Macrium Reflect

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Macrium Reflect
Developer(s) Paramount Software UK Ltd (trading as Macrium Software)
Stable release
v7.0.2173 / May 15, 2017; 4 days ago (2017-05-15)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Windows 10
Available in English, German
Type Data protection, Disk cloning and Backup software
License Commercial Use, Home Use, Freeware

Macrium Reflect is a backup and disk imaging software program for Microsoft Windows developed by Paramount Software UK Ltd in 2006. It creates disk images and file backup archives using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to ensure 'point in time' data accuracy. Macrium Reflect can backup whole partitions or individual files and folders into a single compressed, mountable archive file, which can be used to restore exact images of the partitions on the same hard disk for disaster recovery, or a new hard disk for data migration.[1]

It has received numerous favourable reviews,[2][3][4] and is often recommended and used as an example program for cloning and backup tutorials.[5][6][7][8][9]


Macrium Reflect can create full, incremental and differential backup images, or selectively back up individual files and folders. Data is compressed and encrypted in real time using LZ based compression and AES encryption algorithms. Images can be mounted as a drive letter in Windows Explorer and restored using a custom Macrium Reflect Rescue CD. In the event of a partial or complete system loss, this image can be used to restore the entire disk, one or more partitions, or individual files and folders.[10]

Macrium Reflect can clone one disk onto another, and restore an image to new hardware. Using a pre-created Macrium Reflect Rescue CD, critical drivers required by the new system can be inserted into the image taken from the old system, making it compatible with the new hardware.[11]

Central Management Console[edit]

A Central Management Console is available which will enables scheduling, restore and monitoring of multiple networked computers running Macrium Reflect using a Web browser user interface.[12][13]

Free edition[edit]

An unsupported free edition is available for non-commercial use, which lacks some features of full versions e.g. incremental backup (though it includes differential backup).[14][15]


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  11. ^ Peers, Nick. "How to use Macrium Reflect Free to back up your PC". TechRadar. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Télécharger Macrium Reflect Free pour Windows". Clubic (in French). Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Gračanin, M. "Popularni specijalac". BUG. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Martin Brinkmann. "Macrium Reflect 6 Free gets differential backups and auto verification". Ghacks. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Jacobi, Jon L. "Macrium Reflect Free". PCWorld. Retrieved 14 March 2017.