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Doing a Full Backup

Emergencies can happen at any time. Do you have a backup of your computer?

Backing  up your data is something that is marketed by many different companies – ‘back it up to the cloud’ they say for $x dollars a month. These are excellent services for your data. But what about your entire computer?

We recently had a client who’s computer hard drive was crashing. It was fortunate that this client had a full ‘image’ of their computer saved on a backup drive.

An ‘image’ is a fully restorable backup of their computer saved in a format that a program such as Windows 10, Paragon Backup and Restore, etc can use to essentially bring you back-to-life and get you back where you were. An image will help any technician bring you back up-and-running faster and perhaps save you HUNDREDS in data recovery costs.

Here’s how to do an ‘image’ in Windows 10. You will need a USB hard drive to save the backup on.

These steps are listed on Windows Central.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on System and Security.
  3. Click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
  4. On the left pane, click the Create a system image link.
  5. Under “Where do you want to save the backup?” select the On a hard diskoption.
  6. Using the “On a hard disk” drop-down menu, select the storage to save the backup.
  7. Click the Start backup button.

For more information visit Windows Central and read the full article. 

This should be done periodically so you always have a reasonable backup in addition to any cloud / incremental backups you do.

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