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Before anything actually goes bad, trying to *test* that a backup/restore works for my laptop Win10 install. Backing up *internal* laptop SSD (we'll call SSD_int) and restoring to *external* USB SSD (we'll call SSD_ext) and trying to boot on the same machine. Could not get restored backup on SSD_ext to boot. I cannot just disconnect my SSD_int, so think that might be interfering with the test here, but I don't want to lose my OS in the process of trying to test a backup!
Macrium: Home Edition (64-bit) UEFI, v6.3, build 1865
Win10: Version 1909 (OS Build 18363.1256)
WinPE: From Reflect's Other Tasks / Create rescue media... (default options)
* full backup of internal laptop OS disk based on Backup/Backup Windows which chose partitions 1-4 to backup (1. 260MB FAT32, 2. 16MB, 3. C:\, 4. Windows RE tools), and not partition 5 (Recovery D:\).
* to avoid just booting original OS, change order in UEFI options to boot from USB first, before OS boot manager
* boot to rescue
* with completely unpartitioned SSD_ext on E:\; restore to E:\
* exit and reboot, removing rescue USB stick. Hangs before exiting the OEM splash screen (perhaps 15-20 seconds into boot)
* reboot to rescue, "Fix boot problems".
* it detects both OS disks (original C:\ and restore on E:\). Choose to boot from E:\ disk. Green checkmarks. Confirm in UEFI setup that the Windows Boot Manager has this SSD_ext.
* exit and reboot, removing rescue USB stick. Hangs before exiting OEM splash screen.
* reboot to rescue, "Fix boot problems". Go back to SSD_int image to boot. Fails with File: \WINDOWS\system32\winload.efi Error code: 0xc000000e.
* do another "Fix boot" sequence with SSD_ext disconnected.
* Finally, can boot my original OS again. Never got the restored OS image to boot.
What am I doing wrong? I figured creating a Windows Boot Manager with just the SSD_ext in it was the best/cleanest setup for a test, but it is all feeling a bit risky here as I almost lost my good OS in the process of doing this test!