I have a new Windows 8.1 all in one desktop-Lenovo, and with Windows 10 coming out next month-do you think that I would need to back up my computer completely before hand-windows 8.1 system along with my files, etc..-just in case so I have the before intact and in case there is somehow a major problem with the 10? Hopefully not-but better to be prepared. What discs and type are used for OS backup and how many of them are used?
I would be interested in any advice, and comments on this.
Without seeing your setup it is hard to state how much external HDD space you would require.
Music, pictures and videos generally don't compress much (if at all).
OS files and documents (txt, doc, etc.) compress more.
Here is a picture of my partitions and the backup image sizes (using Macrium's default settings):
Even though it doesn't look like it, the Pictures partition backup image is actually smaller than the HDD partition size.
Last edited by lehnerus2000; 20 Jun 2015 at 21:06.
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