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Old 08-11-2018, 08:14 AM
 
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My dell laptop froze, and I forcefully shut it down. From it fails to enter to system, it keeps asking BitLocker recovery key, even if I enter it correctly every time.

..... Too much time spent on trying logging in....


Eventually, I was tired of trying and chose factory reset (system has the choice to restore to a good status point, but no information saved in hard drive available for me to do that).

I don't know how to use some words accurately in term of restoring.

My question is: what/how should I do to save current good status as a copy in hard drive, in case the computer fails again, and at least I don't need factory reset, at least I can restore to this copy saved on computer.

Restore to a point, I mean restoring all the installed programs and hard drive files and all the setting. It is pain to go through factory reset and install some programs again.

What should I do in order for computer to be able to restore to a good status point?

Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:26 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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The way I would do it is

1. Buy an external USB hard drive
2. Purchase backup software, I like Acronis.
3. Setup a schedule to automatically backup or backup manually.

Acronis will allow you to back up the entire hard drive including OS, programs and data.

In the event of a failure, you boot up from CD/DVD or USB and restore the backup to a new hard drive.

https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/computer-backup/
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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My dell laptop froze, and I forcefully shut it down. From it fails to enter to system, it keeps asking BitLocker recovery key, even if I enter it correctly every time.

..... Too much time spent on trying logging in....


Eventually, I was tired of trying and chose factory reset (system has the choice to restore to a good status point, but no information saved in hard drive available for me to do that).

I don't know how to use some words accurately in term of restoring.

My question is: what/how should I do to save current good status as a copy in hard drive, in case the computer fails again, and at least I don't need factory reset, at least I can restore to this copy saved on computer.

Restore to a point, I mean restoring all the installed programs and hard drive files and all the setting. It is pain to go through factory reset and install some programs again.

What should I do in order for computer to be able to restore to a good status point?

Thanks.

You can use the Windows backup utility that comes with the OS, just create a system image or do a backup weekly to a external HDD and if it ever fails, you can just put in a Windows boot disk and restore to that backup, and you are backup in a few hours, vs possible days trying to restore a OS, windows updates and files and settings.
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