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Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by CuttingCrew, Dec 7, 2017.

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  1. CuttingCrew

    CuttingCrew Thread Starter

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    I'm a full time photographer and I religiously back up my photographic work. I ashamed to say I do not do the same with my PC and after a recent scare with Windows 10 not updating properly, I now realise backups are something I must do.

    Can anyone please advise which, if any products to go for. I've looked at Acronis and a few similar programmes.

    Any help or advice would be most appreciated.
     
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  3. texasbullet

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    You can install another HDD in your desktop computer or an external HDD and store all your pictures in there including any important documents, music, etc in there.
     
  4. CuttingCrew

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    Thanks for the reply. I should have added I already have two external hard drives for my photographic stuff and I've bought a new external hard drive ready for the PC backups. It's mainly advice on what programme/software is best/easiest to use and how do I make a bootable disc which seems to be mentioned in all the threads I've read so far.
     
  5. TerryNet

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    I've successfully used Macrium Reflect Free for years in Windows XP through 8.1. Many others have used and recommend Easeus Todo Backup Free. I assume they both work with Windows 10.

    With Macrium you are prompted to create a bootable disk and are led through the steps to do so.
     
  6. CuttingCrew

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    Thanks for the reply Terry, really appreciated. Can I ask, with both Macrium and Easeus, do they copy the whole system or just files? I'm looking for the simplest way to replace stuff if I ever have a problem.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    They make an image of whatever partition(s) you specify. I monthly (approx.) make a backup of the partition that Windows terms the "C: drive" and whatever other partitions are necessary to fully restore a bootable system. Several times I have re-imaged using one of these backups. This process can be thought of as a time machine--send the computer (that is, the backed up partitions) back to exactly how it was at the time the image was made.

    I have also grabbed a file or two from the image, but note that you need to do this with Macrium (can't speak for Easeus) and not just a simple File Explorer copy. Since I already have Macrium installed that is not a problem for me.
     
  8. CuttingCrew

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    Thanks again for all the help Terry, it is really appreciated.
     
  9. TerryNet

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    You're welcome. :)

    By the way, many people recommend Acronis. Macrium was the first I tried, and since it has done the job for me I haven't been motivated to try anything else.
     
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