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#1 durkinjt

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 11:14 AM

Have a question which probably seems kinda stupid, I have backed up my drives before but never had to use it. I just backed up a Sandisk 500G SSD , Win.10 to a flash drive. In the case that I had to reset the drive to factory, will this backup re-install all the programs that were installed to the disk, and what is thre procedure for duing so, just boot from the flash drive? T.I.A.



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 12:43 PM

There's a difference between making a backup and making a disk image.

Typically a backup just copies your data and cannot be used to reinstall the operating system.

OTOH - a disk image is an exact copy of your hard drive at the time you make it.
So that can be copied back to your hard drive (using special software) in order to put your system back to the point it was in when you made the image.

 

For more detailed info and help with backups, please start a topic in the Backups/Images forum located here:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/238/backup-imaging-and-disk-management-software/


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 12:46 PM

Have a question which probably seems kinda stupid, I have backed up my drives before but never had to use it. I just backed up a Sandisk 500G SSD , Win.10 to a flash drive. In the case that I had to reset the drive to factory, will this backup re-install all the programs that were installed to the disk, and what is thre procedure for duing so, just boot from the flash drive? T.I.A.


How did you backup? What program did you use?

The only way you will be able to boot from the flash drive is if your back you did was actually cloning the drive...and assuming your computer can boot from a USB drive (not all can).

For most backup programs, to restore the backup you will either need to reinstall Windows, reinstall the backup program and then use the backup program to restore the backup OR use a bootable optical disk or USB drive with the backup program on it and then use the backup program to restore backup.

And last, it will depend on how the backup program works. Some backup programs are really only designed to backup files, not programs. If the backup program created an image, then you can restore that image which will include OS, the applications installed at the time, and any files you had on the drive at the time of the backup.

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 01:54 PM

 

Have a question which probably seems kinda stupid, I have backed up my drives before but never had to use it. I just backed up a Sandisk 500G SSD , Win.10 to a flash drive. In the case that I had to reset the drive to factory, will this backup re-install all the programs that were installed to the disk, and what is thre procedure for duing so, just boot from the flash drive? T.I.A.


How did you backup? What program did you use?

The only way you will be able to boot from the flash drive is if your back you did was actually cloning the drive...and assuming your computer can boot from a USB drive (not all can).

For most backup programs, to restore the backup you will either need to reinstall Windows, reinstall the backup program and then use the backup program to restore the backup OR use a bootable optical disk or USB drive with the backup program on it and then use the backup program to restore backup.

And last, it will depend on how the backup program works. Some backup programs are really only designed to backup files, not programs. If the backup program created an image, then you can restore that image which will include OS, the applications installed at the time, and any files you had on the drive at the time of the backup.

 



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 01:55 PM

I backed it up with Macrium

 

There's a difference between making a backup and making a disk image.

Typically a backup just copies your data and cannot be used to reinstall the operating system.

OTOH - a disk image is an exact copy of your hard drive at the time you make it.
So that can be copied back to your hard drive (using special software) in order to put your system back to the point it was in when you made the image.

 

For more detailed info and help with backups, please start a topic in the Backups/Images forum located here:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/238/backup-imaging-and-disk-management-software/

 

Thanks very much.



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:37 PM

 Macrium Reflect has the option to make a disc you can boot and do a recovery.  Works well too.  To make it, click "Other tasks" -> Create Rescue Media.

 

 Good luck.


Edited by Niweg, 11 September 2016 - 03:40 PM.

Make regular full system backups or you'll be sorry sooner or later.


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 05:30 PM

Thank you .






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