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What is Macrium Reflect?
Macrium Reflect is a backup and disk imaging tool.Footnote 1 It serves as a comprehensive backup solution that allows you to restore an entire system whenever you need to. You can use Macrium Reflect to create backup copies of individual files, partitions, or the contents of an entire disk drive. The disk image files created this way provide snapshots containing all the data, functionality, and configuration information for the disk at the time.Footnote 2
Macrium Reflect enables scheduled backups at regular intervals, so you always have up-to-date versions of your system if you ever need to restore it. There's also the option to set up differential or incremental backups.Footnote 3 Aside from backups, you can use the software for other disk management tasks, such as cloning and wiping entire disks, or configuring a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) setup.
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Study the fundamentals of how to use Macrium Reflect to protect digital systems. A Macrium Reflect online tutorial can cover the main features of the software, such as:Footnote 4
File and folder backups
Encryption and password protection
Comments on backups
Learning about how to use this tool can supplement your knowledge of cybersecurity and computer science. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.
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Knowledge of how to use Macrium Reflect can be helpful in variety of roles, including:
Backup and recovery engineer: Implements and executes disaster response measures.Footnote 5
Cryptographer: Finds secure ways to encrypt data.Footnote 6
Cybersecurity specialist: Uses the backup software to deal with threats.Footnote 7
IT support professional: Uses the software to maintain a company's systems.Footnote 8
While many of these roles exist within similar industries, employment qualifications for careers that may utilize Macrium Reflect differ based on the position and employer. Some roles may require a higher level degree while others may only ask for a demonstration of skills that can be acquired in a cybersecurity boot camp, for example. Before deciding on which learning path will work best for you, research potential roles you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your professional aspirations.
How to become a Macrium Reflect technician
Professionals who work within the computer and information technology sector typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science or a related topic, although the exact qualifications will depend on the role.Footnote 9 However, to work as a Macrium Reflect technician, it is particularly important that you know your way around the software and its specific uses.
You should understand how to execute incremental and differential backups, in order to ensure that all important items used day-to-day are safe in between resource-heavy full backups, which you should also be able to perform. Because Reflect uses the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service, you can create backups for items even while they're in use.Footnote 10
You should also know how to use Macrium Reflect to clone drives, which can speed up your efforts to get systems running on a large scale. For instance, you can install and configure a work device in a new office, then clone the setup and replicate it across all other workstations. This ensures that every user has an identical setup and you don't have to worry that you might miss an important setup step or crucial security configuration.
Additionally, an understanding of how to use Macrium Reflect to clone a hard drive can come in handy when you want to move to a more modern system, while keeping all previous activity and records intact. This way, you can move everyone over to solid-state drives (SSDs) and they can resume operations right where they left off.
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