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Macrium Reflect Free

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 565 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.2.1549
  • Total Downloads:
    5,159,046
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 12, 2016
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    3.38MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,010
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Macrium Reflect Free Edition allows you to back up your entire computer and schedule backups. For a free program, you get incredibly powerful software that allows you to create effective backups.

Pros

Beginner accessible interface: Creating backups is something that is often overlooked by a new computer user. In addition, many of the programs that allow you to perform this task seem overly complex. Macrium is easy to understand, even for someone who hasn't used backup software before.

Scheduling feature: Creating a backup is a resource-intensive and time-consuming process. It is not really the sort of thing that you want to have happening while you're trying to use the computer. However, the scheduling feature allows you to schedule a backup for the middle of the night or some other time when you don't need the machine for other reasons.

Restoration functionality: Restoring from a Macrium Reflect backup worked flawlessly. No problems were detected, and everything was restored properly when the backup was created.

Cloning and imaging: You can use the software to either clone or image your hard drive. The imaging process greatly reduces the space required for a backup.

Cons

Cumbersome installation: The program installs through a download client and requires a very large download to complete. The client was slow and resource intensive. It seems there could likely be a better way to deliver the software.

Bottom Line

Creating a good, reliable backup should be part of everyone's computing practices. This free software provides you with an affordable way to do that, even if you're not a computer expert. The backup file is compressed to a reasonable size and is easy to restore from.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Very simple clone of Win10 to SSD!"

August 10, 2016  |  By spacefuzz

2016-08-10 21:02:18  |  By spacefuzz

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.1.1366

Pros

* Very easy to understand GUI
* Advanced capability if needed
* Image your system for backup (including incremental, and scheduled)
* Clone your system to a new drive (what I used it for)

Cons

NONE that I've found!

Summary

I used Macrium Reflect Free to clone my Windows 10 system from an old SATA platter drive to SSD and it was incredibly easy. All options were easy to understand and default selections were what I wanted almost every time. Step 1, it recommends creating a recovery disk, which I did (bootable DVD). Step 2, I cloned the drive. Step 3, I disconnected the old drive and rebooted to the recovery DVD. Step 4, selected "Fix boot problems" and let it detect my OSes, including the new Win10 SSD. Clicked essentially, Next, Next, Finish to let it rewrite the boot record and boot menu. DONE! Rebooted without the recovery disk right into Windows 10. Now, Windows 10 comes out of standby in a mere 2 or 3 seconds! Love it. I will buy the Home version if I find a need for some of those features, but the free version is absolutely awesome!

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1 stars

"who knows since it won't download"

February 09, 2016  |  By jerggg

2016-02-09 11:21:07  |  By jerggg

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.1.1081

Pros

who knows since it won't download

Cons

who knows since it won't download

Summary

the only download I can't finish without errors every single time using macrium's download manager, so who knows how good or bad it is, just put the file on a server, give me a link and let me download it myself

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5 stars

"Best Backup/Imaging Tool I have Used"

November 30, 2015  |  By mrengaw1

2015-11-30 12:21:11  |  By mrengaw1

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.1.936

Pros

It just works
Supports latest SSD hardware
Supports backups to NAS (in my case Synology)
Easily creates working USB boot drives
Performance, backups are VERY fast

Cons

Some learning curve if you are coming from Acronis

Summary

I was a long time Acronis True Image user. I had recently purchased a new laptop and "upgraded" from Acronis TI 2014 to Acronis TI 2016. I had a long list of problems with TI 2016. The biggest issues were the inability to create a working boot disk, nags for other Acronis products (really should not happen in a purchased product), and features/functions that simply did not work. I downloaded the free version of Macrium Reflect and it just worked. Once I experienced how good the free version was I purchased the full license that same day. It is very straight forward and simple to use. The best thing is that it just works. I didn't have to spend time trouble shooting and trying to get it to work with my hardware. I have a brand new Dell XPS 15 9550 that has very new, what I would consider to be fairly bleeding edge technology. I also back up to a Synolgy NAS. It is VERY fast, much faster than what I was used to with Acronis.

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3 stars

"Should be called an Imaging Program instead"

November 29, 2015  |  By Bob Bobbert

2015-11-29 09:27:23  |  By Bob Bobbert

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.1.936

Pros

May work well for imaging/cloning

Cons

Requires upgrade to pay version to back up files and folders

Summary

May be decent at what it does. I didn't try it as I needed an actual back up program.

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3 stars

"Worked very quickly"

October 16, 2015  |  By Traveler_Lloyd

2015-10-16 23:37:05  |  By Traveler_Lloyd

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.1.871

Pros

I migrated to a new larger hard drive on my laptop and it cloned my drive very quickly.

Cons

It stays in memory and is automatically loads with the operating system.
I am also have problems booting up with the new hard drive.
It may also be loaded with Yahoo's Trojan. (I will explain in the Summary.)

Summary

In the process of migrating to a new and larger hard drive, I downloaded this program and 1 other program from here on Download.com to clone my hard drive, deciding later on which program to use. (I used this one.) I also downloaded 2 partition programs as well. One of the programs that I downloaded infected my new hard drive with the Yahoo Trojan which hijacked the home pages and search engines of 3 different web browsers on my computer. Manually changing them back would not work. I also found several changes in my computer registry. It took me 3 days to get the Yahoo virus out of my computer. And as I said, I am running into errors when booting up and have to boot up more then once to get into the operating system. I strongly suspect this program as the agent for my troubles. But I am not sure so I gave it 3 stars until I can figure out exactly which program was the villain..

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5 stars

"Great backup, recovery, and cloning tool."

September 29, 2015  |  By danbzee

2015-09-29 08:20:43  |  By danbzee

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.753

Pros

II have been using Reflect for automated daily and weekly backups, once for recovery, and twice for cloning disks to a new drive. It has always performed flawlessly. I used the free version for several years and finally bought the Standard version because I wanted the added features. They aren't necessary, but nice to have.

Cons

None that I can think of

Summary

Great tool for backup, recovery, and cloning.

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5 stars

"Easy to use interface and simple editing"

August 23, 2015  |  By CorkerVerfaillie

2015-08-23 20:31:40  |  By CorkerVerfaillie

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.753

Pros

Really suitable, provided me with a lot of help, a lot of problems to solve.

Cons

Nothing to say. It did a great job.

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5 stars

"Did what Acronis Migrate couldn't!"

August 21, 2015  |  By aaroninvernon

2015-08-21 09:36:04  |  By aaroninvernon

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.753

Pros

FREE - and fully functional!
Very easy to use.
Fast once the download has completed.
Interface bright and intuitive.
User prompted to create back-up disc or thumb drive before proceeding.
I first tried using the trial version of Acronis Migrate which had been recommended.
Acronis wouldn't even recognize my hard disk but only saw the SSD that I wanted to use to clone my original HDD.
Macrium Reflect recognized the HDD, gave me the option of what sectors to clone, and performed the clone in a little over an hour. Swapped out the old HDD for the new SSD, and it booted up without a hitch. Thank you Macrium!

Cons

Takes a little bit of time to download all the components needed, but then it can be used to create a bootable DVD or USB thumb drive.

Summary

Amazing program, can't say enough good things about it. Am really happy I decided to put an SSD in to replace a slower (and failing) regular HDD in my mother-in-laws Samsung laptop.

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5 stars

"Intuitive interface"

August 20, 2015  |  By KenworthyLeete

2015-08-20 19:24:48  |  By KenworthyLeete

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.753

Pros

Awesome and I will remember to use it from time to time. Excellent technical support!

Cons

Can't think of any Cons.

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5 stars

"Appearance is very beautiful, I love it"

August 14, 2015  |  By WeinrichMinor

2015-08-14 00:10:52  |  By WeinrichMinor

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.753

Pros

Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

Cons

No cons from what I can see.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.2.1549
A few customers have reported that Reflect can fail to terminate when finished execution. This has been resolved.
General
Publisher Macrium Software
Publisher web site http://www.macrium.com
Release Date September 09, 2016
Date Added September 12, 2016
Version 6.2.1549
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.38MB
File Name ReflectDL.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,159,046
Downloads Last Week 1,010
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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