Windows 10: Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First
A system image is always a good thing to have onhand as I can tell from having restored a few over the years! With everything on and running good that's always the right moment to see one made up!
As for the old 32gb SSD that could make a good lunch box drive for sampling the other OS's Flavor of the Month since you don't actually need over 32gb to check out the latest distro! You could set it aside for something like that if not opting to run anything on VMs. Simply unplug the 10 host drive first to eliminate any Grub trashing 10 boot sector concerns and have it as a test drive. It's still a bitt too small for the Windows Insider Preview builds since you would some 60gb roughly to have enough drive space just for the basics.
I appreciate your input Brink & Night Hawk!
Well, my issue with System Image is that it wants to image EVERYTHING.. or at least that's what I understand from this page on the Microsoft website: What is a system image?. (I've never made a System Image though.) For example, I have a fast 1TB drive in here which I only use as a Scratch Disk for Photoshop and Premiere, so it's full of "temp" files which make no sense to back up.. I have another drive, 2TB, which is completely backed up, that contains my video work, so again, no reason to back it up. Finally, I have my system drive (500GB) and my storage drive (2TB), for a total of 5.5GB... OK, none of these drives are full, but I definitely have well-over 3TB of data on here (combined, I mean) so to make a system image I would require an empty 4TB drive. Do I have it right?
Restoring from that System Image is also a bit weird: say my system drive dies, I replace it and now I want to restore... I would first need to wipe all data off my scratch, video and storage drives in order for the System Image to be restored, no? (And this, in turn, would require me to either boot into DOS or something just to wipe the drives, or physically connect them to another system, since, given my example, this computer has no OS, so there'd be no other way for me to wipe the drives.)
Again, I may be misunderstanding something, but to me, keeping a "clean clone" makes much more sense: if the system drive dies, I get a new one, push the clone to it, and I'm up and running in a much shorter time than would be required to restore a System Image. Yes, I will have to reinstall some applications, but at least I'm not imaging a few terabytes' worth of data, a lot of which is useless (i.e. the scratch drive) and the rest of which is fully-backed-up.
Looking forward to your guys' thoughts on all this!
All you need to do is use Macrium Reflect and make a complete system IMAGE, to a 2nd drive, then make a rescue USB disk using Macrium Reflect. When or if you ever needed to completely restore your C drive your system image can do this, and you will not lose any of your apps. You can also use the same image to put on a new drive if you were replacing an older drive. System Image is a better method than cloning your C drive using Macrium Reflect Free version.
A system image is a complete copy of your C-Drive including all of your C drives partitions also. This is the BEST method to use.
Thanks Mike! I will check out Macrium Reflect then.
In this case, would it be correct to say that the info on the MS website I mentioned above (What is a system image?) is incorrect, since it specifically states that it images all the files and everything? (Or is that how MS's implementation of System Image works, whereas Macrium Reflect's actually makes sense? )
Last edited by danytancou; 06 Feb 2016 at 14:50.
I don't think the way MS makes their image backup is quite the same method. Lots of us on here prefer 3rd party programs, like Macrium Reflect and their are other ones too. For my own personal choice I prefer a program like Macrium Reflect Free over using MS backup program. But it is your choice on what program that you use. Try it out, use it for a little while, make your bootable rescue disk, which is VERY important step. Once you install Macrium on your hard drive, click on "other tasks" from main menu, from their you will be able to have Macrium make your bootable rescue disk, and it will make it bootable for you.
Then I would suggest to test out your USB stick, just to make sure it works
A system image is a Complete image of everything on your C drive, including all your partitions. This can be used in different ways, 1 way is to restore your OS to the last time it was stable, depending on if you made your backup when your system WAS stable. Another way you can use your image, is to install your C-drive on a NEW hard drive, or SSD.
Makes sense.. will do & come back with questions if needed! (Though really, that should be a different discussion, as we've veered WAY off on this thread! Sorry! )
All the main free imaging tools can backup multiple drives (eg Macrium Reflect Free, Aoemi, Easus Todo) in one image file.
Night Hawk said:
No need to pay for image backup tools in the average domestic use situation.
And typically the actual support seen in any product for doing just that comes with the paid license! Once you buy the license the full potentials with most softwares are then unlocked. That's the difference being seen between paid and free. With the free version you would need to see separate images for each drive being made once you go over a certain amount. As for the quick and fast solution for the OS drive however most 3rd party programs will have a tendency to compress data down in order to see smaller sizes for images on disk. That was the only thing about the backup option already seen in Windows being a drawback besides any change in drives or drive configurations having an effect.
very nice thread, will be doing this to try fix a problem I have at the moment
i'm running into an issue with activating a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro on my netbook.
i did an upgrade on the same netbook from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro, which installed and activated fine.
i decided to try wiping the...
Maybe someone can push me in the right direction to a fix ? Or should I buy a new computer?
Today I decided to accept Microsoft's invitation to download and upgrade my windows 7 pro, unfortunately, it didn't go so smoothly as I had hoped it...
I upgraded from 8.1 (genuine Sony Vaio ) using the media creation upgrade option, it installed and activated to windows 10 pro.
I then used the same media creation tool to download the iso and used Rufus to put it onto a usb so that I...
As the topic said :chuckle: