Nobody likes to hear the words “I told you so,” especially when they’re busy trying to recover from a serious data loss.
Here are some tips to help you avoid hearing them:
- Regularly schedule “fire drills” to restore information from backup.
- Keep computers in safe, dry and dust-free areas.
- Back up data regularly. There are software programs that can helps to back up. Using them regularly can head off problems.
- Have a generator or battery back-up system.
- Protect equipment from static electricity that can erase data or damage components.
- Use virus-detection protection programs and keep them updated.
- Use the “undo” feature. Many installation and diagnostic programs offer undo disks that can restore systems to their original configurations if things go wrong. It’s good practice to take advantage of this feature.
The people who operate computer systems are only human. Physical components can wear out and break down. Good backups are wise in any kind of computer environment.
Windows Backup and Restore
Windows contains a variety of system utilities that are useful, many Windows users know about the built-in Windows tools prominently displayed in the OS, but there’s a ton of tools under the hood you might not be aware of. Here’s a look at the Windows 7 built-in Backup and Restore utility to do disk imaging that you may overlook.
Step 1. Open Control Panel and find Back up your computer under System and Security.
Step 2. Select Create a system image from the left panel.
Step 3. Now select a location to save the backup file. It is recommended to choose On a hard diskand select an external hard disk.
Step 4. Choose which drives to back up. Since we are doing disk imaging, choose all partitions on the disk (system partitions are selected by default).
Step 5. Finally, confirm your backup settings and hit Start backup if everything is alright.
Windows is saving the backup.
Today disk imaging software is widely used by people from different occupations. To make things easy, third-party software is a good option. I’m using MiniTool ShadowMaker.
Why MiniTool ShadowMaker?
MiniTool ShadowMaker is a brand new disk imaging solution, it is designed to deal with all kinds of imaging issues such as system imaging and disk imaging. Although it is a new emergency, it does offer rich features like incremental/differential backup, scheduled backup, backup encryption, etc.
To sum up, why would you choose MiniTool ShadowMaker:
- Natural disasters, power outage, and improper operations happen without a warning, which may lead to system failure or hard drive empty. By making an image of your computer’s hard drive, you won’t be troubled by reformatting and reinstalling the operating system, MiniTool ShadowMaker owns the ability to restore an image to your hard drive within a short time.
- With MiniTool ShadowMaker, you’ll have the flexibility to schedule your backup task. In this way you avoid repeating backup and can enjoy playing your computer without worry.
- MiniTool ShadowMaker offers Universal Restore feature, which is a time-saving choice when you are faced with dozens of computers – even with dissimilar hardware – to be installed in a limited time.
Create Disk Image to Prevent Data Loss
Step1. After installing this disk imaging software, you will see the following interface. Click SET UP BACKUP to begin.
Step 2. Immediately you can see the backup page which requires you to select the source content and the destination location.
Note: It is recommended to back up to another hard drive such as an external hard drive. Do not put all eggs in one basket.
Step 3. Then choose Back up Now or Back up Later. If you choose Back up Now, MiniTool ShadowMaker will immediately deal with the backup task. If you choose Back up Later, you can manage the backup task later under Manage tab.
Tip: By clicking Schedule, you can set up a schedule for the backup, this makes your backup easy and reassuring. And, you can also click Options to customize the backup task, such as compress the image file, shut down computer when the backup is finished, enable password protection, verify backup after creation, etc.
That’s how to image hard drive using MiniTool ShadowMaker.
You can just restore the disk image anytime when it’s necessary.