Windows 10: Backup @ Recovery question

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  1.    29 Nov 2015 #1

    Backup @ Recovery question


    I just upgraded W7 to W10 on my old laptop.
    Now I want to create a backup in case my HDD fails.

    1. Create Recovery Drive (windows utility) using USB drive.
    2. Run Backup and Restore (windows utility) using external HDD.

    One think I noticed it says "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

    Question:

    1. Will recovery drive load W7 or W10, does it matter.....?
    2. The same question about Backup and Restore.


    Thanks,
    -BBDS
    Last edited by boyboyds; 30 Nov 2015 at 00:54.
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  2. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       29 Nov 2015 #2

    Recommend to use Macrium Reflect, I wouldn't use the Windows one...
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  3. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       29 Nov 2015 #3

    I agree with @djriful about Macrium, but I would use both, and I did, just for insurance. Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  4.    30 Nov 2015 #4

    Thanks,

    I like Macrium and used it in the past, but then I need to buy another 2.5 HDD (I have a laptop).
    But I have several old 3.5 HDDs at home.
    This is why I was trying to use Recovery USB + Imaging HDD rather than Cloning.

    -BBDS
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  5.    30 Nov 2015 #5

    If you created the image files or recovery USB after upgrading to Win 10, it should be the image for Win 10. But couldn't understand why it says "backup and restore Win 7". Actually, you can use Macrium reflect or free Easeus todo backup to do the same thing, creating a recovery USB and imaging the hard drives.
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  6.    30 Nov 2015 #6

    boyboyds said: View Post
    I like Macrium and used it in the past, but then I need to buy another 2.5 HDD (I have a laptop).
    Why would you have to buy another 2.5 HDD? Save the backup image to whatever source you want to. Create a Macrium Reflect Rescue USB (you only need a 4 GB USB or 1 DVD). There are also ways to add it to the same external USB hard drive to boot from it too, but that's a bit complicated. To restore from a failed hard drive you boot from the Rescue USB/DVD and then restore the image from wherever you stored it to onto the new HDD or SSD.

    Personally, I've got one USB flash drive that has the install files for Windows 10 Home, Pro, 32-bit and 64-bit, Macrium Relflect Free rescue and MiniTool Partition Wizard Free - all on one multi-boot USB flash drive. My actual backup images are stored on USB external hard drives.
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  7. DavidE's Avatar
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    Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
       30 Nov 2015 #7

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Why would you have to buy another 2.5 HDD? Save the backup image to whatever source you want to. Create a Macrium Reflect Rescue USB (you only need a 4 GB USB or 1 DVD). There are also ways to add it to the same external USB hard drive to boot from it too, but that's a bit complicated. To restore from a failed hard drive you boot from the Rescue USB/DVD and then restore the image from wherever you stored it to onto the new HDD or SSD.

    Personally, I've got one USB flash drive that has the install files for Windows 10 Home, Pro, 32-bit and 64-bit, Macrium Relflect Free rescue and MiniTool Partition Wizard Free - all on one multi-boot USB flash drive. My actual backup images are stored on USB external hard drives.
    I use Macrium free and i can create the Rescue Media on a CD.
    The Rescue Media i create does work for me.

    I'm curious why you need a 4GB USB or DVD for Macrium Rescue Media, and i don't.
    I don't store the Backup Image on the rescue media, but mine would never fit in 4GB space.
    My Backup Images are 10-30 GB.
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  8.    30 Nov 2015 #8

    DavidE said: View Post
    I use Macrium free and i can create the Rescue Media on a CD.
    The Rescue Media i create does work for me.

    I'm curious why you need a 4GB USB or DVD for Macrium Rescue Media, and i don't.
    I don't store the Backup Image on the rescue media, but mine would never fit in 4GB space.
    My Backup Images are 10-30 GB.
    I meant that you only need a 4 GB USB for the rescue disc, not the backup image. And yes, rescue will fit on a CD.
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  9. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       30 Nov 2015 #9

    I believe the Macrium Recovery WinPE is 512MB.
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  10.    30 Nov 2015 #10

    In the past I used Macrium for cloning, and then when my HDD failed I just replaced it with the cloned one.
    And it has worked so far. But now I am dealing with a laptop and I do not have a spare 2.5 HDD.

    But I think you are saying that I can use Macrium to create a Recovery DVD/USB + Image backup as well.
    If so, then I agree, I do not need to buy another 2.5 HDD, I can use my old 3.5 HDDs for Imaging.

    I will try both methods, Windows utility and Macrium, I have plenty of blank DVDs and used 3.5 HDDs.

    Thank you all for your explanation.
    -BBDS
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