Macrium Reflect Free v5, latest free disaster recovery solution software that allows windows user performing disk image and hard disk cloning on their hard disk data in an easily recovered backup file. However, Macrium Reflect free version have limited functionality only like disk imaging, disk cloning, access images in Windows Explorer, and scheduled backups features only.
Compare previous Macrium Reflect Free version, version 5 has a new user friendly interface, which it will show an overview of all partitions on your PC with wizards featuring drag-and-drop support to help users select a drive to backup and choose the backup type to start the backup process. The backup images can be stored on local or network drives, external hard drives as well as burn to all DVD disc with DVD Burning Software. So, Windows users basically have following options: Backup one or multiple partitions, create disk image of the hard disk partitions, Clone hard disk partition to another hard drive connected to the computer.
Once you have the hard disk image backup of your drive, just create bootable recovery rescue media using Create Bootable Rescue Media option. These rescue CDs are helpful if your Windows screws up and you are not able to login. All you do is pop in the bootable disk and run Macrium and restore your Windows installation from previously backed up image files without ever logging into Windows. Plus more, another fantastic feature of this Macrium Reflect free software is it lets you open (mount) a backup image in Windows Explorer to restore individual files.
Macrium Reflect Free version V5 Key features:
- Simple and easy-to-use interface
- Backup disk images
- Clone disk images
- Mount or open disk images in Windows Explorer
- Create recovery media to boot and restore backup images
However, the Macrium Reflect free edition doesn’t support incremental or differential images, the ability to back up individual files and folders, remote backup location support or password protection and encryption, also adds support for WinPE-based recovery discs. (This functionality requires upgrading to a paid-for version)
If you’re looking for a simple but reliable backup program, we highly recommend Macrium Reflect Free Edition to all users. Macrium Reflect Free Edition 5 is a free-for-personal-use download for PCs running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8, and the installer includes both 32-bit and 64-bit builds.