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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

28 Apr 2015   #1360
Soyabeaner

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Macrium works, just not the latest version for me. All the previous versions have worked until now. I rebuilt the WinPE using the same the bootable USB drive with 5.3.7220 and it's back to normal.


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28 Apr 2015   #1361
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If there is more trouble, you can always try AOMEI Backupper which is a fine imaging program too. They have excellent documentation.
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09 May 2015   #1362
ped

Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Guess free Macrium no longer exists?

I have been snooping around this thread looking for some information. So thanks to whs for all the details here, and continued support!

Meanwhile I'm noticing that granted this thread started in 2010, and there are even more recent posts, but unless I'm missing something - Macrium "free" no longer exists. Even looking at other sites that supposedly house v5.x, have the latest build which either doesn't work based on comments here and elsewhere, or they already implemented the 30 day time bomb as they have with v6.

So I guess this is a case where their business model changed, and once again if you want a consistent backup solution, either you pay and risk it doesn't die on the vine, or continually hunt for the next free one. I bought a version of NovaStor 2 years ago and greatly regretted it, and have a bunch of unreadable images that are now useless. So having told myself I would never use the latest fad backup software again, I seem to feel that Windows 7 backup is at least something that is a standard (with VHD support) that other free new ones will support out of trying to be relevant.

Hopefully I'm incorrect in these assumptions. Appreciate opinions and guidance, or if I stick with Win7 solution leading to win10.
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09 May 2015   #1363
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ped View Post
... but unless I'm missing something - Macrium "free" no longer exists.
MAcrium Reflect Free is of course still available: Macrium Reflect Free. At the moment the site tells the free edition is quite fresh, from last month:
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09 May 2015   #1364
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ped View Post
... but unless I'm missing something - Macrium "free" no longer exists.
MAcrium Reflect Free is of course still available: Macrium Reflect Free. At the moment the site tells the free edition is quite fresh, from last month:
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You will notice that the free version is still v5. We are promised v6 in the future.
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09 May 2015   #1365
ped

Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Aha, so it is. It looked like a banner ad, so I completely ignored it. So the free version works well, and is not a trial version?

Thanks to you both.
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09 May 2015   #1366
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yeah, it's fine for most purposes--lacks the Macrium support of the paid version and a few bits of functionality you probably don't need.

It's not a trial.

If you later upgrade to free version 6, you'll have to make a new rescue disk. Version 5 rescue media cannot restore images created with version 6.
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09 May 2015   #1367
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
If you later upgrade to free version 6, you'll have to make a new rescue disk. Version 5 rescue media cannot restore images created with version 6.
Really? Bit inconvenient.

There are several good free imaging programs. Aomei is very popular, has a lot of extra functions in the free version, including restore to different hardware: AOMEI Windows Backup, Cloning, and Recovery Software

Paragon also do a free one. That has the option to exclude selected files/folders from your images:
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Download & User Manual

They all do the basic job, depends which interface or extra features you want.
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09 May 2015   #1368
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
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If you later upgrade to free version 6, you'll have to make a new rescue disk. Version 5 rescue media cannot restore images created with version 6.
Really? Bit inconvenient.
Yes Si. I think it is to do with V6's new delta restore which is very fast.The v6 rescue disk is OK on v5 images however.
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09 May 2015   #1369
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Simon is right - there are other options. Although I am a Macrium fan, I will use those other options if the Macrium people will make my life difficult. AOMEI is on top of my list of alternatives. I only wish they would change their UI so that it is readable for someone with a poor eyesight. Paragon is another excellent program but it is more difficult to use than Macrium or AOMEI.
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