YURY

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I recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free tool for backing up and restoring data that can arise from various system failures.
The application supports system, disk and partition backup, system, disk, partition recovery, disk copying, etc. the program Interface is very simple and will be available to a wide range of users, allowing you to easily master the technology of backup and data recovery.
The peculiarity of this utility is to support Microsoft - VSS technology, which allows you to perform the backup process without closing the running applications, which is very convenient, because the backup can be created in time on the PC.
 
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Spawn

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Since Windows 7, users are provided with a couple of basic recovery options, without needing 3rd party software:
  • Create a restore point -- not recommended
  • Create a system image -- relies on Windows Backup
  • Create a system repair disc -- may be useful in for recovery purposes
  • Create a recovery drive
Windows 8.1 introduced a better way to recover the OS with Refresh and Reset PC.

On Windows 10, it was simplified to Reset this PC, but essentially the same as above.
  1. Keep my files -- removes apps and settings only
  2. Remove everything -- removes all personal files, apps and settings
You can also use the Media Creation Tool to maintain a clean copy of the Windows 10 ISO on storage or burn image to USB.

Mileage may vary. Always keep personal files backed up before performing any system recovery.
 

jackwilli

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You can get free copy of AOMEI Backupper Professional via giveaway here.
MalwareTips Giveaway - AOMEI Backupper World Backup Day Giveaway

BTW, how was your experience with Macrium Reflect free version. Is incremental backup available in free version?
Macrium experience wasn't so good. Incremental backups are not present in free version. I tried aomei backupper too but it was horrible on my pc. I made system backup and shut down my pc when i restarted my pc it freezed at dell logo, i tried many time but same issue. I reinstalled windows and tried to get my pc back in previous condition so i tried aomei backup image and restarted but this time some boot files problem were created. Now i am back to easeus todo backup free edition and quite happy with it and works perfectly on my pc. It is not necessary that software that works well for most users would also work for you.
 

blueblackwow65

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Which backup solution free or paid ,better free though can be scheduled to be run at user logon and run in real time all day to a portable hard drive?Thks (with little performance issues)
 
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oldschool

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i am back to easeus todo backup free edition and quite happy with it and works perfectly on my pc. It is not necessary that software that works well for most users would also work for you.
Yes, individual results vary. Aomei OneKey works for me. For Windows 10, 1809+ see this post: Discuss - Aomei OneKey Backup: Have you tried it?

Which backup solution free or paid ,better free though can be scheduled to be run at user logon and run in real time all day to a portable hard drive?Thks (with little performance issues)
Windows File History for data backup. Built-in, simple and effective.