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Full Backup

A full backup, or system image, is a backup of a computer system that includes not only user data stored on the machine (such as documents and photographs), but the entire operating system and installed applications. A full backup allows for a complete restoration of the system in the event of catastrophic failure.

Many modern computers include a hidden recovery partition that includes a factory installed full backup of the operating systems, apps, and configuration as it was when the device shipped from the manufacturer.

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