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Macrium Reflect- Free vs. Windows 10 drive imaging

Q: Macrium Reflect- Free vs. Windows 10 drive imaging

I may need to wipe my HDD to trial Neverware. I want to make sure I can get back my legal installation of Windows 10 Pro on this computer.

What are my options? Built-in Win10 or something like Macrium?

Preferred Solution: Macrium Reflect- Free vs. Windows 10 drive imaging

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Macrium Reflect- Free vs. Windows 10 drive imaging

I had to look up what Neverware is, but why not just run it in a virtual machine? This way, after you try it out, it isn't going to affect your main OS.

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Hello today i went an image my os windows 7 pro
i follow that video on this forums .Than i went to restore tha image
to another hdd in a partition .But when i booted from tha
partition i got to the part were it said windows is
preparing your desktop than i got a message saying that
this copy of windows is not genuine.so i rebooted but
it keeps getting stuck there "this copy of windows is not genuine"

I hope some one can help me get this figure out
Thank you for your time

A:Issues imaging windows 7 pro with Macrium Reflect

Hi lil mickey,

It could be macrium didn't fix the o/s drive letter.

The easiest way for you would be to use the paragon free rescue kit - there is a module that lets you change the o/s registy letter.

select normal mode- Boot Corrector -Search for windows installations - correct registry drive letter.

Unless you are a geek, the drive letter next to the win7 volume label should be C.

If it isn't, change it to C.

Rescue Kit Free Edition - CNET Download.com

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I have to re-write Windows with my Macrium reflect free software. Quite urgently as my system has lost all its links from its icons and links from the start menu. So easiest thing is to re-write, which has already been a nightmare! MR doesn't see external hard drives which stupid to say the least! I have managed to swap around the items on different hard drives and now the MR is on an internal hard drive. This morning I tried to get the C drive recopied and all MR sees is the drive I put the MR on. It doesn't see any other drive. I don't want to re-write the whole C drive and start again that is the reason I have done the Mac ref. I can't afford broadband without limits and I know I don't have enough bandwidth to re-do windows. My C drive is 400gb and all it shows is 232gb's which as I said is the drive I have my MR onAny help urgently would be grateful.

Thanks for looking

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will macrium reflect recognise hidden partitions?

also i was given a Macrium WinPE 5.0.4995 file from a forum member on here would that work wiith the macrium free edition download Version: 5.1.5396

also i have no cd drive so when i create the bootable usb recovery tool does it need to be made on the pc i intend to use it on? or could i create on another pc?

here is the screen shot

A:macrium reflect imaging

You can find most answers if you search their forums

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Hi all,

couple of days ago I had some difficulties with my SR not working which caused me a huge time waste of re-installation of windows. then I came here and you guys suggested me to use macrium and now I'm very happy with it. at this very moment I should be thankful to WHS, ignatzatsonic, jumanji especialy.

and here is my problem I came up with, maybe a dumb one but I had to ask this because I wanna know exactly.

In the Macrium reflect main window, when I select a drive or partition, there's two options, one is clone this disk... and other one is image this disk... I only used imaging and tested it and working perfectly also with a winPE disk. but curious about this other option too. can somebody explain or direct me somewhere its being explained clearly. I have attached a screen capture and marked with arrows about the options. thank you.

A:Macrium Reflect - Cloning and Imaging?

cloning makes an exact bit-for-bit copy onto another drive, whereas imaging makes a compressed image file that you save away somewhere.

so, with cloning you end up with another drive containing the exact same files and folder structure, and with imaging, you end up with one big image file that can be used to make a copy in the future.

use cloning if you buy a new drive and want to copy the old one onto it, use imaging to save a backup.

hope that explains it, if not, let me know!

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It was suggested I backup up my PC with Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging so I did.
I'm now wondering when I can take advantage of it.
Can I use it at any time?
Or should/can I only use it when my PC is stuck and needs to be wiped clean?
System Restore ( or is it Recovery?) doesn't retrieve deleted Trash Bin files...correct?

I'm asking now because I have a lot of unknown files in my trash bin so I'm afraid to delete them.
IF I delete then and delete a file that was essential to a program can it be recovered by MR if it was in place when I Imaged (backed-up)?

A:Applications For Macrium Reflect Disc Imaging

Macrium images will restore your drive/partition to the exact same state it was in when you created the image. There's no point restoring images if you don't need to. It doesn't wipe your system clean either, just puts it back exactly how it was. The images are a fail safe to fall back on if something goes wrong.

If you have files in your Recycle Bin the chances are you put them there, and if your system is running fine without them then they should be good to get rid of.

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I am new to a lot of this so please pardon my lack of knowledge.

I have been saving system images with whatever program is included in my Windows 7 system.

I have just downloaded (but not yet installed) Macrium Reflect FREE version 6.2.1549(08-Sep-2016)

I found out about Macrium here, but the information is for version 5

Imaging with free Macrium

What will Macrium do for me that the program I am currently using does not ?

Can a novice such as I manage to use Macrium successfully ?

Thanks for reading.

A:Macrium Reflect Free vs Windows System Image

3rd party imaging programs are more flexible, and the images take up less space.

IMO, the simplest free 3rd party program is Aomei backupper Standard version. It can even restore an image to different hardware.

Very simple to use. AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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I've bought an ASUS Transformer Book T100TAM tablet/laptop which has Windows 8.1 preinstalled. First thing I did was create a full system image of the whole eMMC (integrated memory card, serves as a hard drive for the Transformer). That is the OS partition (C and four other (UEFI, Restore, Recover and an unnamed partition). Then I went and tested the Transformer and now I'd like to do a full restore of the image.

I copied the Macrium WinPE recovery boot files on the same external HDD where I have the Macrium image saved so I can boot it and do the recovery (Transformer only has 1 USB port, that's why I put it manually all on the same ext. HDD). All fine until right at the last screen before the recovery starts - it shows that it will recover the OS partition as E:. I want it to be C:. I guess it's still seeing the C: that's on the eMMC, even though I have deleted the partition in the recovery procedure (it seems they weren't really deleted since I can still boot normally into windows). The ext. HDD gets read as the D: drive and it wants to recover the system to an E: drive.

I could boot into the Windows installation USB and use DISKPART's Clean All command but am a little afraid since folks at the ASUS Transformer forums warned me about deleting the partitions. Initially I wanted (still want) to install my own fresh copy of Windows 8.1 and get rid of all the preinstalled ASUS apps etc. but am kind of afraid to mess it up and brick the Transformer.

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A:Macrium Reflect Free on Windows 8.1 ASUS Transformer

Don't worry. The restored os drive letter will the same as it was the moment you made the image.

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I have just installed the free Macrium Reflect and created the rescue disk. It is suggested to test it, which I did. The CD did boot and it appeared files were being copied but then, nothing. Nothing ever showed up on my monitor, the screen just remained black.

Do I need to have an image file for it to locate, in order for the process to go any further? I haven't yet created an image.

My thanks,


A:Windows PE Rescue Disk for Macrium Reflect Free - testing question

Welcome Mary
When you make the image, for the first time, you will set up the destination. I use an external hard drive. When you want to restore that image, you make sure that the drive is connected. You will then see all the images on the drive.

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I've been using Macrium Reflect Free v5 for some time now and liked it a lot.

I will be getting a new computer which will probably have MBR and GPT partitioned disks.

Will I be able to, let's say, make a system image of a GPT SSD to a MBR HDD and then recoveer it from MBR HDD back to GPT SSD? Or any other combination really.

I've also read that the new v6 now has auto verify feature - that's great, I always did that manually in the past.

What is the SSD Trim feature (not included in the Free version) about? Is that only when imaging to (and restoring from) a SSD? So only concerning a backup SSD drive? Or is it about the OS SSD drive?

Also, I have a Macrium Boot Media CD for my Windows 7. Do I have to create a new one for the v6 now?

Anything else I should know?

Thank you!

A:Macrium Reflect Free and GPT+MBR

Quote: Originally Posted by Bellzemos


Will I be able to, let's say, make a system image of a GPT SSD to a MBR HDD and then recoveer it from MBR HDD back to GPT SSD? Or any other combination really.

I'd be very surprised if the destination disk being MBR would be a factor. VERY surprised.

However---I too am concerned about possible issues when making an image of a GPT disk, even if the destination disk was GPT.

I've been told that it's not a problem, but I have seen very little discussion about it on these forums. Maybe that's because it isn't a problem, but I'm still a bit anxious. You might find more detail at the Macrium forums.

Can't help with your other questions, but I need to look into them too. I'm trying to resist the urge to move to free version 6 when free version 5 is working perfectly.

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I get the feeling 4.x is going to be it for Macrium Reflect Free version. Has anyone seen any statement from the publisher? V. 5 Trial is available for download. I don't see any mention of V. 5 Free anywhere.

edit: I asked on the Macrium forum. The word is the free 5 is several months down the road. They probably don't want to eat into v. 5 sales. Get that initial bump.

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I used this backup many times OK, this time imaging HD went through & said "successful" but when I looked in the external HD it did not appear.

Can you help?. Macrium does not allow support for the free edition.

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I have been using reflect free for some time now with no issue on multiple desktops and laptops. I just installed it to a new laptop and when it opens it will not populate the drive list. When I click Refresh, the analyzer window pops up and closes very fast. No drives or partitions are shown. The new out of the box yesterday LT is an Asus W7hp. I believe everything is up to date. The drive has 4 partitions - 2 r hidden, an EFT and a recovery partition. C: & D: r available. None of the other systems have hidden partitions. One does have an EFT partition. I have reinstalled twice and verified the last install was 5154 from Macrium. Previous installs updated to this rev. Why doesn't it show me the drive/partitions??? thx

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Recently I started having trouble creating a system image on my Dell Win 7 Laptop. I get what appears to be a common error message about being unable to find some weird file. My C: drive is 1 T, and it is close to being full, i.e. only 90 GB Free. So I downloaded Macrium Reflect Free and find it to be very confusing. I tried looking at some online videos, but none of them seem to be using this newest version that I downloaded yesterday, or at least what the videos show is not the same as what I am seeing when I run the program. The terminology used by the program seems very strange. I did what I thought was the right thing and ended up, after 4 hours, with a single file named CBF9B2FF21709F7E-00-00.mrimg. How do I know if that is really an image file of my C: drive? Now when I open Reflect again, the "bar" under what I think is my C: Drive (labeled by Reflect as "3-OS (C") shows up as red, whereas the bars under the other things (Labeled by Reflect as "MBR Disk 1") is clear and the bar under the second block (Labeled bu Reflect as "2 - RECOVERY (Y") is blue. I don't even understand the labels on the 3 blocks, much less do I understand if a useful image file has been created. I have tried looking for online help, but I haven't found any site that explains all of this. I would appreciate any advice that anyone can give me about this.

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Sorry, it's me again!

I started my Macrium imaging experience today with the Tecra R840 laptop (Win7 Pro 64-bit).

1- After installation, I created the Rescue disc with sucess
(I already had the 1.7 GB WAIK stored in one of my USB 3.0 external hdd, so it was done in a breeze. But...I still do not understand what is the WAIK!!! There was an option to delete the WAIK after the disc creation...I do not checked that!)

2- I imaged my entire SSD to one of my external USB 3.0 hdd (used only for backup images) (see pic) (70.4 GB in 11 minutes and the resulting image file occupied only 50% of that ).

Everything occured with no trouble at all and very friendly .

If anyone could answer these questions I would appreciate:

a- I imaged to a folder that I created (named "MacriumReflect Images) in my external hdd. Is this ok, since with windows backup I need to image directly to the root directory of the hdd ?

b- Instead of a DVD could I create a USB flash rescue bootable media?

c- Was everything in my laptop imaged?

d- In a worst scenario case (almost) like I cannot boot from windows, neither in safe mode, how can I restore my laptop to a previous imaged state?

e- I saw (via autoruns) that a service was created "ReflectService.exe" ! Is this necessary for...? What will happen if I disabled it?

f- May I backup my images? I mean, may I copy/paste the image for another external hdd just in case?

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A:Macrium Reflect Free ...I'm in :-)

Bom dia Paulo - please see some comments below.

Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao

If anyone could answer these questions I would appreciate:

a- I imaged to a folder that I created (named "MacriumReflect Images) in my external hdd. Is this ok, since with windows backup I need to image directly to the root directory of the hdd ?

Yes, its perfectly OK to use that folder structure.

Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao

b- Instead of a DVD could I create a USB flash rescue bootable media?

Yes, you can do that. Here is a tutorial that shows how to use the Linux rescue disk from USB, but if you use WinPE its exactly the same. Tip: for the rescue ISO, make sure there are no spaces in the name, or the USB will not boot.
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao

c- Was everything in my laptop imaged?

Everything on the SSD was imaged.

Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao

d- In a worst scenario case (almost) like I cannot boot from windows, neither in safe mode, how can I restore my laptop to a previous imaged state?

Boot from the rescue iso from the USB, then browse to the image and restore it. See this:
Imaging with free Macrium

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After many years of using Acronis True Image I'm ditching it as I'm fed up with the scheduler2 problem. I use Win 8.1 Home so I don't have GPEDIT so cannot apply the patch given elsewhere.

Anyway, I just managed to restore an image of my C:\ system drive, but what I don't like is the way Macrium uses the image ID to identify each image so I can identify each partition and image, rather than a long alpha-numeric id. I'm used to being able to name the images how I want them. Is it possible to do this with Reflect?

I confess I felt a bit 'wound up' when I told it to start the recovery as I have had a recovery failure before (with Acronis) and it took a long time to get my system back! At my age I don't need that to happen again.

I also tried Ocster, Aomei Backupper and Easeus Todo and they all gave me the heebie jeebies trying to work out how to do the recovery of an image. I tried Paragon a while ago and that also seemed difficult (for me). It would be nice if I can use my own naming system with Reflect, All these programs seemed to be overly technical in their interface while I always found Acronis easy to understand.

A:Just started to use Macrium Reflect v6 Free

You can add comments to an image by clicking Advanced options
and choosing Comments

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W8CP 32bit in VMPlayer. Macrium Free installs correctly and apparently does an image of system and c correctly but when you reboot you get a BSOD.

Page fault in a non paged area. The system reboots and tries again. Fails with the same BSOD then reboots into system recovery and recovers to an earlier point in time.

This may be a VMPlayer problem but is probably Macrium. It might be worth someone with a real machine trying it.

A:Macrium Reflect Free BSODS

I had BSOSs on normal install W8Cp 32bit aswell.

I wasn't sure what caused it, as I had done tons of change without reboot.

But I refreshed it and traced back all my work with frequent restarts and system restore points.
Had no BSODs this time.

The only thing different was Macrium Reflect free. As I used cold Clonezilla backup this time.

So, now I am quite sure it is problem with Macrium.

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IMO the most efficient imaging app.

V 2076 now available.

If you are currently using v2055, get the new one from here:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

I don't think the free 2055 version will update itself - mine claimed there were no updates available.

If you are not currently using it - you may as well get it anyway - it's free and excellent.

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Referring to the Feature comparison chart at: Macrium Reflect Free

1) "File and folder backup" is not available in Macrium reflect free? Then what do you use Macrium free for?

2) Does Macrium reflect free have incremental and differential backup? What are these called in Macrium? (I am previous user of Acronis)


A:Macrium reflect free features?

Backing up the entire drive? That is the best method anyway. What I used when I had Acronis and what I use now that I'm using Macrium. (I have the paid version).

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Short question are the images produced on reflect 5.1 compatible with 6.Long question: I have backed up my laptop over wireless to a network drive. Laptop is running xp and networked desktop is running win 10. I plan to change my laptop hard drive to an SSD but need to transfer the OS backed up on my desktop to the new SSD which will be attched to the desktop. Will this work?So far I have been able to mount the laptop backup on desktop and browse the files but will restore work as the laptop cant boot from USB?

A:Macrium reflect free compatibility

Yes, should work just fine.

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I am trying to restore a backup image of my C: partition which is on an external drive.
When I use the macrium boot cd it asks me to select the image file, but does not list the external drive the image in on.
My setup has two external drives H: and M: my image is on M and only H: is listed.
I thought the M: partition might be faulty but I can access any of the files on it.
Any help appreciated.


A:Macrium Reflect (free version)

Unfortunately, the free version of MR will only allow you to make the Linux-based Boot CD -- which does not always do a good job of detecting drives and controllers.

The paid version allows you the make a WinPE-based boot CD, and not only does that do a better job of detecting drives and controllers, it also allows you to add your own controller drivers.

The paid version also allows you to install something called MR Recovery Environment -- a boot option that allows you to boot into a special version of Windows and run a restore from there, without requiring a boot CD.

Other than purchasing the paid version and then burning a WinPE-based boot CD, I don't know what else to tell you. Sorry.

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I have a question about Macrium Reflect Free, and dual boot...

I have two installations of Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1), on two separate SSDs. Let's call one SYSTEM1, and the other one SYSTEM2.

Let's say I have booted inside the SYSTEM1 Windows installation. Now I want to backup SYSTEM2, with Macrium Reflect Free. I load Macrium Reflect and select all available partitions on the SYSTEM2 disk (which are just two, the main one and a system-reserved one).
By doing like this, will also the MBR (Master Boot Record) of SYSTEM2 get copied inside the Macrium image-backup? In other words, will Macrium Reflect always copy the master boot record (if available), even if the selected drive is not the one from which Windows is currently running?
Or will the MBR get copied just with the option "create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows"? Probably not.

I'm interest about this because it would be useful to do a backup of the MBR (together with the partitions), in case a virus infects it.

A:Macrium Reflect Free: does the MBR always get backed-up

I don't know about "always" but in the instances when I used it that way it did, I know that because i have a dual boot Win7 and 8 and it preserved the order.

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New to this forum. I have Macrium Reflect free working on my win 7 machine and on my win 8.1. I'm using version 5.1 64 bit. I sent the exe to my brother and he got it working on his win 7 but both win 8.1 machines do not find any drives to back up except for the drive he wants to save the backup on. Anyone have an answer for this?

A:Getting Macrium Reflect free working in 8.1

I would suggest he try downloading it himself or at least reload your download.

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We are pleased to announce that Macrium Reflect v6 Free Edition is available now. We have updated the user interface and added these exciting new features.

New Features in v6 Free:
Differential Images
Differential Images for faster backups and reduced storage space.
Auto verification
Automatically verify images after creation to ensure integrity.
Pre-defined backup plan templates
Macrium Reflect backup templates allow for quick creation of scheduled backups.
Windows PE rescue environment
If additional drivers are required for disk or network access, they are now automatically identified and if possible copied from the host operating system. You can now add a boot menu so you can easily restore a system image without inserting rescue media.

Source: Macrium Reflect Free

A:Macrium Reflect Free version 6 is now available

It still uses the CNET download that many people are cautious about.
Maybe some discussion topics:
1) V5 is fine for me at the moment
2) V6 (free) appears to support differential images which I don't need at the moment
3) I have V5 images and I wonder about backward compatibility moving to V6.
4) The pe disk recovery capability may be better.

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Fairly new to this software and have a question regarding it.

There are 2 selections available and those are:

1: Image selected disk on this computer.
2: Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows.

I tried both 1 and 2.

1: showed 32.7 GB after imaging.
2: showed 29.0 GB after imaging.

What is the difference? What is #1 including what #2 is not including?

Which one is recommended to use to restore all what I need to restore Windows, including the software I installed?


A:Macrium Reflect FREE question

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

You presumably have multiple partitions--maybe as many as 3. We need to know what's in them and that would be shown by the screen shot.

Choice 1 would appear to include a partition that is NOT needed to restore Windows. Choice 2 would likely be C only or possibly C plus another partition that happens to be marked as "system"---which the screen shot will reveal.

To restore Windows, you need to restore C and any separate partition marked as "system". On some PCs, C is "system", so that's all you'd have to restore. On others, it isn't--so you'd have to restore 2 partitions in that case. Macrium is smart enough to tell which partitions are needed--that's what is meant by "Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore windows."

Unless you did something cuckoo, your software should be on C and would be included in both choice 1 or choice 2.

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to create an image of my ssd which contain my windows 10 all of my programs all of my data and my images etc

so I can backup and restore without the need to reinstall everything

or the paid home version is better ?

A:does the free version of macrium reflect enough ?

Originally Posted by yafatana

to create an image of my ssd which contain my windows 10 all of my programs all of my data and my images etc

so I can backup and restore without the need to reinstall everything

or the paid home version is better ?

The free version is enough for most.
Here is a chart with what the free version offers vs the paid: Macrium Reflect Free

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I realize this is a Windows Forum - but I have no where else to turn. I am using Macrium Reflect (Free Version) to clone my 1TB SSD primary drive which has three partitions. My issue is that, when I clone the primary drive, the clone shows less GB used than the original in each partition (I have three partitions). Also, when I substitute the clone for the primary drive, I get a message which says "File Attributes Table Missing" and I can't boot. Both my primary OS disk and the cloned disk are identical. Can anyone help me please? I am under the assumption that a clone will have the MBR on it.

A:Issue with Macrium Reflect and cloning a Windows OS drive

1) Why are you cloning all 3 partitions, just clone windows.
2) I would use an image, not a clone.
3) Running startup repair (with no other drives connected) should fix the no boot issue.

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Not sure if I can do this or not but hopefully someone will know.

At the moment I have two Sony Vaio laptops. My old one has an 80 GB hard drive partitioned as a C and D drive and has Windows XP. My new one has a 320 GB hard drive in one partition C running Windows 7 64 bit. I have several backups on a Freecom 320 GB external hard drive created with Macrium Reflect free edition.

The latest back-up I have on the Freecom is the complete contents of my new computer ammounting to about 72 GB.

Would it be possible for me to copy what is on the Freecom to my old computer in order to create a clone of my new computer? I basically want to have this as a backup in case the new laptop croaks. If this is possible would I have to prepare the old drive in any way such as wiping it clean or re-partitioning it or would the stuff on the Freecom do that as it copied? Thanks for any advice.

A:Can I use Macrium Reflect free to clone my laptop?

Even if the image of the new PC could be restored to the old PC despite the differing hardware, I think you would have a license problem. I assume you only have one license?

If the hard drive on the new PC fails, you could restore to a new hard drive in the new PC in less than an hour. That's not fast enough?

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I created a disk image with Macrium Reflect free which said it was successful. I now need to restore it. I can boot with the CD and find the image, but when it asks me to choose a drive to install it to, it comes up blank. I have 2 drives on my hard drive, but it doesn't see either of them. Any suggestions?


This is on my Aspire 7750-6423 laptop running Windows 7.

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I've installed the free version of Macrium Reflect on my W10x64 PC. I have a dual drive system, "C" being an SSD (includes my OS and some other installed programs) and "D" being a mechanical sata drive where most of my software programs are installed. I noticed that Macrium would allow me to create a full image of my PC (both drives) as a single image file. The question is, can I use this image to recover selectively (choose which drives) or only the entire system? OR is it better to make individual images of "C" and "D"?

As an aside, I was able to create the emergency flash stick choosing the option that includes multi-boot protocols (was recommended by the installer). I tried to test it by plugging it in and rebooting but my system ignores it and boots to Windows. The drives I'm most concerned about (internal "C" and "D") are GPT however one of my external drives (just used for misc data storage) is MBR. What's the best way to boot to the recovery stick, just to test it? Appreciate any info. Thanks!

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Hello everyone... my name is kungfupanda7 from indonesia...

i have a simple question to ask....

is anyone here using Macrium (free)...?
I just did a macrium disk image backup to my fat32 external HDD
I read somewhere that in order to do the image recovery, the external HDD has to be on NTFS format. Is that true...?
Should I format my fat32 external hdd to ntfs, or, does macrium reflect able to do image recovery from fat32 external hdd?
second, im new with using macrium (used acronis before)... should i create linux or winPE recovery CD...? Is it crucial for recovery...?
can I do image recovery without linux/winPE recovery CD...?
Is it possible to do image recovery from windows? (when im running the OS)

thank you so much for everyone that's reading and answering...

so sorry and many thank you's....

A:<ASK> Macrium Reflect FREE backup to Ext HDD fat32

Hi kungfupanda and welcome to Seven Forums. I have never backed up to a FAT32 formatted disk. I can't see how it would save the image which is normally one file with FAT32's limitation of 4GB maximum file size unless it splits the file. Unless you need the disk as FAT32 for other reasons I would re format it as NTFS. Be aware that you will lose any data on the drive however. No you cannot restore an image from within a running Windows installation. You need to use a recovery disk you create using Macrium. I would recommend that you create the PE recovery disk even though it involves a 1.7GB download of the WAIK as it is a far more flexible environment than the Linux one.

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Good morning, forum.

I created 2 images of my laptop c: partition with Macrium Reflect Free. The first one with Windows 7 and updates and the second one with OS, updates and drivers.

There is a file I need to recover from the first image. Will Macrium Reflect Free allow me to get this file from the first image? If not will the standard or pro version allow me to recover the file from an image created from the free version?

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Restore a file from Macrium Reflect Free

Very easy - with the free Macrium. All you have to do is to mount the image file (double click on the image file and you'll see). Then the whole image will appear as a virtual drive in Computer. Double click on that and navigate to the file you want to retrieve. Then you can copy/paste it like from any real drive.

If this is not understood, post back and I make you a few pictures of the process.

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I installed Macrium Reflect Free on my Win 7 64 bit and Win XP 32 bit computers. I now have a problem with the Win 7 computer and cannot restore it. I made the rescue disk on the XP machine thinking it would work on both. Sadly that is not the case.

The Macrium site deals only with issues with the paid versions.

If I knew somebody with a Win 7 64 bit computer I would make a rescue disk on their machine. Unfortunately I don't.

Does anybody know of a work around? Is there a site from which I can download a Win 7 64 bit Macrium Reflect Free Rescue Disk?


A:Win 7 64 Bit Macrium Reflect Free Rescue Disk

Hi There,

Have a look at the blue box at the top of this tutorial,

Imaging with free Macrium

There are links to a download of the rescue disc from the author.

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I had no problem when I had/used Reflect on Windows 8/8.1. Now that I've upgraded to 10, I can't get Reflect to work at all.

I followed the directions to the letter on their website. I use disk part exactly as they say. Then 1 of 2 things happen when I try to create rescue media. 1) I'm told that there's more than 1 partition on the drive. 2) No room on the drive that I just reformatted using disk part.

I've tried this at least 10 times with the exact same results.

I'm using a 128GB flash drive for the backup.

When I open the drive, it shows 1 folder. System Volume Information. That folder shows that the size is 0 bytes and 0 files. When I look in This PC, it shows the drive as 119GB in size and 119GB free.

I'm at my wit's end.


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I followed advice from a user member to use Macruim Reflect Free to create an iso image of my pc which as been upgraded from 8.1 to Windows as PC Refresh option did not work.

I attach a desktop screenshot of Macrium Refect Free main menu window..i know i need Drive C and Drive D which contains Recovery which contains the pre-installed Windows 8.1 and other programs .

Now do i need to tick all the remaining partitions ?

A:Macrium Reflect Free..Not sure of partitions to copy

You want all the partitions. If the hard drive were to fail, you can then restore all the partitions.

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I have 2 Dell laptops, bought at the same time, both same spec running Win 8.1.

After several failed attempts and lots of forum browsing I finally managed to create a System Image on one laptop, using Macrium Reflect Free edition with the latest update.

So I wanted to also do this on the other laptop.

First I installed Macrium. This installed and opened without any problem. I then searched for updates as the file was a few months old and updated to the latest version. After this it was not possible to open the program: 'Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging has stopped working'.

I uninstalled and tried again a few times with no success.

So I thought I would try to create an image before updating, but got a familiar (to me when using Macrium) VSS issue which aborts the process. When I got this issue on the other laptop, updating the the current version was part of the solution, hence doing this immediately on the second laptop.

So I decided to try a completely new install of the free edition from Macrium's website. This took a lot longer than the previous installs but eventually appeared to have completed successfully. But when trying to open the program I still get the 'stopped working' message.

Here are the details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Reflect.exe
Application Version: 5.3.7149.0
Application Timestamp: 53f0d0c0
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.3.9600.17114
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A:Macrium Reflect Free installation problem

I use Macrium.

Mine is stopped---

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I'm a new user to Macrium but so far so good, I've cloned my laptop HDD to an external HDD with no problems. I also created a rescue usb drive. Now I'm intending to fit an SSD to my laptop so here's my question ...can I fit the "blank" SSD to my laptop then boot up with the rescue drive then using Macrium clone or restore from my external HDD. The alternative is to connect the SSD as an external drive and just clone to it?

A:Macrium Reflect Free Cloning Question

Hi, OLDJACK. I believe you may be best off (whether you put SSD in laptop or connect externally) going the restore route, that is, assuming the SSD is smaller than the HDD you cloned and possibly having sector/alignment differences. There will likely be some drag and drop operations and some resizing of the operating system partition involved. See MR knowledge base article here: http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/dis...ion+properties

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Seems the fly in the ointment for sticking an image on the Macrium Reflect Boot Rescue USB is that they want the USB to be FAT32. The 4 GB file size limit is a killjoy. Has anyone got around it? Right now I have backup images on another partition of my HD. But if partitions got badly hosed I don't know if the WinPE rescue on the USB stick would see it. I have a 32 GB USB 3.0 stick. So I should be able to store one backup image if it wasn't for the FAT32 issue.

A:Macrium Reflect Free put image on USB rescue?

Can't you split the image into sub 4gb chunks?

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I have never had the need to restore deleted folders or files; so I decided to create a test folder containing a test file on my desktop. I used "image this disk" to create an image backup and then deleted the test folder.

The instructions included in the help files do not follow exactly what I see on my computer. I have mounted an image and browsed to find the folder and the included file. Here is where the help files fail to help me. I believe I have two options, but would rather confirm the correct method before lousing something up.
Drag and drop the folder or file to my desktop.
Copy the folder or file to my desktop.
Are either of these options proper, or do I need to restore the folder or file from a bootable disk? I have never used a WinPE or LInux disk for recovery either; so that is why I am questioning things first.

Thanks for your guidance.


A:restore file using Macrium Reflect free

Drag and drop the folder or file to my desktop.
Copy the folder or file to my desktop
Either they both do the same thing;

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If I download Macrium Reflect and backup my OS (Vista), will I be able to restore the entire OS back to Vista, after trying Windows 7, but prefer Vista?

A:Macrium Reflect Free Edition Question

Originally Posted by richc46

If I download Macrium Reflect and backup my OS (Vista), will I be able to restore the entire OS back to Vista, after trying Windows 7, but prefer Vista?

Yes as long as you make their bootable disk

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I am using Macrium Reflect (free edition) to create system images and I have a couple questions which hopefully someone will be able to answer for me.

1. Excluding files/folders

Is it possible to exclude selective files or folders? If so how can I do this? (I know it's not an included feature)

I tried following the info on the last post here: http://support.macrium.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1801

I'm using Windows 7 - I hoped these instructions would work with 7 but it seemed to have no effect. (Or maybe I did something wrong.. can anyone confirm if this process should work and/or if it has limitations?)

My reasons for waiting to do this is I have a lot of data in the form of pictures, music, games etc which is all backed up multiple times over. Including this data in the image is just drastically increasing the time required and size of the image.


2. Imaging individual partitions

On a couple of my computers I have my user directory on a different partition (as opposed to the default C partition.)

If I just imaged the Windows containing C partition, would this cause issues when restoring from the image?

For example if I replaced the hard drive and preformed a restore from the image. I presume this would give me a C partition with the windows installation however there would be no user folders (except the public one).

NOTE: My user folders are not redirected libraries. In the C partition there is default (hid... Read more

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In Norton Ghost 14, while making backup for my XP, I have to separately backup My Documents Folder and My Picture Folder because it was said that these folders are not included when back up System Drive. Do Macrium also does the same and do not include these folders. I have Win 10 presently. I am asking this because I could not check this when restored from Macrium.

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I'm transferring my Windows 8.1 desktop system from a HDD to SSD. I've created a Macrium image file of the partitions "required to backup and restore Windows" on the D: partition of my HDD. I'm ready to restore the Macrium Image from drive D: to the new SSD.

See Restoring an image from within Windows - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Software

Please advise:

What options do I select for the restore?Do I need to resize the restored partitions and how should I set the partition alignment to ensure a bootable SSD?Do I need to do anything else to ensure the new SSD will be UEFI bootable and the Windows recovery partitions will be operable?

A:Restoring an Image File from Macrium Reflect Free

With SSD connected. Run Macrium and click on Restore tab then select the image that you've create in D: and select the SSD as destination drive to be restored to.No. You don't need to do anything.If the original is UEFI then the restore will be in UEFI.

After restored the image to the SSD. Connect the SSD to sata port 0 and set it to be the 1st drive in boot priority. Reboot, the PC should boot up with SSD as the boot drive..

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I originally bought a simple ASUS eeeBox with Win 7 Home 64 bit installed as my laptop just died. I removed the Samsung EVO 840 SSD (500GB) from the laptop and used Samsung utility to clone win 7 from Asus HDD (320GB) to the SSD. This worked fine and Asus booted with cloned SSD. I then ran Windows update on Asus for about 2 days to load all the relevant Win 7 updates on to the SSD in preparation to go to Win 10. Now I want to clone the Win 7 system from the SSD back on to the original 320GB HDD before I go to Win 10. I used Macrium Reflect Free v6 (booted from a USB stick) to clone the 500GB SSD to 320GB HDD. I let Macrium cope with smaller target disk size as only about 20GB in use for Windows on SSD. Clone to HDD appeared to work fine. I also ran the MBR fix in Macrium Reflect on the HDD. There were some errors in this process and that's probably the cause of the boot problem. Macrium Reflect showed a RED cross next to "Updating Partition Boot sector" and "Creating Win 7 BCD". I have tried to boot from the HDD clone both in the Asus and another machine with HDD clone plugged in via a USB adapter or via SATA cable directly into motherboard. In both cases Win 7 boot fails with "winload.exe" missing and some hex code I haven't noted. The system still boots fine into Win 7 from the SSD.

I have looked at instruction for fixing MBR for Windows 7, not using Macrium, and they seem very convoluted.
Am I missing an obvious step?

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You have got to laugh at this - I have just received ban on another technical support site for recommending Macrium Reflect Free too often - LOL.

Exact words - "you have been banned for spamming a product called Macrium Reflect Free".

I am glad the moderators on this site are more enlightened!

A:Getting banned on another site for recommending Macrium Reflect Free

Well, if you are a new member there, it would look suspicious for a new member to post about it too often.

If you like, you should contact their Admin/Mod to explain that you are not a spammer.

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