New Macrium Reflect Updates [2]


  1. Posts : 3,977
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #351

    IMHO -

    Macrium just needs a bit more polishing (in the UI and needs real Wizards) for the end user.
    Acronis is much better in this respect - but if you can learn Macrium, it's great.

    As a matter of fact, Macrium is the only imaging program that I use now.

    Sadly, Acronis has become very bloated and slow...

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  2. Posts : 6,880
    Win 11 Home
       #352

    HumbertoH said:
    Hi, everyone! I did not use any Image Backup yet, but what I ve seen (as a novice user). It seems Macrium Reflect is too difficult, although many sites and people say it is the best.
    But, in doubt, I think I will try any easier and reliable when I pass from my Windows Home Premium 64 bits to Windows 10 (next build on march,2020).
    Sorry for my english (brazilian portuguese).
    I will call a young and good tecnitian for helping me later ( It is me who decide the Image Backup Software)
    on may or june..
    Maybe Macrium (I intend using just for 1 or 2 times keepping my W.7.
    Maybe read thru this tutorial to see how to set it up.


    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  3. Posts : 28
    W7 H.Premiium 64 bits
       #353

    Reply to everyone


    AndreTen said:
    Interesting, but I found Macrium one of the simplest backup solutions I ever used. I'm sticking with imaging.

    Both, automatic, or manual (once per week or so) are incredibly intuitive and straightforward to use. But could be only me..
    --------------------------------------------------
    Hi, Andre (and anyone else): Surfing on a lot of sites, I see: some sites are full of Macrium fans;
    other sites are full of another software; and more, another sites have plural users (some are fans of Acronis, some for Amoei, some for Terabytes, some for Paragon )
    If you see all problems from all fan macrium people here (PE zip, else an archive of 900 KB from Microsoft for constructing the key (a do not know the name, that too to help a restore image or make the computer works again),
    you will see a lot, more than 30 screens, more than 30 webpages many users with Macrium update November.
    I continue in doubt.
    An example, business.com analyzes Macrium and it says so many steps that may confuse a novice user...
    I believe on power of marketing.
    Maybe, thus, people gets on software, and not others.
    Macrium has a lot of quotation on many many sites of "discussion"

    For example, wildsecurity.com is full of Terabytes, and so on.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Cliff S said:

    Thread continued from New Macrium Reflect Updates



    Macrium Reflect v7.2.4557
    29 November 2019

    information   Information

    Bug fixes and Improvements v7.2.4557 - 29th November 2019

    Macrium Image Guardian
    While attempting to retrieve the status of a process that was closing, the MIG driver could inadvertently access an invalid address resulting in a BSoD. This has been resolved.
    Rescue Media Builder
    On Windows XP, the rescue media builder would sometimes give a "WIM file not found" pop-up when there was a valid WIM file present. This has been resolved.

    When performing an automatic restore on a system with multiple network adapters, the network adapter configuration process will be logged in more detail.

    New Rescue Media builder includes Windows RE with WiFi Support
    We've added a Rescue Media Builder (RMBuilder) application with support for Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) as well as the existing PE environments supported by Reflect 7.1 and earlier. WinRE supports WiFi and is available on most |Windows installs without any further downloads.

    New Changed Block Tracker driver with support for Windows Restart Persistence
    We've created a new Changed Block Tracker (CBT) driver that automatically upgrades the previous version when you install v7.2 with the CBT feature enabled....
    Our original implementation of real-time block changes erred on the side of caution by resetting the tracking index whenever a volume was mounted. This meant that after Windows reboot an image was required to be created on a volume without using CBT before the benefit of CBT was available.
    We've improved on this by reliably detecting whether NTFS volumes have been mounted without the CBT driver in the kernel stack. This applies to all Operating Systems that can mount NTFS volumes, including Linux. The operation of CBT has also been vastly improved by tracking changes in RAM rather than by flushing to disk. This also has a fail safe method to reset the CBT index should a power failure or other problem occur. We're confident that this implementation is class leading and robust.
    With that said, we understand that some customers prefer not to monitor changes over a mount/reboot so we've added a check-box to make CBT behave in a similar way to the current (v7.1) implementation....



    New Macrium Image Guardian driver with additional features and streamlined operation

    MIG is now Windows kernel only!. Our Macrium Image Guardian (MIG) feature has been improved to remove the dependency on a Windows service and we've added popup notifications when a blocking event occurs. The popup shows blocking activity as it happens.






    .
    The Free Edition can now automatically 'convert' to a Trial by taking any of the features not available in the Free Edition

    We realized that many of our Free Edition users are unaware that there are additional features available in the trial and paid for versions of Macrium Reflect. All 'premium' features, such as Image Guardian, Changed Bock Tracker, Incremental Images, Encryption.. etc..can now be activated and trialed for 30 days. After 30 days a further 7 day extension is offered. On expiration of the trial the functionality Macrium Reflect reverts to the Free Edition and Premium features will no-longer be available. We've tried to make this process as seamless and unobtrusive as possible without losing any of the functionality of Macrium Reflect Free.

    See: Free To Trial upgrade dialogs


    Macrium Reflect update notifications and downloads can now happen in the background
    Recent history has shown that the current method of requiring Macrium Reflect to be running to alert of updates has proved ineffective. We've now added a systray icon in Window notification area to alert when an update is available to Macrium Reflect.
    See: Reflect Updater Settings


    New Warning and Cancelled backup completion results

    We've also added the option for email notifications on Warnings as well as the existing Success and Failure results

    See: Backup completion status
    Minor Enhancements


    New - Mounting incomplete backup sets
    We've noticed that some customers have frustratingly been unable to extract files from backup sets where at least one backup file in the image chain is broken or missing. We've now added the ability to attempt to browse a backup set that contains missing files.
    When browsing an incomplete set you will be prompted to continue with the mount:

    If the image set has missing backup files then it is possible that the data you are trying to recover is lost. It depends whether the missing file(s) contain critical data for mounting the file system and also whether the data you are attempting to recover was in the missing files. In most cases you may find that you files and data are completely recoverable.
    New - Backup monitoring restriction
    Customers with PCs and Servers that have multiple users, especial Windows Terminal Server customers, have complained that non-Administrators can interact with and cancel scheduled backups. We've now add an option to restrict ReflctUI.exe and REflectMonistor.exe to only run for users in the Administrators group.
    To activate take Other Tasks' > 'Edit Defaults' > 'Advanced' > 'Advanced Backup Options' and select 'Only allow Administrators to monitor running backups'

    The default for password protection is now AES 128 Bit.
    Previously the default password option was to exclude ecryption from backup files and images. To improve security we've now made the default AES 128 bit. As before, you can increase this to 256 bit or disable AES if you wish.

    The 'Delete' functionality in Reflect is now available when 'Browse for an image file' is selected.
    Previously the 'Other Actions' > 'Delete File' menu was unavailable when 'Browse for an image file..' was selected in the 'Restore Tab'...


    This functionality is now available.

    Backup Running Mutex
    To prevent multiple backups running at the same time and conflicting with VSS and I/O operations on the source or target it's only possible to run one backup at a time. Simultaneous backups backups are 'queued' and run asynchronously. With v7.1 and earlier the Backup Running Mutex, that prevents other backups from running. was held open while the backup dialog was open, even if the backup had finished. This could lead to a 'stall' in sheduled tasks if and interactive backup wasn't closed at the end. This has now been corrected and the next backup will start as soon as the current backup has completed.
    ReflectMonitor improvements
    ReflectMonitor is a standalone exe that communicates via IPC to the running Reflect application to duplicate the backup dialog when backups, clones or restores are running. We have made the integration tighter to prevent some of the progress bars and other glitches that previuosly existed.
    Server Plus - Large Exchange Backups
    Server Plus copies backup data to a 3TB virtual NTFS file system. Some customers have experienced backup failure if the size of the backup data exceeds 3TB. We've now made the virtual file system size dynamically based of the amount of data and size of the source volume to overcome this problem. We've also improved the error messaging on backup failure to make it easier to troubleshoot problems.
    BitLocker drive without a drive letter
    On systems with unlocked BitLocker drives that aren't assigned a drive letter, a 'BitLocker Live Restore' would always perform a 'Full Copy' restore rather than a 'Rapid Delta Restore (RDR)'. This has been resolved.
    LINKS:

    Link to Windows Ten Forums Tutorial:


    ============================================================================================

    to everyone I am a novice.
    I intend to keep my W-7 when in May, 2020, I must use an releiable and indeed easy in January. But I am in doubt for which,
    Surfing on a lot of sites, I see: some sites are full of Macrium fans;
    other sites are full of another software; and more, another sites have plural users (some are fans of Acronis, some for Amoei, some for Terabytes, some for Paragon )
    If you see all problems from all fan macrium people here (PE zip, else an archive of 900 KB from Microsoft for constructing the key (a do not know the name, that too to help a restore image or make the computer works again),
    you will see a lot, more than 30 screens, more than 30 webpages many users with Macrium update November.
    I continue in doubt.
    An example, business.com analyzes Macrium and it says so many steps that may confuse a novice user...
    I believe on power of marketing. Maybe, thus, people gets on software, and not others.
    Macrium has a lot of quotation on many many sites of "discussion"

    For example, wildsecurity.com is full of Terabytes, and so on.
    But if you see all amount of problem with Macrium Upgraded (pe zip, ananormour 900 km fom microsoft), you will see that even advanced users have problems withthe last Macrium.
    .
    Until January, I hope your kind anserss

    - - - Updated - - -

    Cliff S said:

    Thread continued from New Macrium Reflect Updates




    Macrium Reflect v7.2.4557
    29 November 2019


    information   Information


    Bug fixes and Improvements v7.2.4557 - 29th November 2019

    Macrium Image Guardian
    While attempting to retrieve the status of a process that was closing, the MIG driver could inadvertently access an invalid address resulting in a BSoD. This has been resolved.


    Rescue Media Builder
    On Windows XP, the rescue media builder would sometimes give a "WIM file not found" pop-up when there was a valid WIM file present. This has been resolved.

    When performing an automatic restore on a system with multiple network adapters, the network adapter configuration process will be logged in more detail.




    New Rescue Media builder includes Windows RE with WiFi Support

    We've added a Rescue Media Builder (RMBuilder) application with support for Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) as well as the existing PE environments supported by Reflect 7.1 and earlier. WinRE supports WiFi and is available on most |Windows installs without any further downloads.









    New Changed Block Tracker driver with support for Windows Restart Persistence

    We've created a new Changed Block Tracker (CBT) driver that automatically upgrades the previous version when you install v7.2 with the CBT feature enabled....


    Our original implementation of real-time block changes erred on the side of caution by resetting the tracking index whenever a volume was mounted. This meant that after Windows reboot an image was required to be created on a volume without using CBT before the benefit of CBT was available.
    We've improved on this by reliably detecting whether NTFS volumes have been mounted without the CBT driver in the kernel stack. This applies to all Operating Systems that can mount NTFS volumes, including Linux. The operation of CBT has also been vastly improved by tracking changes in RAM rather than by flushing to disk. This also has a fail safe method to reset the CBT index should a power failure or other problem occur. We're confident that this implementation is class leading and robust.
    With that said, we understand that some customers prefer not to monitor changes over a mount/reboot so we've added a check-box to make CBT behave in a similar way to the current (v7.1) implementation....








    New Macrium Image Guardian driver with additional features and streamlined operation

    MIG is now Windows kernel only!. Our Macrium Image Guardian (MIG) feature has been improved to remove the dependency on a Windows service and we've added popup notifications when a blocking event occurs. The popup shows blocking activity as it happens.






    .
    The Free Edition can now automatically 'convert' to a Trial by taking any of the features not available in the Free Edition

    We realized that many of our Free Edition users are unaware that there are additional features available in the trial and paid for versions of Macrium Reflect. All 'premium' features, such as Image Guardian, Changed Bock Tracker, Incremental Images, Encryption.. etc..can now be activated and trialed for 30 days. After 30 days a further 7 day extension is offered. On expiration of the trial the functionality Macrium Reflect reverts to the Free Edition and Premium features will no-longer be available. We've tried to make this process as seamless and unobtrusive as possible without losing any of the functionality of Macrium Reflect Free.

    See: Free To Trial upgrade dialogs


    Macrium Reflect update notifications and downloads can now happen in the background
    Recent history has shown that the current method of requiring Macrium Reflect to be running to alert of updates has proved ineffective. We've now added a systray icon in Window notification area to alert when an update is available to Macrium Reflect.
    See: Reflect Updater Settings


    New Warning and Cancelled backup completion results

    We've also added the option for email notifications on Warnings as well as the existing Success and Failure results

    See: Backup completion status
    Minor Enhancements


    New - Mounting incomplete backup sets



    We've noticed that some customers have frustratingly been unable to extract files from backup sets where at least one backup file in the image chain is broken or missing. We've now added the ability to attempt to browse a backup set that contains missing files.
    When browsing an incomplete set you will be prompted to continue with the mount:

    If the image set has missing backup files then it is possible that the data you are trying to recover is lost. It depends whether the missing file(s) contain critical data for mounting the file system and also whether the data you are attempting to recover was in the missing files. In most cases you may find that you files and data are completely recoverable.





    New - Backup monitoring restriction



    Customers with PCs and Servers that have multiple users, especial Windows Terminal Server customers, have complained that non-Administrators can interact with and cancel scheduled backups. We've now add an option to restrict ReflctUI.exe and REflectMonistor.exe to only run for users in the Administrators group.
    To activate take Other Tasks' > 'Edit Defaults' > 'Advanced' > 'Advanced Backup Options' and select 'Only allow Administrators to monitor running backups'







    The default for password protection is now AES 128 Bit.



    Previously the default password option was to exclude ecryption from backup files and images. To improve security we've now made the default AES 128 bit. As before, you can increase this to 256 bit or disable AES if you wish.





    The 'Delete' functionality in Reflect is now available when 'Browse for an image file' is selected.



    Previously the 'Other Actions' > 'Delete File' menu was unavailable when 'Browse for an image file..' was selected in the 'Restore Tab'...


    This functionality is now available.


    Backup Running Mutex

    To prevent multiple backups running at the same time and conflicting with VSS and I/O operations on the source or target it's only possible to run one backup at a time. Simultaneous backups backups are 'queued' and run asynchronously. With v7.1 and earlier the Backup Running Mutex, that prevents other backups from running. was held open while the backup dialog was open, even if the backup had finished. This could lead to a 'stall' in sheduled tasks if and interactive backup wasn't closed at the end. This has now been corrected and the next backup will start as soon as the current backup has completed.


    ReflectMonitor improvements

    ReflectMonitor is a standalone exe that communicates via IPC to the running Reflect application to duplicate the backup dialog when backups, clones or restores are running. We have made the integration tighter to prevent some of the progress bars and other glitches that previuosly existed.


    Server Plus - Large Exchange Backups

    Server Plus copies backup data to a 3TB virtual NTFS file system. Some customers have experienced backup failure if the size of the backup data exceeds 3TB. We've now made the virtual file system size dynamically based of the amount of data and size of the source volume to overcome this problem. We've also improved the error messaging on backup failure to make it easier to troubleshoot problems.


    BitLocker drive without a drive letter

    On systems with unlocked BitLocker drives that aren't assigned a drive letter, a 'BitLocker Live Restore' would always perform a 'Full Copy' restore rather than a 'Rapid Delta Restore (RDR)'. This has been resolved.



    LINKS:

    Link to Windows Ten Forums Tutorial:



    ===========================================================================================

    to everyone I am a novice.
    I intend to keep my W-7 when in May, 2020, I must use an releiable and indeed easy in January. But I am in doubt for which,
    Surfing on a lot of sites, I see: some sites are full of Macrium fans;
    other sites are full of another software; and more, another sites have plural users (some are fans of Acronis, some for Amoei, some for Terabytes, some for Paragon )
    If you see all problems from all fan macrium people here (PE zip, else an archive of 900 KB from Microsoft for constructing the key (a do not know the name, that too to help a restore image or make the computer works again),
    you will see a lot, more than 30 screens, more than 30 webpages many users with Macrium update November.
    I continue in doubt.
    An example, business.com analyzes Macrium and it says so many steps that may confuse a novice user...
    I believe on power of marketing. Maybe, thus, people gets on software, and not others.
    Macrium has a lot of quotation on many many sites of "discussion"
    For example, wildsecurity.com is full of Terabytes, and so on.
    But if you see all amount of problem with Macrium Upgraded (pe zip, ananormour 900 km fom microsoft), you will see that even advanced users have problems withthe last Macrium.
    .

    Until January, I hope your kind answers

    - - - Updated - - -

    Compumind said:
    IMHO -

    Macrium just needs a bit more polishing (in the UI and needs real Wizards) for the end user.
    Acronis is much better in this respect - but if you can learn Macrium, it's great.

    As a matter of fact, Macrium is the only imaging program that I use now.

    Sadly, Acronis has become very bloated and slow...

    Compumind, Is there your sugestion no Macrium (for a novice user).
    Acronis someone told 3 years ago, but he also sugested CDBurnerXP . Free is reliable?
    Cause Macrium has a free home (just intend to make an image backup when I will pass from my W7 to W10 (I love W7)

    - - - Updated - - -

    Compumind said:
    IMHO -

    Macrium just needs a bit more polishing (in the UI and needs real Wizards) for the end user.
    Acronis is much better in this respect - but if you can learn Macrium, it's great.

    As a matter of fact, Macrium is the only imaging program that I use now.

    Sadly, Acronis has become very bloated and slow...

    Compumind said:
    IMHO -

    Macrium just needs a bit more polishing (in the UI and needs real Wizards) for the end user.
    Acronis is much better in this respect - but if you can learn Macrium, it's great.

    As a matter of fact, Macrium is the only imaging program that I use now.

    Sadly, Acronis has become very bloated and slow...

    Compumind,
    Is there your sugestion no Macrium (for a novice user).
    Acronis someone told 3 years ago, but he also sugested CDBurnerXP . Free is reliable?
    Cause Macrium has a free home (just intend to make an image backup when I will pass from my W7 to W10 (I love W7)

    - - - Updated - - -

    Compumind said:
    IMHO -

    Macrium just needs a bit more polishing (in the UI and needs real Wizards) for the end user.
    Acronis is much better in this respect - but if you can learn Macrium, it's great.

    As a matter of fact, Macrium is the only imaging program that I use now.

    Sadly, Acronis has become very bloated and slow...

    Compumind
    Is there your sugestion no Macrium (for a novice user).
    Acronis someone told 3 years ago, but he also sugested CDBurnerXP is reliable?
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 3,977
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #354

    @HumbertoH -

    Go with Macrium and learn it - it's not that difficult and they have a Free version with a limited feature set for you to try.
    You can always buy the Home version (use the 30 day no-cost trial first.)

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    Macrium Software | Home Edition

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  5. Posts : 7,088
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #355

    Compumind said:
    IMHO -

    Macrium just needs a bit more polishing (in the UI and needs real Wizards) for the end user.
    Acronis is much better in this respect - but if you can learn Macrium, it's great.

    As a matter of fact, Macrium is the only imaging program that I use now.

    Sadly, Acronis has become very bloated and slow...

    Macrium every time. I last used Acronis backup software a few years ago. I found the software engineering poor since the product left low level disk filters in place after uninstallation which were very hard to remove and their product support was poor. I have no inclination to try their products again.
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  6. Posts : 1,903
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #356

    " I last used Acronis backup software a few years ago. I found the software engineering poor since the product left low level disk filters in place after uninstallation which were very hard to remove and their product support was poor. I have no inclination to try their products again. "...........totally agree , though sad to say , Acronis is not what it used to be a few years ago !
    I used to make Acronis-backups also , together with Macrium , these days Im skipping Acronis more and more .
    Replaced it with Macrium ( my number one !) and Aomei. It can be very hard to remove Acronis completely also , will never install anything of Acronis anymore..........
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  7. Posts : 26,981
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #357

    @HumbertoH

    I can fully understand, what could confuse a novice user - too many, detailed instructions..
    For basic use, you don't need any of that.

    Start Macrium, select partition you want to backup, and also where you want to backup. Start backup. leave everything at default.

    Your first backup is done.

    After this - come back and ask for details
    - should I verify my backup
    - should I make my backups automatic or manual
    - shoul I ...
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 46,579
    Windows 10 Home 64bit 21H1 and insider builds
       #358

    AndreTen said:
    @HumbertoH

    I can fully understand, what could confuse a novice user - too many, detailed instructions..
    For basic use, you don't need any of that.

    Start Macrium, select partition you want to backup, and also where you want to backup. Start backup. leave everything at default.

    Your first backup is done.

    After this - come back and ask for details
    - show I verify my backup
    - should I make my backups automatic or manual
    - shoul I ...
    It's even simpler than that. Just press the button that says "Create an image of the partitions needed to backup and restore Windows"
    New Macrium Reflect Updates [2]-image-001.png
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 3,219
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #359

    I find it to be pretty straight forward and performing quite well, much better than any other backup I have tried.
      My Computers


  10. Posts : 271
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2 (19044.1706)
       #360

    I started using Macrium a year ago. I read Kari's excellent tutorial and added it to the boot drive and USB, created my first image and restored it in about 30 minutes. After that it keeps getting easier. Just follow the tutorial and you'll be fine.
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