UK Customer Sales: Available as a single license or a discounted 4-Pack. Macrium Reflect 7 Workstation The backup solution for commercial use. Protect documents, data and operating systems using advanced disk imaging technology.
What is Macrium Reflect?
Part One Install Macrium Reflect 1. Run the installer, select Free or Home, click Download: Windows PE is kind of stripped down mini operating system see Wikipedia. Its components need to be downloaded, accept download: When PE components have been downloaded Macrium installer starts. Run Macrium Reflect. Accept it: Creating the rescue media now is highly recommended, your image backups are useless if in case of emergency you cannot boot your PC to restore an image backup.
Correct WinPE version is automatically selected. Click Next: Reflect will list your network and storage drivers yellow highlight and include them in rescue media. Rescue media will be created, Click OK when done: If you want to you can also add Macrium Rescue to Windows boot menu. It is a very practical option to be used when you want to restore an image or reset Windows boot records in case Windows refuses to boot normally.
Note Color highlights in screenshot above show my primary disk where Windows is installed yellow , secondary disk where I will store my user data green , and an additional external disk I have reserved for Macrium Reflect image backups blue The target drive for your Macrium images cannot be included in a system image.
At this point I always start with unselecting it blue. Select if you want to image all selected disks and partitions or only the disks and partitions required to restore Windows. The latter would only select system reserved and C: When done click Advanced Options: If you want to be sure your images are OK, you need to verify them.
You can verify manually after each backup, or set them to be automatically verified: To keep track of your images, add a descriptive comment. Click OK when done, click Next to continue: We will cover the backup templates and scheduling in another tutorial in near future.
Enter a name for your first backup definition, click OK: Reflect starts imaging selected disks and partitions. It will first create a snapshot of your system 1 in screenshot below. Image will be created based on this snapshot; when snapshot has been made and Reflect starts the imaging process, you can continue working normally with Windows.
Anything you change save, copy, delete after a snapshot has been created will not be included in system image. You can also change the imaging process priority 2. Low priority gives more system resources to Windows, high priority uses as much resources for imaging as possible. If you want to you can tell Reflect to shutdown, suspend or hibernate PC when image has been done 3.
I find this option very practical, often setting Reflect to create an image when I go to bed selecting Shutdown on completion. Image will be created quite fast, the actual speed depending on your hardware: Click Restore tab to see image properties and to manually verify it if you so prefer: Notice that verifying an image takes about as much time as it took to create it.
When restoring a differential backup both differential image and full backup image must be available on same folder on backup storage drive. Because only changes since last full backup will be saved, differential images can be quite small compared to full backup, of course depending how big changes user has made. The later a differential backup is created, the more changes have been made, the bigger the differential image will be.
An incremental backup checks what has been changed since the last backup regardless if the last backup was full, differential or incremental and only saves those changes.
When restoring an incremental backup all differential and incremental images and full backup image must be available on same folder on backup storage drive. Incremental images can be really small. An example: This video will show a bit more graphical demonstration about differential and incremental images: Select your preferred image type, I will now run a differential image after installing some software, click Set backup comment to enter a descriptive comment to this image: The comment from your last full backup will be shown yellow highlight , add comment for this differential or incremental image blue , click OK: Click Finish to start backup 5.
Again a snapshot will be created. Because this is a differential or incremental backup and only changes will be saved, Reflect checks the changes and starts then imaging them: Because there were not too many changes the image was created relatively fast: Clicking Restore tab top left you can now see the new differential or incremental image listed on top of the full image on right pane: The file extension is always.
Example 1, no split files: Full backup: Full backup Part 1: I downloaded some photos from OneDrive to PC, let’s create an incremental backup before we look these backup image files in File Explorer. As above in steps 1 and 2 I run new backup, this time incremental. The photos I downloaded do not need much storage space. Incremental backup only saves changes since the last backup which in our example case now is the differential image created above, imaging is fast: Checking the folder where I have stored my images I can see that they have the same ID, only difference being the increment number.
I can also see that whereas the full backup is over 13 GB, the subsequent differential and incremental images are much smaller: Remember to keep all backup image files belonging to same set in same folder. You cannot restore your differential or incremental image if some files are missing. Part Five Restore a system backup 1. You can restore a full backup or if you want to any of your subsequent differential or incremental images: Restoring a full backup does restore only the full backup, not differential or incremental images created after it Restoring a differential backup will restore the last full backup and changes saved in selected differential backup only these two files needed regardless how many differential and incremental backups have been made between full backup and selected differential backup Restoring an incremental backup will restore set of backups full, differential, incremental up to selected incremental backup 2.
An old school geek as I am, I get bad feeling when replacing system files on a running system, therefore always using restore from WinPE, booting to Macrium Rescue environment instead of Windows 3.
Select Restore tab and either browse to the image you want to restore, or select one from right pane. In this example I will now restore the XX image yellow highlight which is an incremental backup. It will also restore my full backup XX green and changes saved in differential backup XX blue: Start restore: Click Next and Finish in following prompts 6.
You will be warned that drives will be overwritten. Click Continue: Restoring is relatively fast: Click the reboot button on bottom left corner to restart your PC. It will now boot to restored Windows 10, being exactly as it was when the restored image was created: Please do not post any viBoot issues or questions in this thread, use its own tutorial thread for that. That’s it geeks! Happy computing:
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