Why should I choose Macrium Reflect?


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Same answer as with any commodity - whether food, cars, computer software or even educational establishments.

1) Decide what you want to do / Task / project in hand.

2) Decide on what's available to fit those needs best -- all sorts of considerations here -- availability, cost. is the item fit for purpose, if not of marketable quality refunds / customer service available etc etc.

3) Then buy / install

Too many govt depts etc get a budget first - then say we have to spend this - then say can we make any projects fit into this piece of software etc etc -- totally the wrong way round which is why I think it's almost a world wide phenomenon that Govt projects invariably overrun, aren't decently fit for purpose and are hideously expensive. Examples are US Military with the 100 USD basic toilet seats, or Britan's spiralling out of control Health service. However Politics enters Govt decisions rather than economic sense or value for money even if the thing eventually works - which as an individual you can avoid when making decisions for your own computer.

Rather like the Russian criminal Court system which works in this order even if they have a Jury so don't please ever be forced to appear in one !!!

1) Decide the Verdict (always do that BEFORE anything else - even before deciding on what to charge the "Victim" with)
2) Decide the punishment (again do that even before the "alleged offence" is bought before the court
3) Now decide the Offence the accused needs to face - with enough bribed "witnesses"
4) sweep the Victim off to jail etc - Case open and shut. !!! Issue to press "Justice has been magnificently and correctly served".

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I'm new at this aspect. Would it be possible to share what steps you take to create a system image and ISO and how you restore from them?
Here it is:

 

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Hello community!

As an average (or above average) user myself, I have some experience in installing/ restoring Windows, doing a backup, etc. People have a natural preference for GUI over command line. But there are many who prefer built-in utilities to 3rd party solutions for multiple reasons:

1. Built-in utilities are good enough.
2. 3rd party solutions can be a privacy risk.
3. 3rd party solutions can be a security risk.
4. 3rd party solutions can be a resource hog.

In this context, let's look at the pros and cons of a very popular program - Macrium Reflect!

I have hardly used this program, but I do have some initial impressions:

1. I don't like the fact that they don't give you the link to download the actual program. They only give you an installer link, which then downloads the program for you. This itself raises a few questions on privacy.

2. The program size is very big compared to competition.

3. The program runs a mandatory background service.

4. The program punches a hole for an incoming connection in Windows Firewall, without your knowledge.

The above reasons are good enough for me to look at it skeptically.

Since I haven't used this program much, I would like to hear specific benefits of this program over others. If you love this program, please list the exact things you use it for, and why this is the best among competition.

Here, I'll post why I don't really need Macrium Reflect for doing my system backups:

I prefer to have my system images as an ISO for the following reasons:

1. Just two commands (in Windows Terminal/ Command Prompt/ PowerShell/ Deployment Tools from Windows ADK ) are required. It is extremely easy to copy and paste those commands. The 1st command generates the image.wim file and the 2nd command creates an ISO using the same file. You need to have files from an installation disk for the 2nd command though, and that is just about 700 MB in size.

2. It can be installed in a Virtual Machine (VM).

3. It can be installed in an external disk
(only Sysprep Generalized images will be bootable though on other computers).

4. I can extract the install.wim file from the ISO and use DISM to install/ restore the image on my system. No 3rd party utilities required. And no need to nuke the whole disk which happens if one were to use 3rd party utilties like Rufus or WinToUSB.

The built-in Windows System Image utility is good for the most part, but comes with limitations:

1. It can only be restored if partitions on your disk have not changed since the image was taken. If you force a restore, you will lose your existing partitions and the data in them.
2. It can only be used on the source machine that was imaged.

The default Recovery Disk created using built-in utilities is good enough to get your system up and running if you have an image backup like the one described above. If you have a working Recovery partition, then the Recovery Disk isn't even required.

Since I haven't used the program extensively, I may be missing something. I am interested in the following:

1. What are your reasons to choose Macrium Reflect despite the above?
2. What can Macrium Reflect do that built-in utilities can't?
3. Why do you think Macrium Reflect is the best among competition?

Thanks.
Im pretty much the same as you. However heres what happened to me and the reason why I DO NOT..lol use Macrium. I have a brand new PC build with middle of the road CPU and GPU etc, using mostly AMD parts. Well. I have three 2TB internal drives. My main C:/ drive is an SSD as is one of the other two. The third one is a HDD an older one. the SSDs are brand new. So. I used to backup to an external drive for obvious reasons of what if my whole PC takes a rubbish then im out of luck. Well Im not into business stuff my backups are simply for personal use. So what happened to me is I used Macrium right. Installed it and used the WinPE backup solution. I had 5 days worth of full backups on a 256GB external drive. Well my PC took a dump one day. I restarted and made it to the recovery window of Macrium. I tried to do a recovery install however the external drive was NOT detected. So lucky im just a home based chump so none of my stuff really mattered. Well what I did have was lost. So after that I now skip the external drive and use one of the internal 2TB SSDs as my backup drive which has only my backups on and nothing else. I had a oopsie after using EaseUs Todo and whalla, it can use an internal drive to recover from and it did so perfectly. Now again this is why I do not use Macrium. Could it be my specific hardware/drives brand or stats on why that happened? IDK. But if I was a business I definitely would have lost alot of important stuff. So Im just sharing my experience here. Not dissing anyone here etc. Personal opinions and choice. But at least my story may help some people in making a choice.
 

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Im pretty much the same as you. However heres what happened to me and the reason why I DO NOT..lol use Macrium. I have a brand new PC build with middle of the road CPU and GPU etc, using mostly AMD parts. Well. I have three 2TB internal drives. My main C:/ drive is an SSD as is one of the other two. The third one is a HDD an older one. the SSDs are brand new. So. I used to backup to an external drive for obvious reasons of what if my whole PC takes a rubbish then im out of luck. Well Im not into business stuff my backups are simply for personal use. So what happened to me is I used Macrium right. Installed it and used the WinPE backup solution. I had 5 days worth of full backups on a 256GB external drive. Well my PC took a dump one day. I restarted and made it to the recovery window of Macrium. I tried to do a recovery install however the external drive was NOT detected. So lucky im just a home based chump so none of my stuff really mattered. Well what I did have was lost. So after that I now skip the external drive and use one of the internal 2TB SSDs as my backup drive which has only my backups on and nothing else. I had a oopsie after using EaseUs Todo and whalla, it can use an internal drive to recover from and it did so perfectly. Now again this is why I do not use Macrium. Could it be my specific hardware/drives brand or stats on why that happened? IDK. But if I was a business I definitely would have lost alot of important stuff. So Im just sharing my experience here. Not dissing anyone here etc. Personal opinions and choice. But at least my story may help some people in making a choice.
Well the first thing you should do is boot from the rescue drive and check all source and target drives are visible in winpe.

If not, it is almost certainly that a driver is missing. Other tools can have same issue - it just depends on hardware/software combinations.

The most important trick is to export all drivers so you can manually add them if needed.

Also, if you had used the new winre method of creating a backup drive, it is much better at picking up the required drivers for a device.
 
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I had to use the Win PE version in Macrium. The RE did not work right.
 

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I typically backup onto my External (In Enclosure) Seagate 8TB hard drive, then once that is finished for all the drives--First of the Month Full Image of All drives, Game SSD and 4TB Incremental weekly after First Full Image is done, and seems to be working well for most part

Boot drive especially M.2 Nvme 500GB
Game SSD 1TB SSD
and 4TB storage drive (usually backed up seperately onto another external and stored off site at relatives place---Once a month is imaged though onto the 8TB as well along with the other drives to make sure everything stays backed up

So far my plan has worked pretty well, thankfully haven't had to restore anything in an emergency, perhaps sometime should delete a folder one of the drives after an image is done, and do the restore perhaps to make sure its working properly, normally guess don't have the time to really take the time to do that, but starting to think maybe should

Laptop Gaming PC
Both Drives backed up to the Seagate 8TB as Windows on 128GB M.2, and Alot of Programs/storage files on 1TB Mechanical Hard drive, typically thats backed up every week most of the time, unless i forget a week, but i try not to

Thought about trying another backup program, but already paid for Macrium Reflect Home so think will stick to it, don't mind doing stuff manually to get backup going, and such, added that to my weekly maintenance tasks on the system
 

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