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So, I downloaded the free version, installed it on both PCs, backed them up, and verified the backups. I also made the Rescue Disk ISO files for both computers. However, I don't see any way to perform a verify on these ISO files. Am I missing something here, or is there no way to do it?
 

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So, I downloaded the free version, installed it on both PCs, backed them up, and verified the backups. I also made the Rescue Disk ISO files for both computers. However, I don't see any way to perform a verify on these ISO files. Am I missing something here, or is there no way to do it?
Not sure that exists.
Then again, I've not really looked.

I know my RescueUSB works, because I've tried it.
 
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Hi, USAFRet. I guess I could make an actual USB drive from both images and try them. Does booting from a Macrium Rescue Disks automatically start to do anything to the computer's hard drive, or change any settings that will mess up normal operation? I'd hate to screw something up just trying it.
 

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Hi, USAFRet. I guess I could make an actual USB drive from both images and try them. Does booting from a Macrium Rescue Disks automatically start to do anything to the computer's hard drive, or change any settings that will mess up normal operation? I'd hate to screw something up just trying it.
It just boots up.
It changes nothing until you start clicking and tell it to do something.
 
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Just one last followup on this little adventure; it all works. However, I was surprised that Macrium didn't include a way to burn the ISO image it created to a flash drive. I ended up using a recommended free app called Rufus that worked well.

The HP zBook was no problem, but my wife's Surface Pro 3 just wouldn't boot from the USB Rescue drive. I poked around online and came across someone who had a similar problem. The thing that fixed it for them was using an older version of Windows PE that was in use when the computer was released. Someone also mentioned completely erasing the new USB flash drive and formatting it with FAT32. I also found that I had to set Rufus to a GPT partition scheme, UEFI, and a FAT32 file system. Some of these four things may be unnecessary, but they were all easy enough to, so that's it for me.

Thanks again for the help, USAFRet.
 

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I haven't tried doing that, but I'm very interested in what happened you didn't like.
Heh. I don't know if this was dependant on the brand of SSD (Samsung Evo). Basically I tried to clone the C: drive. When it was completed, the clone didn't boot. I then used the software recommended by Samsung to clone it. That worked. So maybe the clone function of Macrium works better with other brands, but I didn't experiment around with it. Anyway, I then did disk imaging/full/differential/incremental with Macrium. Like USAFret said, it just works. Not only that, it just works fast. I popped in a blank SSD, and the OS was up and running literally in minutes. I don't quite get how it's able to do it as fast as it does, but at that moment I became a believer. I bought a single license, but I'm thinking of expanding that as I use it on two computers.
 

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Could it have something to do with the drive format? Does it have to be formatted properly to clone to it?

There is a section in the Macrium manual called "Fixing Windows boot problems" on page 130. Did you look at that?
 

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Heh. I don't know if this was dependant on the brand of SSD (Samsung Evo). Basically I tried to clone the C: drive. When it was completed, the clone didn't boot. I then used the software recommended by Samsung to clone it. That worked. So maybe the clone function of Macrium works better with other brands, but I didn't experiment around with it. Anyway, I then did disk imaging/full/differential/incremental with Macrium. Like USAFret said, it just works. Not only that, it just works fast. I popped in a blank SSD, and the OS was up and running literally in minutes. I don't quite get how it's able to do it as fast as it does, but at that moment I became a believer. I bought a single license, but I'm thinking of expanding that as I use it on two computers.
Its possible you left off the boot partition.
I've used Macrium on Samsung drives, with no problem.
 

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