Backup software

For many years I used internal Windows backup program to backup contents of my SSD drive on external hard disk. I could not use this method when I placed bigger SSD drive in the ultrabay of my ThinkPad laptop. On-line reviews praised Acronis True Image backup program, so I bought this program. It was big mistake because its maker (Acronis International GmbH) behaves like evil empire. A few days ago I experimented with free version of Macrium Reflect backup program (called Macrium Reflect Free). I liked it, so I bought commercial version called Macrium Reflect 8 Home Edition. I wonder whether there are other good, inexpensive backup programs suitable for private use.

video tutorials about Macrium Reflect 8: Macrium Reflect 8 - YouTube

Macrium forum:

basic info for beginners: Macrium Reflect Quick Start - Knowledgebase 8.0 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

Macrium Reflect 8 Home Edition: Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect for Home Use

For years I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager. I find it pretty easy to use and very reliable

For personal/ work data. I always use cloud back up like (Google drive, Dropbox, onedrive or icloud) it gives you redundancy and off-site backup so you are not screwed in case of a fire or a natural disaster

Is this an ad?

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Feels like it :rofl:

You should not pontificate about something you know nothing about. How much time have you spent using Macrium Reflect? Have you looked at its video tutorials and its forum? Do you have any specific, technical arguments?

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Dude, most of your posts are written like ads. This isn’t Facebook or Reddit, no one comes here to read posts about random products people might find interesting.

I mean, good for you moving on from Windows Backup, please let us know when you fully upgrade your backup procedures from the sort of setup I had 20 years ago.

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I use Acronis True Image. It has always done what I want, was inexpensive and I’ve had no trouble with an “evil empire”. I guess the Force must be with me.


JimCarruthers lied about me and abused me in this forum for many years. I proved that he lied, but he never apologized. Every time JimCarruthers responds to my posts he writes nothing but insults. No facts, no arguments, just insults.

It seems that Acronis is getting out of the backup business. If you want a backup program, you have pay annual subscription for anti-virus program, whether you need it or not. Acronis forum is very buggy and difficult to use. I used Acronis backup for two years, but I was always confused by its interface. Every time I made small mistake, the Acronis files became corrupted and useless. Macrium Reflect looks much more natural to me. I also like the ability to use its dark interface.

Hi Andrew,

I bought Acronis True Image in 2019 for a one-off payment. I have not had to buy any of the newer releases. I have not had to pay any subscription. The program still works and indeed I have just downloaded an update from Acronis so they are still actively supporting the old release.

This is not to knock Macrium, which I understand to be a similarly competent tool, but to present an alternative experience of Acronis to the one you depict.


Try to upgrade it.

as yours completely useless

You posted completely random nonsense, then bragged about your flame war in a Sketchup forum, then changed that post to random nonsense, so…have I angered a spambot? Whatever.

I saw what you allow yourself to write to some people, you should change your tone and seriously question yourself and your useless interventions. If a subject does not interest you, why are you intervening?

Lets keep the comments and posts constructive & less about other software companies practices and more about workflows. Thanks.

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and remember who are the customers.

AlternativeTo gives Macrium Reflect high (4.1) rating:

Acronis True Image has been replaced with Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office. AlternativeTo gives Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office low (2.1) rating:

Another option, suggested by @schultzeworks

Dave Schultzeschultzeworks

Dec '22

Most of my students never back up but a few will do it, usually with something like Time Machine. None of that will matter if your computer (and back up drive) gets lost / stolen / burned in a fire.

I even had a relative who was using a 15-year old hard drive as a ‘back-up’. Seriously? It cost me $500 and a month to get everything back … and we were lucky.

The best thing anyone can do is get a back-up service that is (1) off-site and (2) automatic. I like Backblaze . It’s $7 per month for unlimited data. Yup, you read that right. Seven bucks. Unlimited. Automatic.

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For the record I like your posts! And it just so happens I’m looking for a way to back my stuff up as well (I’ll probably do OneDrive because I’m already paying for it with MS Office).

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AlternativeTo gives BackBlaze average (3.6) rating:
Read user’s comments before buying BackBlaze.

Free backup programs are plentiful and popular: