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Some Backing up issues

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#1 clayto


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Posted 01 May 2016 - 10:52 AM

I have been trying to prepare for a (long overdue) Backup of Windows 10, using a system image. Unfortunately I have become somewhat confused. I had hoped to use AOMEI Backupper Standard which to me looks clear and easy to follow but for some reason no one has explained it cannot read my © drive, which it reports to be unallocated space. So I have started to look for other options. I wish to use a USB Flash Drive.
 I have some questions I would appreciate help with:
 1. What is the difference between a Backup with a disc image, and a bootable USB drive? For a while I though they were different versons of the same thing but now realise they are not.
 2. What clear and simple tools could I consider --- I downloaded and looked at much recommended Macrium Reflect but I do not like it, for me it is over-complicated and confusing. What else?
 3. I have examined Windows 10 native tools. Control Panel refers to Backup for Windows 7. Why? I find it thoroughly misleading if I am correct in thinking it is a tool for use in Windows 10.
 4. It also refered to File History but that does not provide a Backup for the OS system, drivers,etc. does it? Strangely it reported that File History was turned off / never on, which was news to me as I have a great may File History files on my system, some of which I have used. Why is that, if it has been off? Anyway, I have now turned it on.
 5. If I click my Memory Card (F) in the list of potential storage devices which can be used for backup it says it cannot be used because it is not formatted for NTFS. Fair enough as it is formatted for FAT, yet my main Memory Card (D) is not rejected in this way even though it too is not formatted for NTFS but for FAT. Why? It says the USB Drive I had intended for the Backup cannot be used for the same reason.I tought it a simple matter to re-format it for NTFS but found that after a long format it was still shown as FAT. Can my USB Flash Drive be formatted for NTFS?
 As you can tell, there are some issues I am far from clear about.


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Posted 01 May 2016 - 06:29 PM

I'm not familiar with those third party backup programs but I'll answer some of the questions you have.


#1 A disk image contains everything needed to reconstruct the structure of the disk. Wikipedia has a decent explanation. A bootable disk contains the code needed to book to a command prompt or recovery system menu. They are different but if a hard drive fails you can typically use both to restore the hard drive back to the state it was in when the image was created.


#3 and #4 - This article "How to Use All of Windows 10’s Backup and Recovery Tools" by How To Geek explains Windows backups and how Windows 10  backups are different than Windows 7 backups which are still included in Win 10.

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