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Is a backup the same as a system image?

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#1 herbman


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:59 PM

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:17 PM

A System Image creates an exact copy of the contents (all files, folders, system settings, etc) on the entire hard drive which can be stored on an external hard drive. System Image is intended for a major catastrophe such as when your computer will no longer boot or severe malware infection.

A backup copies your personal files such as those in My Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. Backup is intended for for restoring items on a small scale in case you accidentally overwrite or delete them.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:52 AM

...and there is software like Macrium Reflect.


 With Macrium, a backup is as good as a system image, IMO...it can be restored easily and can be made for individual files, a partition, or an entire hard drive...and can be restored about as quickly as a system image.  Users can also reinstall or copy individual files from the backup, should such ever be needed/desired.


One can also copy/clone partitions/drives to another hard drive if one prefers a system image stored on a secondary drive.


With applications like that...one must carefully read the instructions on how to accomplish whatever is desired.



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