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Years before there was such a thing as Macrium-reflect, I was setting up Backup routines for persons, businesses and even one Bank.
I formulated a set of rules for any backup.
Just one rule that I've never deviated from is, NEVER back up any OS from within that same OS.

The first backup/restore program I ever used, came on a 3.5" Floppy Disk. It would boot up a PC and then allow the user to specify what drive, partition, etc. to backup and where, drive/partition etc to backup TO. That program was simply called "Ghost".
The original authors of that great little program, sold out to Symantec, a company that never met a program that they couldn't screw up.
And sure enough, true to form, Symantec abandoned the Ghost program. But, not before updating it to handle NTFS formatted drives.
That was "Ghost 11.5", the last version that would run from a DOS Boot Disk, which is the version I still use.

I've tried and evaluated Macrium Reflect, and many other so called Backup/Restore programs and I've found them all Wanting.
I have always reverted right back to Ghost, a simple little program that always works great, whether backing up a data disk, linux, Server, or Windows 11.
And if the source drive totally goes up in smoke, Ghost, run from a Boot Disk, can restore a Ghost Backup Image to a brand new disk.

Rule #2, is to always put the Backup Image on a separate disk, internal or external. Use multiple backups, to multiple locations for added security.

And finally, do backups often enough, so that if you have to resort to Restoring a Backup Image file, it's not so old that you loose a lot of important data. Backups should always be 'Up To Date'.

I really hate it, when I answer a service call on a HD that has failed, and the owner/user tells me he has a Backup. And then I find out that the Backup is a year or more old. Arggg!

Don't you be that person. Remember, the only bad backup is the one that you decided you didn't need to do.

Happy Holidays, Mates!
TM :cool:
 

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Years before there was such a thing as Macrium-reflect, I was setting up Backup routines for persons, businesses and even one Bank.
I formulated a set of rules for any backup.
Just one rule that I've never deviated from is, NEVER back up any OS from within that same OS.

The first backup/restore program I ever used, came on a 3.5" Floppy Disk. It would boot up a PC and then allow the user to specify what drive, partition, etc. to backup and where, drive/partition etc to backup TO. That program was simply called "Ghost".
The original authors of that great little program, sold out to Symantec, a company that never met a program that they couldn't screw up.
And sure enough, true to form, Symantec abandoned the Ghost program. But, not before updating it to handle NTFS formatted drives.
That was "Ghost 11.5", the last version that would run from a DOS Boot Disk, which is the version I still use.

I've tried and evaluated Macrium Reflect, and many other so called Backup/Restore programs and I've found them all Wanting.
I have always reverted right back to Ghost, a simple little program that always works great, whether backing up a data disk, linux, Server, or Windows 11.
And if the source drive totally goes up in smoke, Ghost, run from a Boot Disk, can restore a Ghost Backup Image to a brand new disk.

Rule #2, is to always put the Backup Image on a separate disk, internal or external. Use multiple backups, to multiple locations for added security.

And finally, do backups often enough, so that if you have to resort to Restoring a Backup Image file, it's not so old that you loose a lot of important data. Backups should always be 'Up To Date'.

I really hate it, when I answer a service call on a HD that has failed, and the owner/user tells me he has a Backup. And then I find out that the Backup is a year or more old. Arggg!

Don't you be that person. Remember, the only bad backup is the one that you decided you didn't need to do.

Happy Holidays, Mates!
TM :cool:
And what modern imaging tool will not run from a boot disk/usb?
 

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The first backup/restore program I ever used, came on a 3.5" Floppy Disk. It would boot up a PC and then allow the user to specify what drive, partition, etc. to backup and where, drive/partition etc to backup TO. That program was simply called "Ghost".
The original authors of that great little program, sold out to Symantec, a company that never met a program that they couldn't screw up.
And sure enough, true to form, Symantec abandoned the Ghost program. But, not before updating it to handle NTFS formatted drives.
That was "Ghost 11.5", the last version that would run from a DOS Boot Disk, which is the version I still use.
Ghost still lives on as "Veritas System Recovery, Desktop Edition". True, it longer boots from DOS, it now boots from your choice of WinRE or WinPE.

Works very well, there is only one fatal flaw - on systems running small, high DPI screens, for example, a 15" laptop with a 4k display, the boot disk will not handle the screen properly UNLESS your system has the ability to enable a CSM (Compatibility Support Module).
 

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It's great to hear you all have the paid version, but don't forget that so many users (including many casual, home users) are using the free version. They are the majority, not you. Don't forget that.
As a paid user of Macrium Reflect I want to say that you are welcome. If everyone only used the free version, do you really think that Macrium Reflect would still be here? Where do you think the money for the makers of Macrium to operate comes from. I'm going to out on a limb and say that it comes from the users that pay for a license and not as you said the (majority) that use the free version. Nothing is ever free. It's just a matter of who pays for it.
 

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They haven't said there won't be a trial version like there is now - instead of having features removed after 30 days it will need a licence instead of being useable for free
I truly believe that this was a very hard decision for them to make. With the rising cost of everything today, I can understand their reason to do this.
 

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I've never thought a 30 day trial was long enough to test software properly, how many times are 99% of PC users likely to need to restore an OS in 30 days?
Probably close to zero. How many times have they had to save an image to do a restore if needed?
 

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They haven't said there won't be a trial version like there is now
To introduce and help sell their program, I doubt that they will stop trial versions. I could be wrong but I think that with the rising cost of everything today that the number of paid users isn't enough to meet operating cost. Would the users of the free version be happy if Macrium went out of business?
 

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50% off until December 1st
Thank you for the link, just bought one license, it says it is a 'perpetual license'
Hoping that they wouldn't make it a subscription-based one by next year !
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I have 3 machines that are currently being used at home, all using the free version of Macrium. The 4-pack license deal seems to be a good deal at $69.98 with updates for a year. That's good for a few more days. I've been satisfied with Macrium and it's saved me a time or two.

I've read that the free version will be officially retired on January 1, 2024
 

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Currently if you buy a license, it's a lifetime license? You can move it to a new PC if needed?

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Currently if you buy a license, it's a lifetime license? You can move it to a new PC if needed?

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Yes and yes.
 

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But no free upgrade to new version releases, correct?

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Correct

But I can't imagine they could support, say, version 7 perpetually. There must be some EOL for versions which must necessitate paying to upgrade to a newer version.
 

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Well, the rescue disc should continue to work regardless I'd think?

A Guy
 

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Bought a license. Thanks for posting all, 1/2 price and in before possible yearly purchase model. Like Malwarebytes, got their Lifetime license before they changed. I had a free license I won in a giveaway, but couldn't count on it not expiring

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V8 will be always be free but the next V9 will be paid-only version
 

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But no free upgrade to new version releases, correct?

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If you're an existing paid customer new releases have been offered at a discount which is significantly below the retail price.

Rob
 

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Currently if you buy a license, it's a lifetime license? You can move it to a new PC if needed?

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Just make sure to deactivate the license on the old computer first.
 

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But no free upgrade to new version releases, correct?

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Free updates for the version you bought. With new versions they offer discounts to upgrade.
 

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Correct

But I can't imagine they could support, say, version 7 perpetually. There must be some EOL for versions which must necessitate paying to upgrade to a newer version.
Their support policy is that you will support a product for one year after the next major version is released. As an example, when version 9 of Macrium Reflect is released, version 8 will be supported for one year after the version 9 release date. Post #1 in this thread has a link to the support policy.
 

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