Losing vital data from the personal computers due to hacks or virus attacks is one common fear that torments every computer user. Saving all your data, during such attacks is the main criterion that every computer user looks up to. As a result, it gets extremely essential to take the back up of all your files, programs and system settings. Well, all you really need to do is simply create the system image (the exact copy of your desired drive) which mainly contains the copies of Windows, files, programs and system settings. This system image is then after stored separately in a distinctive location, away from your original files, programs and system settings. Well, in order to restore all your lost content, you can simply use this system image which contains the back up of all your essential data.
In case your system uses the Windows Backup system for taking the back up of all your vital files, you can also create a system image every time your back up is taken. These back up files can be then saved in a CD, DVD, USB flash drive or in a hard drive. However by default, the system image, takes the back up of only the drive within which the Windows system is installed. Well, you can also take the back up of the other drives manually, in order to save all your data. Follow the steps below in order to take the back up of all the other drives in your computer.
Taking the back up of all your essential settings, files and programs
- Click on the Start button and then open the Control Panel. Now click on the System and Maintenance option which includes the Backup and Restore option within. Open the Backup and Restore option.
- Click on the Create a System Image option provided in the left pane. Now follow the steps as provided within the wizard. If you are asked for a confirmation or administrator password, simply offer back the needed details.
Saving the different versions of all the System Images
Every time you take a system image for the desired drives, you will be saving them in a different version. Well, you can save these system images in your external hard drives, internal drives, CDs, DVDs, etc. Also, in case if your drive runs short of enough space for storing the new system image, then it automatically deletes the older system images.
You can also store your system images in your network location. However, you can only store the latest system image of your computer in your network location. Usually, these system images are stored in the given format: drive\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\. Well, every time you take the system image for your computer, it will over write the previous version. But if you want to save the existing image and also create a new system image, you simply need to do copy the previous one into a different location using the following steps.
- Carefully navigate the current location of the existing system image.
- Copy the particular folder WindowsImageBackup into a new desired location.