Recently, I updated Windows 7 to 10, and 10 did a number on my hard drive, an HDD. I had to bury it. So I've reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium on an SSD, but won't suffer through another catastrophic failure. I need help with the proper way to restore the new SSD I've installed for Windows in such an event.
My first question is, can I save multiple .ISO files to a single external HDD and have it bootable? Or if you make the drive bootable, can there be only one .ISO file on the drive? In my experience, Windows 10 simply wouldn't start, couldn't fix itself, the advanced features were useless, and I couldn't reach or really operate from the command line. The drive was finished.
So in other words, I had no way to recover to a previous build. What I'd like to have is a daily a backup made to an external hard drive (incremental I suppose) so that if Windows 10 decided to bug on me again, I could choose a state in which it was working and restore it without issue.
What's the best way for a novice to handle this?
My SSD is just 240GB. Should I clone it? Should I setup automatic backups to an external drive and then take those and put them on a bootable DVD or USB Flash Drive, that is if the external drive cannot be bootable with multiple backups.
As you can see I'm turned around here. Would really appreciate some guidance as you know time is money.
I've also been looking at different software such as Acronis, EaseUs, Paragon, Aomei. It's a big mess. They all seem to have various issues & nothing is decisive among users.
Edited by hamluis, 16 August 2016 - 11:46 AM.
Moved from External Hardware to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.