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  1. Posts : 2,651
    Windows 7 Pro


    It has the quarter of it's life left, if it is going well I would run it much further, But have an image of my system ready all time.
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  2. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thank you all so much for all your help. I have made a backup image on my HDD just in case.
    I'm tempted to pick up a PNY CS900 240GB SSD soon, is it possible for me to migrate my windows os files to the hdd for now, and move to the new ssd when i get it?
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  3. Posts : 2,651
    Windows 7 Pro

    Just to let you know, before you buy anything.

    The average read/write speed of this PNY CS900 (240 GB) is around 292MB/s. However, the 1TB version is best in terms of performance with an average read/write speed of about 330MB/s.The random read/write speeds are acceptable since it is a SATA SSD available at a very cheap price tag.

    But a samsung EVO wil give you twice that speed on the same interface... And proven reliability.

    I don't know PNY, I don't know their reliability, I don't know the price of the drive compared...

    But the speed is not really stimulating.

    As I get over 550 on a Intel 8 SATA controller with An EVO 1TB...

    Your current drive has enough life left, to have the time to pile the $$$ difference.
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  4. Posts : 35,554
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    I have made a backup image on my HDD just in case.
    Disk images are best stored on external removable media which can then be stored separately and offline.

    That way they are not subject to system failure, viruses, ransomware.

    When you say 'image' I hope you used e.g. Macrium Reflect (free/paid) - highly and endlessly recommended here- Aomei Backupper, Easeus Todo Backup and O&O Diskimage are other such products.

    And of course, you should image all partitions comprising Windows (4 for UEFI) regularly so you have a fairly recent image as all data would be replaced with an older version if restoring it.

    These programs allow you to create a backup job that manages a pattern of
    base (initial) image
    + a sequence of differential / incremental images according to rules you are prompted to set, so once set up, it's quite easy.
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  5. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I'll give it a try, thanks!
    How many gbs is a system backup anyway?
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  6. Posts : 35,554
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    That's a 'how long is a piece of string' question to some extent, but yes, you need to know how large an external disk to use of course.

    a. the base (first/initial) image of (e.g.) the 4 partitions of a typical UEFI installation is the largest of the se of images.
    Image files are a compressed copy of the used space in the partitions imaged.
    Whilst the compression level can be set, there's usually not much difference.
    Clearly how much you gain with compression depends- for example, you might have 10s of Gbs of photos on C: as well.

    Typically allow 50% of the used space on C:

    Then on the same backup disk aim to keep, say, 3-5 differential images.
    (Macrium free does not offer incremental imaging: Aomei Backupper does. Incremental images are smaller than differential images as a diff image represents the difference between 'now' and the base image).

    The retention rules you set when creating the first image manage your backup space automatically.

    So allow at least the same size disk for your image storage as the used space you plan to image- then double that to allow for the future.

    And you might also have other partitions you wish to image.. so allow for those- or use a separate disk if you wish of course.

    Then plan how frequently you need to create an image- this depends on how often your system is at risk from changes and how critical it is.

    Remembering restoring an image means all your data is set back to the date of that image, you may wish to make separate specific provision for scheduled or synched backup of critical data.
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  7. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I would like to thank everyone for their help with my PC issues.
    Going to monitor my pc for a while longer while I save up for a new ssd.
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  8. Posts : 35,554
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    - and if you've not got one, a large enough HDD for external backup.. maybe 2Tb for £60? (not looked recently)
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