Backup and Restore Operations

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Along with listing the backup&restore software, let's briefly list how when what why (in any order) we do our backups and restores.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional build 7601
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Motherboard
    dunno
    Memory
    Older has 8GB, newer has 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    built-on motherboards
    Sound Card
    built-on motherboards
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte
    Screen Resolution
    Older 720, Newer 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB HDDs, Backup/Restores onto 1TB HDDs
    PSU
    dunno
    Case
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Cooling
    internal fans, ext cooling assembly, ext 5" fan
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    USB
    Internet Speed
    Often, snails zip by...
    Browser
    Chrome, W7 Edge, IE, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Several alligators in surrounding moat of each castle
    Other Info
    Details upon request

RolandJS

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Usually bi-monthly. activate Macrium Reflect and then Image For Windows after attaching designated usb 1tb hdd. MR and IFW each do a set of OS partitions - full images. Attaching a different ext usb hdd, MR and IFW each do a Data partition full image backup. Sometimes Cs are a week apart and Ds are a week apart.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional build 7601
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Motherboard
    dunno
    Memory
    Older has 8GB, newer has 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    built-on motherboards
    Sound Card
    built-on motherboards
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte
    Screen Resolution
    Older 720, Newer 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB HDDs, Backup/Restores onto 1TB HDDs
    PSU
    dunno
    Case
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Cooling
    internal fans, ext cooling assembly, ext 5" fan
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    USB
    Internet Speed
    Often, snails zip by...
    Browser
    Chrome, W7 Edge, IE, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Several alligators in surrounding moat of each castle
    Other Info
    Details upon request

RolandJS

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Laptops, internal and external HDDs, OS and data partitions -- all are given unique 6-8 character names. No matter the drive letters shuffle, I know which partition from which int hdd is being backed up onto which ext hdd. I know which full image from which ext usb hdd is being restored into desired partition in desired int hdd.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional build 7601
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Motherboard
    dunno
    Memory
    Older has 8GB, newer has 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    built-on motherboards
    Sound Card
    built-on motherboards
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte
    Screen Resolution
    Older 720, Newer 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB HDDs, Backup/Restores onto 1TB HDDs
    PSU
    dunno
    Case
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Cooling
    internal fans, ext cooling assembly, ext 5" fan
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    USB
    Internet Speed
    Often, snails zip by...
    Browser
    Chrome, W7 Edge, IE, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Several alligators in surrounding moat of each castle
    Other Info
    Details upon request

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I keep the amount of data on my C:\ drive as small as possible. Currently 37GB.

Then, whenever I'm gonna do something that might possibly cause issues... I make a full OS image backup.
When I get done doing something risky... I also make a full OS image backup.

With Macrium Reflect, it takes me 2.5 minutes to make a backup, and from the boot media, 2 minutes to restore from a backup.

I never do differential or incremental backups.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win 10 Home 10.0.22000.258 (x64)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security 2020
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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I keep the amount of data on my C:\ drive as small as possible. Currently 37GB.

Then, whenever I'm gonna do something that might possibly cause issues... I make a full OS image backup.
When I get done doing something risky... I also make a full OS image backup.

With Macrium Reflect, it takes me 2.5 minutes to make a backup, and from the boot media, 2 minutes to restore from a backup.

I never do differential or incremental backups.
I actually do the exact same thing as you just posted. Only make Full image backups to a completely separate drive. My restore from my boot media does take longer than you thou, as my C-drive is 53gb
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 19043.1081
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-10900K @5.2MHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Apex - z590
    Memory
    G.Skill DDR4 - F4-4000C116D-32GTZR @4000MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated ROG SupremeFX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@165Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 PRO 500GB - M.2 NVMe,
    Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB - M.2 NVMe,
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB,
    WD Black 1TB Performance Hard Drive
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ PLATINUM
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Primo Special Edition
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler 360mm
    Keyboard
    Razer Huntsman Elite
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    400 / 20
    Browser
    FireFox, and Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes Pro / Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 19043.1081
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-9900K @5.0GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Apex X (Z370)
    Memory
    G.Skill DDR4 F4-3200C14D - 32GBGTZSW
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" LG 4K Ultra HD TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 PRO M.2 512GB, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB, WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2, 80+ GOLD 850W
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis
    Cooling
    Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,360mm
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K350 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    400 / 20
    Browser
    FireFox / Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes Pro / Windows Defender / SAS Pro

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Every month im creating a full image of my system drives. Currently im running two gaming laptops and one (quite outdated) laptop
with an internal HDD only (no SSD). Im storing all image files on (total) three external drives (3,5 inch). These drives are only
for SSD/system images. And also: i'm never creating incremental or differential images of my system drives.

My second backup strategy:
(mostly) once a week im backing up my other files (all non system files) to (total) three external (portable) drives (2,5 inch).

For system images: Acronis True Image 2017.
For synchronization of (all non system) files with external drives: FreeFileSync and GoodSync.


Two years ago i had to use one of my full system images to restore one of my internal SSDs (in my msi GT72). Something went wrong after installing the monthly Windows Updates. I had to restore an image file. It was the first time in the past 10-15 years that i had to restore the entire partition.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    msi GT72-2QD
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-5700
    Motherboard
    Laptop
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 970M
    Sound Card
    Realtek / Creative Sounblaster E5 (external)
    Screen Resolution
    Full HD
    Hard Drives
    SSD toshiba: 256 GB
    HDD hgst: 1TB
    PSU
    laptop PSU
    Case
    17 inch
    Cooling
    --
    Keyboard
    laptop keyboard / Logitech K380
    Mouse
    Logitech Peroformance X / Logitech 570 (track ball)
    Internet Speed
    32 Mbit/s // 3Mbit/s
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky internet Security
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    msi GE60-2PE
    CPU
    i7-4710 HQ
    Motherboard
    laptop
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    GTX 860M
    Sound Card
    realtek / soundblaster E5 (external)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 ,6 inch / LG 23 inch (external)
    Screen Resolution
    full HD
    Hard Drives
    SSD: crucial M500 (256 GB)
    HDD: WD 500GB
    PSU
    --
    Case
    --
    Cooling
    --
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance MX
    Keyboard
    laptop
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky internet security

johnlgalt

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Os -0 it gets backed up only when I'm fiddling around. Data - gets backed up every night.

Macrium for sheduled backups. Mac and CloneZilla for when I'm fiddling (like when I decide to install a leaked build of a new OS from Microsoft that hasn't even been officialy announced yet - that kind of fiddling).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen
    Screen Resolution
    2* 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 256GB SATA III SSD
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM --> RAID1
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4

RolandJS

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"Os -0 it gets backed up only when I'm fiddling around." JohnLGalt
I recommend full image backups of your OS partitions at least once a month if not twice a month. I have had my Windows 7 Professionals suddenly implode/explode without any prior fiddling or adjusting on my part.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional build 7601
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Motherboard
    dunno
    Memory
    Older has 8GB, newer has 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    built-on motherboards
    Sound Card
    built-on motherboards
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte
    Screen Resolution
    Older 720, Newer 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB HDDs, Backup/Restores onto 1TB HDDs
    PSU
    dunno
    Case
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Cooling
    internal fans, ext cooling assembly, ext 5" fan
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    USB
    Internet Speed
    Often, snails zip by...
    Browser
    Chrome, W7 Edge, IE, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Several alligators in surrounding moat of each castle
    Other Info
    Details upon request

johnlgalt

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No thanks. I don't need them. The OS is not the critical part, The data is.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen
    Screen Resolution
    2* 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 256GB SATA III SSD
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM --> RAID1
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4

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I used to do imaging with Macrium Reflect once a month. But in the last few months, I have three Windows crashes and file system corruptions.

So I now do imaging every weekend. Even though I do not end up using them, it is good to have them around just in case. Once I do the monthly image, I move the weekly backups to an external drive.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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I make an image backup at 9 AM every morning. I am reassured when I hear my big Toshiba 8TB drive chunking away at about 9:07. Lets me know I've got it covered if anything goes sideways later that day. =e=
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo X380 Yoga
    CPU
    i7-8650U (8th Gen/Kaby Lake)
    Motherboard
    20LH000MUS (U3E1)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Sound Card
    Integrated Conexant SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    FlexView Display
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 1 TB PCIe x3 NVMe SSD
    external 5TB Seagate USB-C attached HDD
    PSU
    Lenovo integrated 65W power brick
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop
    Keyboard
    Integrated Lenovo ThinkPad keyboard
    Mouse
    touchscreen, touchpad
    Internet Speed
    GbE (Spectrum/Charter)
    Browser
    all of em
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Purchased early 2019 as Windows Insider test PC

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I do system image backups consisting of 7 day chains of incrementals using AOMEI. Seems to work OK under W11 and yes I have tried a few restores. Also copy data regularly to flash memory and also use AOMEI's File Sync feature to back data up daily.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    W11 Pro x64 21H2 22000.51
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3750 17"
    CPU
    Early i5
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Hard Drives
    500Gb Crucial SSD
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS. No TPM

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Has anyone manage to successfully restore a backup yet? I sure can not using EaseUS Todo.
It boots alright, but it can not find an image, it can not read C nor D partition. Because of TPM?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1H5 (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" AOC G2460VQ6 (01/19)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@75Hz + FreeSync (DisplayPort)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB + 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm
    Keyboard
    HP Pavilion Wireless Keyboard 600 (05/21)
    Mouse
    HP Wireless Silent 280M Mouse (05/21)
    Internet Speed
    300/30 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) + TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    None
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10) + Software: https://tinyurl.com/7hkjyhsj

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I upgrade Win10 19043.1081 to the Leaked build, then when I tried to use WU to update the leak to 22000.51 it failed - twice.

I then restored my backup from Macrium Home (v8) with 0 issues, and was able to take the WU Insider's Dev build of Win11 upgrade.

TPM has never played a factor in seeing attached drives for me - but Secure Boot has in the past, before I knew what I was doing.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen
    Screen Resolution
    2* 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 256GB SATA III SSD
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM --> RAID1
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4

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I've used AOMEI for around 6 restores while playing around and its been faultless. Latest version now installed onto clean W11 install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    W11 Pro x64 21H2 22000.51
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3750 17"
    CPU
    Early i5
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Hard Drives
    500Gb Crucial SSD
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS. No TPM

Wannagofast

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Macrium 7 free (usb boot) has worked for me several times going back and forth between 10 and 11.

peace
wanna
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acme Mail Order (meep meep)
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-11600K
    Motherboard
    MSI - Z590 A Pro bios 7D09v13
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB DDR4 3600 (16-16-16-36)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING 12GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek® ALC897 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x 27'' ACER S271HL
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe® SSD 250GB OS
    860 EVO SATA 2.5" SSD 1TB Storage
    850 PRO SATA 2.5" SSD 128GB Game
    PSU
    RMx Series™ RM850x — 80 PLUS® Gold
    Case
    LIAN LI PC-G70B Black Aluminum Full Tower
    Cooling
    Optimus Foundation CPU Block, MCP655-PWM D5, MCR320 QP rad
    Keyboard
    Razer Black Widow Ultimate
    Mouse
    Razer Death Adder Elite
    Internet Speed
    230 down 12 up
    Browser
    New Edge / Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Always switching installs testing out the latest and greatest.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit latest public release
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acme Mail Order (meep meep) Wife's PC Edition
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series F3-14900CL8D-8GBXM 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR 8-9-9-243 1866
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC898 Audio onboard sound
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27'' ACER S271HL
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 for OS/Programs
    WD - Black Performance 1TB spinner for Storage
    PSU
    CORSAIR - CX-M Series 650W
    Case
    LIAN LI PC-A16B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
    Cooling
    Thermalright XP-90C CPU Copper Heatsink
    Mouse
    Logitech M500
    Keyboard
    Logitech - K740 Illuminated
    Internet Speed
    12/230
    Browser
    New Edge/Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Stock clocked, over cooled, and unmolested for a rock solid, whisper quiet, Wifey approved user experience.

RolandJS

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Has anyone manage to successfully restore a backup yet? I sure can not using EaseUS Todo.
It boots alright, but it can not find an image, it can not read C nor D partition. Because of TPM?
I take you have already made current DVD or USB EaseUS ToDo boots. My MR7 had a similar problem, I had to use Win10PE instead of Win7PE to solve my situation. I'm wondering if using a WinPE version that has always worked for you in the past might solve your situation.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional build 7601
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Motherboard
    dunno
    Memory
    Older has 8GB, newer has 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    built-on motherboards
    Sound Card
    built-on motherboards
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte
    Screen Resolution
    Older 720, Newer 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB HDDs, Backup/Restores onto 1TB HDDs
    PSU
    dunno
    Case
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Cooling
    internal fans, ext cooling assembly, ext 5" fan
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    USB
    Internet Speed
    Often, snails zip by...
    Browser
    Chrome, W7 Edge, IE, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Several alligators in surrounding moat of each castle
    Other Info
    Details upon request

TairikuOkami

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My MR7 had a similar problem, I had to use Win10PE instead of Win7PE to solve my situation.
Interesting, but I guess it is not possible, since EasyUS uses linux in the free version and winpe in the paid version.
Using EmergencyDisk, I could only see USB and no other disk. I guess it is time to try out AOMEI Backupper.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1H5 (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" AOC G2460VQ6 (01/19)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@75Hz + FreeSync (DisplayPort)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB + 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm
    Keyboard
    HP Pavilion Wireless Keyboard 600 (05/21)
    Mouse
    HP Wireless Silent 280M Mouse (05/21)
    Internet Speed
    300/30 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) + TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    None
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10) + Software: https://tinyurl.com/7hkjyhsj

geneo

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I back up my system image (no user data) with Macrium Reflect before I do anything that might destabilize or corrupt the system, or do a significant installation, particularly software that cannot easily be backed out. This is a < 5 minute background task. I do this at least once per week, often multiple times per week. At the same time I sync my data, which resides on a separate partition than windows, to external disks (at least two copies - two always docked, two not docked in a box) with built in Microsoft robocopy. This is automated in powershell script so I just turn n the external HDD and start the script.

I have daily and weekly scripts run from the task scheduler that wake the computer from sleep early in the morning, then put it back to sleep when done. The weekly checks if there has been a backup in the last two days, and if not, creates a differential backup.

Have any of you though about what might happen with backups if your system is compromised or stolen? If someone gets hold of your unencrypted image backup, they can hack away at your system for passwords etc. at their leisure. I encrypt my system image backups (Macrium) and for my data, syncs, I encrypt the synced destination folders that contain sensitive information. I do the sync with robocopy. I also periodically copy recent system images to the external backup to protect against ransomware attacks.

I have done hundreds of restores with Reflect without a hitch.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY
    CPU
    10900KF, 5.1 GHz delid
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus Hero XII Wifi
    Memory
    64GB G.skill TridentZ RGB 3200CL14 B-die @ 3600 CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 2070 Super A8G
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB (OS), Samsung 980 1TB, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    750W Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2
    Cooling
    EK-AIO 360 D-RGB w/Phanteks 120 T30 fans, 2x Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL - Brown mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    120 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
    Other Info
    Logitech C920e Webcam
  • Operating System
    Mac OS Big Sur
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    M1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2560x1600

RolandJS

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Geneo, I keep my backup hdds in a tiny safe.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional build 7601
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Motherboard
    dunno
    Memory
    Older has 8GB, newer has 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    built-on motherboards
    Sound Card
    built-on motherboards
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte
    Screen Resolution
    Older 720, Newer 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal 2TB HDDs, Backup/Restores onto 1TB HDDs
    PSU
    dunno
    Case
    Acer Aspire 77xx series
    Cooling
    internal fans, ext cooling assembly, ext 5" fan
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    USB
    Internet Speed
    Often, snails zip by...
    Browser
    Chrome, W7 Edge, IE, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Several alligators in surrounding moat of each castle
    Other Info
    Details upon request
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