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Best way to backup files?


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#1 username31

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 08:13 AM

What is the best way to backup files?

 

Also could you direct me to guides or explain how to do the backup?

 

I have been looking it up and from what I read there is a system image and file history that does back ups. But which is the best? If I needed to put my external hard drive into a different computer, could I view the backup files with a system image or file history?

 

Also I have two drives in this laptop that I want to backup.

 

The external hard drive I have has been used before for a backup of a different laptop. Is it okay to use an external hard drive that has already been used on a different laptop?  I have an unused external hard drive I can use if it is not okay to use one external hard drive for two laptops.

 

What I am most concerned about is I want photos, videos, and documents saved in another location in case something were to happen to this laptop. So if I wanted to access the files I could do so from any laptop/computer. But I also would like to be able to restore everything on this laptop onto a new one if I needed to.

 

Thank you :)

 
 
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Could I do a system image and a file history on the same external hard drive? Is that possible? That way I can restore the laptop exactly how it is and then keep backing up regularly using file history?
 
Could I also just copy and paste files (pictures, videos, and documents) onto the external hard drive  (in addition to the system image and file history) so that I can view all the files on other computers? Or is a system image and file history able to be viewed on other computers?

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 05:45 PM

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 06:39 PM

Cyotec CopyTools http://www.snapfiles.com/get/cyocopytools.html

 

EaseUS Todo Backup http://www.snapfiles.com/get/easustodo.html

 

Both are free, fairly simple to use, and have help guides. Google Drive will give you 15GB of storage for free if you want to go that way.



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 12:05 AM

I use the paid Server Edition of Macrium Reflect.

The free version works good too.

It now supports a boot time recovery environment.

There are many tutorials on using it on the net.

& on the Macrium site.

A link-

 

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

 

Making a full system image is good.

Macrium saved my butt numerous times.

 

I suggest getting 2 64 GB USB drives & keeping 2 images at all times.

or 128 GB drives to ensure future increases in drive size is covered.

 

I use maximum compression to make the system images as small as possible-

A picture-

 

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Learn to take screenshots & add them to your posts. :thumbup2:

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Make full system images to restore to if your computer goes bonkers.


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 08:50 AM

"What I am most concerned about is I want photos, videos, and documents saved in another location in case something were to happen to this laptop. So if I wanted to access the files I could do so from any laptop/computer. But I also would like to be able to restore everything on this laptop onto a new one if I needed to."
 

If you like to save only personal information as documents, pictures etc.

Simply copy  them on the external HDD :) 

 

If you like to make system image I`ll advise to use Clonezilla or Norton Ghost, both are absolutely free and tested for the past 10 years :D 

 

Anyway I strongly recommend to perform factory recovery or clean reinstall, if you know how to.

 

Fresh start always make difference in computer performance.

 

Archiving the the files might take ages if the information you have contain any MP3`s or videos.

This is the reason I believe doing archive of personal folders is not worthy.
 

Cheers,

Andy



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:04 PM

I only make suggestions from personal experience with stuff.

 

Others may make other suggestions.

 

I suggest trying different stuff & seeing how different stuff works for you.

 

Find what works good for you.

 

One person's view isn't as good as what works best for you. :)


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https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43088/how-to-capture-and-edit-a-screen-shot/#entry4532851

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Make full system images to restore to if your computer goes bonkers.


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Posted 02 December 2015 - 11:42 AM

The free version of EaseUs ToDo Backup is fairly enough to keep system backup and ensure the safety of your data. Hope it helps.






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