Image windows harddrive incrementally

Aug 19, 2018
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I have a windows 7 laptop with an 500gb Samsung 840 EVO SSD, this is the only drive in the laptop. I would like to attach an external 500gb Samsung SSD and create an exact bootable copy so in case if harddrive failure or corruption, I can simply remove my SSD and install the other SSD and be running as of my last backup. As far as the daily backups, is there a utility that will just image the backup drive with just the delta to avoid excessive wear and time? I searched other answers and it seems Windows 7 backup imager is not incremental. I also want to avoid the recovery-disk step. I just want to pop in the backup SSD and be off and running.
 
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Yes, but not the way you think.

I use Macrium Reflect for this specific purpose.
Full images, and then daily Incremental or Differential.

It is not a fully bootable "image", but rather you boot from a Macrium Rescue USB or CD, and apply that Image and the intervening Incrementals to a new drive.

This gives a lot of better options over a fully bootable clone image. You can recreate the system from any day since the last Full image.

Given the low probability of a dead drive, just popping in that clone vs 20 minutes recovering an Image is of no real consequence.

Read more here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3383768/backup-situation-home.html

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Yes, but not the way you think.

I use Macrium Reflect for this specific purpose.
Full images, and then daily Incremental or Differential.

It is not a fully bootable "image", but rather you boot from a Macrium Rescue USB or CD, and apply that Image and the intervening Incrementals to a new drive.

This gives a lot of better options over a fully bootable clone image. You can recreate the system from any day since the last Full image.

Given the low probability of a dead drive, just popping in that clone vs 20 minutes recovering an Image is of no real consequence.

Read more here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3383768/backup-situation-home.html
 
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