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How to image a disk or partition for free, using EaseUS ToDo Backup?

October 6th, 2011 No comments

 

This post helps you create a disk image of a drive or partition using the free ToDo Backup. To view the post on how to install ToDo Backup, click here.

1. Start ToDo Backup from the Windows Start Menu or from the ToDo Backup icon created on the Desktop. The following window would be displayed.

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2. Select or click the Backup tab and then click the ‘Disk and partition backup’.

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3. The following window appears with a default name and description of the backup task, you’re about to perform. Change the name and description of the task so that it would help you remember what you backed up and what are the contents etc., as shown below, and then click ‘Next’.

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4. ToDo Backup asks you to select one or more drives or partitions to backup. Select the ones you wish to backup and click ‘Next’.

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5. ToDo Backup asks you to select the destination drive or partition where you want to save your backup. Select it from the list of available drives and partitions and click ‘Next’.

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6. You see the below shown window, showing the schedule settings. Click ‘Next’ to accept the default setting for backing up now.

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7. ToDo Backup shows the summary of the backup task it’s about to perform. Click the button labeled ‘Proceed’.

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 8. You can see the backup task progress. When it’s finished, click ‘Finish’. The time it takes for the backup depends on the size of the drive or partition and the type of backup, i.e., full, incremental, differential, etc. To know more about what these backup types are and what are the differences between them, view this post.

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 9. When the backup is done, just click ‘Finish’. That’s all. You’ve backed up your disk partition. Now, you can take incremental or differential backups of the same drive or partition, whenever you want or you can schedule ToDo Backup to backup automatically after the time you specify.

You’ve just saved yourself a lot of headache and time it could take if your operating system got corrupted, or your hard drive went bad or your system got infected with a deadly virus or you had to reinstall Windows and software programs for any reason.

Now, whenever you want to restore the backup, it’s a simple click and go process which would only take minutes, compared to many hours and days it could take to installing Windows, software programs and doing all the configuration and personalization for all of them.

An overview of disk imaging programs

September 27th, 2011 No comments

You may never have used or even heard about any disk imaging programs, but does that mean you shouldn’t know about it? Probably not. Knowing how to use one could save you lots of time. Also, you may never need to re-install Windows and software programs, tweak/configure your program settings, and also restore your data, if you use such a program.

Even if a catastrophe doesn’t strike, there may be some kind of hardware failure like hard drive failure or the system not booting due to some human error. Whatever it is, you don’t want to spend days to reinstall Windows, software and then configuring them, do you? This is why you need a drive-imaging program that backs up your complete system—including all your data and applications—and can restore it all in minutes.

The usual backup programs just backup files and folders, but drive imaging programs do a lot more than that – they backup everything on your drive partition as it is, so that when you restore the whole partition, it’s also able to boot normally (in case of the system or Windows’ partition). And all of this is done in minutes. An ordinary backup program makes copies of your files. On the other hand, a drive imaging program makes a byte-by-byte duplicate copy of your whole hard drive (or one or more partitions, depending on your hard drive structure and the partitions you choose to backup), maintaining the identical data structure.

Even if your drive fails physically, if you have an image backup, you can just put in another hard drive and restore to that drive or partition from your backups. In a matter of minutes, you’d have your system up and running like as if nothing had happened! You can also restore in situations like when your system becomes unstable due to some software program or malware that you installed. It’s much better in cases where Windows System Restore fails to restore the system.

Of course, you could achieve the same result by reinstalling Windows and all your drivers and applications—if you can find them again. And then you could use a conventional backup program to restore your data. But that process would likely take a day or two, if you’re lucky, and your system still won’t have all the tweaks and customizations that make it your own.

It’s useful to have a drive imaging program even if your hard drive never failed. You could also use the program to clone a single system to multiple computers. Some programs even allow you to transfer the image of your current system to other computers having different hardware, without installing Windows – something that’s not possible when you upgrade to a new system.

Many imaging programs of today can run in the back, and you can keep running your other programs and working normally. They can even create incremental and differential backups, which just store the changed files. This speeds up the time it takes to do the daily backup to a great extent.

If your system or the hard drive fails, you can even boot the system using a previously created emergency disc to restore it from the backup image.

Even if your system is running fine, such programs can help you by getting back an older version of any file. You can just mount the backup image, which looks like a drive letter in Windows explorer, and then extract the file you want.

To know how to install and configure the free great backup program from EaseUS, read this post.