I do my images on to a second HDD installed in the machine. That works faster than using a USB external drive.
But reading this thread, I am impressed with the number of people who have given high marks to Macrium Reflect. So much so that I decided to install the free version this evening. And I think I can have more confidence in an outside company that has dedicated itself to backup services (unlike Microsoft).
Having said all that, I do have one (stupid) question. After installing Macrium Reflect, I was prompted to create bootable media. So I inserted a blank CD. But then I got prompted to do it a second time. Once again, I inserted a blank CD. Now I've got two CDs, one CD in which it appears Macrium was referring to as Rescue Media (which will not boot during my quick test). Then I've got a second CD called Start-Up Media that 'does' boot during my test.
Anyone have an idea why the Macrium software prompted me to insert a CD twice and why this scenario occurred that I have described? I guess it doesn't really matter since I've established one of them does work. But I was curious about this and whether or not I am/was missing something? Thanks.
BTW-looking at the Start-up media on my CD, it does appear very intuitive/easy to use. Tomorrow night I am going to create a new system image of my WIn10 configuration.
Don't know about it asking for 2 CDs. I've done a DVD and it only asks for 1 DVD once.
Yes, you can. Using backup from Windows built in, you just search for .vhdx file in the backup folder, open disk management and mount it then you can selectively restore file(s). However, I would strongly recommend to use either Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI BackupperAn advantage to Macrium Reflect over the Windows built-in image is that you can mount the Macrium Reflect image and retrieve individual files from it. Can you do that with the image that WIndows makes? (I don't know, have never tried it.)
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I am just curious, does anyone know how the backup works in Win10? In other words, does it default to a differential backup of the system image....or a differential backup of the files/folders? I am a bit confused on this issue. I understand the free version of Macrium Reflect only makes system images and differentials of those system images (no backups of files/folders nor differentials of those files/folders). Am I correct on this? I am just trying to get an understanding of how Macrium Free differs from the built in version inside Win10. No doubt, the paid version of Macrium Reflect is best, but I want to experiment with the free options first.
I did run into a problem today. My Western Digital My Book Essential external hard drive (1TB) is not being recognized in Windows 10. And when I called WD about it today, the person I spoke to didn't have any answers about when/if it will be supported. So I had to resort to using a smaller Seagate 500GB SSD. Now, this drive is nicer because it's SSD. However, it's also only half the size as my WD. So this brings up a second question. Does anyone know if older versions of WD external drives (like mine) will be supported anytime soon in Win10?
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@NavyLCDRThank you! Didn't know what kind of image file Windows backup created 'cause I never used it :-) Macrium Reflect also has an option to convert it's image files to VHD
I made a mistake, actually the file extension is .VHDX not .VHD.
Here's the screen shot of what Windows Built in backup containing multiple files which is bad. If any of these files are corrupted/missing then it will fail to restore while Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper produces only a single file which you can just double click and mount. With Windows built in, you have to open Disk management->Attach the .vhdx, assign a letter then you can explore it. In addition, there's no way to verify whether the backup is any good.
NOTE: The 3 .VHDX files are: Recovery, EFI System and C Drive.
As mentioned above, Macrium also has an option to convert its .mrimg file into a VHD file. Which you can use to create a virtual machine using VmPlayer.
Macrium also can be used as a mini partition manager using drag and drop.