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system image vs backup

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  • can someone tell me what's the difference between doing a system image or a backup? Which is better?
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 6:38 PM

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  • On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:38:51 +0000, whatnext wrote:

    can someone tell me what's the difference between doing a system image or a backup? Which is better?

    A system image is a kind of backup. A plain backup usually just
    backs up data files, while a system image backs up everything on your
    drive.

    Which is better? It depends on you and how you work. If you lose the
    entire drive and have a system image, you can restore everything.But
    if only your data is backed up, you have to reinstall Windows. With a
    simple Windows installation, having to reinstall it may not be a
    hardship, but if it is complex, with lots of programs installed and
    lots of customization, an image would save you a lot of time.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:31 PM

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  • Basically a system image includes on the system programs and settings not your data.  A backup is primarily a copy of your data.

    It not as clear as this, especially as you can include a system image when making a backup. but basically that is the difference. 

    Which is better? You should really have both as without a system image you cannot get your Windows back without reinstalling.  With out a backup you lose all your valuable data, possibly this is harder to recreate.


    G North MMI

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:41 PM
  • Of what?

    The word backup should never be used without a specification of whats backed up.

    Renee

    Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:30 PM
  • On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:38:51 +0000, whatnext wrote:

    can someone tell me what's the difference between doing a system image or a backup? Which is better?

    A system image is a kind of backup. A plain backup usually just
    backs up data files, while a system image backs up everything on your
    drive.

    Which is better? It depends on you and how you work. If you lose the
    entire drive and have a system image, you can restore everything.But
    if only your data is backed up, you have to reinstall Windows. With a
    simple Windows installation, having to reinstall it may not be a
    hardship, but if it is complex, with lots of programs installed and
    lots of customization, an image would save you a lot of time.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:31 PM