Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Changing backup file names is easy and safe to do. It's only an identifier for Macrium.
I use Macrium Reflect Pro for my backups. When I run a backup, it recommends that I use a default name to identify the backup. Question: if I choose to use a different identifier, like my computer name, and then change my computer's name down the road, will Reflect recognize the backup with the old computer name?
In this excerpt from Answercast #75, I look at the file names that Macrium Reflect creates when making a backup and the safety in changing it to something more user friendly.
There's no problem. Name it whatever you like.
Quite literally, the "file name" that Macrium is asking you for is nothing more than a file name. It actually has nothing to do with the name of your computer or anything else.
I know that the default name it assigns is actually fairly obscure and kind of bizarre looking. I get that!
I also understand some why they choose what they choose. It's because it's guaranteed to be unique no matter what they do.
If you want to change it to something more readable, more useful, change it to whatever you like. Something based on the name of your computer is fine.
I do the same thing.
If you change the name of your computer later, that's okay. It won't be a problem. If you want to install or restore that backup to a different hard disk, on a different computer with a different name, that's fine.
The name of the backup won't cause a problem; it's nothing more than the name of the files that Macrium will write when it creates your backup.
Next from Answercast 75 - How do I control what shows in the Windows 7 taskbar notification area?
Comments on this entry are closed.
If you have a question, start by using the search box up at the top of the page - there's a very good chance that your question has already been answered on Ask Leo!.
If you don't find your answer, head out to http://askleo.com/ask to ask your question.