When to back up the system
"I can't boot my computer! It looks like I deleted the boot partition by mistake when I resized my partitions. How can I recover my windows 7 with no system disc and DVD??"
Most people never think of backing up their system image until their system crashes and computer can't boot. Virus attacks, hardware/software failures, and improper operation may cause the system to crash and leave you with an unfunctional computer. To avoid the loss and troubles that system crashes bring, create a system image in advance so that you can quickly recover Windows 7, Windows 8 to the normal state.
How to image or back up system
EaseUS Todo Backup is an excellent Windows backup image software, it offers full backups, incremental backups, and differential backups. Users can choose the backup type according to their own demands. Users may also schedule a backup plan for their Windows system for daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly backups. Besides the backup features, it can clone, migrate OS to SSD, and more.
Step 1. Install EaseUS Todo Backup and run it. In the interface, start a system backup by creating a new task and select the backup destination, or it will choose the most suitable location by default.
Step 2. Scheduled backup: users can customize the backup period to be one-time, daily, weekly, monthly.
Step 3. You can also set backup compression, password, and splitting through clicking Backup Options.
Step 4. Lastly, click Proceed to execute system backup.
For Windows Vista, XP, Server 2003: system files and boot files are in the same partition. So you need to back up system partition to image on Windows XP, Vista, and Server 2003. For Windows 7 and Windows 8; system and boot files are in separate partitions. To make the system backup effective, you must back up the system partition and boot partition together.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?
"The easiest way to protect your data and system files." —techradar
"As a slogan, EaseUS develops software to "make your life easy." It's clear from this app's reliability and design that this is a priority. Todo Backup Home is one of the easiest PC backup programs to use in our review." —business.com
"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space." —PCWorld
- What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?
Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.
- What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?
System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.
- As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?
You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.
- What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?
EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.
- As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?
It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.