Macrium Reflect Free is a program that allows to backup files, partitions or entire disks of the computer, with the possibility of creating images that will later be used to restore both the operating system and installed programs and drivers, without having to reinstall everything Again when the disc is broken or formatted for some reason.
This tool allows you to create images and copy them to another drive, be it another hard disk, an external disk, a DVD, the cloud (Google Drive or similar), and so on; And allows cloning of entire disks in another storage unit; Also creates a rescue CD (or pendrive) that will serve to start the operating system in cases of emergency, whether based on Windows PE or Linux, which will also be necessary to proceed with the restoration.
It presents some characteristics that can be very useful, for example: the possibility to create the image of a partition and to restore it in another different partition; Allows to choose between 3 levels of compression of the data to be supported, with the possibility of accessing those files compressed from Windows Explorer; The possibility of scheduling periodic backups (total or incremental), and some more functions that make Macrium Reflect a good alternative to programs like Norton Ghost.
In case you want to clone an entire disk you must keep in mind that you must choose another disk of equal or greater storage capacity; In case you choose to create an image, it will depend on the size that results from compressing all the files. The image may be exact or the smart copy option can be selected, where unnecessary system files are discarded. One thing to keep in mind when you want to restore a system on a different computer or notebook is that it will be necessary to update the drivers so that the corresponding hardware devices work correctly.
It is recommended to read the help of the program, available in the official site to learn how to create backup copies, to clone disks, to restore the data, and other functions presented by this application. Both the help and the interface of the program are in English.
Macrium Reflect Free 5.3.7110 is the latest version, updated in September 2014, of this free software in its free edition, but it has other payment editions with more features. It works with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.