Macrium Reflect vs Acronis

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  1. Posts : 33
    Windows 7
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    Macrium Reflect vs Acronis


    I have been using Acronis for many years but lately have not been sure of its reliability. I recently tried Macrium but I noticed a difference. With Acronis when I have restored the Windows OS I have "sanitized" the SSD that had the corrupted OS on it. Then Acronis would automatically format and partition the drive prior to doing the restore.

    When I tried to do a restore with Macrium it hung up with no error message. I suspected that it could not restore to an unallocated drive so I used diskpart to do just that which is more time consuming.

    Am I correct? Does Macrium require the use of diskpart or some third party method of creating an active, simple, system partition?

    I would like to hear other's thoughts.


    I have experimented with a number of backup software brands and have yet to find one that is simple and reliable.
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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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    f14tomcat said:
    If you have done something to the partitions, like deleted them and all is unallocated, Macrium will not be able to restore it's backed-up partitions. It's looking at blank dead space.
    Sorry but this is not true. If you delete them and try to restore the partition, it will restore to the exact same spot on the destination disk and overide what ever on the destination disk. Assuming I just want to restore par 1 and 3 then I would unckeck 2, 4 as shown.

    Macrium Reflect vs Acronis-p2.jpg
    f14tomcat said:
    If you used diskaprt to just create one big unallocated partition, Macrium will not be able to automatically restore because it cannot find the original partitions. You will need to drag and drop each Macrium backed up partition down to the unallocated, one-by-one, left-to right.
    Again, this is also not true. Asumming that the disk is gone bad and you replace with a new, unallocated disk then you should be able to do so. That is the whole purpose of having backup/restore.


    @OP
    I have been using Acronis for many years but lately have not been sure of its reliability. I recently tried Macrium but I noticed a difference. With Acronis when I have restored the Windows OS I have "sanitized" the SSD that had the corrupted OS on it. Then Acronis would automatically format and partition the drive prior to doing the restore.
    You don't need to do anything on the destination disk

    When I tried to do a restore with Macrium it hung up with no error message. I suspected that it could not restore to an unallocated drive so I used diskpart to do just that which is more time consuming.
    If you get no error message. May be Macrium is performing file verification before restoring which you can set the option not to verify.

    Am I correct? Does Macrium require the use of diskpart or some third party method of creating an active, simple, system partition?
    I would like to hear other's thoughts.
    No, it's not correct

    I have experimented with a number of backup software brands and have yet to find one that is simple and reliable.

    Ihave used backup software since Windows 95 when it was booted from a floppy disk then on to Ghost, Acronis, Backupper etc...

    So far I found Macrium is the most reliable and easy to use. In addition, Macrium can also be use as a simple partition manager such as swapping partitions, resizing partition. The only time you need to use drag/drop (ie. copy from source to destination) is when you want to restore the partition(s) to different locations on the destination disk. Within Macrium, you can clean out the destination disk by high lighting the disk and click on "delete existing partition" as shown below:

    Macrium Reflect vs Acronis-p1.jpg

    NOTE: If you click on Cancel then nothing change

    Last edited by topgundcp; 10 Feb 2020 at 20:36.
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  3. pparks1's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    You can absolutely restore to a 100% clean hard drive with absolutely nothing on it with either Acronis or Macrium. I do it all the time.
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  4. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    My thoughts are that Acronis software is poorly engineered and supported. Use Macrium Reflect in preference.
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  5. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi folks

    also Acronis has a diabolical "activation procedure" (or it used to when I used it pre-macrium days) and I think there's always a nag feature for upselling to a more expensive "full featured" thing.

    I know companies wanrt to make money but I really LOATHE the Upselling thing.

    Cheers
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  6. pietcorus2's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    A few years ago Acronis used to be very good and reliable ......these days are gone (latest versions are bloated and buggy !)
    Not using it anymore , reliability is number one for me , using Macrium , Aomei and Easeus Todo ..............
    The Try&Decide-function in Acronis ( which could be very usefull ! ) is replaced by Shadow Defender , works awsome on latest 10 !
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  7. fireberd's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro, 20H2
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    I used to use Acronis True Image. It failed me twice and it didn't get a third chance. Even the Linux recovery disc wouldn't work in one PC I had. As noted later versions became bloatware with apps other than the backup/recovery.

    I've used Macrium Reflect since dumping Acronis and it has worked well for me. Macrium is the only software that I was able to successfully do a clone with.
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  8. Posts : 33
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I really appreciate everyone's help and thoughts on the subject and it appears many of us have had the same experience with changes in Acronis.

    The verification box had been unchecked when Macrium became hung up.

    I have an earlier post with a problem recovering from foolishly experimenting with creating a RAID. I have not yet received any responses:Problem With Restore of Dynamic Disk Data, Not the Boot Drive

    If someone has any experience with this I would appreciate your help.
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  9. pparks1's Avatar
    Posts : 1,699
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    I started with Acronis and bought a copy back in the Windows 7 days. Liked it enough, but when the new UEFI Bios's and such were coming out, I had to upgrade Acronis to get it to work. Found Paragon Backup and Restore did the same thing, but at a lower cost than Acronis, so I switched over to that.

    When we built a new Windows 10 system for my son at Christmas and I took his old box to become my Windows 10 box at home, decided that I should make some images again. Looked into Paragon, but my copy was really old. So, I just switched over to using Macrium Reflect free and avoided the cost of another piece of software. I had used Macrium in the past for some projects and stuff, so was comfortable and confident with it.

    I will keep my eyes open for a reduced price on the Macrium 4 pack in the future. Would be nice to get incremental backup support and I'd like to support the company for making a solid product. But it's currently $139.99 and that's more than I want to spend at this time.
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  10. fireberd's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro, 20H2
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    My Macrium Reflect is a paid copy. I only do full disc images (backups). When I was working (as a Network Manager) we tried Incremental backups on our servers. Turned out to be a headache and took longer to restore than a full backup if it was needed. We made full backups at 2AM each day (unattended backups).
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