TR subscribers get Macrium Reflect for 20-40% off

We haven't said much about TR subscriptions for a little while, after the rush of the launch, but this little experiment is so far off to an excellent start. You all proved that reader-supported content can work, and you saved our bacon after weak sales in early 2014. We learned some lessons from the initial introductory period, and now we're making additions and changes to the subscription service in response.

One thing that we've wanted to do is add more value for subscribers, so that more of you who are regular readers will find it worth your time to sign up. To that end, we're very happy to announce our first external benefit for TR subscribers: some handsome discounts on software purchased from the Macrium website, including the outstanding Macrium Reflect backup and imaging solution.

Anyone who subscribes for any amount of money at all, down to $1 payment in our pay-what-you-want system, will get a code good for 20% off at Macrium.com. Those folks who beat the average and get a Gold subscription will receive a code for a whopping 40% off, instead.

If you're a TR Silver or Gold subscriber now, your discount code is already waiting for you. Just go to the user control panel and look for it under the "Features" tab. The code should be redeemable throughout the next year.

I'm very pleased to be able to offer a subscriber discount on a product as good as Reflect. I make use of Reflect in Damage Labs constantly thanks to your recommendations. The program writes a bootable WinPE utility onto a thumb drive, and I use it for imaging all of my test systems. I also back up my own PC with Reflect, and it has saved me from an SSD failure with a flawless restore of a weekly image backup. Not only that, but I've received free updates from Macrium for more than a year now without once being held hostage to a required, paid upgrade due to an "incompatibility" with an upgraded version of Windows—unlike *ahem* some imaging companies.

We have more subscriber benefits in the works along these lines, so do yourself a favor and sign up now. You'll also get all of the other subscriber perks, including single-page article views, print templates, comment reply notifications, a subscriber badge, and access to the Smoky Back Room. Beat the average to get triple upvote/downvotes and access to our four-megapixel image galleries, as well.

Finally, remember, if you like what we're doing, you can always add to your subscription amount to support the cause. Thanks!

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    • steelcity_ballin
    • 6 years ago

    I had never heard of or used Macrium’s product before. I gave the free trial a shot and I have to say, it’s really nice. Small footprint, unobtrusive, and it’s fast. I’ll probably pay for it at the end of my trial now, too. Thanks TR.

    • trieste1s
    • 6 years ago

    Does Macrium provide reverse incremental backup?

    • Welch
    • 6 years ago

    When the reviews for Macrium went up I was a bit put off that no one would answer my questions via email and that their tech support has hours over in London. This meant that if I needed assistance with the software I’d be unable to get it during normal business hours here in the US. This is essential for me if I were to use it in a business environment for customers of mine.

    I’ve always used Acronis and been happy minus the release of version 11 which caused me all sorts of headaches.

    All of that said and done, I’m happy to see the guys at Marcum reach out with an offering to TRY regulars. This makes me want to give it another shot to see if perhaps I can replace acronis with a less expensive but equally capable backup software. At 40% it makes it a realistic thing for me to purchase a copy to trail the full edition (incrementals being a must)

    • Convert
    • 6 years ago

    Thank you TR and Macrium, much appreciated! Purchased a copy of the pro version but was sorely tempted to buy the server one just to play with.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 6 years ago

    I like this idea and hope to get discounts from other vendors/software sites in the future.

    • Redundant
    • 6 years ago

    Hum, I can’t use that software. Maybe some TechReport condoms would lure me in–with heat pipes.

    • CampinCarl
    • 6 years ago

    Language unclear, if we were to subscribe now, would we have access to this?

      • Damage
      • 6 years ago

      Yes.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 6 years ago

    The most important thing I can think of that Macrium Reflect does:

    Lets you clone to disks smaller than the original.

    Last program I saw that did that right was the commercial Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, which has been relegated to the bin of obsolescence. Macrium has helped me migrate people to SSDs smaller than their hard drives, which is extremely helpful.

    Oh, that also explains one of the biggest failures of Microsoft’s embedded backup program (which might otherwise be relatively decent).

      • GodsMadClown
      • 6 years ago

      Look, I’m not saying that Macrium doesn’t make it easier, but it’s not hard to do this with open and free software. I did a SSD migration on my office workstation using gparted. You just resize the original partition to be smaller than or equal to the destination disk. It’s not hard.

      Edit. Macrium Backup and other features are nice to have too. It’s just the smaller SDD thing that I was arguing.

      • cygnus1
      • 6 years ago

      You can do this with built in windows tools if you know what you’re doing. Diskpart and system image backup/restore FTW.

      Done it myself without issue.

      • Prospero424
      • 6 years ago

      Acronis does this as well.

      Any folks out there know of a good, objective comparison between modern versions of Macrium and Acronis? TIA

        • LoneWolf15
        • 6 years ago

        I purchased Acronis for 2009-2011. Backup might not be bad, but cloning was sub-par. I found Acronis to be buggy, and that their way of fixing bugs was often releasing a new version “at a discount”.

        The free version of Macrium has performed better for me than the paid version of Acronis, and more simply.

    • FireGryphon
    • 6 years ago

    Cool. TR keeps getting better.

    • SnowboardingTobi
    • 6 years ago

    Cool beans. Thanks, yo!

    • DPete27
    • 6 years ago

    Might be time for me to kick in that additional $5 to bump myself from silver to GOLD.

    • cynan
    • 6 years ago

    What’s with the gouging on the exchange rate? I recommend that non-US residing members who want to take advantage of this purchase in USD.

    • DarkUltra
    • 6 years ago

    I’ll have to check this out.

    I currently use Second Copy with one profile running every other hour, and one every month. Each profile keeps three old versions of modified files so I get a lot of incremental backups. It only copies the c:\Users folder so backups are fast and doesn’t take up much space on my home server.

    Second Copys shadow copy support is broken so it can fail to backup files that are in use but it is a small program that uses very little resources.

    • elmopuddy
    • 6 years ago

    Perfect timing! I have just a couple days left on my trial version.

    Thanks TR!

    • Meadows
    • 6 years ago

    I’m sorry, Macrium, I tried your Reflect after an earlier recommendation from TR, and it’s indeed everything I want it to be, but sadly the free version seems to do the job.

    [url<]http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx[/url<] [i<][b<]However,[/b<][/i<] the paid version *does* come with "incremental backups", which would streamline my schedule somewhat. (Currently I make monthly backups and delete the earliest backup to save space.) Also, encryption. Speaking of encryption, does this software also come with a GCHQ or NSA backdoor? You keep hearing in the news how several popular software may have been compromised. Edit: the last question may have seemed rudely sarcastic, so allow me to clarify that I'm sincerely interested.

      • Metonymy
      • 6 years ago

      I notice that the free version doesn’t come with “Disk Space Management”.

      I’ve been using the free version of Todo Backup and it has a similar split between free and first level paid except that the free version allows you to control the size of the partitions on the target disk.

      I’m guessing that the free version of Macrium doesn’t?

        • Damage
        • 6 years ago

        Prolly not. The free version also doesn’t do file and folder backup or scheduling, let alone incrementals, so it’s not really proper backup software.

          • Meadows
          • 6 years ago

          It does schedule. That’s how I do my monthly system backup.

    • Meadows
    • 6 years ago

    I’m guessing my idea of plush gerbils and custom tees hasn’t gone through yet?

      • Cannonaire
      • 6 years ago

      I don’t know if it bothers anyone else, but those gerbil images really freak me out for no good reason. Enough so that I manually block each gerbil image I see on the site.

        • Meadows
        • 6 years ago

        How dare you.

          • Cannonaire
          • 6 years ago

          I wish I could choose what bothers me and what doesn’t. 🙁
          Back to your idea, a run of plush gerbils and tees would probably be a good way for TR to make some additional money.

        • Cyril
        • 6 years ago

        [url<]http://i.imgur.com/L3nY5vJ.gif[/url<] Sorry, couldn't resist. 😉

          • Cannonaire
          • 6 years ago

          Nice. I had to check it twice because I also have gif animations disabled until I manually start them.

          • FireGryphon
          • 6 years ago

          LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • SnowboardingTobi
          • 6 years ago

          Every gerbil image on TR needs to be replaced with glowing red eye gerbils. just sayin’

            • Corion
            • 6 years ago

            But only when Cannonaire is the logged-in user.

            • morphine
            • 6 years ago

            Great idea, getting right on coding that!

            • Cannonaire
            • 6 years ago

            Now I want to see the same image, but modified to be a robot ‘Gerbilator’ with glowing red eyes.

          • Cannonaire
          • 6 years ago

          I figured out what bothers me about it! The color is a normal skin tone, and the art style is smooth enough that, to me, it just looks like they have no fur – especially in the thumbnails. I wonder if an actual plushie of it wouldn’t bother me.

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            Have you actually seen any hairless animals ever? Their skins are loose and wrinkly, like a bad prop from a horror flick.
            This looks nothing like that.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 years ago

            This is why I quit waxing my body. Loose skin.

            • Deanjo
            • 6 years ago

            Now can you just stop wearing the speedo?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 years ago

            That’s non-negotiable.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 6 years ago

      You’re not showing up at a TR barbeque in your gerbil cosplay outfit–again?

      *palms face*

        • Meadows
        • 6 years ago

        Never been to one.

      • excession
      • 6 years ago

      I already have a TR Gerbil T-shirt, here in Nottingham, England…

      The mystery deepens!

    • anotherengineer
    • 6 years ago

    Is the code good for all versions??

      • Damage
      • 6 years ago

      I believe there is a limitation on using it for the family four-pack version of Reflect. Otherwise, it should work for anything on Macrium’s site. Will confirm with Adam, our biz guy, who made the arrangements.

      • Inkling
      • 6 years ago

      The only exception is the Household 4-Pack. The discounts are good for all Macrium products, personal or professional/business, except that 4-Pack.

    • gigafinger
    • 6 years ago

    Big thumbs up!

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