Glad I Had an Image

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by JerryM, Oct 19, 2012.

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    Although I had never needed a back-up image I made one in June of 2011. Yesterday my computer crashed, and although I could open it in Safe Mode the "Restore" could not fix whatever the problem was.

    I had never gone through the recovery procedure using an image of the system, but I did yesterday. Although time consuming it worked, and the system is working fine. I was very glad that I had also backed up last years income tax as I need to import it for carry forward things like stock losses, etc.
    So all went well, and although it took a long time to update Windows my computer is worklng well.

    I am not so confident that I want to write over the 2011 image so am getting another mobile external drive to image this new image. I think that if I did it on the same external drive it would overwrite the 2011 image.

    I guess it would be well to reimage every year at least.
    What is the advice here?
    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
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    One of them times you can pat your self on the back for making a image and well worth the time it took.Kudos
     
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    Jerry,

    Good work. Restoring an image to fix a disaster is very satisfying.

    Maybe we can streamline your backups. Which app did you use for the image/restore?
    How large is your C: drive and how much Free Space is present?
    How large is your external HD?
     
  4. JerryM

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    I used the W7 tool from the Control Panel.
    I have a 500 Gig external drive. The image was less than 90 gigs. I have a 1 TB mobile hard drive on order to make another image of each of my computers.
    I just do not want to overwrite the one I have on the external HD.

    My C drive is a 750 gig drive. There are 588 gigs not in use. I am not very savvy so don't want to get into anything very complicated.

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    I often read that someone makes an image to have in case an AV causes a crash. It does take a lot of time.
    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
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    Thanks, Brian.
    Jerry
     
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