AOMEI Backupper vs Macrium Reflect, Which One Suits Better?

This post help you to know more details about AOMEI Backupper vs Macrium Reflect, no matter the free editions and advanced editions.

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By Ivy Updated on January 22, 2024

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AOMEI Backupper vs Macrium Reflect, Which One to Choose?

If you are intending to protect your computer with a powerful backup software, there are two popular Windows backup utility you might want to use: AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect. But AOMEI Backupper vs Macrium Reflect, which one suits you more?

As a matter of fact, both of them have their own advantages, you should treat the differences dialectically. What’s the difference between AOMEI Backupper Standard and Macrium Reflect Free? Don’t worry, just see the details below.

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Comparison | Macrium Reflect vs AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup software for users to backup and clone entire hard disk, OS, partition(s), file/folders and sync data in Windows PC systems, such as Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP (all versions of 32-bit and 64-bit). 

Macrium Reflect Free is the free version of Macrium Reflect to backup and clone the hard disk, OS or partitions for users in Windows PCs and WHS. 

The following charts showing their similarities and differences in main aspects.

Compare the Free Editions

Product

AOMEI Backupper Standard

Macrium Reflect Free

Specifications

Price

Free

Free

OS Supported

Windows PCs

Windows PCs & WHS

Backup Types

Files and Folders Backup

-

Full Disk Backup

Incremental Backup

-

Differential Backup

-

Schedule Backup

Backup Destinations

Local or External Hard Disk

Removable Media

Network Share

CD/DVD

-

-

Cloud Drives

-

Features

Compression

Splitting

Encryption

-

-

Email Notifications

-

Retention Policy

-

File Synchronization

-

Disk or Partition Clone

Disk or Partition Backup

Chart 1: AOMEI Backupper Standard vs Macrium Reflect Free

Compare the Paid Editions

If you prefer to try the advanced editions of the both, below chart shows the difference. By the way, the two backup software offers 30-day free trial for advanced users.

Product

AOMEI Backupper Professional

Macrium Reflect Home

Specifications

License

1 PC / License

1 PC / License

Price

from $39.95

$69.95

OS Supported

Windows PCs

Windows PCs & WHS

Backup Types

Files and Folders Backup

Full Disk Backup

Incremental Backup

Differential Backup

Schedule Backup

Backup Destinations

Local or External Hard Disk

Removable Media

Network Share

CD/DVD

-

Cloud Drives

-

Features

Compression

Splitting

Encryption

Email Notifications

Retention Policy

File Synchronization

-

Disk or Partition Clone

Disk or Partition Backup

 Chart 2: AOMEI Backupper Professional vs Macrium Reflect Home

As you can see from the above chart, Macrium Reflect vs AOMEI Backupper, AOMEI Backupper Standard provides more features for you to protect data, like File Synchronization, get email or SMS notification after the backup finished, backup data to cloud, etc.

To some extent, Macrium Reflect Free offers more features, like Retention policy to delete old backup images to free up space, differential backup.

Just choose the suitable free backup software to protect your data from system failure, hardware failure, virus attack, ransomware, etc. Below is an example to create a disk backup in Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect Free.

Tutorial | Steps to Back up Hard Drive Using Free AOMEI Backupper

Assuming create a disk backup to external hard disk in Windows 10, here is the steps:

Step 1. Please download, install and execute AOMEI Backupper Standard, choose Backup > Disk Backup subsequently.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Disk Backup

Step 2. Click + Add Disk button to choose the Windows 10 hard disk as the source disk. Rename the Task Name if need be.

Add Disk

Tip: You could backup multiple hard disks at the same time.

Step 3. Select the external hard disk as the destination to save the Windows 10 system image file.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Hit Schedule, choose a mode: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event Triggers, or USB plug in feature. Then, go to Backup Scheme below and select Incremental Backup under the Backup Method. 

Schedule Settings General

Tips:
The Event Triggers and USB plug in, and scheduled differential backup are premium features, which available in AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher edition.
Options allows you to encrypt (Premium feature), split, compress the backup image, comment on the backup task, use VSS, intelligent sector backup, enable email notification, etc.
Scheme allows you enable backup scheme to delete old backup images automatically when the backups exceed the number you specified.

Step 5. Press Start Backup >> button to automatically create Windows 10 system image backup to external hard disk on regular basis.

Start Backup Scheduled

Tutorial | Steps to Create Disk Backup with Free Macrium Reflect

Download Macrium Reflect Free and open the software to create disk backup in Windows 10 as the following:

1. On the main window, click Image this disk....

Image This Disk

2. Choose a destination for the Windows 10 disk image, and check Use the Image ID as the file name, and press Next >.

Select Destination Folder

3. Edit the plan for this backup, and click Next >.

> Select a template for your backup plan, there are 5 templates: None; Grandfather Father Son; Differential Backup Set; Incremental Backup Set; Incremental Forever.

> Add/Edit Schedules: click Add Schedule, and select Full, Incremental (paid), Differential. Set up the settings.

> Define retention Rules: set the backups you want to keep.

Edit The Plan for This Backup

4. Click Advanced Options, It allows you use Intelligent sector copy, or make an exact copy of the partitions, encrypt the disk image, comment on the backup task, send email, etc.

Advanced Settings

5. Preview the Windows 10 disk backup settings, and click Finish

Conclusion

That's all for the comparison of AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect. Both of them are popular backup and cloning software for Windows users indeed and have earned many loyar users these years. 

However, according to your backup demands and budget, you may choose the most suitable one for a long-term backup strategy. From my perspective of view, AOMEI Backupper Professional is more suitable for beginners who may want to enjoy effortless backup trip with limited budget and less computer knowledge. 

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Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.