You're sitting down in front of your laptop and everything is going fine when your cat jumps up and spills your coffee into your keyboard.Your laptop shoots a puff of smoke shuts off. You dry it off best you can but when you try to start it back up but it will not turn back on. So with Windows backup or lose it!

  • Or you get a email from a friend with a great video they want you to look at. You open the video and next thing you know, your machine is acting strange. You've been infected with a virus or spyware.
  • Or you hard drive just dies and you can’t boot into your system at all. If this happens you will not be able to get any information off your hard drive at all. Everything is lost, everything!!!!
  • Or you install some new software or a simple Windows update and it crash’s your machine or infects it. (That never happens)

There are many other ways that your windows box can go bad. These are just a few things that will happen over time. Don’t think they won't, it’s not a question of if but a question of WHEN!!!

So now what? - Your whole life is in your laptop. You may have just lost everything

  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Picture (everything from your family vacations to the grand kids)
  • All the programs and all the time you have spent setting up and getting your computer just the way you like it.
  • Your Operating System (Windows XP/Vista/7/8.x

All gone if in a second. You just sit there with a pit in you’re stomach like you just lost a best friend. So now what? You think you're OK, you have all your documents, pictures and other stuff backed up. Do you though have it all backed up? Where did you store that information. On a external hard drive or thumb drive. When was the last time you updated it, or checked to make sure your external drive is working. Just like the hard drive in your Desktop or laptop, external drives and thumb drives go bad a lot... Seems when you need them the most, that’s when they seem to fail. You should always keep your data backed up in at least three locations.

  • External Hard Drive or Thumb Drive
  • Cloud Storage such as Google drive, Dropbox, Mega Sync, Google Photo’s.
  • DVD or Blu-Ray disc’s. (This is always your best option but should not be your only source of backup)

What is a Image of you hard drive? An image of a hard drive is an exact replica of your computer at the time the image was taken. Of course, you would want to take the image when the computer is healthy and running without any problems. You should take a new image at least once a month to ensure you have a fresh copy at all times. What programs should I use? I personally use Linux operating systems so I don’t have these sorts of problems. (Try Linux it its FREE) However I like FREE stuff as do most people.   Best Free Backup programs I would recommend are:

  • Redo (Just does a Hard Drive Image only)
  • AOMEI Backupper (Does Image backup and also File syncing)

One of my favorite paid programs is: Acronis True Image (Does it all, Image backup, File syncing, can encrypt your backup with 128k to 512k AES, DES and many more type encryption formats.) If you going to pay for a backup program Acronis True Image is the one I recommend. I have been using it for over 10 years now and it has never failed me. (I have had damage DVD’s so make sure you keep 3 months back of DVD - Blu-Ray backups. So what is your excuse. Why have you not backed up your system yet. It's Windows, so backup or lose it.

Create a system image in Windows 10

windows 10 new menu look

First left mouse click on the Windows Menu and select Settings

Update and Security

Now select Update & Security with the left mouse click

Backup

Select Backup then to the right left click on More options

System Image

Now in the left column click on Create a system image with the left mouse

Backup Destination

Make sure you have a external hard drive plugged in then select it for the destination drive. Once your ready, select Next and the image backup will start.

AOMEI Backupper has a funny name but it gets the job done and works very well. I hope you never have to recovery from a virus, malware or a failed hard drive but this program will help the pain in recovering your Windows system. It's free for the basic version, however if you like the program and use it a lot you should purchase the full version and as of this article you get two license key with it. (You can put on two computers) Click Here to download

AOMEI Backupper

You can download the program from here. Once installed, run the program and it should look like this once you click on the Backup tap on the left hand side. Next select System Backup as we will be backing up the entire hard drive. (Usually the C: drive and boot drive)

AOMEI-Backupper

Select System Backup and you should see this screen. You may see more partitions on your screen, just depends on the operating system you're using. You want to select Step 2 and point where the backup file will be saved. Remember, you can't save to the hard drive your backing up. You must have a external hard drive big enough to store a 30 to 100 gig size file.

Now the last thing on this screen is to name the file. Use a name that makes sense to you. I would also recommend that you put a date in the name so it's easy to see when the back was done.

So up towards the top of the programs screen where it say's Task Name, in that box is where you would type in the file name.

Now unless you're going to encrypt and password protect your backup, you should not need to go into the Backup Options towards the bottom of the programs screen. I also don't recommend checking the Schedule. Reason, your external hard drive should not be hooked to your computer all the time and will. This will cause errors so don't check that box.

Now press the Start Backup button towards the bottom of the programs screen.

AOMEI-Backupper

Here while the back is starting you can select Check the backup to make sure the backup integrity is good.

You also have the option to have the program to Shut Down the computer when it has finished.

Now sit back and wait while the program runs. It will say 100% and Finish towards the bottom of the programs screen. Click on Finish and your done.

Now eject your USB backup device using the correct Windows procedure and store it in a safe place.

I hope you never have to do a restore, but in the event you do, here is the link to how to restore your system back to the day you made your backup.

Make sure your backup all your Pictures, Documents, Music and other stuff you added since you made your back. It will be lost if you don't.

Restore using AOMEI Backupper link.

Reference's for this article:

AOMEI Backupper link
Acronis True Image link
Redo Backup link

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