Macrium Reflect Free Edition – Backup Software
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition, a backup application developed by Macrium Software. Unlike other similar programs where you can have (at most) a 30-day demo, Macrium Reflect also features a free version, entitled suggestively: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition can be installed on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32 and 644 bit), Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008.
This software is a free solution for creating an image of your hard disk. A complete solution for recovery in case of some “disaster” at your home or office. Can protect your personal documents, photos, music and e-mails. Changing the hard disk or trying a new operating system can be safe because everything is saved in an easily recovered backup file.
On the first run of the program you might have a sense of deja vu, bringing the interface pretty much like the Acronis True Image. It is an intuitive interface that is also addressed both to those who have never used such a program, but also for those who are for the first time facing a backup software. Looks pretty good, but let’s see how it behaves.
I did a test backup of a 20Gb partition (13.64 Gb used) and I chose especially the partition where Macrium Reflect FREE Edition was installed.
Like I said, you can save the backup file in the same computer (on another partition or another hard disk), the network or directly onto CDs, DVDs respectively. I prefer a local backup on another partition.
From the “Advanced” tab you can make some changes. You can define compression level between medium, large or uncompressed and can choose the maximum size of the backup file (This, if you want to write that image on DVDs or to make a backup on a FAT partition that doesn’t support files larger than 4GB.) .
You can choose between “Intelligent sector copy” and “Exact copy”, the latest version of making a clone of the entire hard disk or partition on which you can recover deleted files.
Beautiful things do not stop here because the image cab “fit” easily in three clicks (the first being in fact a double click, but no matter). Currently, for you to read the image you must have installed Macrium Reflect (full version or Free Edit version), but apparently this will change in the future by introducing a plug-in for Windows that could recognize the *. mrimg files.