Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for average users.
Once I’ve convinced you that image backups are important, your next question is most likely to be “OK, How?”. Here’s a short-and-sweet answer and resources to learn more.
Many external drives include free backup software. I’ll review why I rarely use what comes with the drive and prefer making my own choice.
I find myself looking for a new candidate backup program to add to my stable of recommendations – and you can help!
Next to simply making an image backup, scheduling those backups to happen automatically is one of the topics most people find confusing. Depending on the backup software that you’re using, it’s typically not hard at all. I’ll show you by walking through the steps of scheduling a monthly full backup, using the free version of the backup […]
Backing up is important, but terms like “full”, “incremental”, and “differential” can easily confuse. I’ll look at what these terms mean.
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.
Chances are that you have a basic disk, and don’t need the functionality offered by dynamic disk support. Even if that functionality actually is kind of cool.
Macrium Reflect is clearer than Windows 7, it’s easier to understand what it’s doing, and ultimately, I trust it more.
Backing up, particularly with backup image software, is for recovering from a disaster. It can also be handy when moving to a new machine, but probably not in the way you are thinking.
Current versions will continue to work. The real problem is what happens with future versions.
As long as the problem isn’t a damaged hard drive, you may be able to access your data with a Linux CD, or even better, a backup recovery CD.
Macrium will run just fine as long as your computer is still turned on. Other automatic programs may have trouble, depending on their configuration.
Hard drive failures happen. Everyone needs to realize that. You can probably guess my recommendation for staying safe.
When you create a backup image of your machine, it contains everything; that’s the definition of a backup image.
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) allows programs like Macrium Reflect to create bootable rescue media. If you don’t have this, you have two options.
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.
Many backup programs allow you to specify that old backups be deleted. It’s not always obvious how, so I’ll show you in Macrium Reflect.
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.
If you don’t have a rescue disc, just find another machine and make one. You don’t need to make one every single time you update the software.
Backups are one of the ways people can protect themselves from everything from hardware failure to virus infections. So why don’t people back up?
Macrium Reflect is a full-featured backup program that supports everything that I consider critical to keeping your important data safely backed up.