Macrium Reflect (Home) Review

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    -- This Review deals specifically with the "Home Edition" of Macrium Reflect.

    * Homepage: http://www.macrium.com/
    * Macrium Reflect (Home Edition) Page: http://www.macrium.com/product/7/macrium-reflect-v6-home-edition.aspx
    * Macrium Reflect (Home Edition) Download Page: http://www.macrium.com/Download.aspx?type=home
    * Macrium Reflect (Home Edition) Purchase Page: http://www.macrium.com/personal.aspx
    * Macrium Support Page: http://www.macrium.com/Support.aspx
    * Macrium Reflect (Home Edition) User's Guide: http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/Macrium+Reflect+KnowledgeBase

    -- The only difference between the "Home Edition" and the "Workstation Edition" is the Support Options. The "Home Edition" has the following Support Options: Tech Support via Email; Access To Macrium Support Forum; Access To Technical Support Knowledge Base. The Workstation Edition has the follow Support Options: Standard Support, which includes the Options with the "Home Edition", plus--Free Maintenance Upgrades to New Versions; Remote Access Support. Both Editions Support Options are good for a 1-Year Period.

    -- For more product comparisons, please check out this page: http://www.macrium.com/pages/comparisons.aspx

    - Personal trial download page
    http://www.macrium.com/Download.aspx?type=home

    -- Here are the Minimum System Requirements:
    ....Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB Recommended)
    ....Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 or later
    ....A keyboard and mouse
    ....CD/DVD Writing Drive -or- USB Flash Drive (For: Rescue Media Creation)

    **** Now, let's delve into "Macrium Reflect (Home Edition)". We shall use some abbreviations when referencing certain parts of the program. For example: when referencing the Main Program, we will use the abbreviation, "MPI" (or, "Main Program Interface"). These are not necessarily used by the software developers, but rather terminology we have developed, for use in our Reviews. We may use other abbreviations, as well. Also, please note that the following screenshots are highly annotated, so you will need to carefully examine each screenshot, as we explain the features/functions of the program using this method. ****

    * Here is what the "MPI" looks like. If the program detects that you have not created any "Rescue Media" using itself, then you will be prompted with this Dialog Pop-Up Box that will be shown in the following screenshot.
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    * Now, we shall examine the "Menu". The following screenshot shows all the Options that are are available on each separate Menu.
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    -- The "File Menu" has only One Option, and that is "Exit", which will close the Program and return you to your Windows Desktop.
    -- The "View Menu" has Two Options. And they are: "Toolbar", which Activates or De-Activates the Toolbar (as shown in the screenshot above). You mouse-click on the little square box to Activate/De-Activate the Toolbar. The next Option is: "Refresh", which will "Refresh (or, Reload)" the "MPI".
    -- The "Backup Menu" has Four Options, and they all have to do with Backup Functions. You have the Choice to Backup one of Four Different Items:
    - (1) "Image Selected Disks" (which will create an Exact Image of all the Drives you have selected on the "MPI"). You must have the available Drive Space to do this, because it will make an exact copy of the Drives you have selected, otherwise this Operation will fail.
    - (2) "Backup Windows", which will backup up all your Windows Files to another area.
    - (3) "Backup File", which will backup all of the Files/Folders that you have selected to be included in the backup.
    - (4) "Backup Templates", which will open the "Backup Plan Templates" Dialog Pop-Up Box. This Dialog Pop-Up Box will allow you to create/manage any "Backup Plan Templates" that you have previously created, as well as, allow you to create/manage new "Backup Plan Templates".
    -- The "Restore Menu" has Three Options, and they all have to do with Backup Restore Functions, in other words, this Menu allows you to "Restore" any previous Backups that you have made. You have the Choice to do one of Three Different Items:
    - (1) "Browse for an image or backup file to restore", which allows you to Search your Computer System for a Backup Image or Backup File to restore.
    - (2) "Explore Image", which allows you to "Mount (or, Attach)" an Image, so that you can work with this file.
    - (3) "Detach Image", which allows you to "Unmount (or, Detach)" a Temporary Mounted Drive.
    -- The "Other Tasks Menu" has Seven Options, and they have to do with Various Types of Tasks that you can Perform in Macrium Reflect that are in-directly related to the Backup/Restore Functions of the Program. You have the Choice to do one of Seven Different Items:
    - (1) "Create Rescue Media", which allows you to Create Rescue Media using the Macrium Reflect Program. This is a very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IDEA, in case, you ever need to re-install your Computer System. We had an issue with Windows 8.1 and having this Macrium Rescue Media was a godsend, because it allowed us to get into our laptop and re-install Windows. This is not the same as Windows System Recovery or a manufactuer System Recovery. Macrium Reflect installs its own method, using the WindowsPE software.
    - (2) "Add a Recovery Boot Menu Option", which allows you to install a start-up Boot Option into your System, that will allow the Reflect Recovery Operation to start, in the case of a System Failure.
    - (3) "Edit defaults", which allows you to edit any and/or all of the Default Reflect Settings.
    - (4) "Check for updates", which connects to Macrium servers to see if there is an update available for the Program. You MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE INTERNET CONNECTION for this to work.
    - (5) "Convert image to VHD", which allows you to convert a previously made Image to a VHD (or, Virtual Hard Drive).
    - (6) "View Windows VSS Events", Macrium uses Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create its images and backups and Windows keeps a log of VSS events. These events can give you information, useful if you are experiencing problems, such as backup failures.
    - (7) "Fix VSS Problems", which allows you to be able to fix Volume Shadow Copy Service (or, VSS) problems,if you are experiencing backup failures, et cetera.
    -- The "Help Menu", has Six Options, and they have to do with Various Types of Help Tasks that you can Perform in Macrium Reflect. These Tasks are not necessarily related to the Backup/Restore Functions of Macrium Reflect, but rather with the Overall Operation of the Program. You have the Choice to do one of Six Different Items:
    - (1) "Help", which provides Help Articles relating to all of the functionality of the Program.
    - (2) "Release Notes", which provides information about what has been: added; removed; fixed--in the various Releases of the Program. Usually this starts with the Current Release of the Program, and then goes down.
    - (3) "Configure Update Check", which opens up the Live Update Settings Dialog Pop-Up Box, and allows you to set the Live Update Settings to your specification.
    - (4) "Update license key", which allows you to install a new license key, in the case your current one has expired or you have upgraded to a higher version of the Program. Normally, you do not need to mess with this Setting.
    - (5) "Remove license", which allows you to Remove the Macrium Reflect license off your current Computer System, so that you can re-use the License, in the case you have to do a system restore and software re-installation. You should not mess with this setting unless absolutely necessary.
    - (6) "About Macrium Reflect", which provides statistical information about the Program, such as: name of the Program; version number you are using; your License Information; and other such data.

    -- Here's an explanation of the Toolbar, as described in the screenshot above. As you can see below, the Toolbar provides Quick Access to Four of the Commonly Used Functions within "Macrium Reflect".
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    * Now, let's examine some of the other parts of the "MPI".
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    -- First of all, you can see the Version, of Macrium Reflect, that we are using: "Home Edition - v6.2.1502". We are also pointing out that we have Three Tabs on the "MPI", which we are calling, "Quick Tabs", because they contain quite a few of the Functions of the Menu System, and are more readily avaiable, than having to mouse-click on the Menu itself. The First Quick Tab that we are examining is the: "Backup" Quick Tab. On this "Backup" Quick Tab, we will look at Two of the Task Areas: (1) "Backup Tasks", and, (2) "Other Tasks".
    - Area #1: "Backup Tasks", contains Three Tasks that can be performed:
    ....(A) "Image selected disks on this computer", which allows you to create a Image of all the Hard Drives that you have selected on the "MPI". These can be either the Physical Drive, or any Virtual Drives.
    ....(B) "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows", this Option is better explained using this portion of the "Macrium Reflect v6 User's Guide": http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/Windows+Partitions.
    ....(C) "Create a File and Folder backup", which allows you to select "Files" and "Folders" to be backed up.
    - Area #2: "Other Tasks", contains Four Tasks that can be performed:
    ....(A) "Create bootable Rescue media", which allows you to Create a Reflect Bootable Recovery Disk. Again, this is very different from a Manufacturer-generated Recovery Disk or a Windows-generated Recovery Disk. This Rescue Disk uses the WindowsPE system for booting and Recovery. However, it does not install WindowsPE onto your hard drive, but rather allows you to be able to boot into your system and perform a System Restore, System Recovery, et cetera.
    ....(B) "Add a boot menu option to start the Reflect recovery environment", which allows you to add an Option to the Boot Menu to use the Reflect Recovery Environment, instead of the Default Windows Recovery Environment. This is very helpful, if for some reason you cannot boot into the Windows Recovery Environment.
    ....(C) "Edit Defaults", which allows you to Edit the Default Reflect Settings.
    ....(D) "Check for product updates on the internet", which connects to Macrium servers to see if there is an update available for the Program. You MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE INTERNET CONNECTION for this to work.

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    - Area #3: "Details", contains very specific Details on each of the Drives, that are listed on the "MPI". These Details are as follows:
    ...."File System", what file system your OS is using. In our case, it is the "NTFS" File System.
    ...."Free Space", how many available Drive Space is left.
    ...."Total Size", the actual Total Size of the Drive. Virtual Hard Drives will be less than the actual Physical Drive.
    ...."Start Sector", where the Drive starts. Virtual Hard Drives will be less than the actual Physical Drive.
    ...."End Sector", where the Drive ends. Virtual Hard Drives will be less than the actual Physical Drive.

    -- Here's a further explanation of the Functions listed under the "Other Tasks" Area.
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    -- Here's a further explanation of Area #3 ("The Details Area").
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    -- Here we see the Available Options (or, Sub-Tabs) we have while we are using the "Backup Tab".
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    -- Here's a detailed explanation of the "First Sub-Tab: Create a backup".
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    -- Here's a detailed explanation of the "Second Sub-Tab: Backup Definition Files".
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    -- Here's a detailed explanation of the "Third Sub-Tab: VBScript Files".
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    -- Here's a detailed explanation of the "Fourth Sub-Tab: PowerShell Files".
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    -- Here's a detailed explanation of the "Fifth Sub-Tab: MS-DOS Batch Files".
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    -- Here's a detailed explanation of the "Sixth Sub-Tab: Scheduled Backups".
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    -- Secondly, we are also pointing out that we have Three Tabs on the "MPI", which we are calling, "Quick Tabs", because they contain quite a few of the Functions of the Menu System, and are more readily available, than having to mouse-click on the Menu itself. The Second Quick Tab that we are examining is the: "Restore" Quick Tab. On this "Restore" Quick Tab, we have Three Task Areas: (1) "Restore Tasks", (2) "Other Tasks", and, (3) "Details" (This Task Area is empty because we did not have any "Restore" Tasks done whilst we were conducting this Review). We also have Two Sub-Tabs on the "Restore Tab", and they are: (1) "Image Restore", and, (2) "File and Folder Restore".
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    - Here's a detailed explanation of the "Image Restore" Sub-Tab.
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    - Here's a detailed explanation of the "File and Folder Restore" Sub-Tab.
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    -- Thirdly and Lastly, we are also pointing out that we have Three Tabs on the "MPI", which we are calling, "Quick Tabs", because they contain quite a few of the Functions of the Menu System, and are more readily available, than having to mouse-click on the Menu itself. The Third Quick Tab that we are examining is the: "Log" Quick Tab. On this "Log" Quick Tab, we have only One Task Area: (1) "All Logs" (which contains all the Logs generated by all the Functions of the Program that generate logs). We also have a Mini-Toolbar on this "Log Quick Tab". This Mini-Toolbar contains Three Commands: (1) "Reload logs" Command (Icon looks like a full-circle arrow pointing left). This Command does basically the same thing as the "Refresh Command". (2) "Delete old logs" Command (Icon looks like a trash can). This Command opens up the "Purge log files settings" Dialog Pop-Up Box, to where you can adjust this Settings to whatever you'd like. (3) "View Windows VSS events for the selected log file" Command (Icon looks like a spiral-bound notebook with a red/white exclamation mark on it). This Command allows you to view specific details concerning any VSS (Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service) events related to the selected log file. These VSS events could include any backups that have failed to complete properly or any other VSS System Issues. VSS is a Microsoft Windows software technology.
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    ** And this, Ladies and Gentlegerms, concludes our Review of "Macrium Reflect (Home Edition)!! We hope that you have enjoyed this detailed tour of the software. We also trust that you will have a really good idea how to use it, as well. We thank Macrium and TbT, for allowing us the honor and privilege of conducting this Review/Test of the software. It has been another fun and enjoyable journey!! **

    This Review is Copyrighted [Copyright Brent Carey] and is subject to all USA and International Laws. It may not be copied, edited, or in any other way modified, including removal from this website, unless you have written permission from the author (BC2Tweak aka Brent Carey). And just to pre-warn all about asking for permission: do not bother. Permission will be granted at our discretion and in very, very limited situations. You may link back to this Review, as per TbT Policies. That is all.
     
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    guardian Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks, but not quite completely through writing it!! :)

    Found some screenshots that had to be re-edited. I forgot to note that, until now. :)

    Now, I am through.... :) :joy:
     
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    Good and extended review, I really like this software, and thanks @BC2Tweak ;)
     
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    Awesome review as usual @BC2Tweak!! :wide:

    I am using the free edition, a great piece of software that has saved my testing pc in many situations. :laugh:
    It is regularly updated and it is possible to create a full OS image in about 10 minutes.
     
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    Thanks!! Glad to be able to do it!! :)
     
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    Thanks!! Very happy you enjoyed it.... :D
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    Thanks all!! I enjoy doing the Review Work, or I should "Fun", as to me that is not work. We strive to make our work user-friendly and a bit entertaining to, as I simply refuse to be boring......!! ;)

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