Techie Tuesday: Standalone backup set consolidation

TechieTuesdayIt can be useful to independently consolidate multiple files in a backup set into a single Full or to consolidate a group of Incremental backups. This helps to conserve disk space and can be used when archiving your backups to optimize the number of backups being copied.

Independent consolidations can be run without creating a backup or launching Macrium Reflect by running a small utility Macrium Image Consolidation:


Using Macrium Image Consolidation

To Launch Macrium Image Consolidation double click ‘consolidate.exe’ in Windows Explorer.

‘consolidate.exe’ is a standalone executable that does not require installing.

Area Description
1 Enter the ‘From’ backup file for the consolidation process, or click ‘…’ to browse. This is usually the Full backup, ending in ’00-00.mrimg’, but can be an Incremental file.

Valid Macrium backup file types are:

Image files: .mrimg
File and Folder backup files: .mrbak
Exchange backup files: .mrex

2. Enter the ‘To’ file for the consolidation process, or click ‘…’ to browse. This must be in the same backup set as 1. and must have been created after the backup in 1.

Click ‘Consolidate’ to begin the consolidation process.

3.Basic information about the backup files.4.The output Window. This is populated after clicking ‘Consolidate’ and contains detailed information about the consolidation process.

Note: Selecting a ‘Full’ image for the ‘From’ backup file will create a consolidated ‘Synthetic Full’ image.

Restrictions when choosing the ‘From’ and ‘To’ backup files.

  • Each file must be from the same backup set. See How backup sets are created and maintained for more information on sets.Error output:
    From and To files are from a different backup set.
  • The ‘To’ file must have been created after the from file.Error output:
    From file is more recent than the To file
  • The backup set cannot contain any Differential backups.Error output:
    The backup set contains Differential backups

Introducing Macrium Incorporated!

Globally our hard work has been paying off as we celebrate double digit sales growth this year. The US market is particularly strong for us and we’re excited to be searching for a new office location in Boston, which will be our first office in the US. Our Sales Director, Stephen Macpherson, recently popped over the pond to spend some time with our distributor Prianto and will soon be hiring a local team to support our partners and manage all in-territory sales opportunities. Watch out for Macrium Inc.!

We continue to be overwhelmed with the positive feedback we are given from resellers in the US, some of whom have been advocates of Macrium for several years. They trust the speed and reliability of our image-based backup solutions and their loyalty and knowledge provides a strong foundation for our future success. With the support and proactive nature of Prianto US, we are experiencing strong growth and confidence that our partners in the US are well supported with a team who have strong technical pre-sales, quote support and order management.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Macrium job opportunities in the States then please contact

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Techie Tuesday: Installing a Macrium reflect v5 to v6 Upgrade


We occasionally get asked how upgrade from Macrium Reflect v5 to v6, so this week for #TechieTuesday we take a look at the process.

License key format

Note: If you are unable to locate your v5 or v6 keys then please see this page to request your order history

Macrium Reflect v5 keys

Product Key format

Macrium Reflect v6 (and v5 to v6 upgrade) keys

Product Key format

How to download the Macrium Reflect installer

  1. Download and run the Macrium Reflect download manager:  Click ‘ReflectDLUpgrade.exe’ to download.
    Enter your v6 Key in the download manager to download and run the v6 installer:

    Note: You must enter your v6 key. If you enter your v5 key you will download the Macrium Reflect v5 installerThe Macrium Reflect installer and Windows PE rescue media files will be downloaded and the installer will start automatically .

Entering your license keys in the installer

In the installer License Key page enter your v6 Key you will then be prompted to enter your v5 key:

Note: You are only required to enter your v5 license key once. After this first installation your v6 key becomes a Full key and your v5 key is deactivated.

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Under the gun with 5 hours to spare

We love hearing from our users, especially when Reflect has helped save someone’s bacon! Laurence describes his issues below:

Well, it seemed like a simple problem at first. Clone the 120GB HDD in my laptop to a Samsung 120GB SSD connected by USB so I could then swap the drives. But it wasn’t.

I killed a few hours using the Samsung software. The drive appeared to be cloned, I could see the files and folders and partitions, but when I inserted it in the laptop and changed the BIOS, it would immediately freeze on a text screen with just a blinking cursor.

Then I tried AOMEI for a few hours with no better result…

Then hours and hours with Partition Wizard MiniTool…

Then back to Samsung and back again to MiniTool…

Each one appeared to be okay but wouldn’t boot-and each one analyzed the others and said they were corrupt or incorrect.

Then I tried Macrium Reflect… and it worked the first time!! I was trying to get this done in time to get the upgrade to Windows 10 on the SSD, and I made it with five hours to spare.

Thank you, thank you, Macrium. Great program!


Techie Tuesday: Alternative Locations For Backups


All backup wizards in Macrium Reflect allow you to select Alternative Locations to use for the backup destination. Should the primary backup location not be available, each location will be checked in sequence until an available one is found.

Alternative locations can also be used to provide backup rotations, for example, keeping an offsite backup,  or as a fail safe for temporary unavailability of the primary backup destination.

  1. Click Alternative Locations
  2. The Backup Locations dialog is shown.
  3. Select a folder and click Add to list
  4. Repeat for each folder to be used as an alternative location
  5. Change the order of locations by selecting a folder in the list and click Up or Down
  6.  Remove a folder by selecting it and clicking Remove
  7. Click OK when done

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Macrium to speak and exhibit at IP Expo London

sm-ipexpoIt has been our pleasure to attend a number of IP Expos now, from the inaugural IP Expo Manchester to the long standing IP Expo Europe in London. So this October, our Sales Director Stephen Macpherson will be gracing the Backup and Availability Theatre stage with a talk entitled, Backup: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

From the number one reason for data loss to some cringe worthy data disaster stories; we will share our latest reseller research. Stephen will also cover end-point data security through backup, software appliance and innovations in cloud backup. The presentation will conclude with a demo of the exciting new Macrium Reflect central management console which allows IT Administrators to deploy and manage large numbers of backups across the enterprise.

Lots of our staff will be on hand on our exhibition stand to demo our latest product updates and answer any questions you may have. We will also have some fun giveaways to share with you so watch this space!

Visit the IP Expo website to find out more about the event and to arrange your free badge, we’d love to see you there!

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Techie Tuesday: Macrium Rapid Delta Clone (RDC)


As with Rapid Delta Restore (RDR), which we looked at last week, the concept of RDR has been something that has been thought about for quite some time here at Macrium Software. We wanted to build a clone solution that would effectively and rapidly copy only the differences between the source and target file systems. The advantage of this is obvious, RDC offers similar a performance increase as an Incremental disk image offers over a Full image and enables regular clones to be a viable and fast DR solution.

How does it work?

The NTFS file system resident on the clone source is compared with file system on the target disk. The two file systems are first verified that they originated from the same format command and then the target NTFS file system structures are analyzed for differences. All the NTFS file system structures are copied to the target disk and any that do not exist or have been modified on the target disk cause the data records for each NTFS file or object to be copied as well. The result is an ‘Incremental’ clone applying only file system changes detected between the source and the target.

Note: RDC works with NTFS file systems only. All other file systems will perform a full clone

Note: RDC is not available when shrinking partitions during a clone.

See also New in Version 6 and New in Version 6.1

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