Creating an EaseUS Todo image backup, step by step:
Start by connecting the USB Flash drive or external USB disk drive, wait about 30 seconds for the USB drive to be detected then follow the steps listed below.
1) Create a new folder on the external USB drive. Give the folder a meaningful name. Example: Windows 7 Prior to Upgrade to Windows 10
2) Next, launch / Start EaseUS Todo Backup
3) In the upper left corner of the Main Menu click on ‘Disk/Partition Backup’.
4) Select the disk you want backup (there are various partition arrangements but whatever arrangement is on your Windows 7 / 8.1 drive to select “All” the partitions on that drive) place a check mark in the box located in the upper left corner. You will not be performing a “Sector by sector backup” so leave that option (bottom left) un-checked.
5) Select the “Destination” for the backup (the folder you created on your USB drive).
6) Enter in a meaningful “Description” and “Plan name” of why this backup is being created.
The “Plan name” can be customized by changing the default name (Usually Disk 0 if you only have one drive in your laptop or PC) to a name that may be more meaningful to you if you perform backups of varying types, (Examples: Disk 0 - All partitions or Disk 0 – Win7 disk drive – ALL Partitions).
7) Click on and change the ‘Backup options’
8) Move the ‘Compression’ level slider from ‘Normal’ to ‘Medium’ (Recommended for high performance laptops and desktop computers ) which is the best compromise between the time it takes to complete a backup and the size of the image backup file created on your external USB drive. Lower performance laptop users may find that using the default compression level of ‘Normal’ may significantly reduce the time to complete a backup without too much of an increase in the size of the image backup file.
9) Encryption: Unless you want to password protect the access to your backup, you can skip this option.
10) Performance: Move the slider all the way to the right “High”. This will devote nearly all of your CPU processing power to the backup process which helps to reduce the time to complete the backup and in any case you should not be using your computer for other tasks while the backup is underway.
Click the ‘Save’ button in the lower right corner to save the changes you made to the backup option settings.
Note: The paid versions (Home, Workstation, Server, Etc.) of Todo Backup also include several other backup options such as Email notification, Custom commands, Offsite copy and File exclusion. Of these options the only one of significance that you need to be aware of is not to “exclude” any files, no matter how trivial as you want an exact Image of what is on your disk drive before you install Windows 10. If you need to restore Windows 7 of 8/8.1 you will get an exact restore of everything (all the files) that were on your drive at the time the backup was created.?
11) After you have saved the changes, you will return to the ‘Disk/Partition Backup’ screen. Click on the backup ‘Schedule’ option.
Select the ‘One-time backup’ option. This will insure your backup of Windows 7 / 8.1 is not overwritten after you have upgraded to Windows 10. Save your settings (lower right corner).
12) After you have saved the changes, you will again return to the ‘Disk/Partition Backup’ screen. Click on the ‘Image-reserve strategy’ option.
Do not enable the ‘Image Reserve Strategy’ option; click the ‘Cancel’ button. If this option were to be enabled your backup file could be deleted automatically the next time you launch EaseUS Todo Backup. It’s a good tool if you make a large number of backups and after a period of time (of your choosing) you want to automatically delete the older backup. This is not the case here as you want to permanently keep your backup of Windows 7 / 8.1 in case you decide you don’t like Windows 10 or some features just don’t work and more than 30 days have gone by which means the Roll Back / Recover your previous version option in Windows 10 is no longer available.
After you have ‘Canceled’ out of the ‘image reserve strategy’ screen, you will again return to the ‘Disk/Partition Backup’ screen.
13) You can now start the creation of your image backup to your external USB drive by clicking on the ‘Proceed’ button in the lower right corner.
14) The process will start and you see the progress status as shown in the series of screen shot shots below.
As shown above, the backup task has been completed.
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