Articles tagged: image backup

What Good Is an Image If I Can’t Restore an Old Backup to a New Computer?

Image backups are excellent protection against data loss, but restoring an old backup to new computer isn’t why you do them.

How Do I Tell If My Computer Meets Windows 10 Minimum Requirements?

It would be good to know if your computer meets Windows 10 minimum requirements before installation. I have a recommendation on how to proceed.

The First Eight Things to Do with Your New Computer

The steps you should take right after unboxing your new computer to save time, frustration, effort, and data loss later.

Can’t I Just Copy Everything Instead of Using a Backup Program?

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.

Are Deleted Files also Deleted from Backups?

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.

Restoring an Image Backup from One Computer to Another

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.

How to Repair a Computer that Only Blue Screens

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.

How Do I Back Up My Computer?

Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for typical users.

What Is Your Most Trusted Method of Backing Up?

Backing up is important. Knowing which tools, techniques, services, and even advice to trust can be a challenge.

How to Back Up Windows 10

How to back up Windows 10 using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.

Tip of the Day: Make a Backup Image of Your New Machine as Soon as Possible

How to Back Up Before a Windows 10 Upgrade

Always back up before a Windows 10 upgrade, update, or reinstall. Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine.

What about Windows 10 backup?

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.

Are Backup Image Files more Fragile than just Having Copies of All the Individual Files?

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.

Do You Back Up?

For the past several weeks I’ve been asking new subscribers, “Do you back up?” The responses have been a little depressing.

How Do I Create a New Machine Image?

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.

How I Deal With Inexplicable Change

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.

Can I just keep making incremental backups after I’ve made a full image backup?

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.

How do I restore my backup to a new machine?

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.

Is cloning to a second internal drive a viable backup strategy?

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.

Can I Just Run Macrium and Do a Restore?

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.

Can I create rescue disks for any point in time?

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.

Do I need to have a separate data backup if I backup my system regularly?

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?

Can I Back Up Files to Save Space?

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.

What’s the Difference Between an Image Backup and a Files and Folder 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.

Restoring an Image Backup using Macrium Reflect

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Restoring an Image Backup using Windows Backup

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Creating an Image using Macrium Reflect

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Creating an Image using Windows Backup

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