What is a System Image?
A system image is a snapshot/copy of the drives and additional drives required for Windows to run. When Windows 10 is installed using the default configuration, the system image will contain a copy of the C drive. All the data on that drive will be replicated including Windows 10 operating system. All system settings, drivers, files, and applications. Frequent full backups result in quicker and unproblematic restore operations because of a full backup store all files and folders. When Windows does not boot up or when a system failure occurs, or the hard drive corrupted. System images are designed with the ability to quickly restore Windows drivers, applications, and user files. Keep in mind, you cannot select individual items to restore.
You might ask, how often should you create a system image?
A good recommendation would be on a monthly base, stored on an external hard drive. If necessary, after four months you can delete two months of the oldest copies. keep the new copies in case of system failures, like Windows not booting up, corrupted hard drive, etc. You can develop a good comprehensive backup strategy for quick recovery in the event of an emergency. Before creating a system image in Windows 10. Research the roles system image play in backup strategies to gain more understanding.
- Decide whether you want to use an external hard drive, DVDs, or a network location as your store destination point.
- An internal hard drive is not recommended for storing. In the event that your computer is destroyed by fire resulting in your system image is gone forever.
- Before purchasing an external hard drive or DVDs, make sure to check the size of your C drive on your computer as follows:
- Press the start button on your keyboard and type in the search box File Explorer.
- Click File Explorer at the top of the list to open File Explorer.
- Scroll down in the left panel and right-click on This PC to open the drop-down list.
- Click on Expand This PC at the top of the list. Right-click on Windows (C) and click properties.
This knowledge can help in purchasing the correct storage device and size for creating your system image. If you do not have Windows 10 installation media, then create a system repair disk. It can be used to reimage a PC that does not boot. During the system image creation process you can create a system repair disk. When asked or Prompt by the system insert a blank DVD or USB recovery drive into your PC and select yes.
Now we can create the system image. If are using an external hard drive as your storage device, connect it to your computer now. If you decide on using a DVD or a USB drive. Insert it into your computer and follow the procedures below.
- Press the Windows button on your keyboard and type control panel, then press Enter to the lunch control panel.
- Next click System and Security to open the system and security pane.
- Select Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
- Click Create a system image in the left panel. Windows looks for available backup devices, such as a hard drive, DVD burning drive, or network drive.
You are given options for saving your backup image. On an external hard drive, DVD, and network location. An external hard drive is the best recommendation.
- Make sure the external hard drive has more than sufficient space to create the system image.
- Check to make sure the cable is plugged in and powered up. It should power up automatically.
- Use extreme caution not to save the backup to the recovery partition.
- Do not store your factory Image or recovery.
- This will corrupt the HP recovery information.
- Now select on a hard drive option then click the Next button.
- Now that you have confirmed the backup settings, click the Start backup button to begin the backup process. Depending on the size of your backup this process can be lengthy.
After the backup process is completed and the system image created. You will be prompt if you want to create a system repair disc. It is recommended you create a physical copy along with the external hard drive of Windows10. This can be used for quick restoration if the need arises.
System image and their use
System images can be used to:
- Restore Windows if it does not boot.
- standardize users’ computers when rolling them out.
- Migrate everything from an old hard drive to a new one during a hardware upgrade.
- How to Create System Image in Windows 10,
- What is a System Image?
- What you need to know about Creating System Image Backups.
- Preparations for creating a System Image.
- Steps to Creating a System Image.
- Creating and Using a System Image to Restore your Computer.
- How often should you create a system image,
- What System Images are Designed and not Designed to do?