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So just wondering it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to actually backup an image of my computer. Once apon a time I could purchase Norton Ghost and other such products. Maybe I’d have to purchase a new version with next Windows version, but that was it. I refuse to buy a service product is there anything fairly easy and reliable which I can purchase and not rent?
Running Windows 11 Pro…
- FroggypwnsGuestMacrium Reflect is my pick, it is perpetually licensed, and they offer discounts towards the next major version if you want to upgrade to that. Regular updates to the current version are free.
- Alternative_Corgi_62GuestMacrium Reflect have free licenses
- ShelLuser42GuestI have good experiences with both AOMEI backup, but also O&O. Both work with purchase once, use forever.
- CodenameFluxGuestBackup software and imaging software are two different things.
You need backup software for disaster recovery. I recommend Macrium Reflect, Veeam Agent, or Hasleo Backup Suite, in that order of precedence. Use one to create fully automated, nightly, incremental disk backups of your OS volume. (It is best to move your TEMP folder and browser cache off that volume to shorten backup time.) Retire System Restore after that.
Only IT pros and OEMs need disk imaging. The classic example, Norton Ghost, has long been discontinued. (Symantec Ghost Suite is now a property of Broadcom.) Windows comes with intrinsic disk imaging capabilities in its `dism.exe` tool.
- ruintheenjoymentGuestDepending on the brand of your SSD/HDD you can get OEM versions of cloning software.
- JonnyRocksGuestwhat are you trying to back up? all your settings and favorites etc are stored by Microsoft. Your photos/music/documents etc can be backed up with one drive. When i bvuy a new computer, all i do is sign in and i have all my documents and images and desktop background etc ready by the time setup finishes.
- St0iK_GuestVeeam agent is free. Makes a bootable ISO and the backup is a restorable image.
- HesThePianoManGuestMacrium Reflect
- IkouyDaBoltGuestIf your intention is to backup and restore to the same drive(s), Windows built-in imaging tools under “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” works well enough for me. You need to click “Create a System Image” on the upper left corner of the window.
- Alternative_Corgi_62GuestI am sorry I missed you.There used to be free locensws, both for personal and business use (I have both)
- ohenryxGuestMacrium Reflect for the win. And you can still get the free version, just do a little searching and you will find.
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