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How to make a full backup of your Windows 10 PC

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Posted: 09 Sep, 2017
by: Poh-ek C.
Updated: 09 Sep, 2017
by: Poh-ek C.

How to make a full backup of your Windows 10 PC

How to create a system image backup of Windows 10

While you can store the backup on a secondary drive, network location, and even use blanks DVDs, it's best to connect to external storage, which you can quickly disconnect and store in a safe place.

To create a full backup using Windows 10's system image tool, you need to connect external storage with enough available space and then use these steps. (If you don't know exactly how much space will be needed to store the backup, you can always connect the drive, and the wizard will let you know.) Here's how:

  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 disk option.
  6. Using the "On a hard disk" drop-down menu, select the storage to save the backup.

  7. Click the Start backup button.

Once you completed these steps, the wizard will proceed to create a full backup of your system, including everything that is stored on the main drive, as well as the system reserved partition.

During the backup process, Windows 10 will also use Shadow Copy, a technology that allows you to create a backup while files are still in use, which means that you can continue to work normally as the image is being created.

After the backup is done, you'll be prompted to create a system repair disk to access the recovery options if your computer is unable to boot. While it's recommended to create the repair disc, you can always access the recovery options using a bootable USB drive with the installation files for Windows 10.

  • Quick tip: You can always create a repair disc by clicking the Create a system repair disc link within the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) settings page.

Finally, remember to disconnect the external backup drive and store it in a safe place.

How to restore a system image backup of Windows 10

If your computer won't boot, you want to start over with a previous installation, or you're replacing the main hard drive on your device, use these steps to recover from a backup:

  1. Connect the external drive with the system image backup to your device.
  2. Connect the disk that contains the system repair files (or USB bootable drive with the Windows 10 installation files) to your device.
  3. Reboot your computer.

    • Quick tip: If your device isn't booting into the Windows Setup wizard, you'll need to change your system's BIOS settings to make sure it can boot from the USB or DVD drive. Usually, you can access the BIOS by starting your device and hitting one of the functions or ESC keys, but make sure to check your manufacturer's support website for more information.
  4. On the "Windows Setup" page, click the Next button.

  5. Click the Repair your computer link located at the bottom-left corner.

  6. Click the Troubleshoot option.

  7. Click the System Image Recovery option.

  8. Choose the target OS. (In this case, Windows 10.)

  9. On the "Re-image your computer" page, select the Use the latest available system image option.
  10. Click Next.

  11. If you're restoring a full backup to a new drive, you can also select the Format and repartition disks option. (Use this option carefully, as it will erase any existing partitions and disks on your computer.)
  12. Click Next.

  13. Click Finish.

  14. Click Yes to confirm that the backup will replace the data on the drive.

After completing theses steps, the recovery process will begin. Remember that the time to finish the recovery will depend upon the amount of data and your hardware configuration.

If it's been a while since the last time you created a full backup, remember to use Windows Update on the Settings app to download the latest security patches.

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