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Backup and Restore Windows System with Macrium Reflect


I often testing new software in my Desktop PC when my Windows system corrupted or infect by trojas or virus, I reinstall my Windows system. But now I use Macrium Reflect to backup and restore the Windows system. Using Macrium Reflect We can create an exact image of partitions on hard disk for easy and restore the partition using the image files.  The Images can be stored on local or network drives, CD or DVD media, and removable  drives

There are two version of Macrium Reflect,­­ full version and free version. Macrium Reflect­­ free version can be used only on Windows Xp and Vista or Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit versions.

comparison the features of the free and full editions of Macrium Reflect.

Feature Free Edition Full Edition
Windows XP and Vista compatiblity yes yes
Disk Imaging yes yes
Access images with Windows Explorer yes yes
Scheduler yes yes
XML backup definitions yes yes
Linux Rescue CD yes yes
BartPE Rescue CD plug-in yes yes
Network support yes yes
CD/DVD writing support yes yes
Windows Server 2003 compatibility yes
File and Folder backup yes
Differential disk images and backups yes
Incremental disk images and backups yes
Disk Space Management yes
VBScript Generator yes
Email notifications yes
Password Protection yes
AES Encrypion yes
Auto Verify Images yes
Run programs before or after backup yes
Shut down PC after backup yes
Windows system event log support yes
Windows PE 2.0 Rescue CD with RAID support yes
Windows boot menu yes
Technical support by email and forum access yes
Commercial/Business use yes

How to create image file of windows system with Macrium Reflect­­

  • Open Macrium Reflect
  • Click Backup menu and select Create Image.
    create backup image windows system 1
  • Click ‘Next’ to continue.
  • Select partitions where the windows system installed (generally on drive C). Then click next to continue.
  • Choose the destination directory or CD / DVD burner for the backup image.  Click next to continue
    create backup image windows system 2
  • The final dialog shows a summary of all selections in the backup wizard. Click “Advanced” to set further settings for this backup. Click “Finish” the Ok to start backup the Windows system.
    create backup image windows system 3
  • Wait until backup process finish. The backup file will be saved as .mrimg extention

Now can create a bootable Rescue CD

Bootable Rescue CD be used restore image of windows system. Follow these steps to create bootable rescue CD.

  1. Run again Macrium Reflect.
  2. Click Other Tasks from menu bar then “Create Rescue CD”.
    create rescue CD - Macrium Reflect 1
  3. There two option but I would recommend you to select Linux and click Next.
    create rescue CD - Macrium Reflect 2
  4. insert the Blank CDR disc and click “Finish” to burn the CD.
    create rescue CD - Macrium Reflect 3

Download the latest version of Macrium Reflect­­. When I write this article is Macrium Reflect­­ 4.2. Download Macrium Reflect FREE EDition

Posted by Fz 1 Response

One Response to “Backup and Restore Windows System with Macrium Reflect”

  1. Xantes says:

    If you call your tutorial “Backup and Restore Windows System with Macrium Reflect” than why there is nothing mentioned/showed about restoration?!
    The reason why I’m asking is because I’d be interested how you can restore an image in LAN(from another computer from your local area network) using the recovery CD?!


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