Bob Heath
This SIG covers many aspects of what you must do to recover your computer from a disaster such as hard drive crash, virus, etc. We discuss ToDo Backup, Acronis True Image and Windows Backup & Restore. We also discuss online backups such as Carbonite, Mozy, SkyDrive, Chrome Drive and DropBox. This SIG can also show you how to partition your hard drive with Windows 7.


Image Backups

Online Backups

Disk Partitioning

Window 8/10 Backup Challenges

With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has decreed that vendor computers with the Microsoft Windows sticker have a new interface called UEFI defining the interaction of the operating system with the hard drive firmware. UEFI presents some challenges to disk backup and recovery. Follow this link to find out more about UEFI and determine if you have UEFI.

There is a FREE product called AOMEI Backupper V4.0 that performs backup and restore on both UEFI and non UEFI formatted disks.

If you want to use ToDo Backup and DO NOT have UEFI use the FREE version of ToDo Backup 8.5. If you do have UEFI purchase either ToDO Backup Home 8.5 or Acronis 2014. If you have already downloaded Free ToDo Backup 8.2 or ToDo Backup Home 8.2 you can continue to use them. See V8.2 Instructions. There is really no reason to upgrade from V 8.2, V 8.0, V7.5, V 7.0, V6.5 or V6.0 of ToDo Backup.

In additional to the changes in the hard drive structure discussed above, you have probably found that you can’t access the boot options menu in Windows 8 by pressing a function key or Esc during startup. Read here to find out how to access the Windows 8 boot menu.

AOMEI Backupper V4.0

This free software backs up and restore both the old MBR disk format and the new UEFI/GPT formated disks. Complete instructions

Free Todo Backup Ver 8.5:

The latest version of Todo Backup (Version 8.5) is a simple, free, image backup and recovery program that has most of the features of Acronis True Image at a much better price--FREE!!!

While ToDo Backup V8.5 can make images of Win8 UEFI partitons, it CAN NOT recover partitions if your computer has UEFI.

These images can be used to recover Win partitions if you purchase, download, install, activate and use ToDo Backup Home V8.5.
This instruction shows you how download, install and Create Boot Media Free ToDo Backup V 8.5:

Free Todo Backup V 8.5 -- Download Install, and Create Boot Media

Go to Use ToDoBackup V8.5

ToDo Backup Home Ver 8.5

If you have a Win8 computer with UEFI, you will need to PURCHASE ToDo Backup Home V8.5 to recover your partitions. You can create images of your partitions on your UEFI computer with Free ToDo Backup (from Ver 5.0 or newer). These images can be used with the software or bootable media created with ToDo Backup Home 8.5 to recover your patitions.

Special setup steps are required for ToDO Backup Home 8.5 to recovery partitions on a UEFI computer. Just installing and activating the software is not enough. Follow the steps in the instructions for creating a bootable disk.

These instructions show you how to download, install and Create Boot Media ToDo Backup Home V8.5:

Todo Backup Home V8.5 -- Download, Install and Create Boot Media

Go to Use ToDoBackup V8.5

Use ToDo Backup Ver 8.5

If you have either Free ToDo Backup V8.5 or ToDo Backup Home V8.5, these instructions show you how to Create Images and Restore Images. The instructions are the same for either software, the only difference being one says "Free 8.5" while the other says "Home 8.5" in the upper left corner of the windows.

Todo Backup V8.5 -- Create Images

Todo Backup V8.5 -- Restore Images

Todo Backup V8.5 -- Mount/Unmount Images

Acronis 2014

If you have a Win8 computer with UEFI, the Acronis product you need is Acronis 2014.

These instructions show you how to download, install, active and use Acronis 2014:

Acronis True Image 2014 -- Purchase and Install

Acronis True Image 2014 -- Create Bootable Media

Acronis True Image 2014 -- Create Images

Acronis True Image 2014 -- Restore Image

Acronis True Image 2014 -- Mount/Unmount Image


Download and install FREE Mozy to ensure your data is safely backed up at a secure, remote location. Limited to 2Gb per email address. This site does not look free and you will given many opportunities to buy a subscription. However click here and you can get through the download and install without paying.


Automatically and securely backs up the irreplaceable contents of your computer for only $54.95 per year--no matter how much stuff you need to back up. Click here get 2 free months when you buy any subscription after your 15-day trial.


Download OneDrive (formerly called "SkyDrive") on all your devices to access your photos and files from almost anywhere, store them, and share them. Works on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, to sync up to 7 Gb across multiple devices. OneDrive provides access to any file from a computer of yours running the SkyDrive application from another computer.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google. Google Drive offers all users an initial 15 GB of online storage space, usable across three of its most-used services: Google Drive, Gmail, and Picasa.


Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then s ynchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it.

How to Partition Your Hard Drive with Win7

Your computer probably arrived with only one drive (usually called the C drive) and maybe a recovery partition. This step by step procedure shows how to partition your C drive and name your new drive D. Now you'll have a seperate drive for your data.
Partition Hard Drive with Win7

Free EaseUS® Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition

EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition is a ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management freeware. It allows you to extend partition (especially for system drive), manage disk space easily, settle low disk space problem on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8 32 bit and 64 bit systems.
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