Macrium Reflect Free 5.2.6399

A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.

  • Don't compromise your data integrity with second best
    Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.
  • Simple step by step operation
    Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.
  • Automate the process
    With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.
  • Restore individual files and folders
    Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.
  • Recovery
    In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.

Download: Macrium Reflect Free 5.2.6399 | Online Setup - 2.2 MB (Non-commercial Freeware)
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Seems decent enough, however the free version can only do full partition backups, so it's not a practical backup tool for frequent use.

What do you mean? I *think* I have used the free version to image a mounted VHD as well as restore an image to a mounted VHD. The full disk, not partitions only. I have also used it to back up an entire physical disk with all of the partitions. When you select "Image This Disk", you have check boxes of the partitions you want to back up.

Edited by rwx, Sep 27 2013, 10:04am :

I mean that it's not practical for weekly incremental backups. Each backup (weekly in this case) would be the entire partition... Incremental backups are in the paid-for version.

I use the free version to maintain multiple backups of my desktop and laptop systems - I image a clean installation of the operating system with all current Windows updates and hardware drivers. Then I install any required applications and then re-image the entire drive. Every few weeks (or when I make major changes to the system) I make a new disk image. Then I rotate the backups (usually have 3 or 4 full-backups available) replacing an older backup with a new backup.

I also verify the backups and occasionally restore the original "fresh install" backup, then update that to include the latest Windows updates (at which point I "re-image" that installation) to replace the original one - I install each backup into a separate folder with a name like "full backup - winx - date" (for example: full backup - win7 - 09272013).

Used the program for several years now and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable disk imaging program.

BTW - make sure that you create the rescue CDs for the current version of Macrium Reflect (I make both the Windows PE-based and the Linux Rescue CDs). Trying to restore your disk image when your system has crashed or has become corrupted is a pain without one and you want to make sure that your system can boot from the CD that's been created (you can also use the Windows PE cd to explore your disk image (and you CAN restore selected files from a CD by exploring thime then copying them to your hard drive...))

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