Windows 10: Image cloning/backup software recommendation sought

Discus and support Image cloning/backup software recommendation sought in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I am looking at Acronis or Macrium. Any thoughts? Is the free version of Macrium good or should I buy one. Many thanks SM 125805 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Smorton, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Smorton Win User

    Image cloning/backup software recommendation sought


    I am looking at Acronis or Macrium. Any thoughts? Is the free version of Macrium good or should I buy one.

    Many thanks

    SM

    :)
     
    Smorton, Jan 22, 2019
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  2. cereberus Win User

    Recommendations on Cloning Software


    Lots of posts but when it comes down to it difference between cloning and images is simple.

    You clone a drive to make an exact copy of an existing drive eg upgrading to larger drive or ssd.

    You make images of an existing drive to a another drive, with primary intent to restore image to SAME drive that was backed up e.g. Windows has got corrupted or infected with ransomware.

    It just so happens you can restore image to a DIFFERENT drive i.e. same as cloning but a two step process involving a tertiary drive.

    Problem with cloning as a backup method is that it wipes the target drive. An image backup is simply another compressed file on a drive.
     
    cereberus, Jan 22, 2019
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  3. Allegheny Win User
    Recommendations on Cloning Software


    If I have a laptop with a 1TB internal drive, and I clone it to an external drive, I need 1TB of space.

    You imply that an "image" of my 1TB internal drive would be smaller, yet identical to a "clone"?
     
    Allegheny, Jan 22, 2019
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  4. f14tomcat Win User

    Image cloning/backup software recommendation sought

    Recommendations on Cloning Software


    Best and easiest to use with Windows. Can be setup to make it auto or basically idiot-proof. Recommended by virtually everyone here. Free and paid Pro versions, depending on your needs.

    Macrium Software | Your Image is Everything




    Backup Restore Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - Windows 10 Forums


    A good tutorial here on TF about it.
     
    f14tomcat, Jan 22, 2019
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