Hard drives do not last forever. While you may be able to run some five or more years without any issues, largely depending on use in that time but also manufacturing related factors, it is fair to say that drives will fail eventually.
Being prepared for that eventuality is important, especially so if you value what is on the drive.
It needs to be noted that failure can come in different forms, from partial corruption to no access at all.
I'd like to provide you with the means to create a full system backup of your Windows partition with the least effort available so that you can restore your data if the main hard drive fails. Also, that back up will be encrypted so that no one unauthorized can access it.
What you need
Here are the things that you need for that:
I prefer to encrypt all of my drives to add protection against theft and other eventualities where the drive may fall into the wrong hands. You can skip that step if you do not require that, but I'd highly suggest to use it.
Note: If you encrypt the drive, you may not make use of the recovery disc that you can create using EaseUs.
The backup creation is actually a very straightforward process. Make sure the secondary drive is connected to your PC.
Now that you have created the backup, you need a way to restore it when disaster strikes. Since you won't be able to boot into Windows using the main partition, you need another option.
If you use a dual boot system you may be able to use the secondary operating system to do so, provided that it too is a Windows system.
If not, you may want to create the recovery disc that the backup software provides. Basically, all you have to do is burn it to disc and keep it around for when it is needed.
You then boot from the disc -- may need to modify the boot sequence in the bios for that -- and follow the instructions provided there to restore the backup that you have created previously.
If the hard drive crashed and is no longer functional, you may need to restore the backup to another drive instead.
You create the disc under Tools > Create emergency disk.
Note: If the drive is encrypted, you first need to decrypt its content using the encryption software that you used.
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