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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect or Windows Backup?

29 Jul 2017   #1
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 
Macrium Reflect or Windows Backup?

I'm just trying out backup\imaging options and it seems to me that Windows Backup is considerably easier to use than Macrium.

Doing a Backup, anyway. Maybe it's not so clever when it comes to a restore.

Comments?


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29 Jul 2017   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Use the Macrium Software | Your image is everything
It's more powerful and seen some people that couldn't restore their files with windows backup.
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29 Jul 2017   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Windows image backup works fine.

If you want to use 3rd party program, Aomei is simplest.
Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP
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29 Jul 2017   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Macrium (free or paid) is by far the better software for imaging and cloning compared with Windows inbuilt. Once you start using it you'll find it isn't that complicated. It has good documentation with a detailed user guide.
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29 Jul 2017   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Another vote for Macrium Reflect. More people here use it than any other program.
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29 Jul 2017   #6
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

Yes, I know most of you guys like Macrium - that's why I'm trying it.

But Macrium isn't comparable with Windows Backup for ease of use and speed.

Which is why I asked the question.

Does anyone actually know of a documented instance of Windows Backup failing to restore?
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29 Jul 2017   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by teckneeculler View Post

Does anyone actually know of a documented instance of Windows Backup failing to restore?
Do a search on this forum alone
"windows image restore problems"

I've never had a problem with Windows inbuilt imaging but others certainly have had issues. I still use it but only as secondary imaging software.
Windows inbuilt imaging is definitely slower than Macrium on my PCs. Macrium has compression (Windows doesn't), it is robust and far more flexible. I have no particular allegiance to Macrium - it's just good software.
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29 Jul 2017   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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No.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by teckneeculler View Post
Does anyone actually know of a documented instance of Windows Backup failing to restore?
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29 Jul 2017   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by teckneeculler View Post
Yes, I know most of you guys like Macrium - that's why I'm trying it.

But Macrium isn't comparable with Windows Backup for ease of use and speed.

Which is why I asked the question.

Does anyone actually know of a documented instance of Windows Backup failing to restore?
Once set up, using Macrium Reflect is easy. I click on its icon in the quick launch menu, click "Yes" on the UAC prompt, click on "Image this disk" (the two partitions on the C: drive is normally already selected), uncheck "Use the Image ID as the file name", type in a file name (such as "After MS Updates 07-29-2017"), click on "Finish", uncheck "Save backup and schedules..., then click on ok. It takes me far less time to do that than it took me to type this.

If you save an XML file in the last step, instead of bypassing it like I do, all you have to do is click on the "Backup Definition Files" tab, then click on the file. Easy peasy.

Even if Windows Backup is easier than Macrium Reflect, I would much prefer the one that is more reliable.

I've never had a verified Macrium Reflect image fail to restore.
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29 Jul 2017   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Here's a Google Advanced Search for Windows Backup failing restore site: sevenforums.com/
Windows Backup failing restore site: Seven Forums

read all you want or refine the search to your liking and make your own choice
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