Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Installing, configuring and using backup programs for a variety of tasks including, of course, backing up!
Macrium Reflect is a full featured backup program. I'll show a quick tour of the product and its basic features.
Paragon Backup and Recovery has both free and paid versions that can perform well for may backup tasks.
Backing up Linux computers with Windows backup programs (such as Macrium Reflect or Acronis) is possible, but not necessarily practical.
This requires backup software with rescue media (a boot DVD or CD) that allows you to perform not only a restore, but an actual backup.
A full backup needs to be a full backup. I explain why you need to also backup your recovery partition.
When you get a new machine, taking a full system image backup as soon as you can is a convenient way to reinstall should you ever need to.
Getting backup files where you want requires a proper backup program. Windows backup on Vista computers has difficulties in that direction.
Although it needs to be done manually in your backup program, it is possible to include your boot sector in a full backup image.
Acronis True Image Home is used in several of my examples. I'll walk through the steps of setting up the 2011 version.
Any kind of a backup is a good idea and can save the files that you care about after a crash or a hack.
Incremental backups create a lot of files. It is important to manage them properly when restoring and starting a new cycle of backups.
The important thing is to get a backup system running on your computer. I'll discuss an option that that will get you going.
This is really behaving like a confusion between the terms "RAM" and "disk space." It's rare for lack of RAM to cause backup failures.
Some backup programs can wake up a sleeping machine, but there are still a few things that could go wrong and cause a backup to fail.
Backing up in hibernate or standby is generally not possible, unless your backup program has a method of waking the computer up before the process starts.
Changing backup file names is easy and safe to do. It's only an identifier for Macrium.