How do you recover from a dead internal harddrive or SSD? Or if Windows becomes so messed up it's useless or even unbootable?
You can always reinstall windows from scratch.
But if you have a few minutes' worth of work, you can recover your mobile phone.
Image backup vs. file backup
An image backup copies everything on your drive, including partitions and the boot sector. It's just the way to back up your Windows installation properly, with all of your programs and settings. Do not confuse this with a file backup, which will only copy your data files.
Of the two, the file backup is by far the most important. You can always reinstall Windows and your applications, but you can not reinstall your business records or your family photos. You should back up data files daily.
By comparison, an image backup simply saves you the major hassle of reinstalling everything. I recommend you create an image backup three or four times a year, saving it to an external hard drive.
This article is on Windows 1
How to create an image backup in Windows 10
1. Plug in your external hard drive – which should have enough space to hold everything on your internal drive. Make sure Windows can access the drive.
2. Now Control Panel > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) – Do not worry about the "Windows 7" label.
3. Click to create a system image in the upper left.
3. On the following screen, make sure your backup drive is selected.
4. Hit Next make sure your C: drive is selected, and click the Start backup button.
The backup may take a few hours.
When the backup is over, you'll be asked if you want to create a System Repair Disc.
If not, create a disc.
Create a recovery drive, and follow the prompts. Or follow our guide to making a recovery drive.
Restore the backup
When Windows is in a seemingly hopeless condition, you will need to restore the image to the image. Here are three ways to do that:
- If you can still boot into Windows: Select Start> Settings> Update & security. Select Recovery Restore now.
- If Windows does not boot and you have a System Repair Disc: Insert the disc into your optical drive and boot your PC. When you're asked to "Press any key …," press any key.
- If Windows does not boot and you have a Recovery Drive: Insert the Recovery into a USB port and boot your PC. If your PC skips the flash drive and attempts to boot Windows, reboot and enter your setup screen ( F2 usually works; Look for a boat or boat order option. Once you've successfully booted the flash drive, select a language.  Troubleshoot then System Image Recovery. Follow the instructions.
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