As part of the stratagy of keeping you and your computer safe, one of the things you really ought to do is to make regular backups of your DATA because if you get a malware infection you sometimes lose some if not all of your DATA (Photos, Music, Documents etc) and of course when your Hard Disk (HD) fails (and it will) if you don’t have a backup of your stuff, you’re going to lose it all – not good. Normal backups only backup your DATA but the better option is to make a complete disk backup. This is usually called an “image” and the reason this is better is because the backup backs up everything including your system files (the files that make your PC work). To make a complete disk backup, you will need either an external HD (usually USB) or you should have your PC connected to a network. If these two options are not available, you can usually backup to a DVD but that is the slowest option.
My friends over at Redmond Magazine have an article about DriveImage XML which is a FREE utility to do a complete disk backup. Here’s the LINK or copy n paste this URL in to your browser address bar http://redmondmag.com/articles/2011/11/17/feebie-friday-1118.aspx.
I use Drive image at work and find it to be pretty good but at home I use Macrium reflect and Acronis True image. If you have Windows 7, a disk image utility is built-in and it’s pretty good. Of course if you want to buy a good product to make a complete disk backup, there is always Diskeeper. This a well respected company and they have been around for years. I suggest you try the Free Driveimage or Macrium to get an idea of what they do.
The advantage of a complete disk backup is that you restore your computer to a condition it was in the last time you did a backup, so when you make regular backups, you reduce the chances of losing all of your DATA and when you need to install a new hard disk (hard drive), all you do is install the “image” and you don’t need to re-install your programs etc. That is cool!
The link to Redmond magazine will also tell you about Granola which gives Windows users additional power saving options and again its Free.
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