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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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  • 4.0 stars

    "does the job when others (more highly rated) failed"

    October 31, 2012  |   By lethal57

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    well set out and easy to install and use

    Cons

    Tried seagate backup wizard, online sync and others..all failed..this worked, though a little slow. More customisation would be handy

    Summary

    does the job

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It worked for me and was fast"

    October 25, 2012  |   By Doug Hazlewood

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    I finally gave up on EaseUs Todo Backup Free and researched some others on CNET. I was hoping to avoid having to burn a disc or discs since I was temporarily hooked up via the DVD connectors (as it ToDo Backup recommended). I found a detailed how-to video on YouTube about Macrium Reflect Free.

    I gave it a shot and once it started the new hard drive also stopped appearing on 'Computer.' But, it was not writing to the old drive, so I let it keep going. Looks like it did the trick. I don't know why ToDo Backup kept writing to the old HP Recovery partition or 'losing' the new drive.

    MRF software was also faster.

    It cloned my drive and it booted to it after I removed the old one.

    Here's that video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWM79HCzdDA

    I was glad to find such a detailed explanation and I guess I didn't have anything hooked up wrong (but, don't hold me to that).

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Summary

    It worked and is fast.

    I am a 58 year-old who has minimal PC fixin' experience. Unfortunately I know more about PC's than either of my two college grad children. Never imagined that would be the case. And my computer-whiz brother-in-law lives two hours away and was VERY busy (for real). And my nephew (who might could have helped) is off at college.

    I figured cloning my failing hard drive would not be as easy as it sounded like, but in the end it was (finally) with THIS software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    October 6, 2012  |   By MJRagsdale

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    Seems to do everything I need as far as backup/imaging is concerned. Works flawlessly while I was having troubles with Acronis working correctly some of the time.

    Cons

    None that I am aware of at this time.

    Summary

    I was so impressed with this program that I purchased a 3 computer upgrade to the paid version.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "No way to back up to network drive"

    October 5, 2012  |   By TerryMZM

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    Free and free

    Cons

    Can only back up to directly attached storage or DVD's and only as an image, not a daily or weekly update able set of files.

    Summary

    This would be good for an initial snapshot of a new computer to allow restoring it to new or nearly new condition in case of a major operator mess.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Product totally misrepresented!"

    October 2, 2012  |   By warriorprincess24

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    don't know. Uninstalled it!

    Cons

    Free version does not backup files. Just uninstalled it. Product misrepresented!

    Summary

    looking for backup to networked external hard drive. Just need to back up specific files incl Outlook. Free version does not do simple backup/file backup. Product totally misrepresented. Uninstalled it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great For System Image Backups !"

    September 29, 2012  |   By tonester59

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    Easy to use, once you get used to some of it's somewhat counter-intuitive aspects. Can clone your entire disk or make a system image that can be copied to an external drive or DVD using a user-determined compression rate. Using medium compression, an image that took Windows 7 x64 software 45 GB to create took only 35 GB with Macrium.

    Cons

    'Does not do incremental or differential backups, which are limited to the paid version. The interface can be a bit confusing at first, as it is both similar and different than other back-up and partitioning programs, so I'd strongly suggest making friends with it's online help tutorials.

    Summary

    Since I'm only interested in making backups to restore my OS in the event of a catastrophic event, this program is ideal. ( I make separate backups of files, etc.,using Win7's built in software.) I like the fact that you can back-up onto higher capacity DVD's as opposed to CD's (are you listening, EaseUS ?). I've never had a problem with the program, and the company seems genuinely interested in ongoing product improvement. I highly recommend it to all users.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works well"

    September 29, 2012  |   By 051450

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.0 build 5154

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none as yet

    Summary

    does what its suppose to

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