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Saved! Backing Up With Macrium Reflect
It was like having you stand behind me while I ran the program for the first time. –Mr. McNabb
Hello Leo: I wanted first to thank you for your very helpful book on Macrium Reflect. It was like having you stand behind me while I ran the program for the first time.
Thanks for the PDF books Leo as well as for your site. Great stuff for this computer newbie. – Craig, Canada
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Leo, I just want to say that I think your Books and Newsletters are a True Goldmine of essential information. I think it should be a required class in hight school – and again in college. – Jeff
Thank you for continuously ringing the bell for backing up our computers. So important to do but so easy to ignore. – Gary
Many thanks for the excellent instructions for Macrium Reflect. Your video is very clearly spoken and I like the transcript for backup just in case there is a word or phrase that I can not understand. Didn’t really need the transcript but it was nice to have. And the video editing that eliminated waiting for the computer to complete a task was a nice touch. You were clear and concise. Thanks again. Robert
This isn’t a question, it’s a thank-you.
My HP Omni 100 running Windows 10 (upgraded from 7) was working fine until yesterday (Sunday), when I noticed the little Notification icon in the Taskbar was white. Clicking on it, I was informed that I have (or had) a hard drive problem of some sort (I don’t recall the actual wording) and to restart my machine. I did so, and was then presented with a Choose Your Keyboard page – and my keyboard and mouse, both connected via USB, were unresponsive, and I do not have a touch screen to select a keyboard! I rebooted a couple of times with the same effect. Googling the problem just led to advice to create a bootable USB after downloading the ISO and then burning it, yada yada… except that I can’t use my keyboard and my machine won’t boot until I can. (I’m guessing a corrupted driver, maybe.)
Then I remembered: I do a daily backup with Macrium Reflect. I popped in the recovery CD, let it do its thing, and restored back to Friday, when I knew the computer was working. And voilà, I’m back up and running. (Of course, I’m going to do a chkdsk when I get back home and on my machine.)
So thanks, Leo, for pushing your readers to backup, backup, backup. And thanks for recommending Macrium, it did exactly what it was supposed to.
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I just scanned through my copy of Backing Up 101, I still feel the same way about the book as I did when I read it for the first time.
It is a well written and easy to understand description of the basics of backing up. When I finished the book I had a much better understanding of the backing up process and I realized that I could do a much more
efficient job than the way I was doing it.
You did a great job of making the most important point ………….. Backing Up can and should be done by everyone.
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You remind me of an old computer half hour tv show in the late 90’s called the ” The Disk Doctors”. Two guys who would answer call in CP questions and gave the answer so clearly.
No question here, just wanted to thank you for your articles about backing up. Thanks to you, I have the first real backup in years. I am using Macrium reflect (free) and its working well. After creating an initial image, the daily backups take from 5-20 minutes and run without bogging down the system. When they start taking longer than that, I run out of space anyway and create a new image. I just manually manage the images and backups, its not a big chore. In fact, I sometimes find myself backing up more than once a day. I can always go back and delete the day’s earlier backup.
The thing I am lacking is off site backups. I guess I need to buy some more removable hard drives.
I have also used Reflect to image computers before upgrading them to a bigger hard drive or to an SSD. The restore has worked, the system boots, and then I can adjust the partition sizes as need with disk manager.
I would consider buying Reflect to get incremental backups, but the $70 price tag is a little steep for me.