Solved Backup Software suggestions other than ACRONIS


24c

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Pre-ordered a MS Surface Laptop Studio and would like suggestions on a backup program. Laptop will have Win 11 pre-installed.

I have been using ATI for years, but don't like their new subscription policy.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Model 1796
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-7300U Processor 2.6GHz
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    12.3"
    Screen Resolution
    2736 x 1824 x 59 hertz
    Hard Drives
    Intel SSDPEBKF128G7
    Mouse
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth mouse
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Default
  • Operating System
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    24c Computer Construction Company
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811700K Intel UHD Graphics 750
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0,
    Memory
    G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32(4x8GB)288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000)- F4-400017D-16GTZR
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    U3417W
    Screen Resolution
    3440 x1440
    Hard Drives
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 4.0 x4, Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P500B/AM
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P1T0B)
    2- Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2(SB-RKT4P-1TB)
    PSU
    Corsair RMX White Series (2018), RM850x, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular 80 PLUS Gold (CP-9020188-NA)
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 TG White ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Case CA-1G4-00M6WN-05
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler (140mm, Black)
    Mouse
    Logitech M310 910-001675 Dark Gray 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows default
I was an avid Acronis user but and also didn’t like the subscription method. I now use Macrium Reflect and wondered why I didn’t change years ago
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Beta, 11 Dev, W11 Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R6
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    1 x Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB
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I have a copy of MR from 2018* - when the laptop gets here I may consider trying that - not sure why I never stuck with it when I was using it.
* may have to update to a newer version
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Model 1796
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-7300U Processor 2.6GHz
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    12.3"
    Screen Resolution
    2736 x 1824 x 59 hertz
    Hard Drives
    Intel SSDPEBKF128G7
    Mouse
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth mouse
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Default
  • Operating System
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    24c Computer Construction Company
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811700K Intel UHD Graphics 750
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0,
    Memory
    G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32(4x8GB)288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000)- F4-400017D-16GTZR
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    U3417W
    Screen Resolution
    3440 x1440
    Hard Drives
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 4.0 x4, Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P500B/AM
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P1T0B)
    2- Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2(SB-RKT4P-1TB)
    PSU
    Corsair RMX White Series (2018), RM850x, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular 80 PLUS Gold (CP-9020188-NA)
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 TG White ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Case CA-1G4-00M6WN-05
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler (140mm, Black)
    Mouse
    Logitech M310 910-001675 Dark Gray 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows default
The most popular program in this forum is Macrium Reflect. It has a free version which meets most persons needs. If you are used to Acronis, you will find Reflect easy to use, as you will understand all the basic concepts.

I ditched Acronis years ago in favour of Reflect and it has NEVER let me down.

Version 8 has yet to be directly released as free version, but yiu can download a trial of the paid version, and get full access to paid features for 1 month, and if you choose not to pay for advanced features, it reverts to free version (with advanced features deactivated). It still gets updates.

You can mount an image backup in virtualbox or Hyper-V as a virtual machine which is a really great feature.

Other users also recommend AOMEI Backupper as its gui is easier forbeginners, but product is not as rich as Reflect in terms of features.

There are some excellent tutorials on Reflect in tutorials section but they are a little out of date based on V7 but not still quite usable.

If you prefer you could download V7 free version and upgrade to V8 free version when released. In terms of backup reliability, V7 is just as good as V8, and arguably better as is has been around for a few years and bugs are rare.

edit: I see you have an old version of Reflect so it is no stranger. Download V8 trial and you will wonder why you paid for Acronis if free version meets all your needs.

A lot of users actually updated to paid version, more as a show of support to a superb product.

For clarity - users here (myself included) have no affiliation to Paramount (owners of Reflect) but just know how reliable and flexible it is.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
Free Version D/L done - thank you 2 for the suggestion
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Model 1796
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-7300U Processor 2.6GHz
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    12.3"
    Screen Resolution
    2736 x 1824 x 59 hertz
    Hard Drives
    Intel SSDPEBKF128G7
    Mouse
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth mouse
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Default
  • Operating System
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    24c Computer Construction Company
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811700K Intel UHD Graphics 750
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0,
    Memory
    G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32(4x8GB)288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000)- F4-400017D-16GTZR
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    U3417W
    Screen Resolution
    3440 x1440
    Hard Drives
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 4.0 x4, Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P500B/AM
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P1T0B)
    2- Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2(SB-RKT4P-1TB)
    PSU
    Corsair RMX White Series (2018), RM850x, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular 80 PLUS Gold (CP-9020188-NA)
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 TG White ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Case CA-1G4-00M6WN-05
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler (140mm, Black)
    Mouse
    Logitech M310 910-001675 Dark Gray 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows default
Here's a quickie pictorial guide...
For step #2, substitute your own drive letter.



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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Here's a quickie pictorial guide...
For step #2, substitute your own drive letter.
Save image - THANKS!

FWIW - I do complete drive backups - usually one a week - nothing fancy
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Model 1796
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-7300U Processor 2.6GHz
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    12.3"
    Screen Resolution
    2736 x 1824 x 59 hertz
    Hard Drives
    Intel SSDPEBKF128G7
    Mouse
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth mouse
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Default
  • Operating System
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    24c Computer Construction Company
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811700K Intel UHD Graphics 750
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0,
    Memory
    G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32(4x8GB)288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000)- F4-400017D-16GTZR
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    U3417W
    Screen Resolution
    3440 x1440
    Hard Drives
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 4.0 x4, Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P500B/AM
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P1T0B)
    2- Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2(SB-RKT4P-1TB)
    PSU
    Corsair RMX White Series (2018), RM850x, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular 80 PLUS Gold (CP-9020188-NA)
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 TG White ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Case CA-1G4-00M6WN-05
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler (140mm, Black)
    Mouse
    Logitech M310 910-001675 Dark Gray 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows default
Dumped Acronis a couple years ago because it was taking over my system. Been using AOMEI Backupper for my data drives with good luck since... Though I also use Windows 7 Backup for a daily image/copy of the main OS drive.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Beta channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer AN515-54
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9300H CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, Intel UHD 630
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer CB272D
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB and 1T SSD
    Keyboard
    Logitech K375S
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    250MB
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Canary Channel, unsupported)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell E6430
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3540M CPU @ 3.00GHz 3.00 GHz (non-compliant)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA NVS 5200M
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
The problem with Macrium Reflect is that it will fail if the disk cloned has problems. It will not ask to ignore errors and continue, just as Acronis does. To make sure it will not fail if you clone a problematic disk you must choose the sector-by-sector (forensic) option and this requires a same capacity or larger target. This is not cost effective when you want to replace a large hard disk with an SSD, especially if your data need a much smaller disk, such as 120GB or 240GB and you are forced to use 480GB or larger to fit sector-by-sector. If your disk has no issues and you just backup Macrium Reflect is fine.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (build 22631.3880)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v23H2 (build 22631.3880)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue SA510 2.5 1000GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Deepcool Gamma Archer CPU cooler, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
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The problem with Macrium Reflect is that it will fail if the disk cloned has problems. It will not ask to ignore errors and continue, just as Acronis does. To make sure it will not fail if you clone a problematic disk you must choose the sector-by-sector (forensic) option....
There is another simpler way to make sure Reflect doesn't fail on bad sectors. Before you start a backup edit the Reflect defaults. in the Advanced section tick the 'Ignore bad sectors when creating an image' (and optionally log any bad clusters found).

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Macrium only has one Service and three processes. I lost count with Acronis when I used that. :)


And... best of all is the "Fix Windows boot problems" on Macrium's bootable rescue media.


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Plus the neat little things in the lower left corner.
Best thing to come out of the UK, since Yorkshire pudding. :D






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Macrium Reflect 8 User Guide <---- soon to be available as downloadable PDF.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Well, it seems I don't use Macrium as frequently as I use Acronis, so I didn't know that. Thanks you for the info, appreciated.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (build 22631.3880)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v23H2 (build 22631.3880)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue SA510 2.5 1000GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Deepcool Gamma Archer CPU cooler, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
Macrium as well, but I'm a paid user. I take DAILY automated backups.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI GS66
    CPU
    i77-11800h
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX3060
    Hard Drives
    2x. 2TB NVME Samsung 980 pro
I don't understand all the fuss about Acronis/MR. Granted, I only use the WinPE version of Acronis, not the full suite in a live OS. Same for my use of MR.
From my years of experience, even when I use the "high compression ratio" option, disk imaging by Acronis has always been ~50% faster than that of MR. AND, the disk image file it produced has been consistently smaller than that from MR by more than 30%.
So for me, I use Acronis, Terabyte Image for Windows and Active DiskImage for my disk/OS backup needs. MR is just too over-rated IMHO.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-1035G1
    Memory
    16GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 Pro NVME 256GB
Pre-ordered a MS Surface Laptop Studio and would like suggestions on a backup program. Laptop will have Win 11 pre-installed.

I have been using ATI for years, but don't like their new subscription policy.
Macrium Reflect .....brilliant, free version works well for me and it's simple to use. Several people use it in the forum and they were very helpful to me
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
I also used Acronis for a long time -- and then when I needed to do a recovery, it failed on me due to some confusing drive lettering issue -- so I found MR and have stayed with it since.

But I agree that corrupted disks can be a problem -- even though I use SSDs exclusively now, I run into the same issue that the backup fails and I have to run CHKDSK on both the source and target SSDs, with no problems found in most cases, to get MR working again.

So, I have edited the settings to do verification scans on the target volume prior to running a backup -- that seems to have fixed the problem even though the scans never find anything wrong.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600X
    Motherboard
    ASRock Steel Legend
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GT 710
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23",24", 19" - flat panels
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    None - only M.2 SATA and NVMe drives
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Antec
    Cooling
    stock Wraith cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair gaming
    Mouse
    Logitech M720
    Internet Speed
    1Gb

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self built
    CPU
    Intel i8400
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME Z370-P
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT710
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar D2X
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SE2417HGXF Full HD Gaming Monitor, 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung V-NAND SSD 860EVO
    Other spinning HDDs
    PSU
    Xilence XP420
    Cooling
    PSU fan and stock CPU fan
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avira free
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 on VMware (Release, Beta and Dev)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
There is another simpler way to make sure Reflect doesn't fail on bad sectors. Before you start a backup edit the Reflect defaults. in the Advanced section tick the 'Ignore bad sectors when creating an image' (and optionally log any bad clusters found).

View attachment 8437

I believe that may only be an option for images, not cloning. I only do images though.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Photoshop/Game/tinker build
    CPU
    Intel i9 13900KS P/E cores 5.9/4.4 GHz, cache 5.0 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero
    Memory
    64GB (2x32) G.skill Trident Z5 RGB 6400 MT/s
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 4070 Ti OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub; Creative Pebble Pro Minimilist
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730 ColorEdge, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB nvme, SK-Hynix 2 TB P41 nvme, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO SSD. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B 5-bay docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2x 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    850W Seasonic Vertex PX-850 ATX 3.0/PCI-E 5.0
    Case
    Fractal Design North XL Mesh, Black Walnut
    Cooling
    EKWB 360 Nucleus Dark AIO w/Phanteks T30-120 fans, 1 Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case fan, 1 T30-120 fan cooling memory
    Keyboard
    Keychron Q3 Max TKL with custom GMK Redsuns Red Samuri keycaps, TX Satbs
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    380 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
    Other Info
    Runs hot. LOL. SP: P116/E93/M93
    Phangkey Amaterasu V2 Desk Mat
  • Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    Apple M1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1600
    Browser
    Firefox
I used the paid-for version of Acronis for several years then through these forums found out about Macrium. I've been using the free version and find it a lot easier to understand and I've never had any problems with it and will continue to use it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 Convertible 15-bq0xx
    CPU
    AMD A9 Stoney Ridge
    Motherboard
    HP 8312 (Socket FP4)
    Memory
    8.00GB Dual-Channel Unknown (?-0-0-0)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz) 512MB ATI AMD Radeon R5 Graphics (HP)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    119GB SanDisk SD8SN8U-128G-1006 (SSD)
    931GB Hitachi HGST HTS721010A9E630 (SATA)
    Keyboard
    Inbuilt
    Mouse
    Touchpad/HP Wireless Mouse
    Internet Speed
    BT Halo 2 Fibre up to 76Mbps
    Browser
    Edge/Chrome
    Antivirus
    MSE, MalwareBytes
    Other Info
    Several Seagate Portable Hard Drives, External ODD&HDD DVD Player,

    Epson Expression XP-4100 Series Printer, HP Headphones HP Optical Mouse
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 Renoir 7mm Technology
    Motherboard
    HP 887A (FP6)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung MZVLB512HBJQ-000H1 (SSD)
    Mouse
    Elan Input Device Touchpad/HID-compliant wireless mouse.
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    BT Halo 2 Fibre up to 76Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    MSE, MalwareBytes and hopefully common sense.
    Other Info
    Several Seagate Portable Hard Drives, External ODD&HDD DVD Player,

    Epson Expression XP-4100 Series Printer, HP Headphones HP Optical Mouse
Win 11 forum people never fail to deliver suggestions/experiences. Laptop should arrive on 10/5, after reading all this info, I have no clue what I am going to do - :confused: - all good.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Model 1796
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-7300U Processor 2.6GHz
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 620
    Monitor(s) Displays
    12.3"
    Screen Resolution
    2736 x 1824 x 59 hertz
    Hard Drives
    Intel SSDPEBKF128G7
    Mouse
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth mouse
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Default
  • Operating System
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    24c Computer Construction Company
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811700K Intel UHD Graphics 750
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0,
    Memory
    G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32(4x8GB)288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000)- F4-400017D-16GTZR
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    U3417W
    Screen Resolution
    3440 x1440
    Hard Drives
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 4.0 x4, Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P500B/AM
    1 - SAMSUNG 980 PRO 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P1T0B)
    2- Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2(SB-RKT4P-1TB)
    PSU
    Corsair RMX White Series (2018), RM850x, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular 80 PLUS Gold (CP-9020188-NA)
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 TG White ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Case CA-1G4-00M6WN-05
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler (140mm, Black)
    Mouse
    Logitech M310 910-001675 Dark Gray 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
    Internet Speed
    Up to 500 Mbps download - Up to 10 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows default

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