backup restore C drive to a usb drive

July 19, 2015 at 23:55:03
Specs: Windows 8.1
create a full backup and restore of your Windows system files and data on C: to a usb
the system is a year and a half years old sent it back to the factory because i was having this same problem they replaced the harddrives ,mother board, and memory it has 2 tb of harddrive space 8 gb of memory ,nividia 3d steroscopic vision , dell last checked on the system was 4 days ago and checked fine windows updated 2 days ago gave me blue screen of death microsoft help desk could not help untill i reinstalled they had to use a update installer software to get the update installed so I need to Backup entire C: Drive Windows system files and data.

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July 20, 2015 at 00:14:40
Right click on what you want to backup > Properties & you will see the size.

Add each up & you will get the total of what size drive you need.

Do you have one big enough?

I use AOMEI Backupper Standard

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July 20, 2015 at 06:58:18
Equally use something such as Acronis or Easus to clone the entire drive to one of (obviously) similar size (or larger). Or even to DVD.

Ideally make two sets - one on DVD at least (and the clone can be spanned over more than one disk if needs-be); and of course to a usb-Hard drive.

Presumably you're clear about the difference between "backup" - as applied in the true sense - and "copy"... Backup being the process which creates a drive that is effectively all code.; and requires a an OS capable of reading it if one wishes to recover "some/all" of the contents? ... Windows has its own utility to this end - and of course there are several third-party utilities too (some listed by Johnw et moi above). Whereas a "copy" is just that; file by file etc.. A copy can be read by any OS which can read the chosen file format.; and is more or less instantly available?

The two are frequently misapplied; backup used when what is meant is a simple copy - and visa-versa...

Clone creates an image of the selected drive (or whichever parts of it are selected); which can be restored to wherever as/when required...

Clones can be made which are fully bootable... as per Acronis/Easus...

Useful to update clone/image at intervals; but keep the last one along with the updated version too. Ideally create two copies of the first clone (or whatever) - call them both A; later update on of them and call/think of it as B; so you have an A and a B clone. Later update A and call it C: so you have B& C - and so on? This way if anything goes awry with (even) a clone disk... you have both the last update and the one preceding it...

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