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Old 04-11-2019, 05:55 PM   #31
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I Made an interesting discovery today. I have started to work with Reflect on an HP ProBook Win7/Pro laptop (purchased at MicroCenter in 2014).

I had no problems creating the Reflect rescue media (a DVD and a USB2 thumb/flash drive) and both tested successfully using HP's Esc > F9 to access boot override list. I ran into an issue when trying to image the system--4 partitions of which 3 are HP "controlled" (Recovery and Tools and another very small partition) and one is the C:\ drive for a total of 86.09GB.


I wanted to use my 3TB Fantom drive as the destination drive and that turned out to be problematic as the imaging process threw an error "Backup aborted - failed to create Volume Snapshot" with an error code of 0x8004230f along with "ErrorText: VSS_E_Bad_State". I did a browser search on "vss_e_bad_state" (no quotes) and one of the first search results was a Macrium Reflect knowledgebase entry which stated "...and are typically found only in sizes of 1TB or above." so I decided to see if my old 1TB external drive would work and, forutnately it did.



I have another Win7/Pro HP ProBook that I will be working on with Reflect and that laptop was purchased in 2016 (from MicroCenter) so I'm will be able to test to see if my 3TB Fantom drive will work with this newer system. I'll report back on how the imaging goes on that 2016 laptop.



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Old 06-20-2019, 03:56 PM   #32
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In updating the PDF of my Macrium Reflect notes, I realized that I'd not updated my post about working with the HP ProBook.


It turned out that, for the HP ProBook line at least, a 1TB external drive is the way to go with respect to drive imaging using Macrium Reflect. I tried to create a drive image with Reflect for the newer HP ProBook setting my 3TB Fantom drive as the drive image destination and the same error occurred as on the older ProBook.


I ordered 2 1TB drives for my sister directly from Fantom because newegg did not have any 1TB drives in stock. Turned out that Fantom's pricing was actually just a wee bit better (lower) than newegg's pricing (with free shipping) and, I was able (after a bit of browsing around Fantom's site) to find 1TB drives with the 3 year warranty.



I set up one 1TB drive to hold the drive images for the 2 HPProBooks my sister uses--one is her laptop used for all her clients and one is a client-specific laptop. The other 1TB drive will have manually backed up data from my siter's laptop and act as a secondary drive image backup.




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Old 08-01-2019, 02:30 PM   #33
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I had a chance to learn a bit more about version 7 of Reflect--I've been using version 6--installing it and doing some testing using my backup/testbed laptop.

Reflect 7 will format the rescue media thumbdrive if it's not already formatted as FAT32 but, if you happen to use a large thumbdrive (128GB) as I did when I was testing, Reflect 7 created a 32GB partition on the drive to hold the rescue media files and that was pretty annoying--I had to use Diskpart to get all of my drive space back. It doesn't do that for smaller drives--I tested again using an 8GB thumbdrive and Reflect just formatted all of it as FAT32. I'd still suggest using Diskpart to format the rescue media thumbdrive before starting to work with Reflect.

I also don't particularly care for the changes Macrium made to the Reflect interface so I've decided to stick with Reflect 6 on my current desktop system and my sister's laptop systems.


I've updated my Reflect notes PDF attaching the updated PDF below:






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