Taking a few steps immediately after you unbox your new computer can save you a lot of time, effort, and data loss later.
Step one to an operating system upgrade? Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine! Step one to a reinstall? The same.
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.
It would be good to know if your computer can run Windows 10 before installation. Unfortunately, the techniques to find out have proven less than reliable. I have a recommendation.
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.
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.
More than likely, you will 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.
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.
Image backups are excellent protection against almost all forms of data loss. They’re not really intended to make transferring to a new computer easier, though in rare circumstances they can come in handy for that too.
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.