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    • #1595504 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      Windows 10 has a built-in (and ancient) whole-disk backup tool called System Images. It works, most of the time, but you need to know about the gotcha
      [See the full post at: Troubleshooting: Use system images to fix major PC hassles]

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    • #1599855 Reply

      KWGuy
      AskWoody Plus

      Per Mr. Lasky’s Newsletter tutorial (“Gotcha #3”) re using the W7 method to create a system image:  “If you pick a hard drive, make sure it’s formatted correctly and has free storage space equal in size to the space used on the drive you’re imaging.”

      So, if I’m creating a full image to an external HD, does this mean that the USED space on my laptop will equal the size of the image on the external HD 1:1?  I think that is what he is saying, but want to be sure before I purchase an ext HD.

      If there’s no compression of the image, and I want to store multiple images on the same HD, then I need to buy a larger ext HD than anticipated!

      With every Newsletter I learn something new and useful!!!  Keep ’em coming!

    • #1600716 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      does this mean that the USED space on my laptop will equal the size of the image on the external HD 1:1?

      No. Backup image applications compress the data for the image file. I use Acronis for image backup.
      My C drive has 60GB of data and D drive has 42GB. The image size that contain both drives is 59GB.

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    • #1600997 Reply

      anonymous

      Thank you very much for the insightful article.

      Why oh why does Windows-10 continue to make what should be a simple process so complicated and full of “gotchas”?   People criticize those who are staying with Windows-7.  Yet, this just reinforces the wisdom of staying with a known OS that works reliably!  Will Microsoft ever “get the message” and then act responsibly?

    • #1629222 Reply

      anonymous

      System Restore points are not really “backups”.

      I would suggest a repair install using an in-place upgrade rather than a reset.

       

    • #1596538 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      There are several other, third-party programs that handle this better.

      I use Acronis True Image (paid). It has all the benefits with no drawback.

      I run full backup (all partitions on drive C (OS) and drive D (data) to en external HD twice a month (First of a month and 15th) Between 1-15 an 15-31 I take incremental backups.
      In addition I run daily scheduled File History/Shadow Copy (like restore point):

      Configure Shadow Copy For Windows 10

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    • #1603054 Reply

      CyGuy
      AskWoody Plus

      Do you think the same failure would occur if one left the files where they are but renamed them, as I do?

    • #1625068 Reply

      rc primak
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    • #1626711 Reply

      Lugh
      AskWoody_MVP

      I run full backup (all partitions on drive C (OS) and drive D (data) to en external HD twice a month (First of a month and 15th)

      Consider at least a system image just before Patch Tuesday.

      Lugh.
      ~
      Alienware Aurora R6; Win10 Home x64 1803; Office 365 x32
      i7-7700; GeForce GTX 1060; 16GB DDR4 2400; 1TB SSD, 256GB SSD, 4TB HD

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