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#1 landscaper

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:08 AM

Hi all,got a ? to ask,sounds crazy I think.I created a system image using backup&restore in windows10.

The question is,if I create another one in the future does it change and update the first one or does it create a new one,thank-you.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:25 AM

It creates a new one.  The built-in system imaging utility in Windows does not do incremental/differential updates; it takes a snapshot of the full system at a given point in time.

 

There are third party utilities such as Macrium Reflect, that are free for home use in their basic versions, that can do incremental updates based on the last full system image they took.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:28 AM

Thanx for the advice,that answered my question.I assume that means I can delete the old and create a new?



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:35 AM

Yes, you can delete an old and make a new one if what you're interested in preserving is the current state of your machine in case of disaster.

 

The older system images become obsolete if for no other reason than a system image taken by the Windows utility includes all users on the machine and their user data.  That has a tendency to change quite a bit with time and I wouldn't want to be restoring from an image taken three years ago as opposed to three minutes ago.

 

You should be doing user data backup separately from your system images as well whether through File History or some other utility since system images are snapshots of a moment in time and you don't tend to take those daily.  You want to have the new/changed files backed up between system images being taken.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:43 AM

Thank-you for the help,I do backup any changes to my important files everytime I add or change something,thanx again.






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