Windows 10: Windows 10 - Backup/Restore/Recovery

  1.    29 Jul 2015 #1

    Windows 10 - Backup/Restore/Recovery


    Windows 10 - Backup/Restore/Recovery (Computer Dummy)

    I would like to enquire how to go about creating a system restore/backup/recovery for installed Windows 10.

    Two of my computers (Lenovo and 2x Medion) have a factory installed Windows 8 in a recovery designated partition (but both systems later updated to 8.1 - but not the Recovery part, still Windows 8) the other Medion computer has a DVD Disc with Windows 7. All Computers now have Windows 10.

    I downloaded the free version of AOMEI Backupper and (hopefully?) made a System Backup of my computer with Windows 8.1 before downloading Windows 10. (Just in case - but will have to overwrite this to do W10 Backup due to limited space) .

    Is this the correct way to do it for Windows 10 ?

    Or somehow burn a Disc?

    And what about the old Windows 8 system recovery partition on two of my computers?

    And does the AOMEI System Backup include everything = also all files or just System (and need to do a File backup)?

    Thanks in advance for all advice and help
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    30 Jul 2015 #2

    Once you upgrade, your former Recovery partitions will be of no use to you -- as they would only reset the machines to their original states when you first used them with Windows 8. At that point, you might as well remove those partitions to make better use of the disk space.

    As to backup, I've personally never trusted Windows software to do that and have always used third party product. My current favorite is Macrium Reflect -- for which a free version is now available.

    Don't know how AOMEI System Backup works, but if it's like MR (which I suspect it is), it backs up entire partitions, including all the files contained in those partitions.

    While you MIGHT be able to do image backups to disk, even with Blue-Ray disks, you only have 25GB or 50GB capacities -- the larger of which might be able to hold an entire system backup. Myself, I back up to an external drives and have made a Recovery USB stick (using MR) that I can boot from to Restore the PC from those backups, should Windows fail to start properly.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3

    You can just use the built in System Image Backup to create an image. To be honest I always use the built in one and have never needed a third party alternative because it's never failed me, I've always had trouble with third party ones. I must be the rare odd one who does lol
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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       30 Jul 2015 #4

    Macrium Reflect restores a backup in less than 5 minutes. The Windows version is about 35 minute. MR is free so why not use it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    +1 on Macrium.
    I used Win7 built in backup some time ago and targetted the backup to my newish 2.5GB Seagate external drive. Worked once but then on second attempt NT Backup decided it did not liek partitions > 2GB, at least according to the error code.
    Might still buy it but on the free version now.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    27 Aug 2015 #6

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    As to backup, I've personally never trusted Windows software to do that and have always used third party product. My current favorite is Macrium Reflect -- for which a free version is now available.

    Don't know how AOMEI System Backup works, but if it's like MR (which I suspect it is), it backs up entire partitions, including all the files contained in those partitions.
    Thanks to everyone for their reply - really sorry about the delay in answering - I apologise for this.

    I downloaded both Macrium and AOMEI to check out. I found Macrium to be more complicated - needing more tech knowledge based decisions which I felt I did not have - or at least was unsure what the right thing was to do. AOMEI had a more straightforward and simple User face so I went with that (after first reading lots of feedback about AOMEI just to be sure) and made backup of Desktop W10 with that.

    However, I have just read an AOMEI Forum report/Thread from someone who reported that re-installing the W10 System Backup did not work (correctly). someone from AOMEI has replied with how to do something to resolve this problem (http://www.aomeitech.com/forum/discu...-backup#Item_4)

    So I am going to have to find out how to do a correct backup using free version of Macrium Reflect - because I no longer trust my AOMEI backup (for my desktop W10). For the the other device I am at the moment in the process of trying to find out how to move System to a SSD and for this I am starting another thread under Drivers and Hardware on this Forum.

    Once again many thanks to all
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    27 Aug 2015 #7

    If you have the free external/NAS hard drive space being unused, nothing wrong with keeping an image from both programs.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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