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  1.    02 Dec 2015 #1
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    System Backup


    After spending two days to get my computer reprogram after a Diskpart failure I want to do a backup on the drive. Is the Windows10 backup good to use,or do I need something else. If I do a complete backup can I restore it to another formatted drive ?. Need a better way of doing things,don't want this to happen again without have a better fix.

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  2.    02 Dec 2015 #2
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    San Jose, California
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    You can use either Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper . They are both good and free.
    Personally, I use Macrium.
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  3.    02 Dec 2015 #3
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    Windows 8.1.1 64-bit

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You can use either Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper . They are both good and free.
    Personally, I use Macrium.
    Both are good.

    i use Easeus Backup myself.

    And the old Vista W7 imaging facility, which was dropped in 8/8.1, is back in W10.

    It's basic, but it works.


    Wenda.
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  4.    02 Dec 2015 #4
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, if I use Macrium Reflect Free software will I be able to restore to another formatted drive? Like make a clone of my main system.
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  5.    02 Dec 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by zplugger View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions, if I use Macrium Reflect Free software will I be able to restore to another formatted drive? Like make a clone of my main system.
    Yes Macrium Reflect does this.
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  6.    02 Dec 2015 #6
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    Instead of cloning, just create a backup image into a single file to an external HD then you can restore to another drive when needed. In addition, you can mount it as a virtual drive to selectively restore files/folders. You don't even have to format the drive, Macrium will take care of that.
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  7.    02 Dec 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Instead of cloning, just create a backup image into a single file to an external HD then you can restore to another drive when needed. In addition, you can mount it as a virtual drive to selectively restore files/folders. You don't even have to format the drive, Macrium will take care of that.
    Really.....so why does it have to be backed up to a external drive?? You can use a 2nd drive that's internal. Unless their is some reason you shouldn't. ?? And.....how do you mount it as a virtual drive?? That's sounds interesting.? Right now I can't even mount an ISO on my hard drives, even thou after reading Brinks tutorial its suppose to be easy. My menu does not show that option at all in file explorer. Just wondering...is all.
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  8.    02 Dec 2015 #8
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    Really.....so why does it have to be backed up to a external drive?? You can use a 2nd drive that's internal. Unless their is some reason you shouldn't. ?? And.....how do you mount it as a virtual drive?? That's sounds interesting.? Right now I can't even mount an ISO on my hard drives, even thou after reading Brinks tutorial its suppose to be easy. My menu does not show that option at all in file explorer. Just wondering...is all.
    Of course you could. External or internal does not matter. I do use an internal SSD but always have extra copy on an external. However, it is safer to backup to an external in case if you have Virus attack or have you ever heard of Ransomware ? which they can encrypt all your data from all drives and require you to pay a ransom to decrypt, and that's one of the reason I always suggest to backup to an external.

    To mount the image as a Virtual drive, just double click on the image (.mrimg extension). A Windows will popup, check which one you want to mount, click OK. Look in "This PC". You should have the drive mounted. To unmount, Right click on the drive->Unmount:

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    Here's a quick and dirty video which I did backup on an internal SSD:
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  9.    02 Dec 2015 #9
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    Hi,

    Right now I can't even mount an ISO on my hard drives, even thou after reading Brinks tutorial its suppose to be easy. My menu does not show that option at all in file explorer. Just wondering...is all.
    Maybe an installed CD/DVD burning program has changed the default program to open .ISO files ?
    If you rest the default program for mounting ISO files back to explorer them you should have the option to mount it.

    Cheers,
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  10.    03 Dec 2015 #10
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    Thanks for all the Suggestion
    I did use Macrium Reflect Free and it worked like a charm.My extra drive is all loaded and running perfect.What a great piece of software,will never build another computer without it. Tried the Image Backup in Windows 10 with no luck,did not like partition sizes being different. Using the drive as I type,I'm happy camper again. Anybody that cares about there system and files should be using this.
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