Macrium Reflect

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Quick description

Macrium Reflect features, pros & cons

Key features

  • Live image of current Windows OS
  • Direct disk cloning
  • Ransomware protection

Pros

  • High speed of work
  • Useful functions
  • Many versions of the program

Cons

  • High prices
  • Difficult for the beginners
  • Only Windows version
Pricing

Macrium Reflect pricing

Home
$ 69 95
per License
  • All features from Free
  • Rapid delta cloning and restore for fast DR
  • Incremental backups
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WorkStation
$ 75 00
per License
  • All features from Standart
  • Log events in Windows
  • Central management using Macrium Site Manager
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Server
$ 275 00
per License
  • All features from WorkStation
  • Server class OS backup and restore
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Server Plus
$ 599 00
per License
  • All features from Server
  • MS Exchange and SQL granular backup
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Free
$ 0 00
  • Create live images of a running Windows OS
  • Browse backup contents in Windows Explorer.
  • Differential Images
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Review

Macrium Reflect brief review and FAQ

Macrium Reflect is a powerful full-featured software for backups. It provides many opportunities for backups of files/partitions and disk images. This is a very flexible product. There are different plans: Free, Personal, Standalone, Site Backup and Technician.

It enables making backups on the fly (without restarting the computer) using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service. Also, a user can easily mount an image as a virtual drive and just copy files from the image as from a regular folder.

Macrium Reflect is a complete backup solution and it offers rich functionality:

  1. protect files and OS via disk imaging technology
  2. Macrium Image Guardian (protection against ransomware)
  3. create disk images in Windows Explorer for easy recovery
  4. backup files and folders to a single compressed archive file
  5. backup entire PC or workstation to a single compressed image file
  6. full file/folder level backup and recovery
  7. email notifications
  8. disk cloning
  9. backup scheduler

The program has lots of settings, so a new user may be a little confused at first, though it does not take much time to learn the ins and outs.

FAQ

What does Macrium Reflect do?
Macrium Reflect is a backup software. With it, one can create backup image (full, incremental and differential) of HDD/partitions or individual files/folders. Also it can clone a disk onto another HDD/SSD.

How to download Macrium Reflect free?
Go to the download page on the website and click download Home Use version. Type your email in the appeared window and click Continue. Open the received letter in the email, click the activation link. Run the downloaded file. In this program modify additional settings if needed (architecture of the program, additional components) and click Download. Once downloaded, run the file (if it does not start automatically) and click Next. Accept the terms of the agreement and click Next. Select Home and click Next. Check correction of your email and registration code (should be in the received letter). Click Next. Select additional options If necessary and click Next. Then click Install to start the installation.

How to backup files and folders with Macrium Reflect?
Launch Macrium Reflect. Click the Create a File and Folder backup item on the Backup taskbar. Click the Add folder option. Select folder, define include/exclude files/folders if necessary. Click the OK button. Repeat steps to add new folders. Specify a destination for the backup. Click Next. Customize the backup plan (schedule, number of backups that will keep, etc.). Click the Finish button. Type name of the backup, check the box next to Run this backup now. Click OK to start.

How to use Macrium Reflect to clone disk to HDD/SSD?
Go to the Create a backup tab on the right panel of Macrium Reflect. Select the disks/partitions for cloning. (check the boxes). Click the Clone this disk… option. (under the list of the disks), then select a destination HDD/SSD. Change the size of the target partition if needed (click the Cloned Partition Properties item). Click the Next button. There is the opportunity to Add/ Edit/ Delete Schedule, do it if necessary. Click the Next button. Type name of the backup, check the box next to Run this backup now. Click the OK button to start. If a warning box appears, click the Continue… button.

How to create a backup image of a drive using Macrium Reflect?
Run Macrium Reflect. Click on the Backup taskbar on the left panel. Go to the Create a backup tab on the right panel. Select the disks/partition. (check the boxes). Click the Image this disks… option. (under the list of the disks) or click on the Image selected disks on this computer item on the left panel. Select a folder to save the image. Click Next. Configure the schedule and other options if needed. Click the Finish button. Type name of the backup, check the box next to Run this backup now. Click OK.

How to verify image and backup files with Macrium Reflect?
Run Macrium Reflect. Click on the Restore taskbar on the left panel. Click on the Image/File and Folder tab. Click on the image/backup you want to verify. Left-click on Other actions… and select the Verify image item. Click on the Verify button to start.

How to restore a file or folder backup via Macrium Reflect?
Run Macrium Reflect. Click on the Restore taskbar on the left panel. Click on the File and Folder Restore tab in the right panel. Click on the backup or, if none show, click on Browse for a backup file… and add your backup.

How to mount a backup created in Macrium Reflect, in Windows Explorer?
Launch Macrium Reflect. Click on the Restore taskbar on the left panel. Click on the Image/File and Folder tab. Click on the image/backup you want to mount. Select the Open an image or backup file in Windows Explorer item in the Restore taskbar. Check the box near the partitions you want to mount. Click OK.

How to create a disk image with Windows using Macrium Reflect?
Launch Macrium Reflect. Go to the Create a backup tab on the right panel. Select the Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore windows item. The program automatically selects the required partitions. Follow the instructions in How to create a backup image of a computer disk or partition? starting from step 5.

How do I make Macrium Reflect bootable?
Run Macrium Reflect, go to the Backup tab on the left panel. Click Other Tasks and select the Create bootable Rescue media item. Select the drive (USB or CD/DVD) from the list to create bootable media. Click the Advanced button to change the settings (PE architecture, add drivers, change PE environment) if necessary or click Build to start creating.

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Reviews 14

Macrium Reflect reviews 14

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I am really delighted to have the Macrium Reflect

The Macrium Reflect software is truly a lifesaver, nerves-saver, timesaver, pc saver, etc. Macrium Reflect is a treasure. It literally just made my day; it saved my pc. And I'm delighted to write about it here:). Thanks, Macrium developers. Thanks, guys.

Pros:

  • Fast operation

CONS:

  • no issues so far
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
ET, 2019-06-28 23:24:54

A good software but needs a lot of improvement

I have tested a lot of imaging, and even though I would pick this over Acronis Trueimage, it still feels quite lacking in many areas. When I needed it to create a file, I keep getting error codes indicating it couldn't back up to my external hard drive because it's a part of the computer and not an external hard drive. That's ridiculous to me because I later tried a USB flash drive which happened to work fine. It even worked better when I was ready to deploy it. I was also looking for a deployed feature which I enquired from the support team, but they weren't much of a help. I gave up. I never expected it from this software. Of all the other software i tried, this seems to be challenging to use, plus the support are pretty much useless.

Pros:

  • works as intended

CONS:

  • Not very good customer support
OVERALL
2
Quality
2
Ease of Use
2
Functionality
2
Ability
2
OVERALL
2
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
2.0
Functionality
2.0
Ability
2.0
John Hanson, 2019-05-24 09:19:08

Impressive result and very useful software

Macrium Reflect is an excellent software although, for the less tech savvy users, it may need some getting used to which is well worth it. It did what was required in less than 1 hour. I needed a cloned image of my C: system partition transferred to my external hard drive plus. It was done precisely as wanted. I created a bootable Windows rescue CD with the Macrium Reflect, which will be able to restore pc in case an emergency occurs.

Pros:

  • Time efficient

CONS:

  • Not very intuitive
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
Nicholas, 2019-04-19 10:01:00

It's a great freebie software

Macrium Reflect works perfectly well with the Windows 7 operating system, but most people use the Windows 10. For it to be useful for high windows OS, one has to pre-load the windows installation with a disk after formatting the drive from GPT to MBR. I found out this issue when I was trying to find out why it wouldn't load my dad's Windows 10 laptop to his recent one. It took me a couple four hours to rectify. And I think it will be beneficial for you to think about this when doing a clone image of a Windows pc 8 or 10.

Pros:

  • Free and easy to use

CONS:

  • Complicated to use on Windows 8 and higher
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Phillipbrunsdon, 2019-03-21 19:25:04

A must-have for IT experts

The Macrium reflect worked well when combined with the HYper V+ for creating machines imaging backups. It doesn't give any stress at all, not even activation issues. It can also do a restore over the network, both physically or through the virtual machine. It's a great product, and best of all, it's free. Free is good at the moment.

Pros:

  • works as intended

CONS:

  • only on windows only
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
wndnCG, 2019-03-18 17:00:33

A free version lifesaver

One of the best ways to indeed speed up an old system is by replacing the old platter HDD with a solid state drive. This process is where Macrium Reflect comes in. It makes this process smooth and easy. Macrium Reflect has been an ultimate timesaver by doing in less than an hour what typically take days. It's a severe must-have software utility for every IT professional out there.

Pros:

  • Saves recovery process time

CONS:

  • none at the moment
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
sofa king, 2019-03-18 06:05:58

Easy to use cloning software

Macrium Reflect is an excellent product that has an intuitive interface and is very simple to use. I have cloned a failing HDD using the free version. The clone was installed, and I booted it without any problems. I highly recommend having it.

Pros:

  • intuitive interface

CONS:

  • No found issues
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
xmL24WPZ45, 2019-03-16 06:40:10

Macrium Reflect is the nest of the best

Over the last 60 years of being a programmer, I have utilized tons of backup programs. Some worked okay, some not nearly as good as Macrium Reflect. During the last five years, I've had two that failed when trying to restore a messed up system which caused me to start from the beginning. That hasn't happened since I began to use Reflect. It is straightforward to use, far more reliable than others, and the best part is that it comes packed with amazing features.

Pros:

  • Ease of use, range of features and reliability

CONS:

  • Can read USB disc sometimes
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
raysaunders, 2019-02-25 14:58:39

The best free software a the moment

Macrium Reflect creates a hard disk or any partition image. When there's a partial loss or whole system lost, It is possible to use the model designed to restore the entire disk, any distinct partitions, or files/folders. With MAcrium Reflect, one can back up an entire partition or individual files/folders presented as a compressed file. One can use the image to restore the accurate image of the hard disk to upgrade the hard disk or recover a system if it somehow gets corrupted. It's also possible to mount images as a virtual drive in Explorer to recover Files by using Copy and Paste. For me, firstly, I cloned my PC with all the apps needed, a copy of the clone was set on a file server, and with a bootable USB Containing Macrium Reflect, I was able to recover a copy of that clone across the network on over 200 PCs. The entire process was pretty smooth, and I will say that Macrium Software Free edition did a great job!

Pros:

  • Recover lost files and folders

CONS:

  • none i have found so far
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
spicehead-55okq, 2019-01-19 13:43:48

A must-have pc tool

The Macrium Reflect software is a must-have pc tool which saved me two times already in hard disc failures. After the disc replacement, I used the Macrium Reflect rescue medium to quickly restore the system to its previous state. It's free and reliable what more do you want?

Pros:

  • free and reliable

CONS:

  • no issues found
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Lvarnas, 2019-01-12 16:48:23

Best effective and low cost imaging backup software by far

We use this for our server backups. Great piece of software! Was one of the lesser costing Imaging backup solutions I found out there in the market. Even great on creating backup scripts that you can run. Never lose any sleep since using at the company I work for. Before I came along, the company wasn't doing any type of Disaster Recovery. Now my company knows it's critical, especially when you need a file from the other day they've mistakenly deleted. Highly recommend it to any IT person out there. Also a great tool for bare metal imaging, in case a hard drive crashes after you've had a good image of it. Usually 15-30mins and your back online. ;-)

Pros:

  • Create imaging backup script easily

CONS:

  • none
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Chris W., 2018-12-21 23:12:02

An excellent piece of free software

I used the Macrium Reflect cloning software to clone a disk SSD setup prior to a hard drive problem I had. I had previously tried some other similar software from EaseUS, which was a bad idea because it installed a lot of malware on my pc. That wasn't what I needed in addition to the disk problem. Macrium Reflect was able to do a complete and perfect job. It is fast and easy to use. I definitely will buy software from this company for sure.

Pros:

  • Fast and easy to use

CONS:

  • no issues so far
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Michael, 2018-12-20 07:13:17

Get the Macrium Reflect and stop wasting time

I have experimented with other cloning software of which they all failed in doing what I needed, which in turn always brought me back to using the Macrium Reflect. The best part is that it is a free software which does whatever is required from HDD to SDD, and from Large to small. I will suggest you go for Macrium Reflect and don't waste your time with others.

Pros:

  • Free cloning software

CONS:

  • no issues so far
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Steve., 2018-12-10 23:38:30

I simply love how it operates

After trying the free version of Macrium Reflect software, I must say I am impressed by the way it operates and the speed of operation during complete cloning of my hard drive. I recommend getting the free version if you can stay within the license agreement.

Pros:

  • fast and complete cloning

CONS:

  • still trying out, no issues at the moment
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
snufykat, 2018-11-23 01:30:52

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