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Macrium Reflect Free

CNET 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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    3.8 stars

    out of 525 votes

    • 5 star: 226
    • 4 star: 145
    • 3 star: 41
    • 2 star: 34
    • 1 star: 79
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "├▒ot working in Windows 7"

    December 14, 2010  |   By landrot

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    Looked like a complete backup program

    Cons

    At first run it stopped with the message:
    Encountered serious error

    Summary

    Does not work in WINDOWS 7

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Could not figure out how to backup files."

    March 15, 2010  |   By jaiweb

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    None, couldn't use it.

    Cons

    I have used many disk burner software packages and am no duffer on the PC but this had me baffled. Only tried it for 15 mins or so but was not intuitive at all.

    Summary

    Make it more user friendly and use the regular descriptions for burning.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Installed and ran. Was not easy to understand options."

    March 12, 2010  |   By johndyer

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    It was free.

    Cons

    Could not find out how to backup to my USB hard drive. It did not recognize or allow an option to use a USB device, although the authors description stated it could. Was not what I was looking for.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "dose not work"

    March 12, 2010  |   By fuzzydog1

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    000000000000

    Cons

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    Summary

    goes to back up an freeze up have to use system restore to remove it from pc. now i will try again from download.com

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great tool for backing up Operating System."

    March 7, 2010  |   By lnporteous

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    Easy to use to provide a full backup of a personal computer.

    Cons

    Hard to find out how to do an encrimental backup while following instructions in help.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Has A Serious Flaw In Its Ability To Reinstall Images"

    February 25, 2010  |   By LouieChuckyMerry

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    Free; Intuitive; Pretty Fast; Works In Windows 7

    Cons

    It Needs A Partition As Big As The Originally Imaged Partition/Hard Drive--NOT Just The Size Of The USED SPACE Of The Originally Imaged Partition--In Order To Reinstall Easily

    Summary

    I used this program to image and reinstall both operating system partitions of an independently configured (ie, independent bootloaders) dual boot Windows 7/XP Professional laptop. Creating the images was fast and simple, but when I tried to reinstall the images I encountered a serious flaw in the program. The XP partition I imaged was 98GB, with 6GB used space, and became a 4.7GB image; the Windows 7 partition I imaged was 200GB with 26GB used space, and became a 14.3GB image. The Problem: when I attempted to reinstall each image, separately, to a 50GB test partition--SMALLER THAN THE ORIGINAL PARTITION IMAGED BUT BIGGER THAN THE ORIGINAL USED SPACE ON THE PARTITION IMAGED--I was unable to do so. After a bit of Googling, I discovered that this was a flaw in all Macrium Reflect editions, and in order to reinstall an image such as the above I had to use an application (also freeware) called RoboRestore to first extract the "usable" information from the image and then reinstall it on the new partition. Of course, I was unable to run RoboRestore from the Macrium/Linux Recovery CD I made when I first installed the program, so I had to use the installed Macrium Reflect Free Edition on one of my two operating system partitions to reinstall the images on the test partitions. This worked (a bit slowly), but what happens if not just one of the operating system partitions, but instead the entire hard drive, is corrupt? This to me is a fatal flaw in the program and forces me to look elsewhere for a freeware imaging/backup program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does it's job, good, and nothing more."

    February 25, 2010  |   By W_Peijnakker

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    Easy to use, clear interface.
    Does it job and does it good.

    Cons

    Does it's job, but nothing more.
    I encounterd a little problem while creating the rescue-cd. I turned out I had to put in an empty cd before I started the program.

    Summary

    It's a great program to make an image back-up. This it does simple and good. But you can't use it to make a back-up of just your personal files. (Why do you need a program for that anyway. Copy-paste works for me.) As it's free it doesn't support incremental back-ups. Since I tink the full back-ups work fast enough I don't miss that function.
    Unlike some other reviewers I had no problem with USB-drives.
    Why only 4 stars: first that problem I encounterd while making a rescue-cd and second because I think they should have told it was only to make images of drives in their summary. Thus founding the summary a bit deceptive.

    I can't stress it enough: It's great if you want a image of your drive wich you can restore (when you destroyed the registry again) but it is not for any other way of making an back-up.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Can't backup selected files only.."

    February 24, 2010  |   By masaladosai

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    1. Free,
    2. Good for complete backup,
    3. Can choose between compressed or uncompressed versions.

    Cons

    There is no option to backup only selected files, you can't ignore some unnecessary files or programs being backed up. You can only backup the complete C Drive

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  • 3.0 stars

    "works great, but need recovery cd for restore"

    February 22, 2010  |   By bill718

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    Fast, easy to use, best of all it's free

    Cons

    couples of my pcs at home didn't have cd/dvd rom, this free edition won't restore without cd recovery disk, too bad, otherwise a great free gift, :(

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It appeared to take lot of time to set it up"

    February 20, 2010  |   By OldGrumpy

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 4.2 build 2409

    Pros

    I didn't have it long enough to find any.

    Cons

    I found it complex, difficult to understand, and time consuming to set it up. It was beyond my computer knowledge. So I jerked it out of my computer and kept looking. I finally found something more suited to my level of computer knowledge.

    Summary

    If one is a computer whiz maybe it would make sense to him or her. I am not, it did not, and so I moved on to another product. But I subsequently discovered it had made some changes to my computer which I found I had to undo. I don't know if it was my fault or that of the program; however, I was somewhat distressed to discover that it began loading up the D drive with all sorts of extraneous matters from the C drive which did not belong on the D. A restore point before Macrium was put to use saved my bacon as well as my computer.

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