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Windows 7: Macrium or Paragon disc imager software?

08 Mar 2010   #1

Macrium or Paragon disc imager software?

Just a quick question which will no doubt ellicit many personal prefrences.As I have never done a disc image before I would appreciate a little bit of advice.I have been doing a bit of reading and these two seem to be recomended by a lot of reviewers. Second question
Is it very complicated ? as I am really just learning about computers and I don't want to break my computer. I have just done a clean install last week and I don't want to have to do another any time soon because it made my brain ache
Thank you

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08 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I tried both of them, ended up using Macrium Reflect.
The free version of Reflect is very straight forward but has some limitations : it can only restore the image from a bootable media (you cannot initiate the restoration from windows). Also you can only create a bootable CD or an ISO file; no bootable USB flash drive (I used UltraISO to wright the ISO file to a thumb drive : 7MB and works like a charm)
Paragon Drive Backup is totally free, no limited functions, you have the possibility to create a bootable USB flash drive ... I had some bad experience with it (ex : it changed the size of the "System Reserved" Partition of my Windows 7 wich got me in some trouble)

You may also consider Acronis True Image : version 8 is free (the most recent version is 2010 or v12), and if you have a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive you can get it for free (In My case Acronis True Image WD Edition based on v11)

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08 Mar 2010   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Acronis TI 2010 is the best, but notwithstanding version 8 it is not free. Also, though some have said that version eleven works with Windows 7, only 2010 is specifically stated to be compatible. I have never worked with version 11, but I know for a fact that version 10 is not compatible.

Though I have both Macrium and Paragon installed, I have not worked enough with either to state a preference or make a recommendation, except that I found Paragon easier to work with.
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08 Mar 2010   #4

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1

macrium works fine, you can make a bootable recovery cd, restore from a 2nd hard drive, or a hidden macrium backup location. free version doesn't do incremental backups, pro does. pro also, i seem to recall, allows booting into a pre-windows boot loader that allows you to do a full image restore, similar to trueimage.

tried paragon, it corrupted my system and i wound up having to do a format and clean install of everything. i was not amused.

i am using acronis TI 2010 at the moment tho. it saved my bacon a couple of weeks ago when i tried a 'free' home version of paragon partition manager that again ate my boot partition when i tried to resize it, used ti recovery & had the day before's incremental restored in about half an hour. i'll not try any of paragon's stuff again in future. acronis or macrium are good bets tho.
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08 Mar 2010   #5

Thanks to those who replied

Thanks to all for taking time to reply to my thread Macrium or Paragon disc imager software? I ended up using macrium I found it pretty straight forward and fool friendly so will stick with it for now so once again thank you.
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31 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install

My 2 cents' worth: I tried Macrium Reflect and it didn't restore my image. I'd tried to clean install on top of an OEM, so deleted the partitions in Win 7 setup, only to be told Windows couldn't setup - view log. I then tried to restore my Macrium image - no joy. Thankfully Windows own imaging saved me.

Might try Paragon...
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31 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Though many in this forum vouch for Macrium reflect, my first preference will be for Storagecraft's ShadowProtect Desktop 4. It costs more and has an unforgiving activation/deactivation policy which keep people away generally.( I did not upgrade it to the latest version 4 because of this.) That said, it is primarily focussed on one job that is backing up and restoring, easy to use, fool-proof and does it with aplomb.

My next 2 cents will be on Paragon.

Both Shadowprotect Desktop and Paragon have received excellent reviews on reputed PC Magazines by which I go by, and my personal experience goes well with them.

My last preference will be for Acronis, though at one-time it was my favourite. I had reasons to jettison it as my primary backup software.( I still upgrade to the latest version and try it as a pastime. Old habits seldom die.)

Honestly, I have heard of Macriumreflect only in this forum and by that time I have one too many. So it is never on my list.
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