How to make a Windows 10 or 11 image backup

Original Introduction to the topic

When things go wrong with Windows, as they sometimes will, nothing ensures a faster or easier return to normal than restoring a recent image backup. At 9 a.m. every day, I back up my production PCs. That means that I’ll never lose more than a day’s worth of work if something should go badly wrong enough to force a day’s image backup to be restored. In the sections that follow, I’ll explain what all this means, how it works, and why built-in backup in either Windows 10 or 11 is not recommended. Finally, I’ll walk you through how to use my favorite free image backup tool while recommending a couple of other acceptable alternatives.

Key takeaways

– An image backup is a snapshot of the complete contents of all partitions on a computer’s C: drive. It’s an exact copy of the drive — operating system, data files, settings, and all.
– Making an image backup involves capturing all the bits and bytes for each partition and storing those contents within an image copy for each partition on another drive.
– Built-in Windows backup utilities are inadequate for image backups. The backup app introduced by Microsoft to Windows 10 and Windows 11 can back up files and folders, apps, and settings, but it can’t perform an image backup or restore the same on a Windows PC.
– There are many recommended third-party image backup tools available to create compact, speedy, and reliable image backups of Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs.

Conclusion

Restoring a recent image backup is a quick and easy way to return to normal when things go wrong with Windows. It’s important not to rely on built-in Windows backup utilities for image backups, and to explore and consider using third-party image backup tools to ensure a safe and reliable backup.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: Why should I use a third-party image backup tool instead of the built-in Windows backup utility?
A: Built-in Windows backup utilities, like the one introduced by Microsoft to Windows 10 and Windows 11, are inadequate for image backups. They lack the ability to perform an image backup and restore the same on a Windows PC.

Q: Are there any third-party image backup tools you recommend?
A: Yes, there are four workable, respectable, and highly regarded Windows backup tools that work with Windows 10 and 11 with equal facility. The first listed in the article is my personal favorite, but there are three free alternatives for those who cannot purchase.

Q: What is the process for creating an image backup using a third-party tool?
A: The process usually involves making a snapshot of the contents of each partition on one drive and storing those contents within an image copy for each partition on another drive, the article walks through using EaseUS Todo Backup on Windows 11 as an illustration of how such programs work.

In summary, creating a daily image backup is a reliable way to ensure that you never lose more than a day’s work if something should go wrong with your system. It’s important to use a third-party image backup tool rather than relying on built-in Windows utilities, and the process of creating a backup is straightforward and essential for protecting your data.

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