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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really a no. 1 Backup software"

    July 21, 2015  |   By amir786_z

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.708

    Pros

    Easily Backup
    Easy Restore
    Win PE bootable disc
    Pre Boot Menu

    Cons

    None till now

    Summary

    Great software got even better with PE boot menu. Now even more reliable. If your PC wont boot windows you can still recover with PE boot menu

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for backups"

    July 9, 2015  |   By Ionclad

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.708

    Pros

    Relatively fast.
    Scheduling works great

    Cons

    Lenghty installation process

    Summary

    After a horrible Acronis experience, this one is a life-saver.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "5.3 works well, refrained from downloading update in na"

    July 6, 2015  |   By rubrtoe1

    Version: Macrium Reflect Free 6.0.708

    Pros

    I use the 5.3 version of Macrium REFLECT for cloning my c drive only this is the only one that worked for me. EaseUS doesn't work, AOMEI doesn't work, Acronis , all versions, stopped working, and Minitool Drive Copy worked about 4 times and quit working . I clone my drive about once a week or so and Macrium Reflefct 5.3 has continued to work like 6 times in a row, flawlessly. I was skeptical about it's ability to clone while in Windows, but it works. Note i do not do "updates" when something works because my experience is that in this day and age an "update" doesn't mean better and if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

    Cons

    none for version 5.3

    Summary

    EaseUS doesn't work, AOMEI doesn't work, Acronis , all versions, stopped working, and Minitool Drive Copy worked about 4 times and quit working . I clone my drive about once a week or so and Macrium Reflefct 5.3 has continued to work like 6 times in a row, flawlessly. I was skeptical about it's ability to clone while in Windows, but it works. i do not do "udates" when something works becuse my experience is that in this day and age an "update" doesn't mean better and if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

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  • 3.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE!!!!"

    June 4, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "PRODUCT IS NOT FREE !!!!!"

    May 7, 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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