How to make and deploy an image

CAUTION: Following these steps will guide you to create & deploy an image, which will destroy any data that was previously on the destination system.


1 x USB 3.0 drive with enough capacity to accommodate the system being imaged

1 x Fully prepared system to image

Stage Ⅰ: Prepare USB

  1. Connect the USB Drive
  2. Download Macrium Reflect from MajorGeeks, choose bootable rescue option
  3. Download Rufus
  4. Launch Rufus
  5. Click SELECT
  6. Choose the file you downloaded in step 1
    “Macrium Reflect Free Rescue Disk.iso”
  7. Change the file system drop down menu option to NTFS
  8. Click Start
  9. Click OK
  10. When it’s done, it will say READY
  11. Close Rufus

Stage Ⅱ: Create Image

  1. Download Macrium Reflect from MajorGeeks, choose 64-bit option
  2. Install Macrium Reflect
  3. Launch Macrium Reflect
  4. On the first disk listed, Click Image this disk
    If you have a system with multiple drives, you’ll need to determine which one is the primary drive
  5. For Destination, click the folder icon then choose the USB drive, click OK
  6. Type a name for the image
  7. Click Next x2 then Finish then OK
  8. When the image is done, you will be notified by a pop up window. Now the image is ready for deployment.

Stage Ⅲ: Restore Image

  1. Plug in the USB drive you prepared into the system you want to be imaged
  2. Power on the computer and immediately press the boot menu key repeatedly for the boot menu before windows boots

    Asus: F8
    ASRock: F11
    Gigabyte: F12
    MSI: F11
    Dell: F12
    HP: Esc then F9 or F10
    Lenovo: Enter or Novo pinhole then F12
    Apple: hold OPTION key
    For a complete list of boot keys by brand, visit:

  3. You will see a menu with various boot options
  4. Choose the USB with the arrow keys, press enter
  5. The system is now booting to USB
  6. Macrium Reflect is now launching
  7. Click browse for an image file
  8. Click the USB drive and choose the image file you saved in stage II
  9. Click restore
  10. Click Copy Partitions > Shrink or Extend
  11. Click Next
  12. Click Finish
  13. The system is now restoring the image from the USB
  14. When finished, you can click the red X to reboot
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