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Macrium Reflect Free


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    5.1 build 5732
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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

"Killer Program! Free too!"

March 30, 2013  |  By Pete10016

2013-03-30 12:14:41  |  By Pete10016

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.1 build 5732


It backs up great. So I bought the program.


Little bit confusing on restore.


You are NOT going wrong if you buy this program!

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5 stars

"Fabulous disk image and backup software"

March 23, 2013  |  By Dazs867

2013-03-23 12:24:43  |  By Dazs867

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.1 build 5732


Simple and works flawlessly
Solid, dependable, and reliable
Easy recovery/reimage process


After 4 years - None!


I've been using the Free version for over 4 years and found it to be a fantastic and reliable program. Install and operation have been smooth and without incident. I liked it so much that 3 years ago I bought the full version and use it as my primary backup program. I initially used the Free version to create backup images of each fresh OS install on each of many of my computers. After installing and completing the multiple updates on Windows XP and Windows 7, I then downloaded Macrium Free and created a clean image of the completed OS install. From this image, I have been able to reinstall the OS later by booting from the Macrium boot-disk and with one click have a perfectly clean reinstall. The program worked well as a monthly backup program also, but I wanted the ability to create weekly incremental backups to save space so I upgraded to the full version. Three years of steady use has convinced me this is a great program that is solid, dependable and reliable. I do recommend both versions - Free and Paid - depending on your needs.

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1 stars

"Caused a Windows shutdown"

March 16, 2013  |  By kimada17

2013-03-16 18:51:34  |  By kimada17

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.1 build 5732


None that I can think of


Windows shut down


I deliberately decided to try this one because the only other review for this version said it was "The ONLY one that didn't crash, freeze or cause a BSOD on my PC running Windows XPpro SP3." Since my laptop is running the same OS I thought this would be a good one to try. It wasn't. It ran for maybe 3 minutes and then I got the Windows shut down screen, which I think is what "BSOD" means (I'm a bit out of date with my acronyms). Anyway - it's now uninstalled and I will not waste any more bandwidth on downloads; I'll just go back to copying.

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5 stars

"Only one that does disk image backup"

March 08, 2013  |  By surfwriter

2013-03-08 15:13:35  |  By surfwriter

 |  Version: Macrium Reflect Free 5.1 build 5732


I have tried to do backups of my "C" partition with paid versions of Handy Backup Pro & EaseUS Todo and trial versions of Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Home, SycBack Pro and Macrium Reflect Free 5.1. The ONLY one that didn't crash, freeze or cause a BSOD on my PC running Windows XPpro SP3 was Macrium. It not only did full disk image backup but did it quickly and without ANY problems.

As a result, I'm purchasing the paid version.


The only con with the free version is that it doesn't do incremental backups. The paid version does.


A well designed GUI and straightforward operation. I wish I'd tried it first before wasting time (and money) on all the others.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.1 build 5732
Version 5.1 build 5732 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Macrium Software
Publisher web site
Release Date March 01, 2013
Date Added March 05, 2013
Version 5.1 build 5732
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.38MB
File Name ReflectDL.exe
Total Downloads 5,060,065
Downloads Last Week 2,140
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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