Macrium Reflect Reviews

Comparing Macrium Reflect Free Edition vs. AOMEI Backupper Free

Positive Review by em4020
about Macrium Reflect and AOMEI Backupper, System Scheduler, Rufus May 2015

Comparing Macrium Reflect Free Edition vs. AOMEI Backupper Free

Advantages of Macrium reflect Free Edition:
- I can can start MR Free backups from the command line from System Scheduler
AB Free is not able to make command line backups, only AB pro can be started from the commandline, see Edition Comparison
The System Scheduler needs only 4.9 MB of the RAM, Macrium Reflect needs 69 MB, AB 38 MB. So it is better to have Macrium Reflect only in the RAM, when it runs. This is done by System Scheduler.
- Macrium Reflect Free is the quickest Backup Software and is not slower than Macrium Reflect Pro. AB Free is slower than AB PRO.
- Macrium Reflect Free needs only 27.4 MB space on the harddisk, AB needs 104 MB

Avantages of AOMEI Backupper over Macrium Reflect Free Edition
AOMEI Backupper is able to make file- or Folder-backups (as Cobian backup can do), Macrium Reflect Free Edition can onlymake backups of complete partitions

Weak points of both Macrium Reflect Free Edition and AOMEI Backupper Free
- Free versions cannot do automatical cleanup: but I only start one single bat-File to do the cleanup and to do the backup. So it is very easy to do a full-automated and very quick backup-prozess with Macrium Reflect free edition. For all backups on all my computers I use the same bat-File.
- AOMEI 2.8 in June 2015 ist not able to create a bootable USB-Disk on newer UEFI/GPT Notebooks (Win7 or Win8). It's the same with Macrium Reflect Free Edition. But it is no big problem, because the portable open source software RUFUS is able to create a bootable USB-Disk on newer UEFI/GPT Notebooks.

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Cleanup old images with Macrium Free Edition automatically

Positive Review by em4020
about Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup & Recovery May 2015

Macrium Reflect Free Edition is the best free disk-image-application for 32+64 bit Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, but it cannot clean up old backup-images automatically, as the Standard-, PRO- and Server-Editions of Macrium Reflect or the commercial products Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost do.
For the automatical cleaning up of old backup files with Macrium Reflect Free Edition to prevent the hard disk from being overfilled, I use this method:

Keep only a maximum of X full backups with Macrium Relect Free Eddition and a bat-file

My personal solution for this cleanup-task is a batch-file Del.Older.than.P2-Files.bat for the cleanup.
With this method you give the new backup in the folder "Drive:....\Backup-Folder"

To cleanup you must call the files e.g. with System Scheduler:

Del.Older.than.P2-Files.bat Q:\Backup.C 6

Text inside the bat-file:

REM @echo off
REM deletes the the oldest files in %1, except the youngest %2 files

if %1!==! goto end
if %2!==! goto end

setlocal
set folder=%1
REM pause
set KeepFiles=%2
REM pause
for /f "skip=%KeepFiles% delims=" %%i in ('dir /b /a-d /o-d %folder%') do del %folder%\%%i /F
REM pause
dir %folder% /OD
pause
:end

[Edited by em4020, May 09]

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Macrium Reflect Standard Edition

Positive Review by rjhoukema
about Macrium Reflect Sep 2014

The last few years Macrium Reflect (the Standard Edition, not the Free Edition) has been a real life saver for me. I've tried and compared a lot of backup programs, but found Macrium the most reliable and fastes image and file backup solution around. It has a lot of configuration options to fit my needs, most notably encrypted and password protected incremental or full backups, easy scheduling, disk space management, working with network/NAS (Acronis still has big network latency issues and can't do incremental backups to network storages), email notifications, automatic shutdown/hibernate, easy recovery by mounting backup images or using the recovery disc. Further more it has regular updates and feature enhancements and the support team replies quickly and adequately on their forum. All this for a very modest price - I doubt you can find a more feature rich and reliable backup program for your money.

[Edited by rjhoukema, September 12]

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When it says FREE with LIMITED Functionality THEY MEAN IT

Negative Review by CyberWolf2014
about Macrium Reflect Jan 2014

Don't get me wrong, it is a good free product. BUT they need to include at the VERY LEAST the ability to do DIFFERENTIAL backups (like Paragon). The FREE version by forcing or sticking with ONLY a full backup EVERY time is to say the least BAD.
That is why I don't recommend this product to my friends or people NEW to doing image backups.
I usually recommend AOMEI BACKUPPER.
Why? Because it is FREE and not just a trial or anything, AND it ALLOWS ALL THE FOLLOWING:
1. Full Backup
2. Differential Backup
3. Incremental Backup
So, WHY use anything else?

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Macrium Reflect can be started with command-line arguments

Positive Review by em4020
about Macrium Reflect and Task Scheduler Jul 2012

It is possible to run (also the free version) reflect.exe from the command line or a VB script. So it is easy to schedule new backups and to clean up old backup-images e.g. with Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler. A number of command line arguments allow the user flexibility to perform a number of actions. There are three main usage areas as follows:

For running a backup use the syntax as follows:

reflect.exe [-v | -e [-w] [-full | -inc | -diff] [xml filename] ]

Example to run a full backup using an XML file:
reflect.exe -e "c:\backup.xml"

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Cleanup old images with Macrium Free Edition automatically

Positive Review by em4020
about Macrium Reflect and Acronis True Image, Delage32, Norton Ghost Jul 2012

A. Cleanup old images with Macrium Free Edition automatically

Macrium Reflect Free Edition is the best free disk-image-application for 32+64 bit Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, but it cannot clean up old backup-images automatically, as the Standard-, PRO- and Server-Editions of Macrium Reflect or the commercial products Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost do.
For the automatical cleaning up of old backup files with Macrium Reflect Free Edition to prevent the hard disk from being overfilled, you can choose one of two methods:

  1. Keep only a maximum of X full backups with Macrium Relect Free Eddition and a bat-file

My personal solution for this cleanup-task is a batch-file Del.Older.than.P2-Files.bat for the cleanup.
With this method you give the new backup in the folder "Drive:....\Backup-Folder"

To cleanup you must call the files e.g. with System Scheduler:

Del.Older.than.P2-Files.bat Q:\Backup.C 6

Text inside the bat-file:

REM @echo off
REM deletes the the oldest files in %1, except the youngest %2 files

if %1!==! goto end
if %2!==! goto end

setlocal
set folder=%1
REM pause
set KeepFiles=%2
REM pause
for /f "skip=%KeepFiles% delims=" %%i in ('dir /b /a-d /o-d %folder%') do del %folder%\%%i /F
REM pause
dir %folder% /OD
pause
:end

  1. Cleanup images older than X days with the free application DelAge32

B. Cleanup old images with Macrium Reflect Standard Edition (Prize $45 USD + VAT)

In Macrium Reflect Standard Edition there is a "Disk Space Management" function included:

Disk Space Management

With this disk-management function, you only can automatically delete backup-images older than .... days or define to keep only a maximum of X full backups.
On Macrium.com-Support-Help-How.To-Backup-Manage.Disk.Space you can read an explanation about it.

[Edited by em4020, May 09]

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Macrium Reflect Pro v5 powerful and affordable

Positive Review by sesam
about Macrium Reflect and Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, Genie Timeline May 2012

Strengths:
- Powerful imaging and backup features, without hidden extra costs
- GPT support (supports 3TB+ discs)
- Windows PE Rescue environment/boot menu
- Stable and reliable, with low system resource usage

Weaknesses:
- While the GUI looks professional, it is only designed for power users. Setting up file backups/scheduled tasks is more complicated than it has to.

Conclusion:
After spending days evaluating various backup and drive imaging software, I settled with Macrium Reflect Pro v5. It is the most complete software that is affordable for a user with a Home Network.

The problem is that when it comes to backup/imaging software, the "home/personal" versions are usually too restricted. And the "business/enterprise" versions are on the other hand too complicated and expensive. A perfect example of this is the Acronis product line, "True Image 2012 Home" is too restricted and "Backup & Recovery 11 Advanced Workstation" while great is too expensive for a home user.

This is where Macrium Reflect v5 pro beats the competition. You don't have to compromise with the features, because they sell the personal license cheap. A Household 4 pack license of Macrium Reflect costs $90, to match the feature set an equivalent Acronis solution is $436.

So in other words, I highly recommend Macrium Reflect for power users.

[Edited by sesam, May 20]

[Edited by sesam, May 20]

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