What is an MRIMG File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert MRIMG Files

MRIMG Files
MRIMG Files.
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A file with the MRIMG file extension is a Macrium Reflect Image file created by the Macrium Reflect backup software for the purpose of storing an exact copy of a hard drive.

An MRIMG file may be built so that the files can be restored to the same drive in the future, so that you can look through the files via a virtual disk on a different computer, or to copy all the contents of one hard drive onto another.

Depending on the options that were selected when the MRIMG file was created, it may be a full copy of a disk that includes even the unused sectors, or it may just hold the sectors that contained information. It may also be compressed, password protected, and encrypted.

How To Open an MRIMG File

MRIMG files that are Macrium Reflect Image files are created and opened by Macrium Reflect. You can do this through the Restore > Browse for an image file to restore... menu option.

From there, choose Browse Image if you just want to mount the MRIMG file as a virtual drive so as to look through it and copy out specific files/folders that you want to restore. You could also mount the MRIMG by right-clicking the file and choosing Explore image.

Tip: Dismounting an MRIMG file can be accomplished through Macrium Reflect under the Restore > Detach Image menu.

To actually restore the contents of the MRIMG file back to their original location instead of just browsing through the virtual drive, pick the Restore Image option to choose the destination.

Note: You can not make any changes to the files that are inside an MRIMG file. If you're mounting it as a virtual drive, you can copy files out and even temporarily make changes to them (if you choose to make it writable), but none of the changes are sustained once you unmount the file.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the MRIMG file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open MRIMG files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an MRIMG File

You can convert MRIMG to VHD (Virtual PC Virtual Hard Disk file) using Macrium Reflect in the Other Tasks > Convert image to VHD menu.

If you want the VHD file to be then be in the VMDK format for use in VMware, or in the IMA disk image format, you may have luck doing that with WinImage through its Disk > Convert Virtual Hard Disk image... menu.

Some Macrium Reflect users may want to convert their MRIMG file to an ISO file, but that's not really the step you should take. If what you're after is a way to restore an MRIMG file that doesn't seem to restore properly (maybe because Macrium Reflect can't lock the hard drive), you'll want to instead create a bootable rescue CD. See Macrium's Create a Bootable Rescue CD directions for how to do that.

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