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v4: How to create a bootable DVD with automatic restore

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v4: How to create a bootable DVD with automatic restore

This article explains how to create a Macrium Reflect image of your PC that can be restored from a single DVD by simply booting the DVD. This is useful for quick, uncomplicated restores and enables simple deployment of a 'master' image to multiple similar PCs.

Image deployment to multiple PCs requires a deployment license for each PC deployed. Please see here for information on purchasing deployment licenses
If you deploy an image to a different PC then you should make sure your installed software, including Windows and Macrium Reflect is suitably licensed for the new PC.


Your disk image must be able to fit on a single DVD. This means 4.7GB or less for a DVD+/-R or 8.5GB or less for a DVD+R DL (Dual layer). It isn't possible to boot from Blu-Ray media.



Macrium Reflect

Install or update to the latest version of Macrium Reflect. You must have the purchased edition of Macrium Reflect installed on your PC. To check for the latest version take the 'Help' > 'Check for updates..' menu option.

Windows PE

Install or update to the latest version of Windows PE. Windows PE is only available with the purchased edition of Macrium Reflect. For information on installing Windows PE please see this knowledge base article: you already have Windows PE installed then make sure you are running the latest version by clicking the 'Updates' button in the Rescue CD burn wizard.


DiskRestoreis a free utility that will restore Macrium Reflect disk images from Windows PE without any user interaction. You need to download andinstall 'DiskRestore.msi' from here: . More information on  DiskRestore  can be found in this knowledge base article: 

The procedure

  1. Create a disk image of your primary disk partition(s) and save it to a local hard drive or network share.

    Make sure that you have set the maximum file size in the backup wizard advanced settings to be 4GB because the file system on the DVD image that we are creating can only support a maximum single file size of 4GB. If your image file is greater than 4GB then it will be split into multiple files.

    If you don't want Macrium Reflect installed when you create the image then uninstall Macrium Reflect, boot your PC with the Windows PE  rescue CD and create the disk image from there.

    This is important if you are using this technique to deploy Windows to multiple similar PCs. If Macrium Reflect is also restored to each PC then you will require a license for Macrium Reflect for each restored PC.


  2. Start 'DiskRestore' and select the image file just created. By default, your system disk will be selected as the target disk.

  3. Click 'Restore'.

  4. It won't be possible to restore the image while Windows is running so you'll receive the following dialog box:

    Select 'Unattended mode' if you want the restore to run automatically when you boot from the DVD. Leaving it un-checked will allow you to confirm your selections before clicking 'Restore'

    De-select the 'Automatic boot' option if it's enabled.

    Several files will be added to folder 'c:\boot\macrium'.
  5. Copy the image file(s) created in step 1 to folder 'c:\boot\macrium\temp'. You will need to create the folder first.
    Note: It's important that the folder is named 'temp' and not 'Temp'. This is because ISO 9660 uses the ASCII collating sequence and 'T' comes before 'a'. The boot files need to be in the first 4GB of the DVD. 
  6. Edit the file 'c:\boot\macrium\pestartup.ini' (or 'pestartupx64.ini for Windows PE 64 bit) in notepad.


    COMMAND=diskrestorex64 "X:\2B0657890DD7DF82-00-00.mrimg" --password "" --sourceid 00018D47 --targetid 00018D47  -g -u


    COMMAND=diskrestorex64 "D:\temp\2B0657890DD7DF82-00-00.mrimg" --password "" --sourceid 00018D47 --targetnum 0 -g -u --reboot --eject


    Bold text shows additions and changes.

    i)   The path to the image file should be changed to the drive letter of your DVD reader with sub-folder '\temp'

    ii)  If you intend to restore to a different disk then you should also change 'targetid' to 'targetnum' followed by the disk number as shown in the Disk Management console, otherwise leave the option as '--targetid'

    If you want the PC to automatically reboot after restore then add --reboot to the end. Similarly, to eject the DVD add --eject

    iv) Finally, add two lines,  '[OPTIONS]' + 'runfromCD=1' to direct DiskRestore to load these parameters from the DVD

    Save and close the file.
  7. Return to Macrium Reflect and take the option to burn a Windows PE rescue CD. You can either create an .ISO image or burn directly to a DVD.

    After burning your DVD you should move/delete the image file(s) from the temp folder.

That's it! Oncebooted, the new DVD will automatically start DiskRestore and willrestore your system to the exact state it was at the time you createdthe image.

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