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Q: Create Backup Questions ???

First, I want to apologize for being so full of questions; it seems I have jumped head and ears into territory unfamiliar to me.
1. Is it possible for me to create a backup of ONLY whatever is necessary to reinstall/reestablish Windows 7 should I screw something up while cleaning out a bunch of bloatware ?

I am not so much interested in backing up files, images, add-on programs, and such, as there is nothing on this particular computer that is not already safely stored in several other drives.

I just want something that is quick and hopefully easy to make that I can use to reinstall Windows 7 in the event of a catastrophe.

2. IMPORTANT; Also, how much drive space will I need to accomplish this; can I put it on a flash-drive ?

3. Can I put it on a drive that has other stuff on it ?

4. Is it small enough for a single DVD disc ?
Thanks in advance for the expert advice that I am accustomed to getting from you guys.

Preferred Solution: Create Backup Questions ???

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Hi guys for my institute need i need all pc to configure like uninstall all which comes with all per-install computer and install some software and make some changes like disable firewall , Bluetooth, WiFi adopter  
 so my question is if i only configure one pc and and create a backup and deploy that backup via lan with multiple pc will it do all those work like install uninstall automatic and do the all configure , iss their any software available to do that work

Resource and system details : one L2 switch  with lan cable all 120 Hp prodesk windows 7  sp 1 per- install pc

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I've used Windows Backup and Restore successfully on many occasions but I now get the error "0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up" and I don't understand it. I've spent hours researching this issue and cannot seem to create a backup.

I've been to all the Microsoft pages and various "Windows 7" forums to no avail. I've gone the "delete the Java cache" route, the "C\Users\my account\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0" route and deleted the numbered entries (which remain in my Recycle Bin), the "Command Prompt with DIR /AL /S, which showed "File not found" (I still don't understand what a reparse point is) and the "virus in a shadow copy" route which produced nothing. I've scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, the only AV application I use, which produced nothing. Disabling MSSE does not help (I checked Task Manager, All users, and the MSSE process before attempting the backup and it was indeed stopped). I've also performed full scans with MalwareBytes, the paid version of Spybot S&D and SuperAntiSpyware, which produced no results. I don't let these additional malware applications run in real time. I only start them when I want to run additional virus scans. I've run the Microsoft Safety Scanner in full mode, which produced nothing. I've run chkdsk at boot time on two occasions which produced "unallocated free ... Read more

A:Windows Backup and Restore fails to create backup

It sounds like something got damaged or corrupted for unknown reasons. You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. Did you go through this Microsoft KB article (Issue 2) and the full suggested workaround about half-way down the page?

Windows backup or restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, or 0x80070003

If the workaround doesn't help do you have a restore point from before this problem first appeared?

System Restore

If a restore point doesn't fix things or isn't available, do you have a recent system image (from before the problem first appeared?)

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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Running W7/64. I've tried to create a system backup to my D drive: error message states that I cannot create an image to a drive which Windows boots from or is installed on.

Not good.

My computer has an SSD ,the C drive, and a spinner, the D drive.

When I installed Windows, I only had the C drive installed. The D drive was not physically connected.

Now, the D drive was recycled from another use. It +had+ been a C drive (possibly for this very machine). I did a full format on it, and ensured it was not hooked up during the SSD install. (I thought that would erase windows OS files.) Somehow, Windows on D drive won't die!

My thought is that I need to perform a repair install. I can do that...and I will. I'll make sure D drive is physically disconnected. Again. Obviously, my attempt to erase any and all previously used data on the D drive failed. (At least, that's my thought.)

How do I remove any OS remnants on the D drive? Yeah, I've got stuff on it, but I can create a Macrium backup and restore them, if need be.

I've included Drive Manager image of it as well as what Macrium sees. (I've got some of the SSD unallocated for overprovisioning.)


A:Cannot create a backup image on my backup harddrive?

Ok mate my first thought is I would clean the D: drive using DISKPART - clean or clean all depends on how thorough you want to be a simple clean would in my mind be enough.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
then format it.

My other thought is how old is that spinner??

Edit I meant to say back up the data first eh?

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Running W7/64. I've tried to create a system backup to my D drive: error message states that I cannot create an image to a drive which Windows boots from or is installed on.

Not good.

My computer has an SSD ,the C drive, and a spinner, the D drive.

When I installed Windows, I only had the C drive installed. The D drive was not physically connected.

Now, the D drive was recycled from another use. It +had+ been a C drive (possibly for this very machine). I did a full format on it, and ensured it was not hooked up during the SSD install. (I thought that would erase windows OS files.) Somehow, Windows on D drive won't die!

My thought is that I need to perform a repair install. I can do that...and I will. I'll make sure D drive is physically disconnected. Again. Obviously, my attempt to erase any and all previously used data on the D drive failed. (At least, that's my thought.)

How do I remove any OS remnants on the D drive? Yeah, I've got stuff on it, but I can create a Macrium backup and restore them, if need be.

I've included Drive Manager image of it as well as what Macrium sees. (I've got some of the SSD unallocated for overprovisioning.)


A:Cannot create a backup image on my backup harddrive?

Ok mate my first thought is I would clean the D: drive using DISKPART - clean or clean all depends on how thorough you want to be a simple clean would in my mind be enough.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
then format it.

My other thought is how old is that spinner??

Edit I meant to say back up the data first eh?

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I'm venturing into new areas here, so have some very basic questions to ask before I start.

Currently my laptop has the following disk structure:

I want to shrink the C drive so that I can separate out my documents etc. from my OS.

Once I have done this, I want to install Windows 10 preview in a VM (VMware or Virtualbox as I don't have hyper-V). This is another new area for me and I'm still learning about it, so please take this into account when answering the question that mentions this below .

I can shrink C to half its current size.

Should I then create one new partition (D seems to be the usual letter assigned, and Data the name?) , using all the remaining space or is it better to leave some unallocated space? I don't expect to use more than 100gb for documents etc., based on usage over the last year, but I'm unsure how the VM would fit into this - does it need (would it benefit from) its own partition or can it go on either C (there will still be masses of unused space on C after the shrinking) or the newly created partition?

Once I've got my new partition, how do I get my documents there? Should I actually cut and paste the folders from C to D (or whatever I call it) or would this cause problems? If there is a tutorial I can follow, please point me to it.

I am also planning to create a Custom Refresh image and want to save it somewhere other than C. Does it make sense to save this on the new partition or (again) would it benefit from its own partition?

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A:Create new partition - basic questions

Can't see you pictures

For a VM you needn't put it on another partition. Putting it (or them) on C:\ is fine.

You can put a custom refresh image on another partition but if you are it makes more sense to put it on another drive (in case the drive fails). Otherwise you may as well leave it on C:\

I'm not a fan of partitioning really - the only time I use partitions is to dual boot or for different file systems..

Some people like having a dedicated C:\ just for Windows (so you can backup the OS separately) but I use custom refresh image instead. The problem with partitions is if you make them the wrong size it is really slow to move them around and I find life is simpler to just use the one.

Sorry if that wasn't really answering your question. If you try to add your pictures again - the question may become clearer

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Hello, I recently got an Asus laptop with Windows 8. After installing a few things I thought I should make a recovery drive since the computer didn't come with one. I followed this guide and I had to create the recovery partition following what the guide said as I found that I did not have one. So I continued on after it was done creating it and went ahead to create the recovery drive. It said I needed to have atleast 16gb free on it, and thankfully I purchased one with 32gb so that was alright. Now I have been waiting for it to copy the recovery partition, and it just doesn't seem to be working. I left it on for 6 or so hours last night, and closed the laptop and went to bed without turning it off. This morning I let it run for 2 more hours, and it is just sitting right close to the end without making progress. Now I am curious if I did something wrong, or if I just need to let it sit longer. Any tips on this would be appreciated.

My second question is that I have purchased a 250gb ssd drive for my computer to help speed things up. My plan for this was to get everything ready with a recovery drive, and then switch out the drive the OS is on and switch it out for the ssd, then use the recovery drive to get windows back. Will this all workout this way, or is there something else I should be doing?

Thanks for reading, any advice is much appreciated.

A:Cannot create recovery drive + A few other questions

1) When making a Recovery Drive with
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
if the app stops working as your did, exit the app, & reboot, after reboot start the app, this time app should finish.

2) No, you need to make the OEM Recovery disk.
Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
To make ASUS Recovery disk download BACKTRACKER.


Originally Posted by ASUS

Using the Support DVD to restore system recovery.

About the Support DVD :
The Support DVD includes an image of the operating system, installed on your system at the factory.

You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the ASUS OEM manufacturer's website.
Essentio Recovery Software

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I have been trying to create a backup on win 7 pro 64 bit to an external hard drive with 365 G of free space. However, the backup starts, I see a little movement in bar charting progress but then it eventually tells me backup failed due to shadow copy creation timing out.

Not sure what to do, any help would be appreciated.


A:Cannot create backup in win 7 pro 64 bit

Also, I showed error code of 0x81000101

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I have just done a fresh install of XP Home on one of my computers and had quite a bit of trouble getting some drivers. Prior to doing anything else with that computer I would like to do a backup ( preferably complete ) on to a DVD(s) that will simplify an instillation if I ever end up having to reformat. If something happens down the road I would just like to install XP and then use my backup to restore it to what I have today. Any suggestions on how I should go about it and what software, free would be nice, that will allow me to do this? I hope I made myself clear as to my intentions.
Thanks for your help.

A:Create a Backup of XP

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The Title pretty much says it. i've had my cpu since december so i figur its about time i do. if its not to late, how do i do it? i tried using my nero multimedia center but it didn't work. it stopped half way through and said it couldn't finish because my OS was running,what should i do??

A:How do I Create a Dvd Backup??

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hi sir my problem is i can't create a backup on my window 8, here is the scren shot i take. i hope you can help me with my problem. thank you

A:Cant create a backup

In the Control Panel, did you set up the Recovery Option? Also there are many third party backup programs that have advantages over the Microsoft built in one. A lot of users like Acronis.

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I have windows vista home premium. I had backed up using Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Backup Status and Configuration. The backup was set to run automatically every week at a certain time and backup to another hard drive. The drive got full to the point that it wouldn't backup any more. I deleted the backup files and now I cannot get the backup to run at all. I get a message that says, "The latest backup set cannot be found, make sure it is accessable and has not been deleted otherwise create a new full backup". The problem is that I cannot or do not know how to create a new full backup. I've tried to change the backup settings but when I get to the window that says Which file types to backup it quits responding.
Can anyone help me just start a new complete backup?
Thanks for your help.

A:Create a New Backup

Try this: Backup Complete Computer - Vista Forums

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I bought my computer one year ago. there was no CD/DVD included for the Vista operation system.
Now my external heard drive died, I can't recover the information, where I had the backup.
It wasn't me who did the backup the first time, so can I do a new backup? How do I do it and which program is best to use?
Thanks for the help!

A:How to create a backup for VISTA?

There are too many backup programs you can find in Google. I use a program called ,,Backup4all,, i like it.

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Hi there,
I have a windows 7 computer that got a virus. I no longer have the original install disc (the serial number is on the bottom) so I'm using my windows 8.1 computer to download an ISO of windows 7 home premium and I can create a bootable usb flash drive of windows 7. I figure it doesn't matter where I got the copy from because I have a proper serial number that I can enter but I did download it from a torrent. I know the ISO works because I tried installing the iso in vmware and it installs just fine.

When I use the windows usb creator tool or something called RUFUS that I found online, neither one show the windows 7 premium iso that's on my computer. I moved it to desktop and it still doesn't show up inside of either USB backup drive creator program.

I have no idea what's going on and I need help asap!


A:Create usb backup can't find iso?!

It does matter where you get the iso from as some are unusable and others have been modified to infect a computer with malware. This is the right place to get a legal, clean Windows 7 ISO.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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Hello all,

a quick question - I have one machine ready for use - Windows 7 and office 2013. I need to duplicate the system setup onto a bootable usb so I can install the schools other 300 machines. What is the best software which will enable me to pick up the machine that is set up how I want it, insert a blank usb drive and in one movement make it bootable and copy the "image" (windows 7 and office 2013) to be later used on other machines?



A:Need to create a bootable usb backup

We must know which booting type the computers have. Is it BIOS or UEFI?

I suggest that you create the USB with Windows 7 only first, then install it in the other machines.

Then cut the Windows 7 setup files,paste them in a folder in your computer,insert the Office 2013 files in the USB and start installation of Office from it.

Check what the booting type is in this site:
BIOS Mode - See if Windows Boot in UEFI or Legacy Mode

Instructions for creating a bootable USB in BIOS:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Instruction for creating a bootable USB in UEFI:
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

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I am trying to create a backup and restore disk. Control panel and Performance & mantainance and clicking on back up data (backup and recovery wizard). after going thru the steps I get the following message: files for recovery disk could not be created. The operation was aborted. how else can I accomplish this.

A:cannot create backup disk

What options are you choosing in the XP Backup & Recovery Wizard?

First off the Wizard will not write directly to CD. You need to Save on your Hard Drive then burn that file to CD.

If you are just choosing System State this can be done on a single CD.

If you are choosing to Backup Everything on your Computer you will also need CD burning software that will Span CD's.

Hope this helps.

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I need to make a backup of my Software DVD. I hate to have to buy the software again if I can make a backup copy of the disk I have. My grandchildren have been known to get at my disks and some of the software is on DVD's. Very expensive to replace.

Thanks in advance.

A:Need to create a Backup DVD of my Software DVD

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My Dell desktop came with this cool "Dell System Restore" application. You can run this application at boot, and it reformats the hard drive and restores it to the condition it was when it was shipped. I would like to set my laptop up similarly, so that I can restore it to a certain point. Does anyone know of any free software to do this?

A:Solved: Best Way to Create Backup CD

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Hi i have just brought a laptop with windows vista home premuim it didnt come with any disk i was just wondering how do i create a back up disk for it


A:How To Create BackUp Disk

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I am constantly creating a backup schedule to perform a backup every Monday at 7 pm. The "Next backup" correctly shows the date and time for the following Monday, and "Last backup" shows the correct date and time for last Monday. However, every time I reboot, the "Next backup" date gets changed to December 30, 1899 at Midnight - and my backups do not run.

Does anyone else have this problem?


A:Can't Create Backup Schedule

This thread addresses your problem.

Win 7 Backup and Restore schedule problem

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I would like to install OpenSUSE on my computer , but before i do that i wanted to create a backup from my Windows, so i can do a system restore if anything goes wrong with the GRUB .

Unfortunately Windows can't let me to do a backup on my second hard drive ( on partiton I ) . I got an error message ( sorry , using Google translator for this one ) :

The images are not saved to disk in a drive that a computer system at boot time, and where Windows is installed

I have two hard drives .

Disk 1 : Samsung HD103UJ Ata Device ( online )

partitions :

C ( it contains the OS , active, primary partition )
D , E , F ( logical drives )
G ( primary partition )

Disk 0 : WDC WD10EALS-00Z8A0 ATA device ( online )

partitions :

I (active , primary partiton )

I see BOOTSECT , bootmgr files on both partition C and I . They also both contain a boot folder .


Windows Boot Manager : partiton I
Windows Boot Loader : partition C

Now i'm confused .

A:Can't create backup ( Windows 7 x64 )

It's not an answer to your backup problem which you need to get sorted but have you considered using VirtualBox to create a VM with OpenSuse. I have and it works well. https://www.virtualbox.org/

If you do don't use the suggested virtual disk size it is too small use 30GB.

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I normally use Acronis True Image for backup and recovery. Fine for file and folder recovery, but I want a reliable full system image of the Windows 7 PCs before upgrading to Window 10. I've just discovered that the Acronis bootable recovery system could not read always my backups so I'm trying the Windows Backup and Restore utility.

For some reason I get an I/O error when backing up to a Western Data 3 TB USB 3 external drive. (Interestingly Acronis writes to the disk with no problem, and, after a few false starts, the recovery system has no problem reading it.) Before I research this more, is there any reason the Windows Backup and Restore utility would have trouble creating a system image backup on a 3 TB USB 3 external drive?

The backup seems to be working fine to an old Seagate 2 TB USB 2 external drive. Is there any way to verify the backup once it is created? The Acronis recovery system had trouble reading backup fines on this disk even though Windows (and Acronis TI 2015 running on Windows) had no trouble reading and writing. I want to make sure the Microsoft recovery system does not have the same problem. But I don't want to do an actual recovery just to validate the backup.

And finally, Process Explorer shows no disk I/O even though the backup seems to be progressing (slowly). Is this I/O somehow hidden. My Kaspersky security software does show I/O activity.

A:Create system image utility - some general questions

Ok. I found the cause for the error when trying to create the system image backup on my WD 3 TB drive. Searching for error code 2155348010 I found several hits. Many large external drives - not just WD - now use a sector size of 4096 bytes rather than the 512 bytes expected by the image copy creation utility.

One such explanation is at

WD has a utility to reformat its drives and turn on support to emulate 512 byte sectors, but that lowers performance. And I would have to backup and restore my backup disk because the reformatting obviously clears the drive. Not worth it since I've now created the system image on another drive (temporarily borrowed from another PC).

I've read the Win8 supports the 4096 byte sector size. Hopefully Win10 does, too.

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I thought it would be a good idea to create a backup of my system
Can somebody please explain the difference between "create system image" and "backup"
I find it very confusing

A:Create system image/Backup

I'll try .A system image, IMO...is a clone of the entire C: partition/drive. The result is an exact copy of the C: partition exactly as it exists on the system at the time that it is made. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...-a-system-image.A backup is (typically, but does not have to be) a compressed version of the existing Windows system...which must use the same program creating the backup...to install the backup or parts thereof.http://www.daleisphere.com/how-to-use-wind...backup-feature/Depending on the utility used...individual files may be accessed/restored from either, without restoring the whole backup/image.Louis

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Hi everybody!

I'm reading a lot of posts in this (terrific!) forum about Windows 8 image backup and restoration, and now I certainly can say: I AM LOST!!!! There are many posts about this and I don't know what I do.

I am new in Windows 8, Secure Boot, UEFI bios, etc. and I need some help.

I have a Windows 8 Single Language (SL) based system (Notebook Acer), that uses Secure Boot in UEFI Bios and has Windows Product Key recorded at BIOS by factory.

I have a 500GB HDD partitioned in drives C: (228GB), E: (40GB), F: (40GB), G: (78GB) and H: (64GB) and Windows is installed on C: partition.

I installed and configured all programs that I use and now I want to do an image to be used in cases of HDD damage, Windows crash or other cases that I need install OS and apps again. I want to earn time with this and don't have to install the apps one by one.
What is the best option (method) to do backup and restoration of the system?How I use the Boot DVD generated by the backup feature (Windows 7 File Recovery)?Can I do image only of partition C: or I need to include all other partitions?Do I need change the BIOS UEFI to LEGACY BIOS to boot with Windows Boot DVD generated?Do I need to format the C: partition before restore the image? What kind of format I need to use? NTFS? FAT32? GPT?

I have a lot of friends that are using Windows 8 now and all of them have the same doubts that I have.

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A:HELP! How to create image backup and restoration?

One would need to write a book to type a manual response to all of your questions; however, thank goodness Brink has already done most of the legwork for you. See the Create System Image and Restore System Image Tutorials (in the Backup and Restore category) here:

Windows 8 Tutorials

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When I use Win 7 backup, it gives me the option each time I create a backup to create a system image. I created a system image on a CD a couple of days ago. Why does it ask me if I want to create another each time I do the backup? Is it talking about creating one on my hard drive, not a CD?

If it's just my hard drive then perhaps I should create one each time, but creating one on a CD is onerous. Plus, if this is the case, (that it wants me to create a CD) I don't know how that's to be done if the backup is on a schedule in the middle of the night.

A:Do I need to create System Image after each backup?

Quote: Originally Posted by wsplawn

When I use Win 7 backup, it gives me the option each time I create a backup to create a system image. I created a system image on a CD a couple of days ago. Why does it ask me if I want to create another each time I do the backup? Is it talking about creating one on my hard drive, not a CD?

If it's just my hard drive then perhaps I should create one each time, but creating one on a CD is onerous. Plus, if this is the case, (that it wants me to create a CD) I don't know how that's to be done if the backup is on a schedule in the middle of the night.

The restore point will not be saved on a cd

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My MSE got corrupted, and I just finished uninstalling/reinstalling it. While it was running its initial scan, I suddenly began getting firewall notifications that a series of setup.exe files were trying to access the internet from my D drive! (Note: my D drive is data, MSE was installed on my C drive.)

These files had no plain language names, just alphanumeric ones. I blocked them.

Does MSE automatically install some sort of backup/shadow copy in a different location from the main program? Should I be allowing these through? Are these necessary for MSE to function?

Incidentally, the initial scan came up clean.

A:Does MSE create a backup in random place?

Quote: Originally Posted by stevieray

Does MSE automatically install some sort of backup/shadow copy in a different location from the main program? Should I be allowing these through? Are these necessary for MSE to function?

Incidentally, the initial scan came up clean.

At one time, Microsoft updates would/could download and install from the largest secondary drive even though the original was installed on the system drive. Most of the time the downloaded update install files would be deleted after update installation but sometimes not.

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If you want to Create backups of Hotmail accounts then You need to download Hotmail backup software that backup your Hotmail to PST, MSG, EML, EMLX, and MBOX file format. without any problem. You can use this application to get results error-free. Various
advance options of the tool that make simple and smooth. The tool works on all Windows versions.For download this software or more detail visit here: http://www.osttopstapp.com/hotmail-backup.html

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I have a computer that was doing backup everydays.
These days I have a virus infection, a virus had enctrypted all files with .done
For example somedocument.doc.done

This virus also encrypted my backups (By cobian) in the external HDD which are .RAR.

So, is there some way to create backup automaticly and saftly so they will no be infected by these virus?

A:How to create backup not affected by virus?

Miros84, Normally backup will not scan your files for virus's. It is good security to have a good Anti-Virus. I personally use Vipre internet security along with the pay version of Malwarebytes.

I also create an image of my hard disks on a weekly basis to an external USB hard disk using Acronis 2013 which is my backup of choice. There are other free ones available.

From what I see on your message, you might be out of luck unless you decide to pay the virus maker to unincrypt your data.
Which I do not recommend.
Unless the data that the virus encrypted is worth a lot of time and money to you then you have not much of a choice.
for vipre:

Antivirus Software & Virus Protection | VIPRE Antivirus

For malwarebytes

Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware download

for Acronis:

Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis


PS: I don't have any financial interest in any of this, I pay for every one I use.

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wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet Using this to create backup with mulitple DVD RW's,need to format so I went to disk management,right click on D drive,chose format option UDF 2.01,click ok,error message "quick format is not possible".I have been to many other forums where the same problem has occured with no useable solution.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thank You.

A:Windows 8.1 create image backup with DVD's

Backing up to optical media is risky, even when it seems to work. Usually takes 4, 5 or more discs and one of them may be defective in some way.

You would be much better of to spend $60 and get a 1Tb USB 3.0- External Hard drive and use Macrium Reflect Free to make images backups of your system. Fast and safe.

Good tutorial here: Imaging with free Macrium

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Just wondering if anyone could help me create this batch file. Have been trying for a while and is starting to really frustrate me. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

? Create a batch file called myBackup.bat.
? It will backup all contents of a folder called 'files' to a folder called 'filesBackup'.
? If 'filesBackup' doesn't exist, it should create it.
? If 'filesBackup' is empty it should copy all files including subdirectories.
? If 'filesBackup' is not empty it should copy only newer files, without prompting.
? Don't use absolute paths, only relative folder names.
? You will need to use command line help to find the best command to use and what parameters to use. Copy command won't work, you will need a command that does eXtra.
? Paste the text of the batch file as well as a screen shot into your document.

A:Create Backup batch file, please help!!

Is this for a school assignment?

Why do you want to use relative directory? Why not use env variables?

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Is there a difference between doing a backup, and creating my own restore points, such as in 'system restore'?


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Windows 8 Consumer Preview System Image Tutorial:Step 1. Whether your on the Desktop or the MetroUI, mouse over the bottom right corner to expand the Menu and select "Search", then select "Settings" and type in "File Recovery" and select "Windows 7 File Recovery"This will open the window shown below;Step2. Select "Create a system image", which will open the window shown below and search for available disk space. You can then choose your own and click "Next"Step 3. Select the drives, files to be saved, Your Windows OS's are automatically selected. Click "Next"Step 4. Confirm your selection and click "Start Backup"Step 5. Your backup will start.Step 6. Once completed, Windows will then ask if you wish to "Create a System Repair Disc" click your choice. I chose "Yes" as shown below;This concludes the Tutorial for creating a "System Backup" and "Repair Disc" for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.Note: You will notice that it says "Windows 7 File Recovery"Under all the MetroUI, Ribbons and Apps, you are running Windows 7.Regards,Don

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I have 2 programs for creating ISO images, Macrium Reflect and Acronis for WD. I bought a My Book 1TB external HD to back up to, but it's not much good if I can't use it to the purpose I bought it for.
I've run ExactFile checksums until I'm blue in the face. I can run them back to back and the results are never the same. It shows files I know haven't had any changes to, at least not for months. Plus it comes up with a different number of errors each time too.
I'm at my wits end trying to figure why the image won't verify. My system is falling apart, my AutoPlay doesn't work nor does my system restore.

The My Book has a feature called SmartWare, it backs up all changes made within the documents and picture files. It's does not back up programs or the system files. I've run 2 dskck and that came up with no problem. I ran a sfc/r a few weeks ago and it said there were errors that it could not fix. This is after I spent a whole day messing around doing an inplace upgrade. It took hours to download all of the additional update beyond that. I've even tried disabling the Smartware.

Can anyone tell me how to go about finding the problem? I would really appreciate it.

A:Can not get my backup program to create a verifiable ISO

hmm; your topic

create a verifiable ISOClick to expand...

doesn't match the description at all imo. I would never expect any backup to create an ISO. Acronis & Ghost do create
a disk image for recovery purposes.
hint: not all disk images must be an ISO file

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Hello everyone. Recently I browsed my system backup by mounting the VHD in the disk management snap-in. The image had my entire World of Warcraft installation and a ton of other non essential files. I wound up just deleting those files from the backup and thought I would clean up the missing links and registry after restore. This seems like a very dirty way of making a "bare-essentials" backup.

So, I'd like to make another system backup, but want to selectively exclude things, like certain installed programs, so that my system files, configuration and customizations remain, but none of the fluff. I need to do this for the sake of minimizing used space on my backup drive and there seems to be no such options in the "backup and Restore" panel that I can see to accomplish this. Is this possible with the native backup utility or must I use some 3rd party program? Thanks in advance

A:How does one create a custom backup image?

System backup is typically on an all or none basis---all of a partition or none of it. The chaff with the wheat. You can omit certain partitions, but not portions of partitions.

I've heard of some advanced tools that will allow some selectivity, but I think they may be cloning tools rather than imaging/backup tools. Maybe a Paragon application? Somebody else may remember the details.

Maybe you can put your "non-essential" stuff somewhere other than C and then just backup C and System Reserved?

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I stupidly compressed my drive on my little netbook and it died. I hadn't done a USB boot disk, of course and was in France with no internet access and I got an English-speaking professional to get it up and running for me. Unfortunately, he didn't reinstall The Tech Guy software and now that I'm home and want to create a boot USB, I can't find out how to do it. Ant help will be gratefully received.

I don't have a disk drive and am not proficient in things like Linux, so I need very clear, simple help.

Thanks in advance,


A:Can't create a USB backup for Advent 4213



its pretty easy but you need
compatable computer
disc xp / vista ?? sp2 / sp3 or slipstream a new disc
an expensive flash drive or good external drive

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I'm trying to fix my roommates laptop (Dell Insperon 1525 running Vista). Her hard drive is partitioned into two drives. The first (C) has the OS and it's 10gigs. The second (D) has nothing on it.

The C drive is completely full. So much so that when I try to create a backup disk, it says there isn't enough room to do so. I've uninstalled everything possible and cleared every file I could think of.

I tried to change the partition using the disk management tool and the diskpart.exe (I think that was the command anyway) method, but it says there's no usable space.

I'm basically just trying to reinstall window and wipe the whole thing clean. I've never work with Vista before so I'm at a loss here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Can't change partitions or create backup

Take a screenshot of Disk Management - be sure to maximize the screen 1st -
START | type diskmgmt.msc into the start search box | select diskmgmt.msc above under "Programs" | maximize the screen

Bring up the Snipping Tool -
START | type snip

Take full windows shot of Disk Management.

Upload and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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I run a backup to an external drive. This is managed by one of the services provided by Norton with its antivirus program and runs all the time. My question is whether this obviates the need for a system image disk. Is this correct? On the other hand I think it might be a good idea to have the repair disk derived from W7. Is this correct?

A:backup questions

I would put my primary emphasis on System Image, it works great and has saved many at this forum. Norton in my opinion is not the best AV to be used with Windows 7. It has been indicated in several BSOD reports that I have helped remedy.

That being said many rely on Macrium Reflex, which is excellent backup software.

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Sorry if this is in the wrong subforum, I wasn't sure.

Right now I'm looking into making a complete backup of my HDD before I start trying to sort out a virus (which I'll be posting about once this is done).

The virus'd computer can't connect to the internet and thus may have trouble installing the imaging software I need, so I was thinking of doing this by way of another computer and a pair of usb drive enclosures, for the virus'd drive and the backup drive. Am I correct in thinking that (with autoplay disabled) the virus couldn't contaminate the other computer running the imaging software?

A:Backup questions

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i have windows xp. my system with os and user bnfiles is 6 gigabytes.fir backups i've been
making copies all my user fi8les. in the begi9nning i didn't use the same user name and
passw0o5rds and over time the disks will be ng. will a backup of 6gb make the read-write
heade harm the disk.ikf my output is on dvd does it have to be bootable? i want to do a
full system backup not just the hard drive. if possible could you recommend a free backup
program i could use? thank you

A:questions about backup

6 gigabyes does not sound like a lot. Provided the internet connection speeds, you could back your computer up online. As for a complete copy of your computer, I know of a program that can help you do that. http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm You can use it to compress the backup file a bit, which can make the backup 5 gigabytes, depending on what you have on your computer. Some files compress a lot easier than others. Also you can split the files into smaller amounts if you want to store them somewhere of several small places, like disks for example. I think there is only one set size. It takes everything of the whole physical disk. Also, you can browse the files from that backup and pick out the files you lost, as long as the whole thing is accessed somewhere together.
Disadvantage is that you can't make incremental backups or others like that (backups that only account for the changes since your last backup), so you do only full backups. If you plan to just replace your backup as you create a new one, that is fine. Other disadvantage is that you need the space to hold the backup files for the time being, before writing them onto something such as CD's and DVD's.

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Syler from the Highjack team helped me out and got me all cleaned up. I'd like to make sure everything I have now is all backed up. As well, I often read about making a bootable disk in case you have a crash. Any pointers would be appreciated...im a rookie.

A:XP Backup Questions

What version of XP (Home or Pro)? Pro has a tool for back-ups...Home doesn't...A lot of people use a program such as Acronis to back-up an image of their Operating System for restoration...Never used it personally....Bootable disks can be of help on systems that won't boot into Windows but you will also need your XP CD for some of the files...They can be used to get windows to open but they won't do much for restoration...Another option is to set restore points religiously...In the event that something happens you can revert back to an earlier time to fix things that are happening now...Another thing is to use " Last known Good Configuration" boot option to fix problems that cause windows not to open...

If you have XP Pro you can use the Control Panel> Performance and Maintenance> Back-up Wizard for backing things up...Backup to an external drive or flash stick...

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Hey guys, I have a 1TB Time capsule and I would like to backup my Windows XP SP3 Desktop (iMac 24" Alu running bootcamp). I would like to know a few things about XP's default backup brogram 'ntbackup':

1)If I delete a file (Word document, Presentation, etc...) can I just use it to get that single file back, or would I have to restore the computer from a whole backup?

2)Does it do automatic background backing up, like time machine?

3)If I delete a file, and then ntbackup backs up the system (differential or incremental, not quite sure of the difference), will it remove that file from the backup so I can't restore it?

4)What features does it have in comparison to time machine?

5)Does it function well with time capsule?

Thanks everyone

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Please, I would really appreciate it if someone helped me

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1. I am looking to backup my computer. I have 2 small internal hard drives. I have seen the program Karen's Replicator and thought about downloading it. I would like to just copy both hard drives entirely. Would I just need an external hard drive? Are there better types of external drives then others (suggestions and why)? One of my internal drives is probably 6 years old and has all of my family vids and pictures. That drive has been formatted erasing all of the data on it (about 3years ago) and then the pics and vids were put on it along with some programs I put on my computer. I have heard the harddrives can crap out so I would like to do this soon.


2. DriverScanner 2009 <------ is this a good idea? does this work with Win. 7

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Dear Friends, hope all is well.

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I noticed that there hasn't been a (Last backup) Backup. I'm not sure why?
When I did try to do a backup today it said there wasn't enough space it seems.
What is the best way to do this?
When I back up my Desktop i use an external HD. But I think there is some confusion about what is a Backup and the types of backups.
Any help or suggestions much appreciated. I'm obviously confused.

Thank You,

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6134 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 450 GB (393 GB Free); D: 15 GB (0 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 363C
Antivirus: Avira Antivirus, Enabled and Updated


A:Backup Questions

Looks you have choose the wrong location to backup to. I think D: is the Recovery Partition on your hard drive and it is indeed full. What drive letter is your external drive?

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Hope you can help me with my query.

1) I have done a back up using Win7 and noticed that the backup files have all been setup as like a archive files. What I would prefer is for Windows to create the backup into files that are not in these type of archive files, I want to be able to view them so I can see what files I have. In the past I have used the manual method of just copying and pasting files to my external drive and this allows me to view what files have been backed up.

2) When there a new files added to my backup directory e.g. new pictures that have been transferred from my phone to my internal hard drive on my PC. Will Windows backup recognise/identify these new files when I start the backup process each time, will it backup the entire folders/libraries all over again or only just those new added files?

Appreciate any help.

A:Backup questions

Try this:

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

It keeps the files in their native format.

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Currently I backup my entire C directory and the D recovery to a Clickfree 320g external drive. Is this the best approach?
I am assuming that in taking that approach the OS is also backed up and given the worst case that I must reinstall the OS I can get back to pre-event status given it's all backed up.
Anyway what is the best approach to" Back-up"???

A:Backup Questions

The word best is subjective and has different meaning to different people. The best for me is to use this software
Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

and store on a separate hard drive. Once a month I make a new image.

Once a week, I make a system restore point (by default). In the event of a problem with my OS, I have the system restore to use.

In the event of a bigger problem, I always have current image of my HD, which I have not needed, in all my years of computing.

What some others do, is make a current back up of the HD and put it away. Once a month make a second backup. In the event of any problem scenario, you have a very old back up that is free of any problems.

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