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Cloning new computer for backup


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#1 turkey10

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 05:57 PM

Hi,

     I just bought a new laptop and got it setup the way I want it and I would like to make a clone of it to an external hard drive before I start using it. Is that the right thing to do or is there a beter way to do this incase something happens. If so how do I go about doing it? Thanks



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:35 AM

Download and use (on a regular basis) disc imaging software. Either Acronis True Image (not free, but best of breed) or Macrium Reflect (best free alternative)



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 12:56 PM

Hi,

     ... I would like to make a clone of it to an external hard drive before I start using it. Is that the right thing to do ...?

Absolutely right in my opinion. If possible keep at least 2 to 3 known good images on hand. One will never regret the effort.

Acronis and Macrium Reflect are among the best. Windows 7 & 8 has the native ability to create images as well. Have used it and find it reliable as long as the images are not tampered with.






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