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How to Take Full Image Backup of Data in Windows 10, Windows 8

by Fahad Saleem

Taking backups is quintessential for your work and for some users, life. We have everything stored in our computers these days. Those working plans you made, movies you downloaded, tens of GBs of data, songs, your family photos, your documents and everything- you cannot dispense with the data loss in any way possible. If you are not taking data backups regularly, you are really putting your work routine in jeopardy. Given the importance of data backups, Microsoft gave a lot of easy features to take full backup in Windows 10. If you are a Windows 8 and Windows 10 user, you will be happy to know that you can take full backups easily using the built-in features. You can really save all the hassle of losing data. Because searching for ways to recover data after deletion is a lot more difficult than taking a backup in the first place. Let’s see how to take full backup in Windows 10 and Windows 8.

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 Take Full Backup of Data in Windows 10, Windows 8

Image backup is a great option in Widows 10 and 8 to backup all the data. System image backup takes the backup of your computer bit by bit. That means all your photos, settings, documents, drives and data is backed up by the system. Here is how to take a complete system data backup in Windows 10 and Windows 8. The illustrated steps are performed on Windows 10 but you can apply them in Windows 8 accordingly.

Right click on the start button from the bottom left corner of your screen and hit the control panel.

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Now go to the “File History” option.

In the bottom left size, you will see an option called “System Image Backup”.

Now you will need an external hard drive or USB drive having enough space to get the backup of your entire system. The data backup image will be saved in that USB drive or external hard drive. Make sure to use a reliable drive.

The system will launch a backup wizard, which will show you some options about saving the backup. You can select saving the backup in the hard drive, DVD or networking share points. But I would suggest saving all the backup in the hard drive. It is a good solution with local reliability, as saving data across the network or outdated means would dwindle the data integrity.

Now click on “Next”.

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Image: WindowsCentral

Now click on Start Backup button after confirming.

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Image: WindowsCentral

All the data will be backed up in your drive. You will be notified about the progress. The process may take a while depending upon the amount of data and speed of your hard disk.

With this simple way, you can save yourself a lot of hassle. We see hundreds of people asking tech gurus on how to recover lost data. You can develop a habit of taking backups in Windows 10 or Windows 8 and really make your life easy.

Restore and Recover Backed Up Data

In order to restore and recover the data from this backup drive in case of loss or any other situation, just plug the drive with your computer and reboot your computer with the Windows installation media. You can tweak the boot order from the startup settings section which comes by pressing F1 (or some other function key, depending upon your computer). During the Windows Setup, click Next, then click the Repair your computer

 Click on Troubleshoot,->Advanced options

Now select System Image Recovery.

Now choose the target OS and click on Next and Finish.

This was how to take full backup of data in Windows 10 and Windows 8. In case of any question, comment on this post and we will get back to you with the answers.

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