Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?


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John

Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?

I see that Macrium and EaseUS both have free versions for home use which
is why I mentioned them in the header.

I am not adverse to paying, but you gotta admit that free sure sounds
better than paid for! What are the restrictions and gotchas for the free
versions?

Or is there something better out there - free or not?

For use with an XP work station and a W7 laptop using a (soon to be
purchased) USB backup drive.

Thanks,
John
 
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Jeff Layman

Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?

I see that Macrium and EaseUS both have free versions for home use which
is why I mentioned them in the header.

I am not adverse to paying, but you gotta admit that free sure sounds
better than paid for! What are the restrictions and gotchas for the free
versions?

Or is there something better out there - free or not?

For use with an XP work station and a W7 laptop using a (soon to be
purchased) USB backup drive.

Thanks,
John
I've been using EaseUS ToDo free version for nearly 3 years (Win7HPx64).
I'm still using v4.5. Seems ok for my purposes - they seem to bring
out a new version almost as often as Mozilla does with Firefox!

For a comparison between the free and paid versions, see here:
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/comparison.htm
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?

I see that Macrium and EaseUS both have free versions for home use which
is why I mentioned them in the header.

I am not adverse to paying, but you gotta admit that free sure sounds
better than paid for! What are the restrictions and gotchas for the free
versions?

Or is there something better out there - free or not?

For use with an XP work station and a W7 laptop using a (soon to be
purchased) USB backup drive.

Thanks,
John
I think either is fine. You cold certainly afford to try both and see
which one you like better, given the price.

Since I have the paid version of Macrium, its free version works better
for me for compatibility with the backups I have. I have a couple of
unused licenses, but in my Win 8 box I'm still using the free version
until I get around to deciding I'll keep the W8 :)

My one complaint about EaseUS is that it doesn't release the external
drive after I exit from the program, although killing its running
vestiges after exiting from the program seems to help - sometimes.
 
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David Simpson

I think either is fine. You cold certainly afford to try both and see
which one you like better, given the price.

Since I have the paid version of Macrium, its free version works
better for me for compatibility with the backups I have. I have a
couple of unused licenses, but in my Win 8 box I'm still using the
free version until I get around to deciding I'll keep the W8 :)

My one complaint about EaseUS is that it doesn't release the external
drive after I exit from the program, although killing its running
vestiges after exiting from the program seems to help - sometimes.

The Macrium Reflect Free limits are (I think):
Partition only backup (won't do/exclude directories)
The WinPE restore "disk" will not auto install your driver (they have a lot
of builtins) (I just use Double Driver and put the directory on the
"drive". BTW, I've switched to thumb drives for restore, much faster!

I'm sure there are other limits, but these should be that only ones that
affect "normal" users.

I use the free version for my "server" and "HTPC" machines (6), but they
have little on the system partitions (mainly OS and a few programs, no
data).

I do have 2 copies of the paid version for my main 2 "user" machines, but
that's mainly because I've moved the USER directory off the system drive.



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gufus

The Macrium Reflect Free limits are (I think):
Partition only backup (won't do/exclude directories)
The WinPE restore "disk" will not auto install your driver (they have a lot
of builtins) (I just use Double Driver and put the directory on the
"drive".
What do you mean by "drive" ? Put the directories were? HDD?

I'm having problems with not installed drivers.
 
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gufus

The WinPE restore "disk" will not auto install your driver (they have a lot
of builtins) (I just use Double Driver and put the directory on the
For get it... I got it. :)
 
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posterboy

Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?

I see that Macrium and EaseUS both have free versions for home use which
is why I mentioned them in the header.

I am not adverse to paying, but you gotta admit that free sure sounds
better than paid for! What are the restrictions and gotchas for the free
versions?

Or is there something better out there - free or not?

For use with an XP work station and a W7 laptop using a (soon to be
purchased) USB backup drive.

Thanks,
John
Just to make a short comment, Macrium worked free worked flawlessly for
me when I needed it, used a recent image restoring my C drive as a last
resort recovery option and I was back in business. A disaster averted!

John
 
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JCO

I use Acronis True Image. It is not free but very good. I agree with
EaseUS for imaging is very good too. Keep in mind that along with Imaging
you may have to change partition sizes or create partitions without loosing
you data. I also use Acronis Disk Administrator for that. For FREE, I
recommend Partition Wizard Home Edition. I have ver. 7.6 right now and it
is fantastic for 32 bit or 64 bit systems running Windows 7 or 8.

"John" wrote in message

Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?

I see that Macrium and EaseUS both have free versions for home use which
is why I mentioned them in the header.

I am not adverse to paying, but you gotta admit that free sure sounds
better than paid for! What are the restrictions and gotchas for the free
versions?

Or is there something better out there - free or not?

For use with an XP work station and a W7 laptop using a (soon to be
purchased) USB backup drive.

Thanks,
John
 
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slate_leeper

Just to make a short comment, Macrium worked free worked flawlessly for
me when I needed it, used a recent image restoring my C drive as a last
resort recovery option and I was back in business. A disaster averted!

John

Seagate has on their website a program called "Seagate Disk Manager"
which includes a limited set of the Acronis True Image software. The
Seagate version is free.

It will backup and restore images of complete drives, specific
partitions, or files and folders. It allows mounting images as disk
drives, and copying individual files or folders from them. I've found
also that I can just click on a backed up image, and it will open as a
folder for quick access to the contents. I don't know for sure if this
will work with compressed images, though. (There are four selectable
levels of compression).

It will create an emergency CD or DVD with which you can boot to a
smaller version that allows you to restore from your backups.

I've been using it for quite a while, and have had no problems other
than that the "time left for completion" thermometers and estimates
are way off. It has saved my bacon a couple of times, and allowed me
to try experiments that I would never try otherwise.

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JCO

Yes I like that about Acronis. Since Acronis is installed on my system, I
can see the content of all images too. Also, you can schedule your image to
be done automatically either full image replacing the old or as added image
to supplement the original image taken. This is used as an ongoing backup
system for your computer as long as you have space on a partition to back up
too. It can run while you work or schedule it at night to run 2-3 times a
week. Fully customizable. Then you can restore from any of the backup
images.

"JCO" wrote in message
I use Acronis True Image. It is not free but very good. I agree with
EaseUS for imaging is very good too. Keep in mind that along with Imaging
you may have to change partition sizes or create partitions without loosing
you data. I also use Acronis Disk Administrator for that. For FREE, I
recommend Partition Wizard Home Edition. I have ver. 7.6 right now and it
is fantastic for 32 bit or 64 bit systems running Windows 7 or 8.

"John" wrote in message

Imaging software: Macrium Reflect -or- EaseUS Todo -or- ?

I see that Macrium and EaseUS both have free versions for home use which
is why I mentioned them in the header.

I am not adverse to paying, but you gotta admit that free sure sounds
better than paid for! What are the restrictions and gotchas for the free
versions?

Or is there something better out there - free or not?

For use with an XP work station and a W7 laptop using a (soon to be
purchased) USB backup drive.

Thanks,
John
 

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