We @ Tweakbytes.com are very pleased to announce our Macrium Reflect 7 Home Edition Christmas Season 2017 Giveaway! We would like to thank Macrium Reflect for donating the giveaway license prizes Overview Macrium Reflect is a complete disaster-recovery, image based and backup software for home and office use! It will backup your data/sensitive files into protective storage --encrypted and safe from corruption. In the event of computing disasters like partial or whole system failure, Macrium Reflect can recover from any backup image created and restore your data, partitions or even whole hard disks in a matter of minutes! Problem solved! Macrium Reflect also can help you upgrade your hard disk or try a new operating system with the knowledge that everything is securely saved and can be easily recovered. Taking full advantage of Microsoft Volume Shadow Service data is managed efficiently and can be automatically streamed to a secure storage even when your drives are active and in-use. With a new Backup Engine, the new Macrium Reflect version 7 is up to 60 times faster than the previous versions. The inclusion of 12 months of Essential Support with a standing home license gives you peace of mind so you can sit back, relax and be confident that Macrium support/technical staff will always be on hand to answer your questions or assist you in anything that you need! Introducing Macrium Reflect With Macrium Reflect you can backup whole partitions or individual files/folders into a single compressed, mountable archive file. This archive file is used to restore an exact image of the partitions on your hard disk so that you can easily upgrade it or recover your full system in any eventuality. It supports VBScript and MS-DOS batch files, along with scheduled tasks, among others. The Macrium Reflect interfaced is designed intuitively with the user in mind. It is designed and organized with simple follow wizards guiding the user through tasks. FEATURES AT A GLANCE Backup your entire PC to a single compressed image file. Backup files and folders to a single compressed archive file. Recover partitions and entire disk images with just a few clicks of your mouse. MBR and GPT disk support. 12 months Essentials Support. Solution Highlights Macrium Super-Fast Imaging File and folder backup Rapid Delta Cloning increases cloning speed by copying file system deltas Backup file Consolidation with Synthetic Full backup support SSD trim support Pre-defined backup plans templates Mount images in Windows Explorer for easy item level recovery Rapid Delta Restore recovers your images in minutes or even seconds Restore images to dissimilar hardware using Macrium ReDeploy Protect your backups from ransomware with Macrium Image Guardian Macrium Rescue Media If in the event that your system or Windows OS is unbootable or if you lose it, you can start the PC using the Macrium Reflect rescue media on CD, DVD, or USB stick. The rescue media contains a bootable, lightweight version of Windows and a full version of Macrium Reflect. This lightweight version of Windows is called Windows Pre-installation Environment (also known as Windows PE or WinPE) and is provided by Microsoft. Macrium Reflect downloads the WinPE automatically for you and writes it to the rescue media. It will download just the components you will need to create your rescue media thus rescue your system. Disk Imaging Macrium Reflect creates an accurate and reliable Image of a hard disk or the partitions on the disk. In the event of a partial or complete system loss, you can use this image to restore the entire disk, one or more partitions, or even individual files and folders. During the imaging process, Macrium Reflect copies the contents of entire volumes including a reference to their physical location on the storage device to an image file (.mrimg). You would normally store the image file on local or network drives, or removable drives connected using USB or eSATA. Differential and Incremental Images Macrium Reflect can create Full, Differential, and Incremental images to optimize backup speed and disk space Full Differential Incremental requirements. When you image a volume for the first time, it is referred to as a image. A image file Full contains the data Full stored in the volume. Macrium Reflect provides two alternative methods of all backing up your data after the initial full image has been completed: 1. A Differential image that backs up all the data that has changed on the volumes since the last Full image Differential was taken. 2. An Incremental image that backs up all the data that has changed on the volumes since the last image taken whether that is a Full, an Incremental or a Differential image. How to create Incremental and Differential Backups using Macrium Reflect File and Folder Backups To create a backup, select the files and folders you want to backup, apply File and Folder filtering File and Folder criteria to include and exclude files and/or folders, and Macrium Reflect creates a compressed backup file (.mrbak) that can be restored directly or browsed using Windows Explorer. Storing backups in a single file is beneficial because it can be compressed, encrypted and stored elsewhere with ease. As you can for images, you can also create, and file and folder backups to optimize backup Differential Incremental speed and disk space requirements. File and folder backups are ideal if you only wish to backup specific documents, photos or music, rather than your whole system. File and Folder Backup using Macrium Reflect Disk Cloning With Macrium Reflect, you can clone your system disks to enable you to swap failed disks out of your system and get things back up and running again in minutes. Cloning is often confused with imaging. The process is identical but instead of storing data to a file, it replicates volume contents and disk structures to an alternative device. When the cloning process is complete, the target disk is identical to the original and contains a duplicate of all volumes, files, operating systems and applications. Cloning a disk is particularly useful to upgrade an existing hard disk and in the event of a hard drive failure, you can simply replace the failed disk with a clone and have your system up and running again in minutes. However, cloning a disk is not an efficient way of backing up your data if it changes frequently because the clone will only contain one point in time as there is no 'Backup Chain' history that is available with Disk Images. Also, Disk Images can be compressed and saved to any location. Cloning a disk using Macrium Reflect Restoring files and folders Macrium Reflect restores selected files and their folder structures from File and Folder backup .mrbak files. There are a number of ways to restore backups: You can restore individual files, for example, accidentally deleted spreadsheets or lost photos by browsing an Image or File and Folder Backup. This process mounts the image file in Windows Explorer as if it were an extra disk drive. After it is mounted, you can browse and open files and copy the files back onto your active file system whenever you like. You can directly restore the contents of a file and folder backup using the Macrium Reflect file and folder restore feature. Restoring Images Macrium Reflect restores disks or their partitions exactly as they were when the backup was taken. The restore process also enables you to expand or shrink partitions if the restore target is a new disk and a different size to the original. If your whole system becomes corrupt, you can load Macrium Reflect and restore your image despite being unable to boot Windows. You can boot from the Macrium Reflect Windows PE rescue media and use Macrium Reflect to find and restore your images. Macrium ReDeploy From the rescue environment you can launch Macrium to adapt the recovered Windows system to its new ReDeploy environment whether that is a virtual machine or a different computer. With Macrium Reflect, you can ReDeploy restore an image to a replacement computer or even create virtual hard drives to virtualize the machine, a technique sometimes called Physical to Virtual or P2V. Macrium ReDeploy is now included in all editions of Macrium Reflect except for the Free Edition. VBScript, PowerShell and MS-DOS batch file support Macrium Reflect stores backup definitions as XML files that are loaded using the Reflect command line. This enables powerful batch and scheduling processing using VBScript, PowerShell or MS DOS batch files. Macrium Reflect includes a VBScript and PowerShell generator that creates template script files for programmable control over your backup cycles and Pre/Post backup events. Macrium Rapid Delta Restore (RDR) The concept of RDR has been something that has been thought about for quite some time here at Macrium Software. We were aware of competing technologies that offer fast restore capabilities but wanted to build something better... Known state restore This method performs a restore of an incremental image to a file system at a. The problem with this known state method is that the 'know state' must be prepared beforehand and the target disk cannot be accessed before the final 'rapid' restore. This means that the target disk for the restore cannot be the original 'live' disk and a previous restore of the same backup set must have been performed beforehand and the disk taken offline. Not very flexible. Snapshot restore Another method is to rely on an open Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS) snapshot and use this to restore back to the state when the snapshot was created. Very quick, but only allows restoration back to the same disk and the image must have been created with VSS. Again, not flexible enough for real world. Macrium RDR Where Macrium RDR differs is that it isn't dependent on VSS and a delta restore can be perform to any disk that has a previous copy of the imaged file system, no matter what it's current state. This means that you can restore quickly back to the original disk (similar to the Open Snapshot) method, and have the flexibility to restore to a different disk that contains the same file system on it in any state. How does RDR work? Unlike 'Known State' and 'Snapshot' restore, the only dependency for RDR is that the target file system contains a formatted NTFS file system that is the same file system as was originally imaged. When the restore starts the disk image is loaded, again this can be an image taken at any time, and the target NTFS file system structures are analyzed for differences. All the NTFS file system structures are restored to the target disk and any that do not exist or have been modified on the target disk because the data records for each NTFS file or object to be restored as well. The result is an 'Incremental' restore applying only file system changes detected between the image and the target. Notes: RDR works with NTFS file systems only. All other file systems will perform a full restore. RDR is not available when shrinking partitions during a restore. Macrium Rapid Delta Clone (RDC) As with Rapid Delta Restore (RDR) the concept of RDR has been something that has been thought about for quite some time here at Macrium Software. We wanted to build a clone solution that would effectively and rapidly copy only the differences between the source and target file systems. The advantage of this is obvious, RDC offers similar a performance increase as an Incremental disk image offers over a Full image and enables regular clones to be a viable and fast DR solution. How does it work? The NTFS file system resident on the clone source is compared with file system on the target disk. The two file systems are first verified that they originated from the same format command and then the target NTFS file system structures are analyzed for differences. All the NTFS file system structures are copied to the target disk and any that do not exist or have been modified on the target disk because the data records for each NTFS file or object to be copied as well. The result is an 'Incremental' clone applying only file system changes detected between the source and the target. Notes: RDC works with NTFS file systems only. All other file systems will perform a full clone. RDC is not available when shrinking partitions during a clone. NEW in version 7 Macrium Knowledgebase about ver 7 HERE Changed Block Tracking (CBT) Macrium Reflect Changed Blocked Tracker (MRCBT) reduces the amount of time it takes to perform incremental and differential images by monitoring the changes to an NTFS formatted volume in real-time. This is especially relevant when a file system contains very large files, such as virtual hard disk (VHD) files, where speed improvements are significant and can reduce the incremental image time from hours to minutes or even seconds. Macrium Knowledgebase about Changed Block Tracking HERE Macrium viBoot Enables you to instantly create, start and manage Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines using one or more Macrium Reflect image files as the basis of the virtual machine storage sub-system. Macrium Reflect 7.1 also includes an updated version of viBoot. viBoot provides instant virtualization of Macrium disk images to create a running Virtual Machine in a few seconds. This update to viBoot allows future support for other hypervisors such as VMware. Macrium Knowledgebase about Macrium viBoot HERE Macrium viBoot Demonstration Task Scheduler 2.0 This is "behind the scenes" improvement over Task Scheduler 1.0 implementation in Macrium Reflect version 6 and overcomes the issues caused by problems with a Windows 10 Anniversary Update bug. Macrium Knowledgebase about Task Scheduler 2.0 HERE Macrium Image Guardian (MIG) The new Macrium Image Guardian (MIG) feature will prevent unauthorized modifying of Macrium Reflect backup files on local and USB attached volumes. MIG provides assurance to every Macrium Reflect 7.1 user that their latest backups are recoverable, even after the worst-case scenario of a ransomware attack. MIG is focused on the single task of protecting Macrium Reflect backup files, so has a small footprint and is very easy to administer. MIG protects backup files on local NTFS volumes by blocking unauthorized write activity. MIG is network aware and allows other networked Macrium Reflect v7.1 clients to backup to shared MIG protected volumes. Macrium Knowledgebase about Macrium Image Guardian HERE Latest stable version is Macrium Reflect v7.1.2722 (21st November 2017) Macrium Reflect v7.1.2722 (21st November 2017) Bug Fixes MIG not disabled For some customers, Macrium Image Guardian would still be active when disabled in the settings dialog. This has been resolved. Macrium Reflect v7.1.2718 (20th November 2017) Bug Fixes MIG not disabled when 'Restart service on reboot' selected Macrium Image Guardian would still be active when 'Restart service on reboot' was selected in the settings dialog. This has been resolved. Macrium viBoot incorrectly identifies some MBR disks as GPT Macrium viBoot could incorrectly mount an MBR style disk, stored within an image file, as a GPT disk - if the disk had previously been initialized as a GPT disk. This has now been resolved. BC2Tweak, our Reviews Moderator, has made a review of Macrium Reflect Home ver 6 that can be seen at the link below. Tweakbytes Forum Macrium Reflect Home Review HERE Macrium Reflect Home Page HERE Download Macrium Reflect Home HERE Contact Macrium Reflect HERE Macrium Reflect Support HERE Macrium Reflect Blog_Techie Tuesday HERE Macrium Reflect Product Comparison HERE Macrium Reflect ver 7 User Guide HERE Macrium Reflect User Forum HERE Macrium Reflect Home Review HERE Macrium Reflect ver 7 Home Edition Licenses for this giveaway contest Macrium Reflect has provided Tweakbytes Forum 5 licenses of Macrium Reflect Home ver 7 edition as prize for our Christmas 2017 Giveaway! To participate please follow these 4 simple GOLDEN RULES! 1. Giveaway is open to ALL members. 2. To join in, just answer the question below. "WHAT backup/imaging software are you currently using and WHY do you want to switch to the new Macrium Reflect version 7?" 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To enter this contest you must comply with these above 4 simple GOLDEN RULES to be considered as a valid entry. WINNERS WILL RECEIVE Each of the five (5) winners will receive 1 license of Macrium Reflect ver 7 Home Edition (12 months Essentials Support included) Winners will be selected by random.org and once posted, all winners will only have 3 days to send a PM to claim their prize. Please include your details (Name/Email) in your PM claim. NO CONFIRMATION FOR THOSE WITH INSUFFICIENT/INCOMPLETE DETAILS. Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is not received within the specified timeframe. Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is "not confirmed". The Giveaways will run from December 15, 2017 to January 25, 2018 Goodluck to all!!!