Backup/Image of my Laptop with a SSD

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    Backup/Image of my Laptop with a SSD

    My relatively new Lenono Laptop's Windows 10 SSD suddenly stopped working and the shop said it is DEAD.
    So upgraded the SSD to a 1 tb but I needs some advise.

    I would like to get a Backup or Image software of my 1tb SSD to a 1-5tb HD in case is fails again. What would be preferred is a Image, or Backup that is kept up to date by itself Or to run periodically.
    An Image would be better as it would be like a hot backup, plug and boot.

    Any recommendations?
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    Images as normally understood are not "plug and boot". The image needs to be "restored", a formal process that takes some time. At that point, the drive becomes bootable.

    Macrium is the favored program on this forum.
    Last edited by ignatzatsonic; 4 Weeks Ago at 20:53.
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    Thanks, no, other "things to do is fine" it is just, backups do not necessarily have working programs in the final store due to the registry?
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    There are several things you can do as preventative maintenance and others after a failure.

    Before there is a failure:
    a) Make a backup image
    (Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon)
    (Macrium is widely used in Ten Forums)

    b) Save the backup image to another drive or to the cloud

    c) Do not save the backup image to another partition on the same drive

    d) Backup the Users folders to another drive or to the cloud

    (In general the above steps should be sufficient to protect from drive failure)
    Windows used to have the option for an automatic regback.
    There is a bug in Windows or it is no longer available.
    It is possible to create copies of the registry without an automatic regback option.

    After a drive failure depends on the nature of the failure.
    In many causes you can use boot rescue or Linux to get access to the files on the drive.
    Then you may be able to make either a backup image or backup users folders to another drive or to the cloud.
    These are case by case basis.

    This is Kyhi boot rescue which is widely used in Ten Forums:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

    The alternative option is to use Linux/Ubuntu
    Create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu tutorials
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    Thanks but there was no warning of any failure until it had failed to respond and was "dead". but will try to implement some of your points. Thanks.
    Are any of your (Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon)
    (Macrium is widely used in Ten Forums)

    "Incremental" backups so the entire 1 tb is not re-written every time but only the changes which should make the backup a lot shorter.
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    The free version of Macrium does differential backups, but not incrementals.

    The paid version does incrementals.

    I don't use either and prefer full backups, which take up roughly half of the occupied space of the partitions represented by the image file. Takes about 10 minutes to make and maybe 20 or 30 minutes to restore.

    The paid version also includes "Rapid Delta Restore".

    Comparisons of Macrium versions:

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
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    Thank you VERY much
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    Macrium Reflect is excellent. Acronis software is poorly engineered and supported so best avoided in my opinion.
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  9.    #9

    Thanks, will try
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