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  1. kado897's Avatar
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    juzzie said:
    Great tutorial!!! Finally I have a safe recovery plan I think.

    My windows system and most apps run on a 110 gig SSD (C drive) with some apps and heaps of data on a seagate 2TB hard disk drive (E drive).

    I am no way a power user of windows 10 so thought I'd ask, if I only backup (using MR) the C drive is that a complete system backup of windows 10 or is there a chance there are some vital windows files on the E drive that have ended up there?

    I don't really have the room to backup the whole E drive. I just want to recover from SSD total failure. I don't mind losing applications which are easily replaced...

    I am sure this is a common situation for a lot of people, to have a small SSD running windows and apps and a huge disk drive for data?

    Am I running the risk that if the E-drive dies and I haven't backed it up that windows could go looking for info there and crash???
    Welcome to Ten Forums juzzie.

    There is a link down the left hand side which will create an image of all partitions needed to restore Windows. I very much doubt it will include your E drive. This will include the hidden System partition and the recovery partition but these are small.
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  2. Posts : 1,868
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       #331

    This might help explain it. I run a backup everyday and this shows the last 7 days.

    The first in the list is a the base image, that is always a full backup whichever method (incremental or differential) you choose
    to do later.

    So the base image is 18Gb in size, and the following images up to and including the 13th Feb are all incrementals. You can see how small they all are.

    On the 14th (today) I made a differential image (look how big it is) and then installed todays W10 updates. Following that I made another differential image. Again it is big because these last two images look back to that base image as a reference.

    Had I used incrementals for the last two then they would have been smaller but crucially they would also rely on all the others in the chain being intact.

    The differentials are 'stand alone' images needing only the base image and the differential to perform a restore and so I usually finish the set off with a differential.

    Tomorrow will see a new sequence started and this set will be archived.

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  3. kado897's Avatar
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       #332

    Ryan1991 said:
    Got it. So if i want to run the scheduled backup of my system image everyday, then incremental is recommended? Thanks
    Differential is safer for the reasons given above.
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  4. Posts : 1,868
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       #333

    Ryan1991 said:
    Got it. So if i want to run the scheduled backup of my system image everyday, then incremental is recommended? Thanks
    Its personal preference.

    It is undoubtedly true that differentials are safer because if one in a chain gets deleted accidently, or one is corrupted somehow, then all others past that point are rendered useless.

    That said I always use incrementals for preference and have done for many years. I've never had an issue restoring from them either.

    (Macrium won't do incrementals as far as I know, at least not in the free version... unless that changed with recent offerings)
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       #334

    ^Thanks guys for helping out.
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  6. kado897's Avatar
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    Mooly said:
    Its personal preference.

    It is undoubtedly true that differentials are safer because if one in a chain gets deleted accidently, or one is corrupted somehow, then all others past that point are rendered useless.

    That said I always use incrementals for preference and have done for many years. I've never had an issue restoring from them either.

    (Macrium won't do incrementals as far as I know, at least not in the free version... unless that changed with recent offerings)
    The free version still doesn't support incrementals.
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  7. ddelo's Avatar
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       #336

    Mooly said:
    (Macrium won't do incrementals as far as I know, at least not in the free version... unless that changed with recent offerings)
    Nope...no change. Free version only does Differential
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  8. Posts : 1,868
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       #337

    Thanks. I just wondered with the question having got around to incrementals.
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  9. Posts : 59
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       #338

    Mooly said:
    Thanks. I just wondered with the question having got around to incrementals.
    I am planning to buy the macrium software thats why i asked because i was not sure difference between differential and incrementals. Just one last question, Can we restore a system image backup made using macrium to different computers?
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  10. kado897's Avatar
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    Ryan1991 said:
    I am planning to buy the macrium software thats why i asked because i was not sure difference between differential and incrementals. Just one last question, Can we restore a system image backup made using macrium to different computers?
    Have a read of this article. It's available in all paid editions https://knowledgebase.macrium.com/di...o+new+hardware
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