Step-by-Step Guide on How to Backup in Windows 10?
In this article you will find out:
- how backup
- how to protect your data
Are you ready? Let's read!
About Backup Tool
System Restore is a great solution if your computer crashed. However, before doing this, you must create a full or partial backup of your data. This is your first priority, as System Restore can damage your files and even damage your Windows 10 installation. Backing up can be accomplished in several ways:
- Using third-party software to back up your entire system;
- Copying all or only the necessary files to an external drive manually;
- Uploading data to a cloud storage service such as OneDrive;
- Creating a full backup using the built-in backup tool;
- The creation of a system image, in which case, you will receive a complete copy of everything on your computer (installation, settings, applications, files).
This article will teach you to properly make a Windows 10 backup using several methods.
1. Create a System Image
To create a system image using the system imaging tool, follow these steps:
1. Click Start and open Settings, then click Update & Security.
2. Now click Backup and click the Create System Image option in the left pane. The next step is to configure the disk image:
- Select the location for the backup (Hard disk is recommended)
- Select additional hard disks to include in the backup
- Select additional drivers to be included in the backup
3. Now click the Next button and finally the Start Backup button.
It will take some time to create a disk image, it will depend on the amount of data. During this process, you can continue to work with the device, as the "Shadow Copy" option is automatically activated to back up files, even if files are open and applications are running.
4. After the backup is complete, you can remove the external drive and store it in a safe place until needed.
2. Restore OS Using its Image
If it is necessary to use the disk image (the hard disk has failed, a system failure has occurred, etc.), do the following:
1. Connect the drive with the saved disk image to the computer and at the same time connect the Windows bootable USB drive 10.
2. Next, start your computer, press any key to continue.
3. Next, the Install Windows page will appear; Click Next.
4. Select the Repair Your Computer button in the lower-left corner and click the Troubleshoot option. Next, you need to click on Advanced Startup Troubleshooting Option, then select the option to restore the system image. Now click Windows 10 as the target OS. Next, select which disk image you will use:
- Use the latest available system image.
- Select a system image. You can choose this option if you have multiple backups.
5. Now click on the Next button.
You can select the Format and Repartition Disks option if you are restoring a backup to a new disk.
You can select the Restore System Drivers only option if the backup contains a copy of multiple disks and you want to restore only the OS.
6. Once you complete these steps, the recovery process will begin on your computer. Do not under any circumstances interrupt the process, as this may lead to failure of backup and device loading. If you are using a laptop, it is recommended that you connect it to a power source.
7. When the process is complete, open Settings, go to Update & Security and select the Windows Update section. Next, click the Check for Updates button and install any missing security updates.
Make Sure Your Data is Protected
You can create a disk image using a third-party utility - DiskInternals Partition Recovery. This feature is free and completely easy to use. To create an image, you need to download and install the application on your computer, then specify the required disk and select the "Create Image" command from the menu or use the corresponding command on the side panel. Then click the Browse button, and select one of the options:
- All Disk Contents - Save all disk contents to a file (save data only to NTFS partitions or network drives).
- Boot Sector - The image will contain only the first sector (512 bytes).
- Selected Region - The image file will contain the selected region.
Then the process of creating a disk image will begin. Its execution time, as always, will depend on the amount of data on the disk.
If you want to protect yourself from losing important files from the operating system, you will also need to use the program already installed on your computer - DiskInternals Partition Recovery. With the program, you can recover most of the known file systems, such as FAT, ReFS, UFS, HFS, NTFS, ReiserFS, APFS (read mode), RomFS (read mode), Reiser4, XFS, Ext2, Ext3 and Ext4, even at the program level.
To recover any data of any size with DiskInternals Partition Recovery, you just need to follow a few steps. First, launch the program and select the location of the file system and the scan mode ("reader", "quick scan" or "full restore").
Reading mode helps you open corrupted and inaccessible sections of the file system in Explorer.
In the full scan mode, a deep analysis of the file system with the highest result will be carried out; it will take longer, but you will be able to recover more lost or damaged files.
The quick scan mode is followed by a cursory check and will not keep you waiting long.
Once the process is complete, you will have access to an absolutely free preview mode, available even in the demo version of the program.
Purchase a license and simply save the files in a convenient location for you, both on your hard drive and on an external drive. The recovery process with DiskInternals Partition Recovery is convenient for both the experienced user and the user with basic skills thanks to a simple step-by-step guide.