How much do you trust Macrium Reflect?

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  • 100%

    54 87.10%
  • 75%

    5 8.06%
  • 50%

    2 3.23%
  • 0%

    1 1.61%
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  1.    12 Aug 2018 #1

    How much do you trust Macrium Reflect?


    I trust it fully never failed me. I even used it to recover an installed program I uninstalled as it was quicker just to run the image restore then having to reconfigure the program.
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  2.    12 Aug 2018 #2

    None of the above.

    Maybe 95 to 98% range.

    More than it's competitors. Less than certainty.

    It's never failed me, but I'm a small statistically irrelevant sample. It's not like I've attempted 100,000 restores.

    If I ever had even one failure, I wouldn't trust it at all. But even then I'd likely continue to use it unless there was a better contraption.

    I've made a leap of faith just like everyone else, but am willing to get divorced on short notice.

    It's only a time-saving convenience and not the end of the world if it did fail.
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  3.    12 Aug 2018 #3

    I fully trust it, but I always have a backup plan. I backup using Macrium and Aomei.
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  4.    13 Aug 2018 #4

    I fully trust MR, it has never failed to restore, on occasion I’ve had trouble with the USB which has booted but the MR splash screen hasn’t appeared. Since using a new USB 3 this has never happened.
    I run image backup & clone.
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  5.    13 Aug 2018 #5

    I haven't had any problems with Macrium Reflect. Its the only program that I was able to clone a drive with. However, I always have the current and previous full disc images. If one is bad, for whatever reason, the other is most likely OK.

    I previously used Acronis True Image and it failed me twice on restores (and even would not run with the Linux rescue disc version). Acronis didn't get a third chance.
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  6.    13 Aug 2018 #6

    I had to say 75%, because, well, you know, the minute I say 100%, I'll have a failed restore. Murphy's Law.
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       13 Aug 2018 #7

    The problem with this poll is that it asks your opinion, not whether the software worked every time. I'm pretty anal when it comes to backups and recovery but I don't do that many recoveries. I will test a failed system twice a year. I physically remove my system disk and replace it with a blank one. To date M. R. has not let me down ! It flat out works.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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       13 Aug 2018 #8

    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    It's never failed me, but I'm a small statistically irrelevant sample. It's not like I've attempted 100,000 restores.
    None of us are statistically significant, we are each of us a single sample.

    But I've lost count of the number of restores I've done since I started using Macrium three months ago. It must be well over 100 by now.

    You see my test machine (System Two in my specs) has images for all six versions of Windows 10 from 2015's 1507 up to the current 1803 plus one for Windows 7. Those still in support (1709 & 1803) get restored each Patch Tuesday, updated, then imaged. In between I restore an image of the version an OP has whenever I need to provide version-specific support. It is not unknown for my test machine to have had half a dozen different images restored and running in as many hours.

    Besides my test machine, I have two others that are regularly imaged each Patch Tuesday after their updates. On all three, the Macrium images are stored on a second Data partition on the same drive (for convenient easy access). For security each machine has it's whole drive imaged to an external usb HDD (system partitions and their data partitions) again, done every Patch Tuesday. Both my other machines have had their entire drive restored from the external images at least once since I started using Macrium.

    All of the above I used to do with the built-in Windows Backup & Restore (Windows 7) 'Create a system image'. This has a lot of pitfalls for the unwary and can unexpectedly fail to see an image that can be restored, or refuse to restore an image because the systems don't match. You can't restore a W10 image to a drive with a W7 system on it, or a 64-bit image to a drive with a 32-bit system, for example.

    All of the above Macrium does without encountering a single problem or failure so far.

    As I said, statistically insignificant, and anecdotal to boot - but Macrium is a real breath of fresh air after years struggling to make MS imaging work reliably
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  9.    13 Aug 2018 #9

    Bree said: View Post

    All of the above I used to do with the built-in Windows Backup & Restore (Windows 7) 'Create a system image'. This has a lot of pitfalls for the unwary
    Backup and Restore was a mess. You have to wonder how it ever escaped Redmond. The user interface alone was enough reason never to monkey with it, let alone the inflexibility and general crankiness.
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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       13 Aug 2018 #10

    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    The user interface alone was enough reason never to monkey with it, let alone the inflexibility and general crankiness.
    The crankiness I learned to accommodate (never put a W7 image in the same WindowsImageBackup folder as W10 images, you'll loose sight of all the W10 ones).

    The UI was OK - I like simplicity, and boy was it simple (no options to speak of).

    Inflexibility I cannot forgive. MS does have a high compression option, but you cannot choose to use it. Image to an HDD you get standard compression, image to a DVD it's high compression. No ifs, no buts - you get what MS gives you and should be grateful

    Since using Macrium I have High Compression available at will - images are about half the size of their MS equivalents (somehow I seem to have ended up making twice as many).
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