w10 back up stick


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    w10 back up stick


    Hi There

    Should I do a w10 back usb stick, if so, which thread is best on this forum to follow.
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    frenchman96 said:
    Hi There

    Should I do a w10 back usb stick, if so, which thread is best on this forum to follow.
    Try the Backup and Restore section -- the preferred option seems to be Macrium (the Free version is sufficient enough for most people)

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    frenchman96 said:
    Should I do a w10 back usb stick, if so, which thread is best on this forum to follow.
    You can never have enough backups, but the answer to your question depends on exactly what it is you want to back up.


    Do you want to be able to do a clean install of Windows? If the Windows was supplied pre-installed by the OEM, do you want that clean install to be a 'factory reset' that includes the OEM utilities and drivers? If so, then you need to make a USB Recovery Drive that includes system files. This is also useful for repairing your Windows.

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10


    Or do you want to be able to restore your system exactly as it is now should your hard drive fail or become corrupted, complete with all your installed software and user files? If so, then you need to make a system image to an external drive, preferably a USB HDD rather than a memory stick. That's because the image will likely be too large for most usb sticks. Also an HDD is more reliable storage, usb sticks can and do fail unexpectedly. You'd also need to make the bootable rescue media needed to restore that image. Macrium Reflect Free is used by many here and Ten Forums has a tutorial.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    Or do you just want to back up your user files, documents and photos? Then there are many third-party utilities that can do that, as well as W10's built in File History.

    Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10


    Of course, there's no reason you can't do all of the above. As I said, you can never have enough backups.
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    I have all my docs, pics, videos, music backed up already, it is the recoivery drive I need (I think), in case the pc goes belly up.

    PC is only 6 months old, and I did think (and hope) that what I need to do, can be done on my pc without downloading anything, am I correct.
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    frenchman96 said:
    PC is only 6 months old, and I did think (and hope) that what I need to do, can be done on my pc without downloading anything, am I correct.
    Yes, you can make a Recovery Drive without downloading anything. If you use the 'include system files' option it will be able to reinstall Windows and effectively be a 'Factory Reset' drive. With it you can restore your system back to how it came out of the box, including any OEM customizations, drivers and utilities.

    You would loose any other software you may have installed. To be able to restore a system that includes such installed software, then look at making a system image with something like Macrium.
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