You can never have too many backups. Well maybe you can, but we never see that as a problem. If you make a backup of your backup, we salute you. If you don't even have one backup of your data, then we are here to help you.
A backup of your data is essential for so many reasons - reasons almost too numerous to mention. But if you get hit with a virus, malware, bad hardware or memory failure, your backup will save your sanity.
Windows 10 (and 8.1) makes it easier than ever to make an image backup
1- Right-click the Start button and launch Control Panel.
2- Click File History.
3- While in File History, click the System Image Backup link in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
4- Connect an external USB hard drive with enough free space.
5- In the backup wizard, you'll be prompted to choose from one of the three options to save the backup. For this example, we are going select the hard drive you just connected. However, keep in mind that you can backup to DVD blanks and a network share, but these options will slow down the backup process.
6- Click Next.
7- Confirm and begin the process by clicking Start backup.
The backup could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the amount of data. Happily, you can use your computer during the backup.
This is a great utility for your work or home computer.
After the System Image Backup utility completes the task, remove the USB drive and keep in a safe place. You can use two USB drives and rotate them for an even stronger backup plan.
For more backup strategies, see our blog on the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy.