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Windows 7: Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay

23 Sep 2013   #21
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?


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23 Sep 2013   #22
Golden

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?
Good question. My own policy is to replace the rescue ISO every time, then re-write it to my rescue USB drive - takes a few minutes.

MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive
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23 Sep 2013   #23
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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I do full images weekly and fill in the gap with daily differentials. This means that I have very little data loss in the event I need to restore. It also means that I am more likely to restore than spend hours undoing changes.
Obviously, for you, differentials make sense. Whether using incremental or differential backups are appropriate depends on how large of a full image you make and how often you need it made. Sine the only images I need are for my boot drive, weekly full images are plenty unless I make a major change, such as adding or deleting programs or making changes in settings (I always make an image just before and after doing so). It only takes between 8-9 minutes to make an image of my boot drive so incrementals/differentials are rather pointless for me.

I could clone my boot drive and restore it by cloning back to the boot drive but there is no real benefit to doing that since I would be wasting time and space. Images are easier to work with when restoring an OS partition.

As mentioned earlier, I clone my data drives to back them up. Clones take longer and take up the same amount of space as the original drive but I can quickly use them as is, making data access easier should I need it. Weekly is often enough since I have a paid cloud backup service (Carbonite) that I can get any changes since the last clone fairly easily. Carbonite also has 30 day versioning—it keeps a copy of previous versions of a file and deleted files for 30 days—which should be plenty for me and saves me the hassle of versioning myself.
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23 Sep 2013   #24
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?
I don't really know. Sometimes a new disk is needed and sometimes it isn't and I don't know how to tell which is which. Since, as long as the version one has is doing the job, it's not really necessary to upgrade every time a new one comes out so I've been cheating and not updating so I can avoid making a new disk every time. One of these days, I'm going to get ambitious and put the recovery "disk" on a USB drive. Then, updating will be less of a hassle.
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23 Sep 2013   #25
Golden

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I'm going to get ambitious and put the recovery "disk" on a USB drive. Then, updating will be less of a hassle.
Too easy.........
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive
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23 Sep 2013   #26
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I'm going to get ambitious and put the recovery "disk" on a USB drive. Then, updating will be less of a hassle.
Too easy.........
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive
No doubt it is easy but I have to get ambitious first (I have ADHD; often, some simple tasks feel intimidating, even if I've done them before without any problems).

Of course, I just have to complicate things by wanting to add some portable apps, such as a rescue AV, to the same USB stick.
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23 Sep 2013   #27
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?
There are release notes with each release which can help you decide. Macrium Reflect Patch Details
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23 Sep 2013   #28
Golden

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Of course, I just have to complicate things by wanting to add some portable apps, such as a rescue AV, to the same USB stick.
YUMI specialises in that too....have a look

YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
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23 Sep 2013   #29
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?
There are release notes with each release which can help you decide. Macrium Reflect Patch Details
Yes, I read that but have never seen where it tells you to make a new Rescue Disk. It is not that big a deal to make a new one, but I hate to do it if not needed, but I have never seen where it says it is needed. Just curious if I have been missing something.
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23 Sep 2013   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?
It is in the change log. But it is very rare that you nee a new WinPE disc. I have seen that only once.
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