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Backup system image strategy

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January 27, 2012 3:16:49 PM

hi, my mom is not too computer savy and she keeps getting her computer bogged up with files some minor virus here and there, and overall makes her computer slow every couple of months. and i keep on reformatting it and it just takes too much time.

and im not too familiar with backup up and system images and stuff so i just wanted to ask someone opinion or expertise.

is there a way to make a backup of a fresh install + some programs like avast, so that i can make like an image of it and then just recover from it so i dont have to start from step 1.

cause her laptop has 2 paritions the OS, and a storage partition. using windwos 7

so basically what i want is to make a backup or image (not familiar with terms) of the 2 paritions that when it gets slow i can just revert back to what it was before she used it.

with all the folders, programs, and file locations intact, like i dont have to reinstall anti virus. cause i think i have done this before on my computer but i dont know if i did it right, cause when i restored i needed to install my programs again cause they werent placed on the same locations or something and they were wonky so that was pretty useless.

what i want is a complete restore.

i dont know if i explaind properly, but i can explain more i guess if u want.

thanks! hope someone can help

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January 27, 2012 3:32:14 PM

Hello mongii;

Macrium Reflect Free Edition or EaseUS Todo Backup Free can do what I think you want to accomplish.
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January 27, 2012 3:34:43 PM

I'm thinking you want both a backup and an image.
The backup of the personal data and files that can't be replaced is the disk fails, for instance.
And the .iso image for a system restore back to the way the system was when the image was created. (which might impact some personal data and files created after the image was created).
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January 27, 2012 4:04:12 PM

Best answer selected by mongii.
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January 27, 2012 5:25:24 PM

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