Quote: Originally Posted by clark33
Why would you need to perform manual backups if you do system images for your backup indstead? Does system images take a snapshot of your whole PC including partitions with mp3s and video files in? so doesnt system imaging negate the need for using the backup tool in win 7?
Here are a couple of reasons:
1: Imaging has its own set of possible pitfalls. Imaging is a complex process that sits between you and your backups. Why would you want to place those possible pitfalls and complexities between you and your only backup? It's a fairly small risk, but why take it? This website is riddled with imaging problems.
2: Unless you make images daily or more often, any given image isn't likely to contain ALL of your data. The image you made on April 25 does not contain all those mp3s you made on April 27.
Not to mention the space consumed by images.
Many people keep their data on a separate partition, not on C. For those people, I don't see any reason to image the data partition at all.
If you keep your data on C, an image of C can act as one form of data backup, but I would personally never let it be the only form of backup due to reasons 1 and 2 above.