Windows 10: Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?

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  1.    13 Dec 2017 #1

    Macrium Reflect backups external or internal drive?


    I been using Macrium Reflect Free for a few weeks now and it already saved me from reinstalling Windows three times already. I want to know for backup images is it better to get a dedicated external drive for image backups or just to use an internal drive like I am using now. I have a SSD my C drive so my D drive has all my portable apps, photo's videos etc so I have been putting the backup images on there.
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  2.    13 Dec 2017 #2

    It is best to backup to an external drive. MR has saved me about 40 + times over the last 3 years. I bought it, best investment I ever made. It is a great product. When I bought it the free version was not as good as it is today , so you are good with that.
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  3.    13 Dec 2017 #3

    External hard drive definitely, if the internal drive fails & you’re also using it for backup you’ll lose the backups.
    MR has image guardian so I keep mine permanently connected.
    I’ve lost count on how many times MR has helped me out.
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       13 Dec 2017 #4

    If a back up drive is hooked to your computer and your computer has a bad time you could loose your backup also.
    It could be a Windows 10, hardware, or ransomware problem or what ever.

    My method is simple. After making a backup, remove your Backup/Clone drive and put in a safe place.


    Jack
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  5.    13 Dec 2017 #5

    Layback Bear said: View Post
    If a back up drive is hooked to your computer and your computer has a bad time you could loose your backup also.
    It could be a Windows 10, hardware, or ransomware problem or what ever.

    My method is simple. After making a backup, remove your Backup/Clone drive and put in a safe place.


    Jack
    I just turn mine off.
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  6.    13 Dec 2017 #6

    Layback Bear said: View Post
    If a back up drive is hooked to your computer and your computer has a bad time you could loose your backup also.
    It could be a Windows 10, hardware, or ransomware problem or what ever.

    My method is simple. After making a backup, remove your Backup/Clone drive and put in a safe place.


    Jack
    I used to unplug the drive with the free version but since I won a free key I no longer do that due to image guardian which is supposed to prevent problems with ransomeware attacking the drive.
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  7.    13 Dec 2017 #7

    Thanks. The only thing I am concerned about is if my computer will see the external drive when running the recovery method. It works fine using the USB recovery stick.
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  8. Layback Bear's Avatar
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       13 Dec 2017 #8

    Thanks Virginia.

    I didn't know that because I use the free version.

    *image guardian*

    Jack
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  9.    13 Dec 2017 #9

    reddice said: View Post
    Thanks. The only thing I am concerned about is if my computer will see the external drive when running the recovery method. It works fine using the USB recovery stick.
    I see no reason why it won't. An external 1TB hard Drive in a case with an on/off switch would be great. That way you can keep many backups , comes in handy if you are in The Insider Program. I use a Rockwell External HD Case and about every 6 months I clone it to another Hard Drive.
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  10. Layback Bear's Avatar
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       13 Dec 2017 #10

    Another easy way is Hot Swap bays.
    I use it all the time.
    Just pop the ssd/hard drive in. Make your Backup/Clone and pop it out.
    Done.

    Jack
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