Windows 10: Acronis True Image vs Macrium Reflect

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       29 Sep 2017 #51

    jerkc said: View Post
    Hello @DrEmpiricism,I'm evaluating Macrium Reflect for use in a software testing lab where restores are more common than backups. I wish to automate restores, and I am intrigued by Reflect's Powershell support. However, Reflect doesn't boast or document automated restores, just backups. Interestingly, I do see a restore command (reflect /r "%1") in the Registry, but I'm not able to make much use of it.In a post to this thread, you mentioned, "Of course this is a very simple script, but you can pretty much script anything, including a script that will do a complete format, partition delete and then restore in one executable command."Can you provide a sample of this or of a general restore? Any help is appreciated. Thanks, jerkc
    You can create a PowerShell script to do all of that over a pre-installation environment, but definitely not in a single executable line, though it would not take many if you were to use Macrium's image mounting command switches and then PowerShell's default .NET object cmdlets for the rest. Using Try/Catch/Finally blocks for stuff like this is highly recommended.

    I use Macrium Reflect Server Plus 7.0 and Home. To automate everything like you want, you will have to set up both global variables and dynamic parameters in order for the script to initiate functions regardless if environmental variables change, unless you assign static variables to things and the environment does not change (i.e. disk change, formatting differences, etc.).
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  2.    07 Oct 2017 #52

    I am another longtime Acronis user since TI8. I own over 100 licenses. Acronis has literally been a royal PIA since B&R 11. Lots of issues with licensing, catalogs, restores, performance, etc.. Can't really depend on it anymore. Glad I found Macrium. Been looking for an Acronis replacement and it looks like I finally found it. I even met with the Acronis techs at a tech conference and they literally blew me off with my problems and questions. All they wanted to talk about was their cloud service, which I would NEVER use.

    Using the latest Acronis Backup version 11.7.50073, I can't even use the bare metal restore anymore on my own system because there are no Intel i219-LM drivers and loading them manually into the bootable media doesn't work either. I have to install an old Intel PRO1000 if I need to restore. I am done with Acronis.
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  3.    07 Oct 2017 #53

    Hi,
    @dcol: You won't be disappointed. I've using MR Free for many years now and it has never let me down.

    Cheers,
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  4.    07 Oct 2017 #54

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,
    @dcol: You won't be disappointed. I've using MR Free for many years now and it has never let me down.
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  5.    07 Oct 2017 #55

    larc919 said: View Post
    Mega Dittos
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  6.    07 Oct 2017 #56

    +1 on keeping one's backup images on an external device connected to the computer only during backups, or, restores.
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  7.    07 Oct 2017 #57

    Just did a backup of my C drive in Macrium and it took 2 minutes. The same backup this morning took 3 hours with Acronis.
    Although I tried a restore and Macrium could not get to my NAS. Maybe I setup something wrong. But the backup was fast.
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  8.    07 Oct 2017 #58

    dcol said: View Post
    Just did a backup of my C drive in Macrium and it took 2 minutes. The same backup this morning took 3 hours with Acronis.
    Although I tried a restore and Macrium could not get to my NAS. Maybe I setup something wrong. But the backup was fast.
    Two minutes seems too fast unless not much to backup and very fast pc?
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  9.    07 Oct 2017 #59

    dcol said: View Post
    Just did a backup of my C drive in Macrium and it took 2 minutes. The same backup this morning took 3 hours with Acronis.
    Although I tried a restore and Macrium could not get to my NAS. Maybe I setup something wrong. But the backup was fast.
    What version are you using?
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  10.    07 Oct 2017 #60

    cereberus said: View Post
    Two minutes seems too fast unless not much to backup and very fast pc?
    I do a verify with every backup so Mine takes about 5 minutes.
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