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Macrium Reflect Free

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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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5 stars

"Best cloning software ever!"

July 30, 2012  |  By DimitriiP

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 4694


I've managed to clone both my home and work PCs hard disks with ease. Home PC had a new HDD installed to replace 320Gb with a 2Tb disk.
Work notebook had a SSD disk installed, software cloned encoded HDD with no issues. I am loving this!!


None, it's FREE!!

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4 stars

"Very good program to backup and restore a system drive"

July 23, 2012  |  By zebelmio

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 4694


Better than native mirror backup of Windows 7 (see summary). Solid and reliable


Does not support restore from external media connected via USB 3.0


Till a week ago I used the native mirror backup for the system drive (Win7 64bit), to an external HDD via USB 2.0.
Now I use "Macrium Reflect Free" because it has several advantages compared to Windows mirror backup; mainly it allows to recover specific files, can manage several backups made at different dates and can verify integrity of backups.
The installation and first use were a little confusing, but learning curve is very fast.
The recover media is also a bit complicated to create, but works perfect (I made both a CD and a USB 2.0 flash drive bootable recover media using the create recover media in the program menu).
To backup individual data files and folders I use a different program, there are many good free programs for this purpose.
To summarize: "Macrium Reflect Free" is an excellent program, solid and easy to use for backup and restore the system drive. I give to it only 4 stars because it does not support external media with USB 3.0 connection (Win 7 mirror restore does not support USB 3.0 either). Macrium does allow to load external drivers during loading the restore media, but I was not able to have it working with my USB 3.0 external HDD. You could use the external HDD with USB 3.0 to produce the backup, but then to restore, you have to connect it via USB 2.0 (much slower).
If you want to use an external HDD 3.0 to backup and restore the system drive, I know that there are other programs that can do that, but they are not free.

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2 stars

"Surprise !!"

July 18, 2012  |  By dude9000

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 4694


The Interface looks pretty easy to use


After downloading I was surprised to find that I could not backup files. So the free version only clones? Not something one would need often. So checked out paid version surprise again, expensive for what it does.


If you thought you could back up files, don't bother.

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5 stars

"Worked flawlessly to clone a disk"

July 11, 2012  |  By craiger_r

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 4694


Installed easily and quickly, then used to clone a laptop hard drive to a solid state drive connected externally. Initializing, partitioning and cloning seemed very easy, although I do have a high level of technical experience. I didn't use any other features, so can't review the software other than the cloning option.


None. Could be a little intimidating for those who are inexperienced with disk partitioning and cloning...


Easily cloned my existing laptop drive to a new solid state drive using an external eSATA enclosure. Swapped the new SSD for the old HD and booted right up to a much faster computer.

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1 stars

"not easy to use. Not very helpful when done cloning"

July 09, 2012  |  By Ron Geiken

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 4694


It seemed to be work OK, and did actually seem to clone the drive.


When the cloning was done, my original drive still was the boot drive and some of the files on the that drive ended up in the original designation of the SSD which was M, and the rest was set up to be E. Now my M drive Now my M drive which was the SSD shows up as Reserved. This means that the cloning such as it was has two different drive designations.


Not impressed with this program. I have the Free version, and when it got done told me I had to download a 1.7 gig file from Microsoft to do the back up in windows and I opted to do the recovery disc in Linux. They should have told you that when you started. All in all, not a very impressive program at the end even though it looked to start up OK. With the free edition, it gives you very little help to get the cloned drive to be set up as the C drive. Big promises, but very Small results!!!!!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0 build 4694
Version 5.0 build 4694 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Macrium Software
Publisher web site http://www.macrium.com
Release Date June 13, 2012
Date Added June 19, 2012
Version 5.0 build 4694
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.38MB
File Name ReflectDL.exe
Total Downloads 4,435,125
Downloads Last Week 11,363
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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