I have attached a pic of your image-creation setup, I hope it will make things clearer to you.
1. As it says, this is your computer, be it desktop, laptop, or notebook. You had MR installed as per normal.
2. As it says, this is your backup drive; in your case you are not using a docking station with a standard drive as I do in the picture, you are going to use your WD external drive and it will be connected via USB cable to your computer.
TO MAKE YOUR FIRST BACKUP:
> Have your setup as pictured. This will never change, creation or restoring.
> Click on the Macrium Reflect shortcut icon on your computer desktop. MR will load and boot up.
> Make sure there are checkmarks in the two entries, Windows 7 NTFS Active, and Windows 7 NTFS Primary.
> At some point you will be prompted to create an emergency restore disk. Have a blank DVD disk ready and do it. Just follow directions, it will take a little time because MR will download files off the internet.
> You will also see your backup drive listed, Disable (clear) the checkbox for it (you don't want to make a backup of your backup, right?).
> Upper left side of the screen; click on backup, then image selected disks. See attached pic.
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> Next screen, follow the direction in the next pic:
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> Next screen, follow directions:
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When restoring, you will boot from the restore CD in your computer's optical drive instead of the Macrium Reflect shortcut on your desktop. In the opening screen, choose the RESTORE tab instead of BACKUP tab.
[EDIT]: Sorry, I missed one of your questions.
4) I have an SSD with O/S and a few key apps + a larger HDD with bulk of apps. If O/S won't boot, should I assume that most likely the SSD drive needs the restore and the HDD is probably ok and will sync up after restore?
You will want to make two separate backups, one of your main Windows drive, and another of your HDD and data files. Since the data drive is far less likely to get a virus or corruption of the OS, it is less critical. HOWEVER...it is not uncommon for a drive to suddenly fail mechanically, and if you haven't backed up your data you could lose everything. And, after all, data is the critical issue and the most important. So data backups are really important.
Just another point: many folks think that because the data and programs have been installed on a different drive from the C:\\ drive all they need to do is backup the data drive. Not so. Windows in the majority of times will install certain critical files on the main (SSD) drive, and if you do not back up both drives you can lose your installed programs also. So...back up both, separately. The backup images themselves can go on your backup drive, just title them so you can tell the difference between the two.
Edited by ranchhand_, 28 June 2018 - 12:39 PM.