Why create backup for boot disk Windows 10?
Windows OS and your personal data could be vulnerable confronting hacker, virus, critical software error or hardware failure, that’s why you backup them to safeguard your irreplaceable and valuable data. There is no such a thing as too many backups, if you can back up a backup, then do it. When the disaster happens, nothing could retrieve it except for the backup you created, so as to the latest Windows 10. Maybe you will think about hard drive to hard drive copy, but it needs more space to store and consumes much more time.
Backup Windows 10 with internal tools
The image backup feature in Windows 10 includes a bit-by-bit copy of the entire system. To create backup of boot disk in Windows 10, you might need to complete it into two separated way, backup files and create a system image. If you need to use them at a time, you have to merge backup images in advance. What’s more, when you restore the system image, you restore all events included in the image. That is to say, you cannot restore individual files from system backup image.
The path to create a system image is to go Start > Control Panel > System and Security > File History (if there is no Control Panel icon under Start directory, then try to type it into Run and hit Enter). In the lower left corner, click System Image Backup link. Make sure to connect an external hard drive to your PC as the destination location beforehand. Just follow the backup wizard to complete this event after that.
The path to backup files in Windows 10 is to go Start > Settings > UPDATE & SECURITY > Backup. Normally, this feature will only backup the files in libraries, desktop, favorites and contacts folders. If you want to backup more folders, click More options to add then. However, it will only backup files even if you add C drive folder to the backup directory.
As a matter of fact, Windows backup boot disk could be done through some powerful dedicated backup software, say AOMEI Backupper. The feature, Disk Backup of this software, offers you one-button solution. No need to backup twice to protect the entire PC. The Standard edition of aforementioned program is free for home and commercial use.
Backup boot disk in Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper
Step1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click Disk Backup under Backup tap.
Step2. Select the source disk.
Step3. Select the destination location, and then click Start Backup.
*Backup Options: you can set customized configuration by clicking this option.
*Schedule: you can set backup mode (daily, weekly, and monthly) backup style (full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup) here.
To sum up, you can create backup for boot disk in Windows 10 once. Moreover, you also can create backup of boot disk in Windows 8 and Windows 7. AOMEI Backupper also supports Selective Files Restore, which means you can restore individual files and folders from a backup image file without restoring the entire backup image.