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How to Create a Full Backup in Windows 10


There are many different reasons why you should back up your data. Those reasons include a hard drive failure on your computer, malware, or even a critical error that could cause you to lose data. By not making regular backups you risk losing important documents, personal pictures, and software/apps that you may have spent hours configuring. It’s not a matter of if you lose your data but when. This guide will go over how-to backup your Windows 10 computer.

A system image is a type of backup that contains everything on your computer. This includes the entirety of operating system Windows 10, settings, apps, all your documents and files, and even any extra drives that you have connected. If your computer were to encounter an error or failure, then it is possible to be up and running again in just a few minutes by restoring from a system image.

There are multiple ways to store a backup. You could back up to a secondary drive, cloud storage, a USB drive, or even a blank DVD. The best option is to use an external drive such as USB drive, so it is easy to reconnect and disconnect while also being easy to store in a safe place.

Step 1: Connect an external device such as an external hard drive or USB drive to the computer. This drive needs to be large enough or contain enough free space to create a full backup using the system image tool. The wizard will let you know how much space you need if you are unsure.

Step 2: The next step is to open the control panel on your computer. This can be done by clicking on the windows icon in the bottom left corner of your computer screen and then by typing “control panel.” Then click on the control panel to open it.

Step 3: Once the control panel is open you will want to click on where it says, “system and security.”

Step 4: Click on “backup and restore”



Step 5: On the left side of the screen click the wording that says, “create a system image.”

Step 6: Then select the bubble “on a hard disk” and then select the device you will be backing up to from the drop-down menu.



Step 7: After clicking the proper external storage device you will then want to hit “next” and then proceed to start the backup process.




The wizard will then go on to create a full backup of your system.  Windows 10 uses a technology called a shadow copy. What this does is allow you to backup items that are currently being used so that you can continue to work as you normally would while the system is being backed up.

After the wizard completes the backup it will suggest that you create a system repair disk. It will ask you to create a system repair, so you can access the system recovery options if for some reason your computer is unable to boot. While this is an option you can also create a bootable USB drive with a Windows 10 .iso file that will also contain the files for Windows 10 and would allow you to do a fresh install. After the install you could then use your backup drive to restore your files.