Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect Free

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 531 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.3 build 7134
File Size:
2.19MB
Date Added:
August 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
3,595,567
Downloads Last Week:
15,667
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual 185.9MB download.

Editors' review

Backing up your computer shouldn't be a tedious task. Macrium Reflect Free Edition makes file backup incredibly easy thanks to its intuitive user interface and helpful wizards.

Installing the program did confuse us a bit, because although it's a free program, it refers to purchasing the program, and you're given a confirmation number. On top of that, the program recommends that you view the online tutorials before getting started, but you might have some trouble deciphering them unless you speak Italian. Luckily, the built-in Help menu is more than adequate and written in English. The user interface is simple but professional in appearance. Intuitive commands line the top of the window, and tabs reveal options for disk images, partitions, XML definitions, and scheduled backups. A helpful wizard guides you through the process of setting up your backup. We were able to quickly select our backup location (local hard disk, network, CD/DVD). Before proceeding, it provides you with a summary of your backup so that you can see the backup type, destination, compression type, and password protection. Here is also where you can make advanced configurations to the compression levels and file sizes.

The program did slow our computer while it worked its magic, and we were unable to browse or work with other resource-intensive programs at the same time. However, we were able to watch the backup process, and the program successfully backed up our C Drive without a hitch. If you're looking for a simple but reliable backup program, we highly recommend Macrium Reflect Free Edition to all users.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 531 votes

    • 5 star: 230
    • 4 star: 145
    • 3 star: 41
    • 2 star: 34
    • 1 star: 81
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Works Very Well! Hard Drive to SSD very easy!"

    August 16, 2014   |   By Rod_Warrix

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7134

    Pros

    Well it has what is needed to create a back image as well to restore even if the restore drive is different size! Was way cool being able to do this from a larger hard drive to a small SSD drive with no problems! It's easy to do and I was done all in about three hours from start to finish.

    Cons

    I can't complain nothing went wrong or had any down fall and I was only using the free version! From install to finish with task three hours.Will be buying in future!

    Summary

    This software made me very happy with being easy and even helpful with transferring Windows 8.1 from a hard drive to a SSD that was smaller in size! It actually told me it could not match the drive but will instead just use the part of the image containing the files from the system that was backed up. Big relief! Did not have to do nothing special Macrium Reflect did it by itself! Three hours later I was up and running with no problems at all. NONE! Big thanks to Macrium it's great software! Even a dummy like me was able to do! :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and effective way to backup WIndows7."

    June 03, 2014   |   By tkosh65

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Simple to use and the price is right.

    Cons

    None I have found yet.

    Summary

    Very simply a better way to backup my Win7 Ultimate machine than the backup included with Win7.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great application!"

    May 16, 2014   |   By lmjohnso

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Allows me to image and create backup images of my computers.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything bad to say about it.

    Summary

    I've used this software to upgrade hard drives and to create backup images of my computers in case of hard drive failure.

    Simple to use and works well. I'd recommend to anyone.

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  • 1 stars

    "didn't work for me"

    May 15, 2014   |   By LouPiniella

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

    Not what I needed

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  • 5 stars

    "Got the job done"

    May 01, 2014   |   By Theduckofdeath

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Makes disk images

    Cons

    Didn't notice any

    Summary

    Only used the utility to image my laptop disk to an SSD. Got the job done without any hassle.

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  • 1 stars

    "Hard Drive too full"

    April 26, 2014   |   By evego

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Easy to download to thumbdrive.

    Cons

    Couldn't see micro SDHC

    Summary

    I downloaded this product so that I could clone my current c: drive on my tablet (which is full) to a micro SDHC chip that's twice the size of the hard drive. The software didn't see the chip and therefore couldn't do the copy.

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  • 5 stars

    "SIMPLE... INCLUDES HELP WIZARD... EASY INTERFACE.. FREE"

    April 21, 2014   |   By melen001

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Relatively easy to use that even the novice won't get confused. Simple and reliable tool with cloning and imaging solutions that work. Included is a help wizard that will take you through the process, well it did in my case (i'm not a computer geek)so that is a plus for me....

    Cons

    The program is a little resource hog...slows our computer while it worked and unable to browse or work with other resource-intensive programs at the same time.

    Summary

    This a straight forward program that works... no frills or any candy eye GUI just does it's job.....

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  • 1 stars

    "Disappointed-Does not work with Windows8.1x64Update1"

    April 18, 2014   |   By VictorIT1

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Interface look easy to use.

    Cons

    Does not show any Windows 8.1 x64 Update 1 disks as sources for backup.

    Summary

    Doesn't work. This is not the only product I have tested with this same problem, so it may be something Microsoft has done which has broken this product.

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  • 3 stars

    "Free to home user but not very user friendly"

    April 06, 2014   |   By RoyClifton

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Fast. Free.

    Cons

    Minimal Help content.
    Creates a partition on target drive the exact size of the source drive partition containing the system. Assigns a new drive letter to target partition.
    Remaining space on target drive becomes a separate and unallocated/unassigned partition (no drive letter).
    Expanding the cloned partition is not recognized by the file system.

    Summary

    Not useful when objective is a larger drive for the system and data.

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  • 3 stars

    "Seems pretty good"

    April 03, 2014   |   By JohnMosesBrowning

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2 build 6504

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Kind of a pain to use for drive upgrade. My purpose is replacing an 80GB drive with a 750GB, yet, Reflect wants to duplicate the existing partition rather than build a new larger one.

    Summary

    Still working. I've yet to get a clean replacement Windows boot drive.

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