Todd Blacksher

Disk Imaging for Backup Purposes

Discussion created by Todd Blacksher on Jun 25, 2018
Latest reply on Jun 26, 2018 by M. B.

Over the weekend I decided it was time to completely wipe my HD and start over from scratch.

This is something that I used to do on a fairly regular basis, but I've managed to avoid it for a really long time.

In the past, after re-formatting, re-loading the OS, getting all of the Windows Updates, and loading all of my "important" drivers, I would make an image of my system.

This made it a lot quicker (and easier) for me to wipe out everything and start from scratch.

I would also partition my hard drive and map everything to a different drive so that I could wipe out my C: drive without effecting data files that I had created.

I kept the image on a different partition so that it was always accessible.

My Disk Imaging software of choice back then was Acronis True Image.


Now for the "discussion" -

Is Windows backup/restore working reliably enough now to use it instead of making an image?

Is anyone still creating images for backup purposes?

(Most people use imaging software for loading multiple computers, I'm only using it for my laptop.)

If you are making disk images, what is your preferred software?


This is one of those "IT" things that I feel like I have been out of the loop on for a little too long.