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Protect against data loss with Windows Backup

Particularly in the case of company data, data loss has far-reaching negative consequences that can lead to a loss of sales or even company bankruptcy. Data recovery is very expensive and there is no guarantee that all data can be recovered.

The damage can also be high for private users if, for example, they have saved personal documents and forgotten to back up Windows 10, the operating system they use. This data is then usually irrevocably lost.

In both situations, such situations must be prevented in advance with a Windows system backup by backing up both the data and the operating system.

Due to the current virus threats such as WannaCry and other ransomware that encrypts data so that it is no longer possible to access it, we advise you to use good Windows backup software. Many cases of data loss are also caused by hard disk failure or general hardware or software errors. The risks that can lead to data loss are manifold.

To perform a data backup under Windows, you can use various methods and a Windows backup tool.

Windows data backup intervals due to archiving obligations, among other things

It is important that the data backup - for example the backup of Windows 10 or a data backup of Windows 8 - is carried out at regular intervals so that the damage is limited.

It also depends on the amount of data involved and how often it changes or is updated. There are also legal aspects to consider: accounting data, for example, must be kept for 10 years by law. A monthly Windows backup would be the minimum in this case.

To avoid having to rework lost data, a daily or weekly data backup is recommended. Companies often create a daily backup. Whether you are a private user or responsible for this in the company, it is better to create a backup regularly, e.g. with your Windows 10 backup software, so that you do not risk losing too much data.

It is annoying if you forget to back up your data manually and lose important documents. An automatic Windows backup can help here. With Langmeier Backup you can configure the automatic data backup in many ways and the user no longer needs to worry about the data backup, apart from regular restore tests.

With Langmeier Backup, the automatic backup works in such a way that Langmeier Backup backs up the data in the background as a Windows service while the PC is running. No user needs to be logged on.

Create a system image, for example as a data backup for Windows 10 on the external hard disk

A system image is like a snapshot of the hard disk. This image is then placed on an external storage device and can be restored to the original system if required - for example with backup software for Windows 10. With Langmeier Backup - as an example of such a backup program - this is very easy to do.

Simply start the "Set up" wizard and add "Hard disk image". Then select the drive (usually C:\). Next, press "Next" and you can now give the backup a name. Then select the location - e.g. USB stick or network - where you want to create the image. Then decide whether the image should be encrypted and press "Finish". Detailed instructions on how to create an image backup with Langmeier Backup can be found here.

The Windows backup can be performed with Langmeier Backup for all Windows operating systems. The software can handle all supported Windows operating systems: Whether a backup of Windows 7, the backup of Windows 8 or a Win 10 backup: No problem at all!

Where the data you back up is stored

Many users save their backup data to an internal drive. However, this is not enough because the data is then located on the same hard disk. If the hard disk fails, e.g. due to a disk crash, data is lost despite a Windows backup. In the event of a ransomware attack, the backup data is also encrypted and therefore also unusable. You should therefore back up your Windows 10 to an external hard disk, for example. It is best to only connect this to your computer during the backup. Ideally, you should firstly back up to various external backup media and secondly to your personal cloud or a NAS.

Which medium you choose depends on what kind of data is involved and how large the data volume is. Companies in particular should consider encrypting the data to protect it from external access. The price is also crucial. This is one of the main reasons why backing up to tape is still an attractive option for many companies. These various aspects need to be taken into account when backing up Windows 10, for example.

Data backup on USB sticks

A simple way of backing up data for private users is to use a USB stick. It is important to ensure that the USB stick is removed from the device after the data backup, which could be a complete Windows 8 or 8.1 backup, for example. This ensures that the data is not also damaged and encrypted in the event of a virus attack, e.g. by ransomware.

Windows backup on CDs, DVDs or BluRays

If you are a private user and create a Windows 10 backup, you can also create a Windows 10 backup on a CD or DVD. However, this requires more effort than backing up the Windows 10 system to a USB stick. CDs can also quickly become scratched or unusable due to sunlight. With larger data volumes, the effort involved in a Win 10 backup can be too great. The time required for inserting and writing the CD, as well as labeling and archiving, is only worthwhile for smaller data volumes.

Network folders and USB hard disks

The advantage is that very large amounts of data can be backed up quickly. With Langmeier Backup, network folders can also be selected as target folders, e.g. to access a specific storage server.

Data backup to the cloud

For private users, cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive are a good option for creating a Windows 10 backup, for example, as they can be accessed from any computer. However, not every cloud storage service is suitable for sensitive data. The biggest problem with these services is that in many cases the data is stored outside Europe in the USA.

Read more here about which media will make your data backup a success.

Restoring the data

If, for example, a data backup was created with Windows 10 and the partitions of the hard disk have changed or a hard disk change was necessary, the key may be requested again. You should therefore have this ready. For pre-installed OEM versions of Windows, the Windows key is usually printed on a certificate that is stuck to the bottom or back of the computer or laptop.

Restore Windows on another PC? Is that possible?

As the settings of the old PC are also saved with an image, it is not possible to simply restore an old Windows 7 backup to the newly purchased PC. There are specific drivers and settings that would need to be installed on the new system. This would result in conflicts with the technical configuration of the new PC and the settings of the old operating system that you want to transfer. Therefore, only a data transfer is possible. The operating system, on the other hand, must be set up again.

So if you create a Windows 7 backup and want to transfer it to a computer that has a different operating system, there are difficulties. Even if you back up Win 10 and the target device has the same operating system, it will not work without problems. This is due to the corresponding hardware configuration - for example, different graphics cards - because the operating system adapts to the drivers of the corresponding computer model when reconfiguring.

However, the data and files backed up with backup software for Windows, such as documents and photos, can always be restored. Creating a backup of Windows 10 therefore only makes sense if this Windows backup is to be restored to the same computer or device.

Good backup program for Windows

Considering the damage that lost data can cause, Langmeier Backup offers good value for money.

Langmeier Backup for Windows at a glance

  • Creates disk images and also backs up individual files
  • Stay independent: restore your files without the software
  • Be flexible: Can be used with or without administrator authorizations
  • Automatic backup with scheduler possible.
  • Support included: One year of free support from Switzerland
  • Simple backup and restore
  • Minimal effort when backing up contact data, emails and Internet favorites.
  • 1:1 file backup - and even active databases are no problem for Langmeier Backup.

Why Langmeier Backup is better suited to making a Windows backup than the free Windows backup function

The outsourcing of data to external hard disks and network servers requires corresponding, diverse configuration options. These are not included in the normal Windows backup program.

The simple and self-explanatory execution of a Windows backup such as a Windows 7 data backup allows you to select the specific storage location and the files you want to have backed up. The same applies to restoring files and data using the bootable emergency medium.

The free backup functions installed with Windows have the disadvantage that the backup is carried out on the device itself, which means that if the entire device fails, the data is also lost. Backing up to external storage involves more effort and is easier and better handled with Langmeier Backup.

With the award-winning backup software Langmeier Backup 9.1 it is easy to create a Windows backup. You can also back up contact data, bookmarks and emails quickly and easily. The procedure for Outlook is described here and here if you use Thunderbird. This way you are well protected against data loss in the event of virus attacks and hardware failures!

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