For others, it may be valuable to save subsequent copies, the default version, and the file. It is also worth creating a system restore point or image before any major change. Then you will be simply secured. Let us look at what alternatives we have.
Backup using Windows
There are many threats in the world of the Internet. One of them is ransomware. It can encrypt your data and, for example, demand money in exchange for unblocking it. We do not need to dwell on the effects of such actions. We have even prepared a text for you about additional programs that will help you in the fight against such a dangerous opponent. A simple failure of a computer or laptop can also have unpleasant consequences. Therefore, you can start now, using only the system settings, take care of your security. Windows allows us to make an incremental copy, that is, it only saves changes since the last copy, which saves space.
To save not only the system with programs, but also files, you need to make its image.
Built-in backup tools in Windows are quite robust. Let's look at how to create a full computer backup image without using a third-party tool.
- Open the System Backup Image Tool. In Windows 10, go to Control Panel> Backup and Restore (Windows 7)> Create System Image.
- Select the location where you want to save the backup image.
- Select disks to back up.
- Start backup.
- Optionally, you can create a system repair disk that you can use to start your computer and restore the backup image.
Normal backup programs or the built-in Windows History file history feature, generally copy files to another location. On the other hand, a system image backup is like a full snapshot of the entire hard disk. The advantage of a system image is that if your hard disk fails, you can replace it, restore the image, and restore the system to where it was captured. You do not need to reinstall Windows or applications.
The biggest disadvantage of backing up your system - in addition to a long time - is that you can't restore your backup to another computer. You create a picture of a full Windows installation, and because Windows is configured specifically for your hardware, it just won't work like it does on another computer. It would be most likely trying to connect a hard drive to another computer and expecting everything to load nicely. With this in mind, backing up images can be very useful.
Backup with MiniTool ShadowMaker
Third-party application such as the latest MiniTool ShadowMaker - at least the paid versions - offer advanced features that you won't find in the Windows backup tool. For example, support incremental backups, manage remote computer, and the ability to backup/sync in WinPE. The free version offers a solid way to perform a full system backup if you don't need additional features.
The process of finding the System Image Backup tool is different in Windows 7 than in Windows 8 and 10. The first time you run the tool, it scans the system for external disks. Then you can decide where you want to save the image. It can be an external drive, multiple DVDs, or a network location. MiniTool ShaodwMaker will save you a lot of job that way.
An external drive will definitely be useful
System image is an exact record of everything on the disk as it is. Interestingly, Windows 10 is able to restore the system image from Windows 7 and update the software so that it works with it. Remember that this image file will take up a lot of space.
Having backups on separate media is a must, because your computer can be overloaded. The issue of choosing an external drive is a very individual matter. Pay attention to the price, capacity, durability and size, as well as the type of interface and additional functions that of you most care.
Backing up the image may take some time, so it's best to do so when you don't need a computer for several hours - or even at night. If you need to, if you want to use this backup, see the full guide on restoring image backups in Windows.
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