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Fyi you posted this in the V6 section of the forum.
The destination folder is where Reflect places the backup files it creates as a result of performing image or File & Folder backup jobs. You can name it whatever you like. But Rescue Media is an entirely different thing, and you specify a target DEVICE for that, not a target folder (except when creating an ISO file, but that’s not what you need here). Creating and testing your Rescue Media is actually the very first thing you should do, even before creating any backups, because in many cases you’ll need it to perform restores, and backups that you’re not able to restore aren’t especially useful.
In general you do NOT want to use an external hard drive for Rescue Media, and in fact if you’re not careful you can end up having Reflect format that hard drive, wiping its existing contents, in order to turn it into a Rescue Media device. Typically Rescue Media is instead created on either a small USB flash drive or a CD/DVD. I prefer the former because they load more quickly and they’re easier to update, which you should also do periodically as you install Reflect updates. I personally have chosen to dedicate a flash drive solely to Rescue Media purposes so that I only have it connected to my PC when I’m using it or updating it. Since Rescue Media is often crucial in a disaster situation, you don’t want any risk that you might have accidentally overwritten it or that the malware you might be trying to recover from might have destroyed it. Those risks are higher if you have your Rescue Media files on a device that’s usually connected to your PC, like an external hard drive. So I use an 8GB SanDisk Ultra Flair that cost me about $8, although the Rescue Media files require less than 1GB.
Anyhow, after you create your Rescue Media, you then need to verify that your PC successfully boots from it, which also means verifying you know how to have your PC boot from a flash drive or CD/DVD. Typically this is achieved by pressing a particular key during your system’s initial boot that triggers a one-time boot menu where you would tell it to boot from a flash drive or disc this time. If you’ve done it properly, your PC will boot directly into a Reflect application rather than into Windows. From there, make sure it can see both your external hard drive where your backups are AND your internal disk(s) that you would want to restore in a disaster situation. If so, then you’re all set, in which case just remember to update your Rescue Media when you update Reflect. If you read the release notes of Reflect updates, Macrium highlights bug fixes or enhancements that apply to the Rescue Media environment (they’re fairly rare), but if you don’t read those, then just update your Rescue Media maybe every few months to be safe.