Windows 10: Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?

Discus and support Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I been using Macrium Reflect Free for a few weeks now and it already saved me from reinstalling Windows three times already. I want to know for backup... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by reddice, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. reddice Win User

    Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?


    I been using Macrium Reflect Free for a few weeks now and it already saved me from reinstalling Windows three times already. I want to know for backup images is it better to get a dedicated external drive for image backups or just to use an internal drive like I am using now. I have a SSD my C drive so my D drive has all my portable apps, photo's videos etc so I have been putting the backup images on there.

    :)
     
    reddice, Dec 12, 2017
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  2. RonBarker Win User

    full backup of Windows 10 to restore entire image

    PV you can make a system image with Macrium reflect. But what I do is use Macrium Reflect to backup then use the Windows 7 backup as per Andre, to make a system image just in case I need it. Both on external hard drive.
     
    RonBarker, Dec 12, 2017
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  3. Windows 10 Backup Question

    This can be debatable as far as safety is concerned, however backups on external HDD are more reliable. Two reasons:

    • Hard drive failure would lead to loss of the backup as well.
    • Infections like ransomware would surely render the internal HDD backup useless.
    Macrium Reflect Free is a better tool to backup if you want to go for a 3rd party.
    Hope that helps.
     
    Sumit Dhiman2, Dec 12, 2017
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  4. Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?

    It is best to backup to an external drive. MR has saved me about 40 + times over the last 3 years. I bought it, best investment I ever made. It is a great product. When I bought it the free version was not as good as it is today , so you are good with that.
     
    Josey Wales, Dec 12, 2017
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  5. Bastet Win User
    External hard drive definitely, if the internal drive fails & you’re also using it for backup you’ll lose the backups.
    MR has image guardian so I keep mine permanently connected.
    I’ve lost count on how many times MR has helped me out.
     
    Bastet, Dec 12, 2017
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  6. If a back up drive is hooked to your computer and your computer has a bad time you could loose your backup also.
    It could be a Windows 10, hardware, or ransomware problem or what ever.

    My method is simple. After making a backup, remove your Backup/Clone drive and put in a safe place.


    Jack
     
    Layback Bear, Dec 12, 2017
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  7. I just turn mine off.
     
    Josey Wales, Dec 12, 2017
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  8. Bastet Win User

    Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?

    I used to unplug the drive with the free version but since I won a free key I no longer do that due to image guardian which is supposed to prevent problems with ransomeware attacking the drive.
     
    Bastet, Dec 12, 2017
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  9. reddice Win User
    Thanks. The only thing I am concerned about is if my computer will see the external drive when running the recovery method. It works fine using the USB recovery stick.
     
    reddice, Dec 12, 2017
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  10. Thanks Virginia.

    I didn't know that because I use the free version.

    *image guardian*

    Jack
     
    Layback Bear, Dec 12, 2017
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  11. I see no reason why it won't. An external 1TB hard Drive in a case with an on/off switch would be great. That way you can keep many backups , comes in handy if you are in The Insider Program. I use a Rockwell External HD Case and about every 6 months I clone it to another Hard Drive.
     
    Josey Wales, Dec 12, 2017
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  12. Another easy way is Hot Swap bays.
    I use it all the time.
    Just pop the ssd/hard drive in. Make your Backup/Clone and pop it out.
    Done.

    Jack
     
    Layback Bear, Dec 12, 2017
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  13. f14tomcat Win User

    Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?

    @reddice

    Tony,
    Macrium will detect your external drives when they are plugged back in. Never had an issue there. *Smile

    (It is safer to keep them disconnected when not in use. Not just from the "bad guys" out there, getting zapped by a machine failure, power surge, goblins or such.)
     
    f14tomcat, Dec 12, 2017
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  14. RolandJS Win User
    +1 on disconnecting or turning off an external backup HD when not actively backing up or restoring. I've done that for years, like the others here *Smile
     
    RolandJS, Dec 12, 2017
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  15. essenbe Win User
    Totally agree. I use 2 external eSATA drives and alternate images between them, then turn them off. I have never had a problem getting Macrium recovery to see the external drives and have used it numerous times. *Redface
     
    essenbe, Dec 12, 2017
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