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System backup - Windows 8 et al


junef

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Although I back up my data and picture files regularly to an external hard drive, I have been told I should do a system backup. If so, I presume they mean the Windows 8 system, as I did not get any back up disks with my new laptop (Sony VAIO)OR do I back up the whole system? Can you tell me whether I should be doing this - which files and where they are located in File Explorer - How do I find out what size memory stick I will need?

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Jock1e

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Control panel and click on recovery.

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junef

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Thanks Jock1e, but you are obviously better clued up than me. Presumably I save this externally, else there is little point in doing it. What will this 'recovery' action save? Will it save Windows and all my apps? Will I be able to specify destination drive/medium, and what sort of memory storage do I need - is a memory stick OK? I know this is like asking how long is a piece of string, but what size memory stick do I need to get - I have Windows 8 Microsoft Office, Photoshop, but little else.

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Jock1e

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junef

Not got a clue as to what it saves,probably a repair CD if it will not boot at any time.

I downloaded mine to a DVD.It is recommended that you do it so I downloaded it just in case.

No doubt someone will be able to give you the advice that is downloaded just a matter of waiting.

I also downloaded a program that lets you start in safe mode which is a must if you have problems.

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rdave13

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Have a look at this Video tutorial. As you say backing up to another drive is best.

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rdave13

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If it's just an image needed then control panel, Windows 7 file recovery, and on the left select Create System Image.

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