Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect Free

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 544 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.3 build 7290
  • Total Downloads:
    4,152,288
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 11, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16,377
  • 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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User Reviews
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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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5 stars

"Very good B/R tool - some issues w/USB sticks"

January 22, 2015  |  By Allan C.

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

Easy to understand GUI
Offers clone capability
Can build boot drive
Free

Cons

Has some USB stick issues

Summary

Let me start by saying the Reflect version I downloaded here did have an image verification capability. The USB stick issues that I referred to are 1) it can't build a bootable USB stick. This is actually a Windows related problem in that when Reflect makes a drive bootable, it creates a new (small) partition for the boot files. Win7 doesn't allow USB sticks to have more than 1 partition thus Reflect is unable to build its' dedicated boot partition on a USB stick. 2) Reflect doesn't see USB sticks when it does its' drive analysis for launching the GUI. I am including my workarounds with the caveat that I am sure there are other methods to solve these problems so don't take my input as definitive answers. 1) Allow Reflect to make a spare External drive bootable. I had already done this on an External USB drive to use in making a clone of my Primary boot drive. The External USB booted up without issue and all the cloned files were available for Reflect to clone them back to my internal drive should I have so desired. Copy the files from the Macrium boot partition to the USB stick. Mine booted up without issue. 2) Use Reflect to create an image on some other disk then copy the image to the USB stick. I dropped my image on the same External USB I used for the clone. The data transfer took over an hour for a 21GB+ image but I suspect the USB source and destination drives were suing the same channel for data transfer thus throttling down the speed. Booted up the w/the USB stick and the image was seen as available for restoration. Now I can pull the stick, store it in my kit drawer and have it as a Recovery backup to my Recovery backup. Yes, I have Recovery paranoia.

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1 stars

"Can't verify image"

January 11, 2015  |  By paul1149

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

Seems to work smoothly.

Cons

Cannot verify an image. Would you trust your system to an image you weren't sure of?

The interface is very clunky. The interface of the download stub, confusing.

Summary

Prog has an excellent reputation, but the Cons here, especially the lack of verification, are not acceptable. If they want to exclude incremental backups, that's their business decision. But verification is basic functionality.

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3 stars

"Major Bug with Sharepoint/VSS"

December 14, 2014  |  By BleauxMe

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

Excellent functionality

Cons

A bid of needless jargon
Major bug with Sharepoint/VSS

Summary

Makes backing up needlessly confusing for Win7 users
Major bug with Sharepoint/VSS
AOMEI is perfect and even lets you not use VSS if youu choose

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5 stars

"excellent product"

December 02, 2014  |  By pfeldman

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

1. One can clone a disk without taking it offline.
2. The user interface is simple and intuitive.
3. I can clone a 2 TB drive in less than 3 hours.

Cons

So far I haven't encountered any problems with this software, but I've only been using it for one month. I will update the review if I do encounter any issues.

Summary

Rather than summarizing the information above, I'd like to compare Macrium Reflect with some of the other backup/cloning software packages that I tried before settling on Reflect:

- Clonezilla: I was never able to make this software work. Error messages were useless gibberish.

- Acronis True Image 2014 free and paid versions: Acronis True Image worked on some Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers but not on others. And, when it did work, it was often slow to the point of unusability, e.g., when cloning a disk, it
would sometimes report that it was 10 percent done after running for over 12
hours. When I contacted Acronis Technical Support about this, they denied that
I had a paid license and refused to provide support.

- XXCLONE-Home: If one clones a bootable drive, the clone is not bootable.

- EaseUS Todo backup: I was never able to make this work.

Updated on Feb 16, 2015

I've had more experience with Macrium Reflect, and would currently give it 3.5 stars out of 5. I've encountered two main problem areas:

(1) The 2 TB limit of the MBR partitioning scheme is pushing people towards the use of GPT. But, Macrium provides no practical method for migrating from MBR to GPT. (They offer two complex schemes, but despite extensive effort, I was unable to make either work).

(2) When one clones a bootable drive, the clone has all of the files that were present on the original drive, but is often not bootable.

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3 stars

"Well I used to like it because it worked"

November 22, 2014  |  By Dajoca100

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 4033

Pros

It sometimes does what it's supposed to do, but it has let me down on occasion.

Cons

It has occasionally (in the past) been unable to see any partition on any drives and even if it can, has failed to recognise the drive backups it created and therefore would not restore them.

Summary

It maybe great, but when it lets you down, the impact is huge.
Clonezilla may not be as user friendly, but it doesn't screw it all up.

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5 stars

"Easy to use and as fast as hell"

November 21, 2014  |  By Xactally

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

Clone
Create System Images

Cons

I honestly can not fault this program.

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5 stars

"Tried several, this on is the best!"

November 17, 2014  |  By TPatton79

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7220

Pros

Easy to use, move images across different file systems with ease.

Cons

Nothing comes to mind

Summary

Highly recommend for copying partitions and imagine drives!

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5 stars

"Great Software"

November 02, 2014  |  By kloach

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.3 build 7149

Pros

Easy to use, works without issues, no ads, will most likely buy full version.

Cons

Nothing yet.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.3 build 7290
  • Sever Plus Exchange Mailbox Restore: Exchange Mailbox Restore could report a folder as being empty when items were present for restore. This has been resolved
  • Program error at startup: Disks with corrupt GPT header tables could cause a program crash at startup. This has been resolved.
General
Publisher Macrium Software
Publisher web site http://www.macrium.com
Release Date March 10, 2015
Date Added March 11, 2015
Version 5.3 build 7290
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.37MB
File Name ReflectDL.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,152,288
Downloads Last Week 16,377
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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