Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect Free

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 552 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.708
  • Total Downloads:
    4,378,511
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 29, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.38MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    19,695
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Macrium Reflect Free Edition is the free version of the Macrium Reflect backup software. The free version 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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3 stars

"Not as good post 9/2014"

June 20, 2015  |  By brainout

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.685

Pros

Fast
Sometimes intuitive
Sometimes better than EASEUS
Great if your drive is below 1 TB.

Still works on XP and does NOT interfere with GoBack.

Cons

Their profram updates can crash your clone and your hard drive
Post 9/2014, cloning with Western Digital My Passport 3.0 (old version or Ultra) is suddenly persona non grata and the folks in the forum are of no help.

Their WinPE environment in any configuration is a nightmare.

The above pro's and cons apply to NON-NETWORKED machines. I don't network, so I don't know how well the product functions for networked machines.

Forum for licensed 5 users is inaccessible, now.

Maybe these problems are more due to Win7 updates, but there's no way to tell.

Summary

I have something like 12 individual licenses for Reflect Pro 5, and when after 9/2014 they started rolling out updates incorporating Windows 8.1, that's when cloning my 1 TB drive suddenly turned nightmarish. I resorted to Clonezilla. Something in the way Macrium now clones or renders when it loads also trashes sectors on the hard disk and on the clone, because just in the last few days, Clonezilla won't run either.

But EASEUS will: however its clone sizes aren't the same as the original disk sizes, and I've no idea why.

I've lost hundreds of hours trying to figure out what went wrong, and yes of course I thoroughly reformatted and checked for bad sectors, drives, cords, trying different ones. But all Western Digital.

No problem if the source drive is under 1 TB, though. All the other variables don't seem to matter, like whether 32 bit or 64 bit, which OS, etc.

And Macrium 6 isn't any different. I removed my license, uninstalled, installed Macrium Free 6 today, just to test it, same exact problem. The cool addition is you can schedule your cloning now. But what good is that, if you can't clone. You can't have it be unattended with this as the problem.

So use with caution if your source drive is 1 TB.

Really sad. I was a big fan and wrote a glowing review here and in Amazon, of Five. Still am, but only with smaller drives. They didn't help, and you can't see all the 'cloning fail' complaints happening after September 2014, now.

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4 stars

"Long installation - great little program though."

June 18, 2015  |  By pcgzville

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.685

Pros

Does an awesome job of scheduled and on-request backups that are quite easy to utilize. Easy user-interface and FREE :)

Cons

Very long installation download of software.

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2 stars

"Almost as bad as Windows backup."

June 12, 2015  |  By tembuktoo

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7299

Pros

Easy to download. Appeared to be fairly easy to run.

Cons

Started backup and it immediately stopped because of an error. Uninstalled immediately. Repeat of Windows issues.

Summary

Was trying to find a backup program that was better than Windows which keeps having a "not enough space available" error. This has been going on for years and MS does not want to fix it. This program experienced an error almost as soon as I started it. Am now using AOMEI without any issues.

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1 stars

"BEWARE!!!!"

June 04, 2015  |  By Reuven_10

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7299

Pros

None ! Only sheer disappointment.

Cons

UNRELIABLE! I created a WinXP backup and had to RESTORE the following day. The "restored" WinXP did not boot, giving the error msg. "Windows could not start - <Windows root>\System32\HAL.dll is missing. Please reinstall a copy of the file."

Summary

Unreliable! Why would Macrium give us a free version 5.3 of its software while they are promoting version 6?

Updated on Jun 5, 2015

Tried to inform Macrium about this mishap via their Forum. Impossible, since the Forum is open for paid software only. So I tried the "Contact Us" route. I wrote down the details, hit the "Submit" tab, only to get an "OOPS, something happened, Use the Contact Us." I clicked on this offered link and was brought back to the "Contact Us" where I started.

I will never use any of Macrium's products again!

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5 stars

"great product"

May 28, 2015  |  By Uncle Sam

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7299

Pros

Fast, nice user interface, does what is suppose to do without fuss, have the free version which works great.
Just used it to clone a dos disk to 3 other machines, did the job splendidly.

Cons

non that I have found so far.

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4 stars

"Good program, and it's free."

May 17, 2015  |  By Orange Fox

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7299

Pros

Did its job, is free, operations are fast; the size of disk images is reasonable.

Cons

The user interface is confusing for novice users and the download process takes a while.

Summary

I used this program to move my operating system to another HDD partition. For a free program, this is good. It does its job and its operations are actually pretty fast. Its downfall is its unfriendly user interface. I would definitely recommend this program to back up your HDD's.

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1 stars

"PRODUCT IS NOT FREE !!!!!"

May 07, 2015  |  By edstak

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7299

Pros

PRODUCT IS NOT FREE !!!!!

Cons

PRODUCT IS NOT FREE !!!!!

Summary

PRODUCT IS NOT FREE !!!!!

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3 stars

"Cannot create ISO out of a CD"

May 01, 2015  |  By Holybride

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7299

Pros

It can only create ISO out of your drives.

Cons

It cannot create ISO or CUE out of a CD. So after searching & trying software like hell, I use Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE to do the job.

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5 stars

"Great software!"

March 02, 2015  |  By harster

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7277

Pros

If English is your language, this is the best choice.

Cons

Backup is a complicated subject, period, not Macrium's fault.

Summary

I bought the paid version because I wanted native English language documentation and tech support, plus all the features. I was not disappointed. For the first time in three years I have backup that I trust, I have tested, it works, I understand what they are saying, it's really fast.......... Need I say more?

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3 stars

"Does The Job"

January 22, 2015  |  By PeteCress2

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

- Once you figure out that a backup can be Full or Incremental, it's pretty easy to use
- The ability to specify many different sources seems tb quite good

Cons

- If you have a Full backup and 30 Incrementals on a disk, and the Full gets corrupted or deleted you have lost everything. It just won't work with a partial set....need the Full.

- It could use a facility that, upon request, combs through an entire backup set and lists every version of every backed up file... so if you know a file got bad data, say, a week ago you don't have to mount Incremental-after-incremental looking for the latest good version.

Summary

It's the least-bad backup utility I have found in recent years. The original Retrospect for MacIntosh was the best because it had the ability to show all versions of all files in one view. But I guess that's gone forever.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0.708
  • Certain dialog controls are moved when the Windows Font setting is changed, this caused the 'Browse' button in the 'Add folders' File and Folder backup dialog to be hidden. This has been resolved.
  • MS Exchange backups may not run the retention and consolidation rules specified in the backup definition. This has been resolved.
  • A program error could occur if multiple backups are sent to the same target folder from different PC's at the same time. This has been resolved.
  • When registering Macrium Reflect the license dialog could prevent execution with an error 'The license key has not changed'. This has been resolved.
General
Publisher Macrium Software
Publisher web site http://www.macrium.com
Release Date June 29, 2015
Date Added June 29, 2015
Version 6.0.708
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 4,378,511
Downloads Last Week 19,695
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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