Backups. Most have a backup drive and
method to restore their system. This may be via a recovery partition or a bootable USB
or DVD. If your main drive fails, the recovery partition may be useless, you may not be
able to locate your bootable thumb drive. Wouldn't it be handy if
your backup disk/SSD was bootable?
- MiniTool Partition Wizard (free ver is
ok). Or other partition software.
(this procedure uses Partition Wizard v12.6)
- Macrium Reflect file backup (free ver is ok). Or other software
capable of creating a recovery partition. (this procedure uses
Macrium Reflect Home v8)
Create the bootable backup drive.
Using an existing or new USB Disk/SSD drive.
This is not a step by step procedure, you should have some familiarity with the
- This procedure is is non-destructive, a wise person
would backup up first.
- Use Partition Wizard to resize a partition to leave ~150mb of unallocated space.
(If it is a large fragmented drive be patient it could take time).
- Make sure that your disk is MBR not GPT. If required use Partition Wizard to
- Close Partition Wizard.
- Use Macrium to "Create Rescue Media" look at advanced but probably ok
(Macrium may d/l Windows PE)
- Use Partition Wizard to extend your data partition into the remaining unallocated
- If required/wanted use Windows Disk Management to assign or remove a drive letter.
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