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fredbare50

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Hi Guys, I have downloaded Macrium Free backup program to backup my HD to an external drive, but when I open the file to install it a message pops up from my AVG that it is Malware and not to install it, the warning calls it "The file is a Decompression Bomb" and gives me a choice to ignore or to install, what should I do?
Also I have FBackup, and when I try to use that it tells me to insert a disk, when I have told it to backup up to my external WD drive which has been partitioned for that purpose, the drive works for the other data I have on it .
Can someone please explain the differences between: Cloning a drive, Mirroring a drive, and Full backup of a drive, many thanks.

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First of all, where did you get Macrium Reflect from?? You should download it from the Macrium site. It is a well known and respected so I doubt that it has been infected directly from there.

I don't know FBackup and I'm not going to install it to try it..

Cloning usually involves a complete copy of all the stuff (partition tables, boot sectors, and partitions) from one drive to another so that the second one can totally replace the first.

Mirroring usually means creating a second copy of files in real time so that in case of corruption of the primary copy, the mirrored copy can be used. (It is a good idea/practice to detect the usage and only use the mirror to restore the primary and not expose it to the corrupting influence). It is usually used in a RAID set, but not necessarily so.

Full backup of a drive may be similar to a clone except that it could be to a different media that cannot directly replace the original. The term is used more often to refer to backing up a whole drive/partition rather than just the changes - incremental back up.

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Macrium reflect does a decent job for basic image backups of a drive. If you want to backup a raid array or clone drives, then the only thing to get is acronis true image. Acronis is not free like macrium however it does more.

I just downloaded macrium and did a scan and got basically the same thing you did. My guess here is that it is a false positive since the files in question are a linux compressed file. It is up to you however I tend to think macrium is fine and it is just a false positive.
 

fredbare50

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Thanks guys, I tried to download Macrium from their main site but was redirected to another and then finally to CNet, I then tried some other sites with the same result each time. So do you think it will be safe to install? What is a raid array, I see a lot of reference to it on this forum?
 

fredbare50

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I have downloaded Acronis Trial to see how it goes, have done a backup, but how do you see what is on it, it looks nothing like looking at the files on C; drive, how do I know if it is OK?
 

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There is an option to check it. There is also one to mount the image as a drive.
 
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