Your hard drive just crashed, but all is not lost. Armed with a fresh system image and the System Image Recovery tool, you’ll be back in business before you know it.
In a recent series of blog posts, I have shown you how to restart your Windows 10 system using the Keep my files option and the Delete all option. While the second will essentially allow you to start from scratch and the first will allow you to install a fresh copy of the operating system while retaining your data, you may also want to create a backup of all your system and application data, in case. find a catastrophic hard drive failure. If you do, you will be glad to know that the tried and true System Image tool still exists in Windows 10. As long as you have created a system image of your hard drive, you can use the System Image Recovery tool from the recovery drive to restore everything. the system in the event of a hard drive failure. In other words, if your hard drive crashes, you can buy a new one and use the System Image Recovery tool to restore your system to the state it was in when you created the image.
Now keep in mind that for this type of backup to be truly effective, you need to regularly create new system images to have a recent version of your system if you need to recover it.
In this article I will show you how to use the Recovery Drive System Image Recovery tool to restore your hard drive. By doing so, I will show you how to create a system image on an external hard drive.
To run the system image recovery tool as I describe in this article, you will need to have created a recovery drive, as I showed you in the Be Prepared article: Create a Windows 10 recovery drive. You will also need an external drive or a set of optical discs on which to create a system image of your hard drive. (Unfortunately, you cannot create a system image on a USB flash drive.)
You can find 1TB and 2TB external hard drives at brick and mortar stores and online computer stores for less than $ 100. For example, at the time of writing, you can purchase a Seagate 1TB external USB hard drive from Best Buy for $ 59.99 or a Western Digital 1TB external USB hard drive from Amazon Prime for $ 53.99. euros.
For this article, I am using a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, which I purchased from Best Buy several years ago.
Create a system image
As I mentioned, to use the System Image Recovery tool you must have created a system image of your hard drive. So I’ll start by walking you through that process.
To create a system image in Windows 10, you need to access the Backup and Restore tool (Windows 7. To do this, select Settings from the Start / Display menu. When the Settings screen appears, select the Update & Security tab, choose the Backup tab and select Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7), as shown in the .
Accessing the Backup tab from the Home screen is easy.
In a moment you will see the Windows Backup and Restore tool (Windows 7. Select the Create a system image command on the left side of the screen, as shown in.
Select the Create a system image command to start.
When the first screen appears in the Create a System Image wizard, you will need to choose where to create the system image. For my example, I am going to create the system image on an external hard drive, so I have selected the On a hard drive option, as shown in the .
On my test system, I will create the system image on an external hard drive.
Click Next and you will be asked to confirm the backup settings, as shown in the . On this system, two other sections of data will be backed up in addition to the main partition: the EFI system partition and the Windows recovery environment (system. As you can see, the system indicates that the image will occupy 50 GB Of space.
The Confirm Your Backup Settings page shows which drives will be included in the backup.
When you are ready, click the Start Backup button and the backup operation will begin, as shown in .
Click the Start Backup button to start the backup operation.
After the backup is complete, click the Close button. Now that you have a backup of your system image, you are ready for an emergency situation.
Launch of the image recovery system
In the event of a hard drive failure, you can restore Windows 10 by running the System Image Recovery tool from the recovery drive. After the system boots from the recovery drive, connect the external hard drive that contains the backup copy of the system image. When you get to the Choose an option screen, select the Troubleshoot option as shown in the .
When you are prompted to choose an option, select the Troubleshoot option from the tab.
On the troubleshooting screen, shown in the , select the Advanced tab.
On the troubleshooting screen, select the Advanced tab.
When the Advanced Options screen appears, select the System Image Recovery tab as shown in the .
On the Advanced Options screen, select the System Image Recovery tab.
At this point, you will be asked to choose the operating system you want to recover, as shown in the . It may seem redundant to select the operating system when performing a system image recovery operation, but you have to click the Windows 10 tile to get started.
Click on the Windows 10 tile to start the recovery process.
The recovery process
As soon as you click on the Windows 10 tile, you will see the Computer Reimage Wizard. The tool
will immediately locate the external hard drive containing the system image, as shown in the . To continue, click Next.
The Re-image wizard on your computer will locate the external hard drive.
Re-Image Your Computer wizard will open the screen shown in the . This screen offers several options.
The second screen of the Computer Recreate Wizard offers you several options.
If you are restoring to the same hard disk, you do not need to select the Format and partition disks check box. (For my example, I selected the checkbox just to see if that changed the process in any way. Other than possibly adding a bit of time, the steps and the end result were the same.
If you are restoring to a new hard drive, the Format and Repartition Disks check box is probably selected by default and is not available. If that’s the case, there is nothing to worry about as long as the new hard drive has the same or greater capacity than the old one.
If you have multiple drives, you can click the Exclude Disks button and choose the drive (s) you want to leave untouched. You can also click the Advanced button to open a dialog box that offers two additional options. The Automatically reboot check box will be selected by default, and you can enable a check disk operation as part of the procedure. (If the options in this dialog are not available, you may need to install drivers for the disks you are restoring by clicking the Install Drivers button.
When you click Next, you will see the confirmation screen for the Computer Recreate Wizard, as shown in the . For
continue, just click Finish.
To complete the Computer Recreate Wizard, just click Finish
there. But we still have to work with one more commit, which is shown in the Figure M. Just click Yes to get started.
Click Yes on the final confirmation dialog.
In a moment, the restore operation will begin and you will see a progress bar that will keep you informed of the status of the restore operation, as shown in the . Depending on the size of your hard drive, the restore operation may take a few hours.
A progress bar shows the status of the restore operation.
When the restore operation is complete, you will be prompted to click the Restart now button. If you are away from your desk when this happens, your system will reboot itself, as shown in the .
If you are not at your desk when the restore operation completes, the system will reboot itself.
When your system restarts, you will see the familiar login screen.
Now that you know how a system image recovery procedure works in Windows 10, you are ready if you ever need to restore your computer. Have you previously performed a system image recovery procedure? Share your comments and advice with other members of GameLen.com.
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