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  1. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 195
    Windows 10
       29 Sep 2016 #1

    How To Back Up?


    Hi all, I'm running Windows 10 Pro.

    I used to use a Mac and it had Time Machine for backing up and this worked really well. All I had to do was plugin an external USB HDD to set it up and then it would automatically back up every file and setting on my Mac.

    I know there are many 3rd party apps that will backup, but I just want to use something that's in-built into Windows 10 Pro.

    Thank you for any help!
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  2. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home, Windows 7 Ultimate
       29 Sep 2016 #2

    I've always used Acronis True Image, but it does cost money.

    HTG has a nice comprehensive list of various backup utilities at this link that are built into Windows 10, each with different functions depending on how/what you want to backup.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,956
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       29 Sep 2016 #3

    Use free software: either Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper
    Most forum members use Macrium.
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  4. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 195
    Windows 10
       29 Sep 2016 #4

    Thanks so much, but I'd much prefer to just use Windows in-built backup since I'm running Win10 Pro.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    South Australia
    Posts : 425
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       29 Sep 2016 #5

    To be honest, Windows in-built backup (both 7, 8 and 10) has never been very good at all. You will find 3rd party tools are easier, more flexible and, in my opinion, more reliable.

    Have a look at system imaging for the ultimate failsafe:

    Macrium Reflect - Backup Restore - Windows 10 Forums

    If you are insistent on risking Windows in-built tools, do a search in the tutorial section of this forum using "backup" as a keyword.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 195
    Windows 10
       29 Sep 2016 #6

    I see.

    What's so bad about the Windows 10 Pro in-built backup? I was told it was just upgraded in the recent Windows 10 Update...
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       29 Sep 2016 #7

    Hello NiceAndShy,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to create a system image in Windows 10.

    System Image - Create in Windows 10

    You might also like this:

    Windows Backup and Restore context menu - Add in Windows 10
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Sep 2016 at 09:41.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Eastbourne East Sussex UK
    Posts : 2,436
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 143934.693
       29 Sep 2016 #8

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks so much, but I'd much prefer to just use Windows in-built backup since I'm running Win10 Pro.
    I back up every time with the windows own one onto an external drive and finds it works and does the job, as good as any other
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  9. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 1,125
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511 & 1607)
       29 Sep 2016 #9

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks so much, but I'd much prefer to just use Windows in-built backup since I'm running Win10 Pro.
    Apparently Microsoft found that with earlier versions of Windows, home users were taking one look at Backup and Restore and (finding it too difficult to understand) giving up on backups of any sort.

    That's why File History was born. Turn it on and a right-click on any of your documents allows you to browse and restore past revisions.
    File History - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Unlike Mac's Time Machine, File History is just for your documents - you'll need to make separate provision for taking a system image. If you want the built-in solution, read Brink's tutorial linked to earlier. I've used backup & restore to make (and restore) system images without any problems.
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  10. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 195
    Windows 10
       01 Oct 2016 #10

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello NiceAndShy,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to create a system image in Windows 10.

    System Image - Create in Windows 10

    You might also like this:

    Windows Backup and Restore context menu - Add in Windows 10
    Thanks so much for your reply!

    I've used "System Image" before in Windows 8.1, but this took all night to create a backup... Do I need to create a system image every time I use this??? In Time Machine it allowed me to create a backup the first time and then each time after that it only backed up the files that had been changed so each day I could run a backup in Time Machine.
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