Articles tagged: image backup
Microsoft is removing image-backup capability from Windows. We’ll make an image backup using a free third-party alternative.
You probably want to keep the new operating system on your new machine. All that you need from your image backup is the data that has luckily been preserved.
Backing up while on the road can be a challenge. I’ll review what’s practical and how to keep your data safe.
Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss but can seem complicated. I’ll give a suggestion for typical users.
The steps you should take right after unboxing your new computer will save time, frustration, effort, and data loss later.
How to back up Windows using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.
Factory reset is a great option to have, but it doesn’t cover all the scenarios a full image backup does.
Nothing protects you and your data like a complete, recent backup, even when it might not be obvious. That’s why I harp on it so much.
The concept seems simple: take a system image of one machine, restore it to another, and avoid lengthy setup time. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Once your machine is infected, system backups are likely to include the infection, but are still important. I’ll look at what steps to take.
It’s tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But you can easily miss something very important.
Always back up before a Windows 10 upgrade, update, or reinstall. Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine.
Image backups are excellent protection against data loss, but restoring an old backup to new computer isn’t why you do them.
It would be good to know if your computer meets Windows 10 minimum requirements before installation. I have a recommendation on how to proceed.
Old backups typically have all of the files that were on your machine at the time the backup was taken — and that’s what you want.
Blue screens on startup can be difficult to diagnose and recover from. If your machine only blue screens on start up, there are a number of things to try.
Backing up is important. Knowing which tools, techniques, services, and even advice to trust can be a challenge.
While Windows 10 backup is included as part of the operating system, I consider it to be barely adequate, and prefer a more full-featured solution.
I’m often asked if backup images as one large file are more susceptible to failure than storing the contents as individual files. My take: not really.
For the past several weeks I’ve been asking new subscribers, “Do you back up?” The responses have been a little depressing.
When you get a new machine, creating a new machine image backup as soon as you can is a convenient way to reinstall should you ever need to.
Yes, I deal with frustrating changes as well. It’s not that I never get frustrated; it’s what I choose next that makes for a much happier experience.
Incremental backups, in a practical sense, have a limited shelf life. I’ll explain why a full backup once a month is just about right.
Any backup system puts you ahead of the game. But a few “gotchas” could sneak up on you when relying on cloning a hard drive.
You typically can’t just run Macrium in Windows to do a restore because you’d be restoring on top of a running operating system. But yes, you can easily restore the whole machine. I’ll explain.
You can indeed create rescue media to restore your machine to any point in time. Rather than calling it rescue media, though, it’s nothing more than an image backup.
If you are doing regular image backups of your computer, and incremental backups of new data you’re good. But what about the files you are working on today?
If you have only one copy – it’s not backed up. If you delete files to save space on your hard drive make sure that doesn’t leave you without a backup.
These two settings help you decide what you are backing up on your computer. That decision can be the difference between an easy or difficult recovery.