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Setting Up Macrium Reflect Free (Webinar #2)

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Edited from an Ask Leo! Live Webinar (full video available below).


For the curious, since we ended before the backup had completed:

Backup Completion & Duration
Backup Completion & Duration


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8 comments on “Setting Up Macrium Reflect Free (Webinar #2)”

  1. The best backup software in my opinion is AOMEI Backupper Standard free edition because it is easy
    to use and does as good a job as Macrium Reflect Free. AOMEI is the ideal program for new people at backing up.

    • AOEMI Backupper is great. We reviewed AOMEI when we were looking for an alternative to Macrium reflect, specifically a free program which allowed incremental backup. EaseUS squeaked by in a photo finish. Their software was of the same quality the decision was mainly based on the fact that the EaseUS website had better English and therefore was a bit easier to understand and we had a bit of trouble with the name, Backupper. Otherwise, it’s a great choice.

  2. After setting up the scheduled backup, do I have to remember to leave the Macrium Reflect program running in order for the backup to start at 4 am?

  3. Macrium seems like a great option, but my impression is that the free versions of both Aomei and Ease Todo offer so much more (file and folder backups and scheduling, and incremental image backups) neither of which is enabled in Macrium Free…or have I missed something?

  4. I don’t understand the purpose of the Macrium xml file. Will a Macrium daily incremental image backup behave differently when this file is deleted?

    EaseUS on the other hand doesn’t use an xml file and performs well without one. I’m trying to wrap my head around what the xml file does.

  5. Leo,
    Please, please, please have more copies of your second edition of, “Saved! – Backing Up with Macrium Reflect: Prepare for the worst” printed. The demand (I really want to buy this book) is tremendous, but the supply is non-existent.


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