imaging

Should I Make an Image of My New Computer Before I Use It?

Backing Up

Episode 1781

Karen from Los Angeles, CA

Karen got a Lenovo Yoga laptop. How does she back up her computer? Leo says that there's a utility on the machine that will enable her to make an image backup. Windows Key. Type Backup. At the very bottom, go to backup and restore for Windows and then create a system image. Then you can make an image of it to an external USB drive. Leo says to make two images. One a virgin system image, and the second after you've made it just the way you want it. Then back it up periodically to keep it up to date.

What's the Difference Between Cloning and Cloud Backup?

iDrive

Episode 1752

Larry from San Francisco, CA

Larry just built a new gaming computer. Now he wants to restore a backup so he doesn't have to install all his programs that are on his old computer. His options are to either clone or restore from a backup. What's the difference? Leo says that a cloned drive is an image of the hard drive which can then be blasted back onto a drive. But that's not a good option for cloud backup. Good for a local backup on an external drive. Microsoft stores cloning in the legacy backup settings.

Other imaging options include:

Clonezilla

Can I Make a Snapshot of My Hard Drive & Back It Up Simultaneously?

ChronoSync

Episode 1743

Ed from Ontario, California

Ed wants to be able to take a snapshot of his Mac hard drive and use it as a backup, but still have a backup on the same drive. Will SuperDuper do that? Leo says it's called an Image, or Ghost. Some may be able to do that, but SuperDuper isn't one because it takes up the entire drive so he can use the image as a bootable drive. Leo recommends Carbon Copy Cloner or ChronoSync. Both will match folders, but not the entire drive. He can also image the hard drive using macOS disk utility onto a backup drive. 

How can I clone my hard drive if it's bigger than the new drive?

Driveimage

Episode 1734

Joe from California

Joe wants to clone his current hard drive to a smaller hard drive, but Acronis True Image says that you can't do it. Leo says to look in the software settings to avoid matching the size of the original hard drive. Just make a copy. That could be the issue. 

Leo also uses DriveImage by Runtime.org. Try that one. 

How Do I Back Up Programs?

TeraByte

Episode 1673

Bill from La Jolla, California

Bill wants to know how to back up his programs when he backs up his data. Leo says don't. It's problematic and rather difficult to do that, plus it'll take up a lot of space. What Leo recommends is to image the drive and use that as a backup. He can then blast it back onto the hard drive whenever he needs. Here are a few imaging programs to try:

Clonezilla

EaseUS

Drive Snapshot

How can I set up multiple Macs on my network?

Mac Mini

Episode 1649

Bird from Freeport, Michigan

Bird has 15 Macs at work that he has to set up. He wants to know if he can do a net install to create a setup when connecting the Mac to the network? Leo says that Apple has a Net Install option through the System Image Utility. It's a simple google search. There's also a company called JAMPH that can do it for you. They are the leaders in network Mac management.

Do Both Imaging and Incremental File Backups

Imaging a hard drive is basically creating an exact mirror copy of the hard drive. The copy is bootable and can be blasted onto the same or new hard drive fairly quickly. Of course, it can get out of date since the image is "frozen" in time, so making an image every month is a good idea. However, it is also smart to make a file-by-file backup procedure for extra peace of mind. It is recommended to use both backup methods in order to conserve important media and files.