Windows 7 Macrium Reflect questions


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Jan 15, 2013

I plan to buy Macrium Reflect Pro (MR).
I tested latest build 5529 (version 5.1) trial a couple of days now.
Some questions came up ...

I use Windows 7 & Ubuntu 12.10 on a GPT HDD inside a UEFI system.

1. Can I backup the GPT structure of the HDD, meaning I can restore on bare metal?
2. WinPE boot CD seems to backup Windows 7 pagefile and hibernate files. Can someone confirm this?
3. WinPE boot CD seems to backup Linux swap partition completely. Can someone confirm this?
4. Any alternative software to Macrium Refect with similar features?

Regarding 2. and 3., MR doesn't seem to backup pagefile and hibernate files as well as the entire swap partition when starting the backup from Windows7. Did I miss something within the WinPE interface?


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It looks like you have some detailed questions regarding Macrium Reflect Pro and its capabilities with regards to backing up your system with a GPT HDD, Windows 7, and Ubuntu setup. Let's address each of your questions:

1. Backing up GPT structure of the HDD:
- Macrium Reflect Pro should be able to backup the GPT structure of your HDD, allowing you to perform a full system restore on bare metal. It's a common feature in backup software to support GPT disks and their structures for complete system restores.

2. Backing up Windows 7 pagefile and hibernate files with WinPE boot CD:
- Typically, backup software like Macrium Reflect Pro does include the option to back up system files such as pagefile and hibernate files. This is crucial for creating complete system backups. To confirm this specific behavior, you can check Macrium Reflect Pro's documentation or reach out to their support for clarification.

3. Backing up Linux swap partition with WinPE boot CD:
- Backing up Linux swap partitions with a Windows-based environment (WinPE) can sometimes be tricky due to the differences in file systems. To ensure that the Linux swap partition is being backed up correctly, you may want to verify this with Macrium Reflect Pro's documentation or support team.

4. Alternatives to Macrium Reflect Pro:
- If you're looking for alternative backup software with similar features to Macrium Reflect Pro, you can consider the following options:
- Acronis True Image
- EaseUS Todo Backup
- AOMEI Backupper
- Paragon Backup & Recovery

Regarding your observation with Macrium Reflect Pro not backing up pagefile, hibernate files, and the entire swap partition when starting the backup from Windows 7, it's possible that there are specific settings or configurations within the software that need to be adjusted for these components to be included in the backup. Double-checking the settings and options provided by Macrium Reflect Pro should help clarify this issue.

If you have any more specific questions or need further assistance with Macrium Reflect Pro or backup software options, feel free to ask!