If you want to clone or make images (incremental or differential) of your HD -- or simply make copies of folders -- I highly recommend Macrium Reflect. I liked the freeware version so much, I purchased the program with additional features. The support from Macrium is the very best. If you have any questions they will respond PDQ. If you don't make frequent clones of our primary HD, you should. The user interface could be updated and simplified, but once you get over the small learning curve, you will appreciate all of the information Macrium provides the user.
While some say AcronisTrueImage appears to have much praise on the planet for a backup program, it does have it's detractors -- I AM ONE.
I had used Acronis 10 Home for some time, but got errors during backup and restores because the scheduler and other parts clogged up my PC, causing it to hang, or wreck the image file I was trying to make or restore.
Macrium does not have these faults and works THE FASTEST I have seen in comparison to Acronis WD or Seagate products.
Macrium Reflect Image size is slightly bigger.
Macrium Reflect has Image File verify
The only real difference, besides the price of course, between Macrium and Acronis is that Acronis has a startup recovery manager (Macrium can make a Recovery Disk and is so a it's Revery Manager). I found that the Macrium recovery disk provided a more than adequate environment to perform the task required and was actually much better than Acronis's startup recovery manager.
Like some of the other folks who frequent Snapfiles, I also have used Acronis (10 & 11) for a long time. I started looking for something new since Acronis 1011 do not support Win 8, and the newer versions I wasn't comfortable with in that regard. After reading some of the reviews for this software, I decided to give it a try. The first test occurred tonight when someone's computer I installed it on couldn't get past WINDOWS STARTUP REPAIR. I loaded up the Macrium WinPE recovery disk,and rescued the computer with a recent backup. The only real difference, besides the price of course, between Macrium and Acronis is that Acronis has a startup recovery manager while Macrium does not. I found that the Macrium recovery disk provided a more than adequate environment to perform the task required and was actually much better than Acronis's startup recovery manager.
I have been using the program for 2 years now and it never failed on me It keep getting better too. Now cloning drive partitions is very easy. It seems to handle windows Vista7/8 disk ids by itself. There may be some problems with the linux based bootable cd sometime but they are getting ironed out by now. I think it is quite up to the level of Acronis. Very good, professional grade and free !
This does a great job. I was able to create a clone of my old ailing hard disk so I am ready to continue when it finally dies saving me a few days of pain installing the O/S and about a hundred program folders.
Can not complain too much because it is free and although the instructions are good, they don't cover all (common) situations so had to fly blind some of the time.
With other FREE drive imaging software available, free is irrelevant to 'value'. You either stack up or you don't. This is junk.
Any IT professional requires disk images to be created outside the OS -- from a boot disk -- to ensure maximum integrity of the image, and to not pollute the OS with installing disk imaging software when there is ZERO rationale for ~installing~ it.
The Macrium Reflect Free Edition book disk only allows you to RESTORE an image, not CREATE one. That is lame and makes the product worthless to anyone who is not clueless. Of course, the paid version HAS a boot disk that will ~create~ images. This free version is bait to hook a knowledgeable user into buying pay version. No thanks.
It's great when a product does what it says and does it well. There is no excuse now not to have a backup image of your system. Save your image to pretty much wherever you want and the program even has a way to make a bootable disk to assist in the recovery. Free,easy and reliable. I love it!
It's not a 100% like Acronis True Image (the very best), but it does a great job and it's Freeware !
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