Backup, the most important precaution to do when purchasing a new Laptop or PC

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After you purchase a new Laptop, most of the times, it takes three to five days of fine tuning your Laptop to your needs and preferred settings. Also installing the programs you need to work with, those that don't come with bundled, configuring your extra peripherals like your mobile and your mobile syncing application, and setting up all your WiFi networks and LAN too with password, setting up your communication programs and usernames and passwords for those, etc. Sometimes it takes some of us more than a week or two of continuous working to get it to the phase where all our needs and preferences are met. After perfecting your settings, it is time now to backup all the OS and settings.

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During our daily use, anything can go wrong and we end up formatting our Laptop to its original status, and going through that tedious process of fine tuning it again. Well even installing an incompatible program might mess up our Windows OS, or another program. Sometimes uninstalling a program might also cause our Laptop to act strangely. Several applications are out there in the market, some are even free. I use the EASEUS Todo Backup program. You can download it for free from the web (http://www.todo-backup.com/home/home-backup.htm), or just Google "EASEUS Todo backup."

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EASEUS overview

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    Use the Backup option to back up your Laptop, click on "NEXT"
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    Select "New disk and partition backup", set a name for the backup in the field "Task/plan name", and add a description to help you identify your backup file later, like "All are working fine with ACAD installed, Flash player up to date" , Click on "NEXT".
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    Select the partition you need to backup, in our case it is C:\ with (Primary), or where the OS is installed.
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  4. 4
    Select the destination of your backup, and It is advisable also to tick the option "Check backup image integrity after backup", this option will verify the integrity of your backup file.
    For more advanced options, Tap on the Button "Options"
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    In "OPTIONS", most of them are self-explanatory.
    Yet I will state the most important tabs.
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    "Compression" is where you set the compression mode, High compression takes the longest to perform.
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    "Splitting" is where you can split your backup file; it is handy when you are saving the backup to different media, like ZIP Drives, CD, or DVD.
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    "Notification" is very handy option, for sometimes a backup might take hours, so in here you can set a successful, or fail notification to be sent via email.
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    "Offsite Copy" is where you can set a backup copy to internet storage via FTP protocol, yet this needs a clear and strong internet connection to complete.
    And it is highly advisable to Click on the "Test parameter" to check your settings.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Whenever you are about to do a major program installation, update or removal. Take some time to perform a backup. The time consumed in backing up is far less than performing an initial restore and setup all your needed programs and settings once again.
  • You can use "password" tab in "OPTIONS", to setup a password for the backup file, to prevent unauthorized access to it.
  • Periodically, perform a backup on your Local Hard Disk, on another partition other than your OS location partition.
  • From time to time, also perform a backup on DVD, to keep a hard copy, should anything goes wrong with your internal hard disk for safe keeping.
  • You also use this program to clone your entire hard disk to another new hard disk. which comes very handy if you are upgrading the size of your internal hard disk.
  • You can also schedule a backup from the main window.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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