Do some looking on the internet for what system image is. I used it as a backup in case of a major failure. If you have 700GB available that's more than enough. My copy of 8.1 was 22.2 GB and the system image of 10 was 54.1 GB. I'm going to delete 8.1 because 10 is so much better.
Just thought of something else-system image includes all your files, pictures, games, whatever as well as settings of how your computer runs. It's like a carbon copy of everything you need to keep.
There is no good excuse for not being able to safely and reliably recover in the event of a catastrophic event or if you decide you simply don't like or want Windows 10.
TROUBLE, from a separate thread you may recall that when I get my NVIDIA problem resolved with confidence, I plan to go to Windows 10. I'm a big fan, having already converted a half-dozen machines.Image your disk prior to the upcoming Windows 10 release....There is no good excuse for not being able to safely and reliably recover in the event of a catastrophic event or if you decide you simply don't like or want Windows 10.
I think it's a matter of opinion.... I've heard more than one person suggest that the native Windows System Image process is more than adequate, but......Windows 7 has something called "system image backup"
Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Backup and RestoreThis allows the user to create a system image on an external device (I have a 2TB USB-connected device for this) and also a system repair disk burned on a DVD blank. I've used this in the past on a few occasions to recover from a problem. It this not adequate for restoring from a bad Win 10 install to a previously good Win 7 install (including apps, such as MS Office)?
I just recently purchased Acronis True Image 2016. Before hand I was using Seagate DiscWizard, which is based on Acronis. I think it was Rufus I used to boot the Acronis ISO from an external USB 3.0 HDD. I now manage all my backups from a bootable USB HDD. And then copy the images to a secondary location for safe keeping.Yes. I am a fanatical Acronis user.
I usually do the same as you.Periodically (quite often),when biggy updates come along, I repeat the image backup process., and, if all works well, delete earlier, Full, backups.
I do something very similar. I just boot from the rescue media on CD and image my three physical drives from that interface onto USB 3.0 external drive.I now manage all my backups from a bootable USB HDD
I could use an optical drive most of the time. However I get my hands on a device that doesn't have an optical drive. And I don't have an external optical either*. So instead, I figured out how to make my HDD boot to Acronis.I do something very similar. I just boot from the rescue media on CD and image my three physical drives from that interface onto USB 3.0 external drive.
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