Macrium Reflect Reviews

Cleanup old images with Macrium Free Edition automatically

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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 can be started with command-line arguments

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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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Very fast & reliable images of Drive C with running Windows

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  • You can set the default processing priority for your backups and disk images:

The highest setting will create the quickest backups but will slow down other appplications that are running.
The lowest setting will allow other applications to run faster but will create the slowest backup even if no other applications are runing.

No slow down of other applications with low backup priority

  • I like and recommend Macrium Reflect more than the best commercial applications:

Since 3 years I use Macrium Reflect with Windows XP and Vista 64 bit to the most full satisfaction and have restored the operating system succesfully already a few times. I like and recommend Macrium Reflect more than the best commercial applications, which I have used 3 years before. I do not know, why a private user, should pay for a backup solution, which cannot be better than Macrium Reflect.

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Thanks for the review, would try it later.

When it says FREE with LIMITED Functionality THEY MEAN IT

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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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Thank you very much; I used Macrium to ghost my old computer to new one, and it was amazing, so I was going to use it for backup too. I'm looking at Aomei now.

Cleanup old images with Macrium Free Edition automatically

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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 free worked perfectly - I was able to backup and restore (!) my windows and programs. The data was on a separate logical drive (D:). For the backup, I used a 1TB USB drive and another 16Gb USB drive for booting. The backup file was compressed and took only 18Gb (this is a fresh windows with a few programs installed). Installation of Macrium takes 45 min, making a bootable USB is 5 min. Creating a backup copy -5 min and restore process takes 10 min. Figuring things out maybe another 30 min. The hardest part was to try and learn about many other backup programs - there are many flavors and most are dominated by totalitarian system engineers which demand that you learn their alphabet soup and then take a sequence of random bets hoping that the process would work successfully. Macrium also offers cryptic choices but with youtube videos from fans is not that difficult.
Like they offer a choice of differential and increment backups (sounds the same!) and a few more but no choice of simple single backup. I have to still figure out what is the difference.
Ok. Figured it out: Normal backup is called full backup.
Differential - what is new compared to full.
Incremental - what is new compared to the previous backup, in many increments. Sounds somewhat less reliable, but for Windows and programs, I just need a full, since all my data is in the cloud (Drive plus Dropbox).

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Very fast and very usefull.
Easy to install and the daily backup works well, even with the free version.
10/10

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Not reliable backing up to my home cloud drive. Works sometimes, and not others. No notifications on failure (you'll find out the hard way), and the logs are useless; just saying "cannot write" - which I assume means it just gives up without even re-trying. I have no peace of mind with this thing, so uninstalled.

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Macrium Reflect Pro v5 powerful and affordable

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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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support full,differential, incremental with automatic schedule password protection and live CD but incremental only for pro users, installation Need restart, not user friendly

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Best among freemium backup (imaging) apps for Windows. Even the free version offers advanced functionality like scheduling and automatic backup purging. The free version is ideal for the home user and the licence is affordable for a professional setting.

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Price is €67.50 per PC/seat.

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Macrium Reflect Standard Edition

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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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Also restore single files or folders, but backup only drives

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  • You can also restore single files or folders by mounting the mrimg-image-file e.g. as drice J, but the backup-procedure must run for the full drive C.
  • The complete backup is stored in only one big single file which has approximately 50% of the size of all files of the backed-up partition.
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