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HDD will die soon, I need a backup image software

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    HDD will die soon, I need a backup image software


    So, I already have a new HDD ready but I want to make am image back up of my current HDD and then restore it on the new one, so can anyone recommend any software. Thanks HDD will die soon, I need a backup image software

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well in fact, you can create a system image of your machine through Windows itself - of course you do need some sort of medium to create the image on.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    Well in fact, you can create a system image of your machine through Windows itself - of course you do need some sort of medium to create the image on.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8
    What do you mean by medium? Thanks the quick answer btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RealPetChicken View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    Well in fact, you can create a system image of your machine through Windows itself - of course you do need some sort of medium to create the image on.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8
    What do you mean by medium? Thanks the quick answer btw.
    A medium would be the equivalent of an external hard disk drive, in this case.

    Do you need any help/other questions?
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    I do have a external HDD. So with windows I just create the image. Cool. Thanks.
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    Just do a complete clone. I use Macrium Reflect free. Extremely easy to use.
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    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Be aware, though, if your current install has any corrupt files due to the failing drive, they will be included in the install.

    Whenever I encounter something like this, I back up the user-created data (photos, documents, game saves, etc) and do a clean, fresh install on the new hard drive. Then you get to install the latest drives and software versions as well.
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I would use EaseUS Todo Workstation. It will image sector by sector. If you use any other method, it may fail every time you try.
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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    Be aware, though, if your current install has any corrupt files due to the failing drive, they will be included in the install.

    Whenever I encounter something like this, I back up the user-created data (photos, documents, game saves, etc) and do a clean, fresh install on the new hard drive. Then you get to install the latest drives and software versions as well.
    That is a great idea, so I will most likely do that then. So this is still using Windows as a back up method and not a third party software right?
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    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I guess you could still use the Windows back up, but I meant just copying those important files off to an external drive, just so nothing needed to be saved or recovered once you put in the new drive and went through the clean install.
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