I use Macrium Reflect Pro for my backups. When I run a backup, it recommends
that I use a default name to identify the backup. Question: if I choose to use
a different identifier, like my computer name, and then change my computer’s
name down the road, will Reflect recognize the backup with the old computer
In this excerpt from
Answercast #75, I look at the file names that Macrium Reflect creates when
making a backup and the safety in changing it to something more user
Changing backup file names
There’s no problem. Name it whatever you like.
Quite literally, the “file name” that Macrium is asking you for is nothing more than a file name. It actually has nothing to do with the name of your computer or anything else.
I know that the default name it assigns is actually fairly obscure and kind of bizarre looking. I get that!
I also understand some why they choose what they choose. It’s because it’s guaranteed to be unique no matter what they do.
Change the name to something useful
If you want to change it to something more readable, more useful, change it to whatever you like. Something based on the name of your computer is fine.
I do the same thing.
If you change the name of your computer later, that’s okay. It won’t be a problem. If you want to install or restore that backup to a different hard disk, on a different computer with a different name, that’s fine.
The name of the backup won’t cause a problem; it’s nothing more than the name of the files that Macrium will write when it creates your backup.
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