I'd be happy to share how I use a disk imaging software for system protection. There are several free disk imaging systems that work very well for doing a full drive image.
When it comes to selecting one, my criteria is as follows. I want one that has its own routine for scheduling and allows me to easily select when it should run.
I want one that makes incremental additions to the initial base in order to conserve drive space while speeding the daily process to less than 15 minutes.
I want one that supplies the means to create a bootable rescue media that can be used when the system fails to boot so that I can deploy a workable image and easily get back in operation.
I want one that will allow me to quickly (like 15 seconds) mount any chosen image date and select to recover some individual file in a manner like browsing with Windows Explorer.
Lastly, I want one that is user friendly since I will be using it on several computers that I don't have physical access to and would like to keep it simple enough that it's easy to lend phone support to those who aren't all that computer savvy.
With those criteria in mind, my latest selection is [link removed]
It has all of those features. It is as user friendly as you will get and still have all the flexibility and power you want. The free version is good enough for most individual users. Business users should get the paid version.
You will need a separate drive, either internal or external to store the image archives on. I use a 759 gig USB drive. They can be had for approx. $60. A month of daily images on my system will amount to approx. 120 gigs total. Alternately, you can use a network drive.
On the first day of each month I create a new base image of my system drive. Each following day of the month, I create an incremental backup that is related to that base image. The base image takes approximately 40 minutes to create. The incremental takes less than 10 minutes each day at first boot. Since I have that set for first daily boot, the system burden is less noticeable. With this schedule, it isn't important to have the computer running every day since a missed scheduled act won't compromise any following schedules.
I choose to make daily incremental images for myself since my system gets bashed by me testing software and operating fast and free. For others whom I support, I may choose weekly or even monthly. The native schedule Aomei offers has those options so I need not write batch script like in the old days.
Even so I use a simple batch file to maintain and trim the archives so that I keep no more than two month's worth and never less than one month's worth. You may do that manually or with a simple batch file. I'll publish that if asked.
Trust me, I have tried, tested and used practically every disk imaging system that is available, both the paid and the freebie, and I find Aomei Backupper is first cabin. I just want something that I don't have to get involved with once it's set up, yet something that I can rely upon to work as I expect it to when the need arises.
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