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5 Best Inbuilt Windows Tools in Windows 10 for Backup & Recovery

5 Best Inbuilt Windows Tools in Windows 10 for Backup & Recovery

Windows inbuilt backup utility helps you keep an exact copy of data available on your computer or somewhere else and helps you restore whenever you need it back. Using inbuilt backup utilities, you’d be able to keep the important data safe and easily restore it in the event of failure or system inaccessibility. Previous Windows OS like Windows 8 or 7 already has some of the below mentioned features but you can find these tools way much improved and capable enough to perform flawless backup & restore procedure.

Read on the important inbuilt Windows 10 backup utility that ensures data safety and availability:

Backup & Restore

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    Microsoft has included back the Backup and Restore feature of Windows 7. This feature was taken down in Windows 8 and finally removed in Windows 8.1; it is back with windows 10. It is known as Windows Backup. This feature helps you to restore any backup from Windows 7 to Windows 10 system. And one can use it to back up Windows 10 PC in the same way you had backed up a Windows 7 PC. Windows Backup can be used with much ease to create a backup of anything to everything on hard drive, in comparison to Microsoft’s new File History. You can find this tool in Control Panel, search for backup to find it.

    File History

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      File History feature was introduced in Windows 8, which reappeared in Windows 10. It’s one of the recommended ways to take back up. Thus File History is integrated in both the new the old Control Panel and Settings app. This feature has limitation that it backs up files located in user account’s libraries. One needs to select where backups are saved. One can select any external connected drive, such as a drive on a network or USB drive. File History backs up copies of files that are in the Music, Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Desktop folders available on your PC. If you want some other folders or files placed elsewhere to be backed up, you need to add them to any of these folders. Once files are placed, Windows will automatically create backup of your files. One can use to restore all the files if ever lost by restoring a single file, or roll backing a file to an earlier version.

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      Reset This PC

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        Mostly people uses the Reset this PC feature to restore their computer to its default operating state. This replaces the need to reinstall Windows from scratch using USB drive or an installer DVD. Just reset the PC and it will go back to factory default settings. Windows 8 had Reset this PC and Refresh this PC options. But Windows 10 have just one option Reset this PC. Go to Settings app-> select Update and security-> select Recovery-> click Get started button under option Reset this PC. This tells your Windows to keep user files but resetting the operating system installing programs to default state (refresh), or remove everything (reset). Reset feature is faster than reinstalling Windows in the old-fashioned way.

        System Image Backup

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          System image backup feature is back after user outcry and is present in Windows 10 even. System image is exact copy of your drive. A system image includes all the drives required for Windows to run.Open the File History of control panel and then selects System Image in the side pane. This feature allows you to create entire image of the current system that includes the settings, operating system, installed programs and user files. The backup can be stored on several DVDs, an external hard drive, or on network location. If you want to move your computer back to a certain state, one can restore the backup. One can get their computer operating system back to the initial state using this feature and restoring the individual files and reinstalling all programs. When one restore computer from a system image, it is a complete restoration, one cannot choose individual items which they want to restore, all of your system settings, current programs, and files is replaced with the complete copy of the system image.

          OneDrive

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            OneDrive might not be really a backup solution, but it is integrated in the Windows itself. OneDrive is online storage that comes automatically with Microsoft account. It is similar to an extra hard drive that is available from any devices one uses. No need to carry around a USB drive or email files to yourself .Files which one store in OneDrive account will be stored in your online account so one can access them on from other devices also. If the Windows crashes away then you have to restart from scratch or have to use different Windows device or one can just log in Microsoft account and all your files will be available in File Explorer.

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            Taking backup using third party Free Backup Utility

            The above mentioned options weren’t always helpful and requires advanced backup tools that scales the capability of taking data backup. AOMEI Backupper standard is a free backup software available for Windows 10 and helps you backup almost everything – Complete hard disk drive, any specific partition or backup files and folders. It can make the backup procedure automated so you don’t have to remember taking data backup again.

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              This tool has inbuilt capability to take differential/complete data backup and allows easy restoration steps in the event of failure or crashes. AOMEI Backupper standard gives you list of benefits that can be of hugely important in different situations like:

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                • Complete Backup & Fast Restore
                • Clone drive or any specific partitions and keep it safe as long as you want.
                • Clone system to migrate on another system or going with high capacity drives.
                • Backup different version of Windows like Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/VISTA.

                Apart from this, AOMEI Backupper Standard can check backup images created on any platform as well as let you create bootable media for easy backup files and disaster recovery environment. Since it’s a free application available for all the latest Windows OS, you can easily get it installed from the developer website and start creating unlimited backups or take complete image of an entire drive in few clicks. The standard edition is only for PC users, if you need sever backup software, then you can look at their sever edition.

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                Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                1. 750words

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                  750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                  750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                  750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                  2. Ohlife

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                    Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                    Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                    3. Oneword

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                      OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                      Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                      4. Penzu

                        Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                        With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                        5. Evernote

                        Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                        Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                        For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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