3rd party software for creating a backup image of my system?


  1. Posts : 16
    windows 10
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    3rd party software for creating a backup image of my system?


    Hello everyone.

    I have a new PC running Windows 10 Home. Two hard disks: one for the OS and one for the data. I had created an image of C on my second hard disk, using the incorporated Windows 7 image backup service.

    To my experience, the Windows 7 image backup, incorporated in Windows 10, is problematic. Often, Windows cannot locate the image, even though it's right there for everyone to see. I had (and have) exactly the same problem with my laptop.

    I have contacted Windows Support and they weren't able to help me out, in a tiresome troubleshooting process of having to update once again, etc etc.

    I remember 20 years back, Norton Ghost would arrange everything nice and easy, in the blink of an eye. Why MS can't get it right, after all this time, is beyond me. In the year 2021 it should be a question of drag and drop.

    Either way, I'm going to re-install Windows 10 and this time get an image of my clean system using some 3rd party software.

    I would appreciate advice for any good freeware for creating an image.

    Thanks
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,978
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    To my experience, the Windows 7 image backup, incorporated in Windows 10, is problematic. Often, Windows cannot locate the image, even though it's right there for everyone to see. I had (and have) exactly the same problem with my laptop.
    Correct. Even MS says go 3rd party.

    You will find endless recommendations here for Macrium Reflect (free or licensed) here. The free version offers disk/partition imaging and some useful repair features on its bootable disk.

    In addition, consider
    a. Planning to keep as much personal data off C: as possible so it's unaffected if you need to restore an image.
    b. Another form of data backup for either pure data partitions (which you could also image of course)
    c. Data backup for any fast-changing critical data that is not backed up frequently enough by periodic imaging.
    Various programs and methods for data synching are mentioned in threads about backups.

    Other options include Aomei, Easeus, O&O...

    As a minimum at least image all partitions forming your O/S- typically 4 for UEFI.

    Note that the free version of MR does NOT give you write access to their support forum; there is a huge help file on line and with the program, and plenty of videos etc. Updates every few weeks with a prompt.
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  3. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
    Posts : 2,406
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    Here's the site tutorial for Macrium.

    It's long, quite detailed and possibly intimidating.

    The fact is, you can create a full image of your boot drive with perhaps 8 mouse clicks, accepting all Macrium defaults.

    Do that first.

    Then second, create the "recovery media" from Macrium menus, using an ordinary USB flash drive of at least 1 GB size.

    Then third, confirm that the recovery media will actually boot your PC.


    If you can get that far, you have a 99 percent chance of being able to recover from a disaster via an image restoration.

    You'd likely need further assistance on the image restoration details, but you can get that here on this forum if you have at least completed the above 3 steps.
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