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Tool to backup before a clean install?

Discussion in 'General Tips and Tricks' started by Seth Anthony, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. Seth Anthony

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    What are y'all using for such instead of removing the hard drive?

    I've been using a bootable usb tool that is basically W10 install media, but also contains File Explorer, as well as additional tools such as a registry editor. It's freeware that I got from a torrent. The exact name is: windows 10 x64 6in1.

    What I would never do, is try to backup the data with a Linux distro. I'm just too paranoid that it will actually install to the C drive and wipe out the file system.
     
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    For file backup, I pull the drive and attach it to another machine, sometimes I use a Linux machine.
    Then I make an image to another drive.
    Two backups on different drives using different methods. Belts and suspenders.
     
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    Ya, I forgot to mention that I do make 2 backups before I wipe the customer's drive.

    Pulling the drive on a desktop is easy enough, but as you know, can be a real PITA on most laptops. Not to mention the possibility of a mobo connector or cable breaking. It's these type of laptops that my thread is mainly referring to.
     
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    Yes, forgot about those laptops that have the drive buried inside. I guess I would boot to an image software bootable disk and create an image to an external drive.
     
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    Why bother with a whole image? Why not just backup the user account?

    If I have to do a clean install, it's because Windows is too corrupt to repair, so there's no point in backing up anything other than the user account. Also, you're not going to deploy the image, so now you run into the problem of being able to view the image contents to get the user account files.
     
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    ah, it's just something I do. Make the image regardless. If I mess up something, I can go back. There's not a lot of keyboard time involved.
     

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