Quote: Originally Posted by speedyfastcat
Quote: Originally Posted by whs
I have made the experience that many of those backup programs - especially the ones built into Windows - do strange things that I do not understand. That is why I just copy my data manually to an external drive or make an image of the data partition (on those systems where I have a seperate data partition) using free Macrium.
I also recommend to enable restore points on data partitions and allocate sufficient space for about 10 restore points. That is often handy if you lost files. They are easy to recover with Shadow Explorer
What does making an image of the data partition mean?
Why do you recommend Macrium, other than it's free - always a good thing!
Shadow Explorer: I clicked link; it appeared to be for Windows Vista. I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
1. You can image a data partition like a system partition. It is one of the options to backup data. But there are many other options ranging from a simple copy to sync.
2. Free Macrium is the most reliable, fastest and easiest imaging program I have used. I have also tried and used a half a dozen other free and paid imaging programs, but none are as good as free Macrium. Here is a tutorial I made for your convenience: Imaging with free Macrium
3. Shadow Explorer works the same in Vista, Windows7 and Windows8.