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#1 Richardf77

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 04:02 PM

After having a few problems with my family's' Pcs recently i have decided to create a system image backup for each to help recovery if/when the next problems occur or i need to recover drives etc.

 

I have an external HDD to store them on and created the first one fine, but then i did another machine and it over wrote the first one rather than a seperate bckup for each machine. This is undesirable and useless to me.

 

How can i avoid this and create seperate images on one drive and still be able to use them if i need to?



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Posted 05 October 2015 - 05:59 PM

I've never used the Windows Backup feature...but I suspect that you need to save the backups to one partition/drive and then store it on another.

 

Or...simply use a backup program like Macrium Reflect, which will give each backup a distinctive name that will prevent overwrites.

 

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 06:01 PM

First create directories for the backup files on the hd to save the backup to. On the hd make file directories......Laptop, Desktop, Upstairs laptop etc. When you do a backup you point it to the directory that matches the system. This should keep them seperate. Understand though that Windows backup doesn't use file compression. So you may quickly run out of space depdending on how large the hd is. Many people moved on from using Microsoft backup to a 3rd party software solution such as Acronis True Image.

 

To give you an example: I have full hd clone backups. Two laptops 3 desktops both prior OS backups and Windows 10 new backup for each. Total space used 155GB out of 1TB hd. That also includes 2-3 heavy duty games that take up 20-30GB each on the desktop. True Image you can create a boot disk for HD type failures. Any catastrophic failure like that just replace the hd, boot to the cd disk and I can restore the OS for that system in about 10 minutes. I also have all those backups mirrored to another HD incase the backup HD fails.



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Posted 06 October 2015 - 03:10 AM

Thanks. I have got another back up application but forgot about it in this instance. I only have it on one PC anyway.

I did wonder about seperate directories an went to move the first image backup into one but was worried about making the backup unusable. Renaming likewise. Tried it with a windows data backup and it seemed to render it unacesible by moving it. Will have to look again at PC names too, I have two with the same name on my network!

Other backup software will compress backups will they. That's helpful, I only have 500GB to work with, a third of which has already gone on other backups.


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Posted 06 October 2015 - 03:18 AM

Oh BTW the software I have is AOMEI Backup (free). This should be good enough?

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 05:54 AM

The AOMEI software is used by some members here, they have reported no problems with it.

 

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 03:26 PM

I am using it. All good. Be sure to create a bootable cd/dvd, just in case your pc becomes unbootable.   HERE

 

The 'Windows PE' cd or dvd seems the make the better sense.


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