Windows 10: Alternative to Macrium Reflect Free?

Discus and support Alternative to Macrium Reflect Free? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Can anyone recommend an alternative to Macrium Reflect Free as a backup tool? I want something that does disk imaging, as opposed to just backing up... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by ricecrispies, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Alternative to Macrium Reflect Free?


    Can anyone recommend an alternative to Macrium Reflect Free as a backup tool? I want something that does disk imaging, as opposed to just backing up files. I have been fighting with Reflect Free on two computers and have got to the point where, even if I ever do get it working properly, I don't trust it enough to entrust it with my data.

    :)
     
    ricecrispies, Mar 1, 2017
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  2. Sumit Dhiman2, Mar 1, 2017
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  3. Andre Da Costa, Mar 1, 2017
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  4. Kyhi Win User

    Alternative to Macrium Reflect Free?

    Aomie Backupper - Free
    Acronis 2017 - Paid
    Ashampoo Backup 2016 - Free

    Very Strange indeed your having issues with Macrium
     
    Kyhi, Mar 1, 2017
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  5. RolandJS Win User
    I've used both Macrium Reflect and Image for Windows without any problems; ricecrispies -- would you mind elaborating on what was going on with MR? I'd like to learn from you!
     
    RolandJS, Mar 1, 2017
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  6. On my desktop machine Macrium can't create bootable rescue media. I have booted from an Ubuntu image in the same USB2 slot, so it ought to work. I've tried both the UEFI and non-UEFI options. Meanwhile on my laptop when I try to run the downloader I get "The Macrium Reflect download agent is retrieving the download options list. Please try again later", and that's where it gives up.
     
    ricecrispies, Mar 1, 2017
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  7. Thanks for those suggestions!
     
    ricecrispies, Mar 1, 2017
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  8. cereberus Win User

    Alternative to Macrium Reflect Free?

    Easeus Todo Backup Free.
     
    cereberus, Mar 1, 2017
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  9. essenbe Win User
    essenbe, Mar 1, 2017
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  10. Kyhi Win User
    Rice,
    Download my rescue disk ISO - mount the ISO and copy the contents to a FAT32 formatted USB
    See if it boots for you

    Link to media in My sig below

    Also is your PC setup for UEFI or Legacy Booting ???
     
  11. Steve C Win User
    I thought Macrium Reflect is a disk imaging program quote from Macrium "An award winning disk cloning and imaging solution for free." I have the opposite experience - no problems at all on three PCs.
     
    Steve C, Mar 1, 2017
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  12. essenbe Win User
    Macrium will do either one. My experience with Macrium is the same, never have problems with it.
     
    essenbe, Mar 1, 2017
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  13. RolandJS Win User

    Alternative to Macrium Reflect Free?

    In all fairness, while I have had great success making backups, restoring the images, I have had problems from time to time with making MR boot usb sticks and DVDs. The error reported earlier was indeed very similar to the error I received. Later, I was able to finally make the MR boots. However, the error is probably more common than admitted to by some MR users.
     
    RolandJS, Mar 1, 2017
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  14. jimbo45 Win User
    Hi there

    I can understand people having problems with specific special software - with really customized mobos for example - but I've heard of almost NOBODY who ever has any problems with Macrium -- with one exception that really isn't Macrium's fault -- if you run it WITHIN Windows and you don't have enough spare HDD space (or SSD space) for VSS to lock and take a "pseudo" image of the OS partition then it (as will other backup programs) will fail.

    It will always work though in "Stand alone mode" --I.e create bootable USB / DVD media i.e boot that up and run the stand alone backup / recovery program and then the VSS problem won't exist.

    I don't believe anyway in backing up systems while they still have users logged on -- but of course YMMV.

    As far as basic Backup / Restore are concerned Macrium is IMO the most reliable around - especially for home users --again though if you are short of primary HDD space for your OS don't run it from the OS otherwise 100% certainty VSS will fail !!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Mar 1, 2017
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  15. pparks1 Win User
    Macrium does imaging as well as file backups.
     
    pparks1, Mar 2, 2017
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