Losing your data can be painful and recovering the lost data can be extremely difficult. Every time you make a change to the system registry or install an untested software or application, you run the risk of your operating system crashing and you losing all your system resources, installed applications, system tools and files and folders.
The new version of Windows is out in the market and the existing Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users can upgrade their existing operating systems to Windows 10 for free. However, just like any of the previous versions where upgrading to the latest version might result in the system getting crashed, the same is applicable even in case of upgrade to Windows 10. There could also be other reasons such as the physical damage to the computer or the hard disk or you might even losing your laptop.
Such situations can be excreting since you lose your valuable data and installed applications. So what can be the solution and how can you ensure that irrespective of the damage caused to your computer or your operating system and data, you can still get your data back easily? The ideal way to create backup copies of your system and files and a little effort in doing so can help you save considerable amount of time and money.
Creating a backup of your system allows you to roll back to the previous state of the computer and get all your information restored. The Image Backup Tool introduced by Microsoft in Windows 8 and that continues to be the part of the operating system in Windows 10 is an easy and simple method to create an exact image of your computer. The tool makes a bit by bit copy of your computer thereby exactly replicating your computers’ elements that include the operating system, installed software applications, settings, programs and files and folders.
It is advisable that you create backups of your computer frequently since in the event of a crash, the system and the data can be restored only from the previously saved backup. Also, it is better to create a backup of the files separately rather than with the Windows resources. You may use File History option for backing up your files. Likewise you can also use Cloud apps such as OneDrive and Google Drive to store backups of your file over the Cloud so that you may not just restore them in the event of a system crash, but you can also access them from any other computer.
For creating the backup of the system, Image Backup Tool is a nice and easy option. For creating a backup, you need to connect an external USB Hard Drive for the data to be stored. Alternately you may create a backup on a DVD or over the network, however the latter two options are much slower than the first one. Backing up of data requires you to follow few simple steps that are explained below and the time required depends upon the amount of data that is to be backed up. However, you may continue using your computer while you create a backup of your system.
Steps to create backup of the system:
- Right Click on the Start Button
- Click on Control Panel to launch it
- Under the Control Panel, click on File History
- In File History, click on Create a system image
- The wizard prompts you to select one of the three backup options
- You can choose to select any one of the options that are – ‘On a hard disk’, ‘On one or more DVDs’ and ‘On a network location’
- Based on your selection, the backup will be saved
- Click Next and then click on Start backup
Creating regular backups make a lot of sense since losing your data and system settings can be very damaging and you might incur great loss of resources and information.