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Macrium Reflect - backup using a disk image

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Backup Tools


Jimbo and I have recently been looking for a solution to his problem. He wanted a free backup program that allowed him to create a boot CD which recognized his new SATA drives. So far, nothing free has worked and he's had to pay for a software suite which did support his hardware.


Even though he's tried countless freebies that didn't work, he wrote in to tell me how much he was impressed by a new backup solution he found. This one still can't create a CD that works for him but he wanted to tell us about it anyway. Most of you will find that it will work fine on your system.


Jimbo, thanks for the time and effort you took to give us your tip.


Quote from Jimbo:

I have finished testing Macrium Reflex free edition and I am mightily impressed. I couldn't get the rescue CD (Linux based) to boot on my machine but that is to do with my hardware configuration (either Intel ICH9 chip or SATA DVD drives...maybe both)....that is not a major issue, after all Acronis True Image haven't overcome that incompatibility yet and it costs $$$$. The rescue CD did boot up perfectly on my wife's near new HP running Vista so it will work for most.


Macrium Reflect's GUI is intuitive and very easy to follow, most of the correct parameters are set as default...basically all the user has to do is choose the source disk and destination medium for the image file. (including CD/DVD).....Help files are included for those who may get lost.


It took around 5 minutes to create the image (to a separate partition)... bearing in mind my machine is quite new so not much hard disk space has been used (149gb with 133gb free)...still, I was impressed at how fast it worked. The restore function took just about the same amount of time...which, I suppose is logical and more importantly the restored image booted up and ran perfectly.

This really is a terrific program...it's so good I cannot believe it is free!!!


cheers mate.......JIMBO



Quote from the website

Absolutely free! No strings! The only free XP and Vista compatible disk imaging software with BartPE and Linux based recovery options.


• Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS).

• Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD.

• Built in scheduler.

• 32 bit and native 64 bit versions.

• Industry leading compression levels and speed.

• Linux based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size!

• Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows Vista.

• HTML log files.