Which is faster? Macrium or Acronis?

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  1. Powerman's Avatar
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    Which is faster? Macrium or Acronis?


    Hello,

    I use Macrium Reflect Home and like it very much but I am unfamiliar with Acronis.
    Which one is faster? Need an opinion.

    Cheers?
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  2. Porthos's Avatar
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    Can't tell you which one is faster but I can tell you which one has a FREE version.
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    I can tell you Acronis is poorly engineered and has poor tech support.
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  4. cereberus's Avatar
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    Powerman said:
    Hello,

    I use Macrium Reflect Home and like it very much but I am unfamiliar with Acronis.
    Which one is faster? Need an opinion.

    Cheers?
    For a full backup or restore, there is little to choose. However the paid version of Macroum has a function called Rapid Delta Restore which make restoration over existing installs very quick.

    Macrium's support in terms of bug fixing is 100x better than Acronis.
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  5. Powerman's Avatar
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    cereberus said:
    However the paid version of Macroum has a function called Rapid Delta Restore which make restoration over existing installs very quick.
    Thanks mate but I don't fully understand the Rapid Delta Restore. Is it like System Restore?
    Could you please explain a bit for me?

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  6. cereberus's Avatar
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    Powerman said:
    Thanks mate but I don't fully understand the Rapid Delta Restore. Is it like System Restore?
    Could you please explain a bit for me?

    Cheers.
    RDR compares what is in backup with what is stored on pc, and only restores the changes rather than restoring everything.

    This makes it much faster (depending on how much has changed of course).

    It is like an incremental backup in reverse.
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  7. Powerman's Avatar
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    cereberus said:
    RDR compares what is in backup with what is stored on pc, and only restores the changes rather than restoring everything.

    This makes it much faster (depending on how much has changed of course).
    Brilliant. Does it do it bit by bit, like the whole drive or partition?
    Or Is it better to restore the whole image?

    Thanks.
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  8. cereberus's Avatar
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    Powerman said:
    I see. Does it do it bit by bit, like the whole drive or partition?
    Thanks.
    It is checking files afaik. Really does not matter how.

    E.g. I take an incremental backup if I install something like aanew driver that I want to try.

    I install the driver, try it, and if not happy, I restore the incremental image and it only takes a minute or two instead of a full restore which takes around 15mins on my pc.

    This is a bit like doing a system restore assuming you created a restore point when installing driver but it is much more reliable.

    I never use system restore anymore. I do store data on a different partition as an image restore will delete data on backed up partitions if newer than the backup.
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  9. Powerman's Avatar
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    Yes, that makes sense. Thanks again.
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  10. storageman's Avatar
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    I had both installed on my system a number of years ago. I actually performed a couple of bench marks between Acronis 2015 and Macrium Reflect 6 (Which didn't have RDR). It was performed on a 3rd Gen I5 system with USB 3.0 External units and Windows 7. On full backups, it was a dead heat. Both took the same amount of time (Note this included Verification). On Full Restores, Macrium was about 15% faster than Acronis (Note when I built a WinPE disk w/Acronis) the restore times were pretty equal. But Acronis never offered a WinPE environment only a Linux for restore functions.

    When I first upgraded to Acronis 2015, after I tried my first test to restore my system, Acronis couldn't find any USB 3.0 drives. Their Linux kernel didn't have 3.0 support. Took them a few months to get that corrected. When I discovered this problem, I began looking for a replacement. I tested Aomei, Easus and Macrium vs Acronis. Macrium won hands down. Been a Registerd user since then.
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