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November 26, 2020

Recovery

Insert the device, run Create Rescue Media, and Reflect tells you what's what.

When to Rebuild Macrium Rescue Media?

When or how often to update the Macrium Rescue Media? Good question! Turns out that Macrium Reflect will happily tell you if and when your Rescue Media needs an update. Here’s how…

Cloud download (top) vs. Local reinstall (bottom) now working

Version 2004 Reset Back in Action

Good news! While the “Reset this PC” option in Windows 10 version 2004 was broken for some time after its May 27 release, on or after September 8 it’s working properly once again. Glad to see it’s been fixed.

Current Macrium Reflect Backup Images for Production PC

My Windows10 Backup Regime

My Windows 10 backup regime includes elements of both belt and suspenders in that I back up frequently, and keep multiple copies around, some in the cloud. What’s your approach?

Jensen JTK-49CBR toolkit

Ed’s Physical Admin Toolkit

I examine my spares, test/replacement gear, and tools, then report on what I find. You might put yourself a similar collection together, to keep ahead of Windows gotchas.

Windows.old folder – Essential or unnecessary?

The one and only purpose for the Windows.old folder is to allow users to revert to the previous Windows version. This folder will be automatically deleted if the user does not revert within 10-day period following either a public release version upgrade, or an Insider build upgrade. Personally, I have never understood its raison d’etre,

Ventoy2Disk shows V.1.0.20 in the package, and V1.0.19 on the USB, ready for update.

Admin Toolkit: Ventoy V1.0.20 Download Available

One week ago, the latest version of the terrific bootable USB installer tool Ventoy became available for download. I’m talking about V1.0.20 taking up position as the Ventoy “Latest Release” on GitHub. To update an already-installed copy, unZip the download into some target directory and plug in your Ventory USB device. Then, run the Ventoy2Disk.exe

With an incept date of 2012, it's no suprrise Lenovo doesn't sell T520s anymore

2012 Vintage Lenovo T520 Nears Retirement

When I wake up my old Lenovo T520 this morning, I get a black screen after trying to login. I use a pair of hotkey sequences that not only give me a working display. I’m also able to capture black screen error info for my first time ever. Woo hoo!

MTPW is recovering my backups and the disk structure

War Story: Interesting SSD Recovery Battle

When I fire up my Lenovo X380 Yoga test machine this morning, I quickly realize that my backup drive is MIA. A quick investigation shows corrupt partition data, being recovered in MiniTool Partition Wizard’s Data Recovery tool right now.

1909 has Fresh Start, 2004 does not

Version 2004 Changes Recovery Options

In a welcome effort to reduce the number of Windows 10 reset, refresh and reinstall options, MS does away with “Fresh Start” in Version 2004, and directs users to “Reset this PC” instead. Good move!

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