Macrium is more flexible which makes it easier and more reliable. It's certainly worth playing with to see how you like it.
I don't need anything flexible really, I just want make incremental system image backups like windows 7's own backup has. Which would be closest to it? Macrium or AOMEI Backupper. I just want to set it for the 3rd Saturday in the month (after the patch Tuesday updates have settled in). Right now I've been using OneKey Recovery, but to make a new backup I have to delete the prior one, or it fails half way through. It's made by CyberLink and good enough for recovery but I get sick and tired of having to delete everything(can only be done after a fresh boot, immediately, as soon as the desktop loads and most of the programs still have to load). So I need to know which one is simple, fits my needs, has a recovery disk (in my case I prefer a DVD), and hopefully free(if I like it,m I usually donate when I can as with all software).
Macrium and AOMEI are both great options for this, so I would say use the one you like the best.
First of all, I'd like to thank Brink and David Bailey for all their information on using Macrium Reflect, and the others at this thread that also participated in the Q&A's, they helped me make a decision of downloading and using AOMEI Backupper or Macrium Reflect.
So I chose Macrium because it seems to be the most used/recommended recovery software here in the Designer Media forums and
elsewhere(sort of like the Ccleaner of recovery software). Before downloading and installing I thought "Here we go, now I'll have 10,000 questions to set it up like I want!". But the opposite proved to be true, Everything is pretty easy because it takes you through step by step the first time and the pop-up balloons explain what each thing is.
I now have it set up like I did Windows 7's system image backup. I then made the recovery usb(also recovery DVD in case something happens to the thumbdrive) and ran a complete backup and recovery to test it. Worked like a charm the first time thru, and it's amazingly fast:Attachment 56655 and the recovery only took 9:04minutes.
Oh and one more thing: Now I have a good System imager, I've uninstalled the last of the Lenovo bulkware from my computer(keeping only the Realtek and Blacksilk drivers from Lenovo), and now it boot with BIOS time (3.5 sec) to desktop(Instantaneous BAMM)
I was preparing my other PC (the ASUS laptop w/Win 7) for Windows 10 Tech preview/upgrade and got rid of the MBR made a fresh install in EFI and found out Windows 7's own system image recovery doesn't work with UEFI so I used Macriums recovery disk and it worked like a breeze(did a quick recovery after making the image to be sure)---the point is the more I play with this tool the more I want to kick myself in the rump for not getting it years ago...now I have my Win 7 GPT image that I can restore to if 10 doesn't want to function correctly on my laptop or if something goes haywire during the upgrade.
Yes, it works well. It used to be the only viable free kid on the block. There are several good free imagers now. They all operate in a fairly similar way. When you know to use one, you should be able to use any of them.
It's a shame Microsoft didn't only not improve their system image backup, they eventually dropped it all together. Ok theoretically with the custom refresh image () one shouldn't need it...but I prefer to have at least one "off line" virgin image and a monthly incremental too. It's a crying shame, that they make us search for a 3rd party solution.Code:recimg /createimage C:\CustomRefreshImages\Image1