Macrium Reflect

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Stigg, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. jphughan

    jphughan Registered Member

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    The Archive bit is hardly ever even used anymore. Basically the Archive bit gets set (enabled) whenever a file is modified. And some legacy backup programs would clear that bit whenever they backed up the file, in order to indicate that it doesn’t need to be backed up anymore — until the file gets modified again, at which point the bit gets set again to indicate that it now needs to be archived again. But I don’t know if any backup applications in use here at the end of 2021 still rely on the state of the Archive bit to determine what needs to be backed up. In any case, it’s not something you should be modifying directly.
     
  2. khanyash

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    Properties-Advanced-File attributes-The two options were already enabled.
     
  3. beethoven

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    Hi Jphughan - thank you very much for your comprehensive post. I did not know about the camera option, will come in handy in future. Your explanation on the usb ports clears up my confusion and I things are working as expected now. Just need to
    use the appropriate ports when using a stick. I tested this and everything was indeed fine. :thumb:
     
  4. XIII

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    Upgraded a family member’s PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

    Now all Reflect 8 backups take hours instead of 10-30 minutes… :mad:
     
  5. Rainwalker

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    WHAT!! Will somebody else comment on this.
     
  6. Baldrick

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    Nope...not my experience. Upgrade Win10 to Win11 did not change backup times for me.
     
  7. XIII

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    Silly me... I backed up about 36 GB more than usual due to a human mistake (mine).

    It's still slower, but definitely not as much as I reported. Will check again next weekend...

    (the amount of mistakes I made on day 1 of 2022 is not very promising :oops:)
     
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    Also, if you did an upgrade do you still have the windowsold BIG folder that will enable you to go back?
     
  10. XIII

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    No I already deleted that (because I still have a Reflect image of the Windows 10 installation).
     
  11. PoetWarrior

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    Yea I just upgraded to Windows 11 Pro twice this week and both times Macrium 8 Home became Macrium 8 Free. So I went back to Windows 10 Pro.
     
  12. xxJackxx

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    A Windows 10 base image with incrementals or differentials? That's all I can think of. I've had no issues. I did create a new backup set after the upgrade. I notice no speed differences.
     
  13. xxJackxx

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    I've had this happen on the same OS after a cumulative update. It's not specifically a Windows 11 problem. Did you try to reactivate? It should have worked.
     
  14. XIII

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    Unfortunately it does seem to be much slower than on Windows 10 after all:
    • 5 GB incremental image of data drive (HD) took 2 hours and 16 minutes (!) on Windows 11 today and less than 4 minutes (also for 5 GB) on Windows 10 two weeks ago...
    • 30 GB full image of system drive (SSD) took 56 minutes on Windows 11 today and less than 25 minutes (for 80 GB instead of 30 GB) on Windows 10 two weeks ago...
    These numbers are horrible!

    Both images are to the same "external" drive (put in a removable SATA bay in the PC) for which I retested disk write performance today:
    • 1.0 Gb/s for File System Cache
    • 752.2 Mb/s for Direct Disk I/O
    How can I investigate/improve this?
     
  15. PoetWarrior

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    No, since I've already experimented with W11 I decided it wasn't worth it.
     
  16. Bellzemos

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    Hello,

    I have Windows 10 Pro x64 and am using Reflect v7.3.5672 Free for (differential) system image backups.

    Is v7.3.6391 the last or just the latest Reflect 7 version?

    Should I move to v8 or am I OK with the v7 for my Windows 10 images in the future? I'd rather not move from 7 as I don't need any new functions.

    If I stay on v7, should I then update to the last/latest Reflect 7 version (v7.3.6391) or just stay with v7.3.5672? It works fine for me.

    Thank you.
     
  17. aldist

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    A new version of v7 may be released only in case of critical need, which is unlikely. If you are satisfied with v7.3.5672, you do not need to upgrade to newer versions of v7 or v8.
     
  18. jphughan

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    7.3.6391 is the latest V7 release as of this writing. In terms of whether you should update from 5672, the V7 release notes are here if you want to see the fixes/enhancements between your release and 6391. You can also access them from the Help menu in Reflect itself.

    In terms of V8, if you're interested, the "What's New" page for Reflect V8 is here. If you decide you still don't want any new features, then you can certainly stick with V7, but its formal support period will end in May 2022, i.e. one year after V8 first released. After that, any updates or support provided by Macrium would essentially be "goodwill" at their discretion, not guaranteed under their formal support policy. They did provide a couple of V6 updates after its formal end-of-support period, but that was about it.
     
  19. jphughan

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    What is your source for this? Macrium provides full support for a given major release until a year after the launch of the following major release. That would be May 2022 in the case of V7.
     
  20. XIII

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    Maybe the Reflect 8 release notice email?

    That includes this fragment:
     
  21. jphughan

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    I don’t read that as updates only being made available for “critical needs”, and a look over the V6 release notes for versions published after the launch of V7 indicates that bug fixes were still published for arguably non-critical issues. I read that as saying that no new features will be added. For example, Image Guardian was added with 7.1, the new Rescue Media Builder arrived with 7.2, and Macrium Task Scheduler arrived with 7.3. Those types of updates likely won’t happen anymore in V7 now that V8 is here. But in terms of “critical needs”, I would define that as the sort of updates that Macrium released for V6 even AFTER the support period had officially ended, such as one update that addressed an issue with a Windows feature release that completely broke V6 imaging.
     
  22. Bellzemos

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    Thank you for the replies and happy 2022 to everyone. And a salute to jphughan who taught me a lot in the past. :)
     
  23. Tinstaafl

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    I'm still happily running Macrium Reflect 7.3 Home Edition, latest update (v7.3.6391 - 18th November 2021), and all is well + very stable. :)

    Am I missing out on anything by not upgrading now to v8 for free?
     
  24. jphughan

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    Literally only five posts up from yours, I provided a link to the “What’s New” page for V8 so you can decide for yourself whether you’re missing anything you might want.
     
  25. Tinstaafl

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    Thanks! I had looked at the "What's New" last year and decided I don't need any of those new features.

    But your comment about the end of Macrium support for v7 is HUGE. Looks like I'll have to upgrade to v8 by May 2022! But no worries, that's a free upgrade for me as I already have a license for v8. :)
     
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