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