Windows 10: Macrium Reflect Download

Discus and support Macrium Reflect Download in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I went to the Macrium website to download Macrium Reflect and found that there is a "trial" version and a "full" version. I've seen it posted on this... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Fred22, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Fred22 Win User

    Macrium Reflect Download

    I went to the Macrium website to download Macrium Reflect and found that there is a "trial" version and a "full" version. I've seen it posted on this forum that Macrium Reflect is free, but this doesn't seem to be accurate. Am I missing something?

    Fred22, Oct 11, 2016
  2. SpiritX MS MVP, Oct 11, 2016
  3. FiggisPD Win User
    How do I backup my files to a portable hard drive - Windows 10

    I have downloaded Macrium Reflect and will try it out next time I do a backup.

    Thanks for your help.
    FiggisPD, Oct 11, 2016
  4. dalchina New Member

    Macrium Reflect Download

    dalchina, Oct 11, 2016
  5. jimbo45 Win User
    Hi there

    I notice a lot more sites are doing this these days --making the FREE versions harder to find. The worst offenders also remove USEFUL features from previously Free software and say you have to "Go Pro" -- i.e PAY for what was previously a free feature so watch links carefully !!!

    For example the old Wondershare video converter could copy say from m2ts to mkv / mp4 in lossless conversion - the newer releases lossless conversion is a PAID FOR extra !!!!!!. Version 8.6.0 still has the feature but any later --it's PAY or find something else. !!!!

    jimbo45, Oct 12, 2016
  6. Fred22 Win User
    Is this true with the free Version of Macrium Reflect as well
    Fred22, Oct 12, 2016
  7. Actually, no.

    In fact, the new free version (v6) of MR provides options that were only available in the Pro (i.e., paid) older versions. One example is the WinPE boot option, another is the ability to make WinPE boot media -- whereas the older versions only allowed you to make Linux boot media.
    Mark Phelps, Oct 12, 2016
  8. Fred22 Win User

    Macrium Reflect Download

    Cool...Going to download it tomorrow.
    Fred22, Oct 12, 2016
  9. jimbo45 Win User
    Hi there @Fred22
    Free Macrium is definitely one of the Better versions of DECENT FREE software that doesn't keep pestering you to upgrade -- many people on this Forum use it regularly --including me.

    I've tried various backup / recovery software in the past including ACRONIS which I gave up at about Acronis True Image 2012 or thereabouts due to incredible bloatware and horrendous activation issues.

    I've found FREE MACRIUM entirely reliable and efficient too. -- Note though it's essentially a BACKUP solution so you can really only image or clone entire HDD's -you can mount the image too if you just want to extract a particular file etc.

    For ARCHIVE (i.e DATA storage that doesn't change much such as say Music / local video) I have this on NAS servers which I backup regularly with a Linux program Backup Edge which archives regularly to 2 X 6 TB external drives housed in Hornetek enclosures - 2 X 2 3TB HD in each drive.

    I'm using the newer faster version of this product with USB3 connection but the spec is similar to this one.

    HornetTek X2-RAID Dual Bay 3.5-inch eSATA/USB 2.0 Enclosure

    Depending on your needs mass storage is really cheap these days - you have to balance your view of the cost / plausibility of re-creating your data vs cost of storage. I always like to have 2 copies of backup in case of failure / loss / destruction etc etc.

    Re-ripping over 4,000 CD's accumulated over the years plus other music would be HORRENDOUS vs cost of a bit of extra storage.

    jimbo45, Oct 13, 2016
  10. Fred22 Win User
    I want to download Macrium Reflect, but since I've never used disc imaging, I'm completely ignorant of the process. Once you download Macrium to your computer, where do you keep it? Obviously not on your computer. Can someone explain the process from downloading to creating a disc image. I'd really appreciate this information.
    Fred22, Oct 16, 2016
  11. dalchina New Member
    Hi, I don't think anyone's going to type all that out for you... but you can read all about it here:
    Macrium Reflect Quick Start - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    A disk image is a file which is a compressed version of a disk or disks, partition or partitions.
    It can be mounted and explored, files can be extracted.
    And the disk image file can be expanded and written to a disk to create a copy of the original disk or disks, partition or partitions that were imaged.

    Disk images can be kept up to date by having a sequence of images, starting with the first big base image, and smaller images representing the changes from the base image. (Differential - difference from the base image- and incremental - changes from the last incremental image). So you can restore images created at many different dates if you have 1 base image and many differential or incremental images.

    Like any backup, the images are stored away from your PC.

    There's the installed program and a boot disk.
    dalchina, Oct 16, 2016
  12. Nubble Win User
    Since I use Reflect exclusively on my laptops, I use a 128GB SD card and as such backups runs automatically (through the task scheduler) without any user intervention. I don't use the SD interface for anything else and use a SD card that fits flush to the laptop as it remains there permanently. I use the differential backup process and can fit over a months worth of backups on the card. Of course this may not be viable for you if your laptop hard drive contains massive amounts of data. I then transfer this data once a month to a high capacity portable USB drive and store it offsite. I'm sure there are more elegant solutions but this has worked well for me. I have high regard for and high confidence in Macrium Reflect.
    Nubble, Apr 5, 2018

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