Windows 10: Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored

Discus and support Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hey how's it going guys good to be here :) OK so I'm running Windows 10, and I purchased the full retail version of Macrium Reflect, and have now... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by isamu, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. isamu Win User

    Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored


    Hey how's it going guys good to be here Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored :)

    OK so I'm running Windows 10, and I purchased the full retail version of Macrium Reflect, and have now cloned my main C: drive to another SSD drive, using the "Clone this Drive" option. The backup drive, we'll call it "J", is now a 1:1 copy of my C drive. This is good and is what I wanted.

    However, here's the question....did I make the right decision by cloning my C drive, as opposed to Imaging it to the J drive? I've read several articles explaining the difference between imaging and cloning. Imaging appears to be where all the system files are archived and can be restored in case the main drive goes bad, correct? Where as with cloning, the entire drive, including all the necessary partitions, is copied verbatum, allowing me to, for example, removing drive C and boot from drive J without any differences in data.


    What I want to know however, is how do I set Macrium Reflect so that it keeps the backup drive updated and at 1:1 with my main drive(ie similar to Raid 1 mirror), on a monthly basis. If I wanted to accomplish this, without having to manually move files and folders over to drive J, do I simply "re-clone" drive C to drive J every month? If I do this, is Reflect smart enough to simply copy and change only the data that is new, without going through the entire clone process and overwriting everything from scratch?

    I like the sound of what Incremental and Differential does, but those features are limited to imaging, and not cloning. How can I reproduce this with the a cloned drive? This is the reason I was initially thinking about going with a Raid 1 mirroring configuration, because with mirroring, this task is done automatically.

    Please let know your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks in advance Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored :)

    :)
     
    isamu, Apr 29, 2019
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  2. JimWynne Win User

    Cloning a 500GB disk drive to a new drive

    You can use the
    free Macrium Reflect
    to clone the drive and/or create a system image.
     
    JimWynne, Apr 29, 2019
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  3. Bumpkin Win User
    cloning / imaging


    As long as the thumb drive has enough capacity for the image or clone.
    I suggest using Macrium Reflect as it uses compression when making images.
     
    Bumpkin, Apr 29, 2019
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  4. topgundcp Win User

    Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored

    Restoring Windows 10 Image using Macrium Reflect


    In addition to the above. Here's my suggestion in step by step.
    I assume you have Macrium Installed in your current HD and already made a backup copy.
    1. Connect your new HD via USB port and boot up.
    2. Run Macrium, click on Restore tab then select the Backup Image that you made to restore
    3. click on "select a different target disk" then select your new HD as destination

      Macrium Reflect...Imaging VS Cloning, and how to keep drive J mirrored [​IMG]
    4. Proceed to restore then Shutdown and disconnect the old HD and replace with the new HD
    5. Boot up with your new HD.
     
    topgundcp, Apr 29, 2019
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