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    Is it possible to create a system image backup without including File History?

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    How to Create a System Image in Windows 10
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    Is it possible to create a system image backup without including File History?

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    As I understand it, a system image is of one disk only (e.g. your C drive). File History files must be on a separate drive, not even a separate partition on the same drive. So you won't include File History. Or am I missing something?

    That link merely tells you where the system image backup link can be found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    As I understand it, a system image is of one disk only (e.g. your C drive). File History files must be on a separate drive, not even a separate partition on the same drive. So you won't include File History. Or am I missing something?

    That link merely tells you where the system image backup link can be found.
    Thanks for that explanation. I have a batch file that automatically backs up my daily files so it doesn't appear to me I need File History and that's why I was questioning File History

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    You're welcome.

    Personally, I use File History as it keeps older versions of each file backed up (hence File History). It's really more than a simple backup. I also backup my files (to a different disk) using RoboCopy, but I can't restore an older version of a file should I need it from that, unlike FH.

    Some have 'Backup, backup, backup' on their sigs - I agree, so I have backups (of different sorts) in at least three places!
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    A related question... I want a complete image backup, system, applications, user files for my wife's machine. I've done this before on my machines and it never required more than a 16GB flash drive. Her machine has 96.2GB used on C:. When I go into Settings >> Backup >> Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) >> Create a systems image >> Pick the flash drive for the backup Windows 10 says it will require 97GB to backup
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    We backup user files weekly on an external hard disk. I basically want to create a system image so I can restore Win 10 and all the apps and all the app settings in case of a major disk failure. What can I eliminate from this image backup, if anything?

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    Move user data files, movies to a different disk or buy a bigger backup media. You will find few here that recommend Windows native imaging, alternatives such as Macrium Reflect and Acronis are recommended with a suitable boot media. Acronis can set up your BCD file to boot to your backup media, that assumes you can get to that point whilst booting.
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