Windows backup software


Ascetik

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Hello, I'm looking for advice on a software that will backup my clean windows 11 install onto a usb drive and whenever I want to restore it, just pop in the usb and it can restore my pc. I bought aomei backupper about a month ago, but not satisfied with the process of backing up and restoring. Backing up was fine, but restoring requires me to be in windows with the aomei program open. I remember years back, i think it was acronis true image, I can backup a fresh windows install onto a usb/cd and just pop it in, restart pc and it'll just restore the image. I'm looking for something simple like this, not looking to back up a bunch of files, just a clean install with updated drivers and some essential softwares. Thanks for any recommendations.
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 Version 22H2 (OS Build 22621.2506)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
Hi @Ascetik welcome to the Eleven Forums.

You’re in for a ride. So many opinions on backup software.
Before you’re possibly inundated with peoples choices. Here is a thread that may be of interest.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Hi @Ascetik welcome to the Eleven Forums.

You’re in for a ride. So many opinions on backup software.
Before you’re possibly inundated with peoples choices. Here is a thread that may be of interest.

Hi, thanks for the welcome. I see Macrium is very popular and is highly recommended. Is it simple to backup and restore like i described in my first post? Thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
Just to add. I would possibly cosider an external SSD. You can buy them or create your own by buying an affordable SSD and an external casing. I would suggest that an SSD would be more reliable than a large capacity USB.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Welcome to the forum. I use Macrium for backups and restores. There are several sources of backup software out there. With most backup software, you need to make a rescue CD or usb, in which you boot your pc from the rescue disk to do a restore. The main reason to do a restore is if you're replacing a failed hard drive or SSD.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3793
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 1065G7 @ 1.30GHz Ice Lake 10th Generation
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0V996R
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics with shared graphics memory
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop Display 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2, NVMe SSD
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbs
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    F-Secure Security Suite
    Other Info
    Upgraded from Windows 10 to Win 11 on 10-21-21
    Upgraded to Win 11 22H2 on 9-20-22 (Clean Install)
    Upgraded to Win 11 23H2 on Halloween 2023
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3910
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700 processor (12-Core, 25M Cache, 2.1GHz to 4.8GHz)
    Motherboard
    Dell 0KHP4K
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 770 with shared graphics memory
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27" Monitor S2721DS,
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2560 x 1440 @ 75 Hz
    Hard Drives
    1TB M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    F-Secure Security Suite
    Other Info
    Bought in November 2022
    Updated to 23H2 10-31-23
Hi, thanks for the welcome. I see Macrium is very popular and is highly recommended. Is it simple to backup and restore like i described in my first post? Thanks.
I have never used it past a first attempt. Personally I find it too complicated especially with the issues read in here. BUT others swear by it. I am sorry but you’ll have to wait for someone else to answer that (And they will)

I would also suggest you search “Macrium” in the search function at the top right of the forum page. Many, many results.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I personally use Windows 7 backup & restore (In the control panel) It is apparently being depreciated (for so many years) and I swear by it, I have used it since Windows 7. Others will tell you it fails them and I don’t argue with that. It has just never happened to me, except once when the drive that my backup was on failed/died.
I also use AOMEI on an external SSD as a backup just in case.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I find Macrium to be the most reliable. It takes a while to learn to use it and there are many threads here to help you learn. I also use Easeus Todo because I think you should have more than one backup plan. Make sure you make a rescue usb and try it to make sure it works. Don't hesitate to ask for help here because this is the best forum to get it. I hope you find something that works for you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2715
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell xps8910
    CPU
    Intel core I7 6700
    Motherboard
    OWPMFG Z170 Skylake
    Memory
    32gbytes DDR4 1066mhz dual
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia GT730
    Sound Card
    Nvidia GK 208
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell del40e8
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel M.2 512G NVME / Samsung SSD 850 250G / Toshiba 1TB / WD 1TB
    PSU
    450W
    Case
    Mid
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Wired Perixx
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless MX Master
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbits/s-Viasat
    Browser
    Firefox and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 22621.2428
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus BR1100CKA
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4500 @ 1.10 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asustek
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    On board
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    standard
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial 500Gb NVME M.2 SSD / 58GB Factory SSD
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Heatsink
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Builtin
    Internet Speed
    25mbs/Viasat
    Browser
    Edge/Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows
Hi, thanks for the welcome. I see Macrium is very popular and is highly recommended. Is it simple to backup and restore like i described in my first post? Thanks.
I'm a macrium user. Used the free product for years, and then bought a 4 pack of licenses when version 8 came out. I've also owned and used Acronis, and Paragon backup and restore in the past, so I have experience in other apps as well.

I find Macrium very easy. I just do occasionally full images of my drive to an external USB drive. For restores, from within the macrium application, I created a rescue USB key. I have the ability to boot from that USB key and can opt to do a backup of the system or can restore the system. You simply boot up into the Macrium application. from there you just run the app like normal. I've had no problems restoring windows 10, windows 11, linux machines, and boxes that dual boot windows and linux. I use the same recovery USB key for all of my PC's, and have never run into any driver problems...so the same USB key works for everything.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink SEI8
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8279u
    Motherboard
    AZW SEI
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus 655
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ProArt PA278QV
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe
    PSU
    NA
    Case
    NA
    Cooling
    NA
    Keyboard
    NA
    Mouse
    NA
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Strix X570-E Gaming
    Memory
    64GB DDR4-3600
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce 3080 FT3 Ultra
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ. ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27” WQHD
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    2TB WD SN850 PCI-E Gen 4 NVMe
    2TB Sandisk Ultra 2.5" SATA SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic Focus 850
    Case
    Fractal Meshify S2 in White
    Cooling
    Dark Rock Pro CPU cooler, 3 x 140mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Keyboard
    Corsiar K65 RGB Lux
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender.
Whatever you do, it's your decision and your own responsibility.
When I read this:
I bought aomei backupper about a month ago, but not satisfied with the process of backing up and restoring. Backing up was fine, but restoring requires me to be in windows with the aomei program open.
I recommend this: Do not use a PC and buy a Playstation!

I have tested the major Backup & Recovery Tools and they all do a good job.
But if you are really in trouble, they all fail!

Without an Emergency-Recovery-stick you are lost! And you are lost, if you don't know how to use it, because you think that's too much for you. However, if you know how to create an ESP-Partition just for your Recovery-Programm, it's not so likely that you need a Recovery-Stick.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook
    CPU
    Intel 6700HQ
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    24
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD FirePro 5170M
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 Pro
    Keyboard
    yes
    Mouse
    yes
    Other Info
    19045.3803
    some Red Hat workhorses
Hello, I'm looking for advice on a software that will backup my clean windows 11 install onto a usb drive and whenever I want to restore it, just pop in the usb and it can restore my pc. I bought aomei backupper about a month ago, but not satisfied with the process of backing up and restoring. Backing up was fine, but restoring requires me to be in windows with the aomei program open. I remember years back, i think it was acronis true image, I can backup a fresh windows install onto a usb/cd and just pop it in, restart pc and it'll just restore the image. I'm looking for something simple like this, not looking to back up a bunch of files, just a clean install with updated drivers and some essential softwares. Thanks for any recommendations.

Jeez - lots of replies and none get to root of your problem!!!

You are misunderstanding how AOMEI works.

You cannot restore from Windows - you have to boot into a usb flash drive created from the Tools menu.

Virtually all image tools are identical in this respect.

Some allow you to create a boot entry to boot into the required pre-windows. AOMEI paid version has this feature.

You can also do this manually with versions that do not have this feature by copying contents of flash drive to a small separate partition and adding a boot entry using too like easybcd.

With regards to your backup - image backups in AOMEI will backup everything on selected the drive. If you want to only restore some of it, you would need to store data on separate drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0

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