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One additional note: If you found that your regular image backups do not allow you to restore your system in a way that will boot, you should modify the definition file that you use for your regular backups. Backing up just the C drive is not always enough to recover a system. The reason it has worked for you before is because the other necessary boot partitions were still on your drive and still ok, so it was fine to restore just your C drive. However, if those partitions were ever damaged or didn’t exist at all (like in this situation where you installed a fresh empty SSD), then just having the C partition in your backup image will not be enough to restore your system. The extra partitions that you need to include are very small, however, so adding them will not increase the size of your backups very much. Here is what I would advise you to do after you move to the new SSD:
- In Windows, open Reflect and click the option called “Image the partitions required to boot Windows”. You will find it under the Backup tab in the upper-left area of the application.
- Note the partitions that Reflect automatically selects, then click Cancel.
- Go to the Backup Definition Files tab, right-click the definition file you use for regular backups, select Edit, and make sure that you include at least the partitions that you saw Reflect select earlier. You can also include other partitions, of course.