I describe here my approach to back-up my Windows-PCs. This solution also allows to back-up Linux partitions.
I am using Windows 10 Pro 64−Bit and 32−Bit. I used to use System Image Backup, which was included since Windows Vista. I changed because of various reasons. I chose the DriveSnapShot software, from German institution Tom Ehlert Software (www.drivesnapshot.de). In my view this software has the following key characteristics:
Because of the last point, I created a Windows batch-file that fulfils my requirements
I was inspired by the scripts from Andreas Weber www.andysblog.de
I provide the batch script here, such that other people can use it and adapt it to their needs. However, I do not take any responsibility for this software, nor do I provide any warranty, nor do I assure any fitness of any kind.
I do appreciate any feedback you give via e-mail. (see address below)
The batch script has been working with DriveSnapShot versions 1.46 through 1.48. There are some pre-requisites to using the script:
DSin the root directory. Under
DSthere has to be a directory with the same name as the computer to be backed up.
Bthereunder to contain the back-ups. This structure allows to store back-ups of multiple PCs on the same medium.
The script assumes you want to back-up drives
D:. It does
this as two separate transactions. This is fine if Windows is confined
C:. Drivesnapshot can back-up multiple drives in one
transaction. Please see the Drivesnapshot manual for details.
Just copy the script to any convenient location and rename from