Best way to create an image of my hard drive for backup and restore in case of system crash
Posted on 2011-05-08
I am wanting to make a clone of my hard drive for backup purposes. I would like some advice as to what would be the best way to go about it . . . as well as the most economical. I plan on using the free backup and recovery tool by Paragon Software. I have an Asus notebook running Windows 7 Professional with a 250 GB hard drive of which 146 GB is used. I have a CD/DVD drive to which I can write to and multiple USB 2.0 ports.
Ok. A few questions now.
If I want this backup image file to be available in case of a system crash, I really need to create a bootable disc, right? Or a bootable thumb drive? And really, since I'm cloning a hard drive with 146 GB of data, I'm looking at using multiple discs or flash drives, right? By the way, is most cloning software designed to compress the image file at the end of the process? Also, I have an external hard drive attached to my notebook, but if I store the image file there, I will not have a way to access it in case of a system crash, right? I mean, I would need the image file to be on a media that is bootable, right? I know blu-ray discs have a far greater capacity, but they will not work in my CD/DVD drive, will they? Well . . . I think you probably have a good idea as to what I'm trying to do here. I'm just looking for the most efficient and economical way to go about it based on my current hardware, etc. I've never done this before and I'm just looking to learn something in the process as well. Thanks!