I suggest you get away from the Windows backup program and get yourself a good commercial backup program. The one I'm using and like is Easeus Todo Backup Free, which you can download from http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm
The March 2012 issue of PC World was very high on the FREE program from Easeus, and I've been using it lately in a variety of configurations; and have to say I'm very impressed. It will back up to a networked drive, and it will create a boot CD for when your PC won't boot. See PC World's review at
CNET has a lot of backup program reviews at
Some of these are free (last time I checked there were over 300), some have free trials (over 1000), and some are purchase only (over 200).
External hard drives are best for backup. You can get a 1 TB one for around $70 and a 2 TB one for around $95. You can also buy a 32 GB flash drive for as little as $15. It's the best insurance you can ever buy!
I hope this helps. Good luck
I would really appreciate some advice please. I just purchased 2 Acer Laptops running on Windows 8 operating systems and am getting to grips with finding my way around it but I want to make the Acer recovery backup discs. Now, it says it requires a 16GB USB Flash Drive for this purpose. Q1: Do I need two of these then as one for each Laptop and to do a seperate recovery drive for them both?
Q2: Then there is another thing saying Windows 8 Recovery Drive requires 225 MB Flash Drive. So I think I gathered not to do them both the Recovery Drive so this would need to be seperate on a 2 GB Flash Drive maybe, again 2 of for both Laptops?
Q3: To back up all of the programmes I put onto my new Laptops, Is this just done as a seperate Flash drive or can you not back up programmes as such, just documents etc?
Thanks for any help in advance.