Macrium Reflect

February 18, 2009 in 5 out of 5 stars, A piece of software

What is it?

macrium reflect

Macrium Reflect: Disk imaging software. Sound complicated? It's not - put simply, you use it to take a “snapshot” of your hard drive, then if your drive ever fails, you can quickly restore that snapshot.

Who makes it?

Paramount Software UK Ltd

Why is it the killerest?

Because using this software, you can backup a complete "image" of your hard drive, and restore it if you should ever suffer a hard drive failure, or just a catastrophic data loss or other meltdown.

And you don't need to be a computer genius to use it.

You create a disk image, back it up to an external hard drive or other medium. Macrium also helps you create a “boot CD.” In the event of failure, you use the boot CD on the failed machine, point it toward the image you made, and a few minutes later you are back up and running. It’s really that simple.

Example: I have a colleague who kicked over his new computer tower, blew out the hard drive. I had helped him make an image of his hard drive about a week earlier. He bought a new drive, restored the image, 15 minutes later he was back up and running.

How much does it cost?

Free version does everything I need, power users and corporate users can pay a measly $40 for the full version. Crazy value for the money.


Reviewed by Carson McComas

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Great program, but 2 issues for me: 1) it's windows only and 2) it saves the file locally. I prefer to store in the cloud, though I'm not sure it makes sense for a disk image.

Posted by: Andrew Warner | Feb 18, 2009 1:33:32 PM

Yeah it's not practical to store disk images in the cloud. A very lightweight disk image would be 5GB and most would be 10-50 times that, you'd quickly wipe out any time savings downloading and uploading that to do backups and restores. You could certainly still put it in the cloud though if you wished using something like Jungle Disk.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Feb 18, 2009 2:23:15 PM

Mac app to do this is 'SuperDuper!'

Works very nicely.

Posted by: Jon T | Feb 18, 2009 2:47:01 PM

Thanks Jon!

Posted by: Carson McComas | Feb 18, 2009 2:50:53 PM

Thanks for the resource. I love trying out new stuff like this.

Posted by: Michael | Feb 23, 2009 5:19:10 PM


brilliant, thank you for pointing out this software!

Disk imaging software can save you a great deal of time, not to mention frustration ...

All the best,

Posted by: Praktic | Feb 28, 2009 3:06:31 PM

Wow, this service for free or even $40.00 sounds like an incredible deal! Of course the cloud comments caught my attention as we would prefer you to have your entire desktop or webtop as we call it within a cloud! No more worries about falling towers!

Posted by: GoEverywhere Team | Mar 9, 2009 5:06:15 PM

You cloud folks really have me scratching my head. Are you really suggesting storing ones live OS disk in the cloud? I can see *possibly* storing backups in the cloud, but working from the cloud is just ridiculous.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Mar 9, 2009 5:18:50 PM

Great post! Wish I would have known about this one a little while ago. lol. Live and learn right? Happy Business!

Posted by: Randy | Apr 23, 2009 3:36:58 PM

Fantastic video! Why is it so hard for us to realize that success and failure are sides of the same coin?!

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