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Windows 7: Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay

20 Apr 2014   #41
kado897

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I don't have any experience with Acronis but I can support what dsperber says about Macrium. It is super reliable and that is really what you need from a backup.


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20 Apr 2014   #42
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Macrium free has always been very reliable for me. I had a rare issue with one external drive that tested fully ok including with the manufacturers diagnostics but Macrium imaging failed. It then imaged successfully. Windows inbuilt imaging is for basic system imaging of OS partitions and has never let me down on 3 PCs.
You are safer to have 2 imaging programs even if one is your favorite. You are safer having images stored on more than one external HDD.
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20 Apr 2014   #43
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
You are safer to have 2 imaging programs even if one is your favorite. You are safer having images stored on more than one external HDD.
Absolutely.
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20 Apr 2014   #44
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post

I notice one comment in Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay reported an "unreliable reinstalling images" with Acronis
I'm guessing you can find numerous complaints about either with Google if you dig a bit. That's to be expected and is true of any software package. Don't get yourself in a situation where you are totally reliant on imaging.

I had one experience with Acronis, 6 or 7 years ago, before I knew of Macrium. I made an image file using Acronis and later attempted to restore it. Acronis would not even acknowledge the image file, so I was out of luck. I spent some time then looking over Acronis forums and wasn't impressed with the quality of the support.

Maybe things have changed for them. I haven't checked.

But I second DSPerber's comments about the Macrium interface. Very simple, intuitive, and easily understood. Once the application is open, it takes only 5 or 6 mouse clicks to make an image file.

I get along fine with the Free version. There is a table at the Macrium web site that highlights the differences between it and the paid version.

The most important thing about imaging is to be positive that your "rescue media" will in fact boot your PC. If you can't boot from the rescue disk, you can't restore.
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20 Apr 2014   #45
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I will just echo what the others have said. Every time I have had to restore with Macrium, it works. That is the only thing that matters.
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21 Apr 2014   #46
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thanks dsperber for you prompt reply

I totally agree with your sense of obligation to pay developers for their projects, even when it is free.
I do a lot of file shuffling on various PCs particularly this laptop.
After trying a lot of alternative file-explorer progs (over about a month) I settled on XPlorer2 Pro version (they have a free version) because the developer was and still is exceptionally generous with help.
You have given me an excellent summary of Macrium vs Acronis and particularly your "why's"

Very much appreciated
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21 Apr 2014   #47
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thank you too Kado897, mjf, ignatzatsonic, bigmck ... for your reinforcements.

Nothing like experience. Your comments are very much appreciated.

"the-bald-one"
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21 Apr 2014   #48
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Russell, Have a look at this tutorial. It may give you an easy start with Macrium. This is a co-production of Keith (Kado) and myself. Imaging with free Macrium
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22 Apr 2014   #49
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Yesterday I chose to do an image restore with Macrium to back out some complex changes I had made rather than do it manually. It was quicker and safer to do it that way.
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22 Apr 2014   #50
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Yesterday I chose to do an image restore with Macrium to back out some complex changes I had made rather than do it manually. It was quicker and safer to do it that way.
You got that right. I never use system restore anymore; in fact, I have it turned off. Also, I always make an image before making any changes
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