With the digital data increased, It’s very important to backup or clone your data on a regular basis to secure your data safe in Windows computer, like desktop, laptop or tablet, etc. Until now, Microsoft Windows system occupy the most of the market. Hence, we will show you how to protect your data in Windows 7/8/10.
There are two common ways to protect your data in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10: Backup, and Clone. What are they mean?
Backup is a way to create a backup of your critical data with a highly compression to an image file. It will save a large storage space for your hard drive. However, the backup image file have to be restored then you could use it again if the source data corrupted.
Clone is a way to make an exact copy of your data to another location, no compression. And a clone will eat chunks of the storage device as large as the source data. The cloned data can be directly used.
The two ways will save your life if your computer encounter some serious problems, like cyber attacks, virus, etc. Backup or clone? It’s depending on your demands.
In Windows computers, the common backup types include:
Windows operating system backup: only backup Windows system files, boot files, etc. to ensure boot the computer correctly.
Partition backup: backup all the data on the specific partition on your hard drive, etc.
Entire disk backup: create a backup for all the data on the specified hard disk, including Windows operating system files, partition structure, system settings, personal files, etc.
File backup: backup the selected file or folders for you.
There are some common used clone types, like disk clone, system clone, partition clone, etc.
The disk clone is commonly used to migrate data from smaller disk to larger disk, or vice versa, especially when clone smaller SSD to larger SSD without reinstalling everything.
System clone will only migrate the system files to another HDD or SSD, and ensure it bootable, and boot the computer from the cloned disk correctly.
Partition clone allows you to migrate individual partition to another HDD/SSD without losing data.
As a matter of fact, Windows has some built-in backup tools that you could use to backup or clone data, these tools includes:
For Windows PCs, you could use:
For Windows Servers, please try:
Find the suitable backup tool to protect your data. However, these tools have their limitations accordingly and no clone features. Therefore, if it’s not enough for you, another comprehensive yet free backup software – AOMEI Backupper Standard comes to play. It covers all the feature listed (except for system clone) and is compatible with Windows PCs, like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit). And you can try the server version of the software in Windows servers.
First of all, you have to download and install AOMEI Backupper. Then follow the detailed steps to backup data in Windows 7/8/10 ( take Windows 10 disk backup for example), let’s start:
Tip: the program will automatically detect the storage space on the destination and warning you if there is insufficient space.
It’s easy to backup data on your Windows computers.
If you want to clone hard drive in Windows 7/8/10, please refer to the below steps:
Tip: the destination disk will be overwrite or deleted after the cloning process, please backup first before cloning.
Find the suitable data protection software according to your needs and it’s quite easy to backup or clone data in Windows PCs right?
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