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Thread: Macrium Reflect Tutorial - How to use the backup freeware

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    SEOGlopex is offline New Member
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    Image your system with free Macrium

    Over the years I have experimented with different imaging programs. I started out with Norton Ghost which works very well, but is quite heavy handed. Backup and restore cycles are usually approximately one hour and it takes quite some time before you understand the intricacies of the product. I have also used Paragon and Acronis true Image. Both of those are in the same league as Ghost. They do provide though a large collection of function – which, I guess, is part of the reason why they are complex and slow.

    One that is easy is the Maxtor One Touch Manager that comes with the Maxtor One Touch Disks. My wife loves it because once it is set up, all you have to do is push the button on the One Touch Disk and off it goes.
    Not quite the same but very easy is Macrium. Below you find the four steps to set it up and the one step to run it thereafter. You will notice that the handling of Macrium is as easy as can be.

    There is also a paid version with more functions. But for the normal backup/restore, the free version is sufficient.
    I did not document the restore function, in part, because I cannot take any screenshots during that phase. But it is very simple and self explanatory. All you need to do is set your BIOS boot sequence to boot from your CD reader, put the CD in (the one you burnt – see the first picture) and off it goes. The CD loads a Linux based Wizard that will guide you thru a few simple questions.
    Performance when you take the image should be in the 10 minute range for an average system. Restore is about 20 minutes without prior image verification and twice as long with prior image verification










    Watch this video tutorial to learn how to use Macrium.

    To download the free Macrium, you go to this site: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
    Thank you for that... good share.... :-) ..
    on the other hand:
    Thank you whs
    excellent tutorial,
    I started using Macrium Reflect free some weeks ago and I have to confirm that's a very good imaging backup software

    I forgot to say : often images speak better than words

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    gurleenkau is offline New Member
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    thanks for the detail ill done....thums up 2 you....

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    thanks for share Soft

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    I appreciate everybody's comments. Thanks.

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am using Reflect ever since we had to create boot disk manually using BART PE. I never used Vista. It worked fine on Windows 7 Ultimate as well. However, after resizing my partitions yesterday, I was trying to create a rescue disk. It wasted 3 DVDs -- in fact, my DVD drive is problem. Finally, created a PE bootable using a pen drive.

    Then, while testing, when I boot using rescue drive, it hangs... saying /boot is not accessible or valid file. I formatted it and rebuilt the rescue drive. Got the same error again. I don't know what the problem is. I tried to use BART PE but it says it doesn't support Windows 7 boot environment.


    (1) If I create a bootable disk for Windows 7 using Windows System Tools, how do I call the Reflect disk image from the Windows rescue disk?

    (Q2)Can anyone guide me to manually create a PE bootable and insert Macrium module into it?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Arun Kumar.

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    Hi !

    Which version of Macrium Reflect are you using ?
    Try another (older) version, it might help.
    Personally i have used Macrium Reflect for over 5 years, but i have never used any "Resque-CD", so i donīt know anything about it.
    But i remember trying to create a CD years ago, which didnīt work....

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