There is a built-in feature in Windows to create system image backup.
A system image backup, is like a full snapshot of an entire hard drive. The advantage of a system image is that if a hard drive crashes, you can replace it, restore the image, and have your system right back to where it was when the image was captured.
After a clear Windows installation, restore the image and no need to reinstall Windows or your apps again.
How to create Backup?
- In Windows , hit Start, type “control panel,” and then click to open the Control Panel.
- In Control Panel window, click and open the “File History” .
- In File History window, click “System Image Backup”.
Note: “System Image Backup” button exists in “Backup and Restore” window on Windows 7.
4. Click “Create a System Image”
5. When you first open the tool, it will scan your system for external drives. You must save the image file to an external drive, multiple DVD’s, or on a network location. There must be enough free space on your storage system. Select where you want to save your backup and then click “Next.”
6. Selece the HDD drivers you want to backup. Default selections are where your operating system is installed, you can select additional drives to take image. Then click “Next”.
7. Confirm your backup selection and click “Start Backup”.
8. It may take multiple hours to backup. I baced up my 200GB HDD and it ook around 1.5 hours.