - SPEED UP WINDOWS -

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.

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