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Old December 10th, 2019, 11:15 PM
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Backup method? Just the user account, image the drive, clone it??

Hello.

I'm going to be creating a backup plan for a friend's W10 desktop computer computer. The backup will be stored on an external drive, that will only be connected when the info is backed up (due to ransomware).

I can't decide if the backup should be just the user account, an image, or a clone.

My big concern is when the time comes to replace the computer. If I image or clone, what are the chances that the backup will deploy correctly on completely different hardware? If it doesn't then a clone is ok as I can easily access the user account files. If it's a disk image though, I'd have to cross my fingers and hope that I can extract the image to view the personal files.

On the other hand, I could just utilize periodic backups of the user account files, and at least I know for sure that those files can be accessed when needed. I would of course have to install W10 and third party programs though.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Old December 11th, 2019, 02:56 AM
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I've used EaseUS Todo Backup (the free version), and it''l probably do everything you want. You can add cloud backup for redundancy, if it's really important crap you're saving.

There's also Cobian Backup from CobianSoft. Not quite as user-friendly, but pretty good in it's own right. Free, too. Yes, I'm cheap. So what.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 03:52 AM
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Thanks for the reply zipulrich.

My main concern is having a compressed image or clone that won't deploy on a new computer due to the major hardware change. That's why I'm wondering if I should take the safe method and only back up the user account files.
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