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Backup Program with Bare-Metal Install and Incremental Features

Q: Backup Program with Bare-Metal Install and Incremental Features

I am looking for a Win 7 backup and restore program that can do the ff.

1. Do an image backup which can be used for a recovery (in case the system won't load or some program won't run) or a bare-metal install (if the HD has to be replaced or reformatted);

2. Do a scheduled incremental file backup based on what was added or changed since the image backup or the previous incremental backup; in addition to the bare-metal install from the image backup, all incremental file backups can be restored, bringing the system back to the state from the last incremental backup;

3. If the backup disk is filled to a certain percentage (say, 80 pct), then the image backup is deleted and a new one is made. If the new image backup is successful, then all incremental backups are deleted. New incremental backups will be based on the new image backup.

4. One also has the option to schedule both the image backup (e.g., every month, every six months, every year, etc.) and the incremental backups (e.g., daily, weekly, etc.).

A free program that can use a network drive as a backup is preferable.

Preferred Solution: Backup Program with Bare-Metal Install and Incremental Features

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.)

A: Backup Program with Bare-Metal Install and Incremental Features

Windows 7 Backup and Restore.

We have tutorials on its use.

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I have been using WHS for the past week or so, and I really love its potential. The problem I'm having with it at the moment is that certain computers' backups seem to fail inexplicably, and so far I haven't been able to figure out why. If I can, I'd love to stay with WHS.

If I can't get WHS to work reliably, then I'm looking for a good alternative backup solution for my ~10 Windows computers. Here's what I would like:

* Management from one central location. I love how I can install the Windows Home Server Console on each client computer, and then I can manage all of the backups from one place. It's much easier than running around to each computer to configure the backups.

* Single-instance storage or deduplication. A huge potential HDD space saver, when you have a lot of wasted space with two computers backing up the exact same file.

* Bare-metal restore. Again, I love how WHS makes it easy to restore using a boot CD and a network connection. That way, in the event of a client hard drive dying, I just pop a new drive into the computer, reload the image, and we're back to normal without having to worry about reinstalling Windows, software, drivers, et cetera.

* Price! WHS is a steal at roughly $100 with support for up to 10 computers. Seems many client-server backup programs can easily cost $400 or $500, and that's a little steep for me at the moment.

I would prefer to run Windows on the server, but if the best solution ... Read more

A:Looking for Windows Home Server-like network backup solution with bare-metal restore.

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I'm having problem with My Hp-15, system disabled 70766952m please Help!

A:Re: windows 10 bare metal install

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Hi All,

The story so far:
2008 server was hit by rootkit virus. Machine was taken to doctor for data recovery. (Raid 5 data set, we had low % hope of recovery) New hardware and Server 2012 replaced old server.

So far, so good.

Now we want to use the old machine as a workstation.
Raid 5 was reformatted as Raid 0. Two volumes on 4 disks.
When we go to boot from a Win 7 Ultimate x64 DVD, we get the "reboot and select proper etc.."

I seems that the IDE DVD drive is not being identified at boot. I have tried the predictable changes to boot order, but have not disconnected anything. We did try attaching a SATA DVD drive, but that was also not identified during the boot sequence.

I don't know that the Rootkit didn't affect the bios...not educated enough to know if that is possible.
At this point this has become a 'hobby level' problem, but I still want to find resolution.

Asus P5Q Turbo, 4 Seagate drives on Raid 0, IDE dvd drive, 3" IDE floppy (unplugged, either/or with DVD drive)

And there I am....

A:Bare metal install 'reboot and select proper boot device...'

Why are you using dated RAID technology, which Win7 doesn't like and we see nothing be problems with? It confers no performance advantage and if you lose one drive you almost always lose all the data. So the only time it makes any sense is if working with huge files like full length movie editing and there are now drives big enough to handle those too.

Pick your fastest drive and follow the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I've done a system image with the win 7 backup program to an external hd.
I would now like to schedule it to do periodic backups of just the new files/folders or the data that has been changed since the last backup.
Will these incremental backups be appended to the system image I already have or will they be separate files?

A:How does win 7 backup program do incremental backups?

It doesnt do incrementals... just new images.

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Push-Button Reset Overview

This article talks about Refresh, Reset, and Bare-metal recovery... What exactly is this bare-metal recovery? How do I access it?

A:What is bare-metal recovery

Bare Metal means a clean hard drive, like it comes out of the box. The entire installation is redone, just as it is if you recover a System Image Backup.

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I've been using Windows Backup normally for incremental backups, but it's reached a point where it takes more than 24 hours straight to backup my entire drive, and the constant duplicates being made by the backup means I have to backup the entire drive once every 3-4 months on average.

Are there any backup programs that do incremental backups, only backing up new and changed files? Problem I had with Windows Backup was it would duplicate certain video or music files that I had actually opened and viewed, even if it was just for a brief second.

I tried Macrinum, and immediately dumped it upon being faced with over 9000 options and realizing it had no incremental on the free version

A:Suggestions for an Incremental backup program that doesn't duplicate?

How big is the partition you image - 24 hours seems to be very much out of the ordinary.

I use free Macrium and my images are usually done in minutes. Either your partition is huge or your disks are slow.

I would highly warn about incrementals. If you lose 1 increment in the chain, you lose it all. Differentials are a bit better but I still prefer full images by far. Those are the easiest t manage.

Free Paragon can do differentials. But that is not as easy to use as Macrium.

Here is an example of my typical backup time ( three and a half minutes) for the OS partition. But my OS is on a SSD and I image to an internal HDD.

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Im looking for some advise. I work for a small company that runs SBS2008 as a server for user authentication and file shares and that is it.

I preformed a backup of the entire system to allow for a bare metal recovery in the case the server crash and burned. I was trying to test the recovery by restoring to a VirtualBox VM. Obviously the hardware is different, and after the restore, the VM continued to Blue Screen and reboot. So Im asking for advice on how I can test the backup, or ways to test recovery so I know if our server does die I can be back up in a short about of time.

Purchasing third party software is out of the question here. I know all about explaining to the powers that be, that the cost of being down for a length of time is far greater than the cost of a third party software to allow backup and recovery to different hardware. Still being approved to purchase software is denied.

So I am left with the tools at hand, The SBS2008 Disk, The Backup Made from inside SBS2008, and any free tools on the net. Can someone help me work through this so I can be sure I can recover my data? Putting files back where they were is easy enough for me, but Im talking about restoring all the users profiles, Active Directory, Group Policy, etc. If I cannot restore this to different hardware ( and this might be the case if the server hardware dies and wee need a new server) than I need to be able to reload all our settings. Help with this would be greatly appreciated. Th... Read more

A:SBS2008 Bare Metal Recovery


I would suggest have a spare set of identical replacement hard disk/ disks to hand & try the recovery to them.

That will at least prove the recovery system you have will work when needed. That is provided the recovery/ backup does not die with the system disk &/ or partition you are saving to! OK?

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I am running Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I migrated my laptop's Windows 7 OS to VM and was able to boot to it in Hyper-V. I cloned my laptop first then sysprepped it with an unattend script and a batch file. The unattend install works
and the batch file runs during Windows setup on my bare metal laptop. When I do the same in Hyper-V, the batch file never runs.

Here's the process I took to migrate my laptop to VM and what I did to get it to run in Hyper-V to see if something along the way I messed something up:
-Used dism to capture the image.
-Applied the image to a vhdx.
-Attach the vhdx in Disk Management.
-Copied my unattend.bat, unattend.xml, and setup.bat scripts to the C: drive of the vhdx.
-Loaded the SYSTEM HIVE from the vhdx in Regedit.
-Changed the "Start" DWORD from 3 to 0 in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/atapi", "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/intelide", and "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/msahci"
-Unloaded the SYSTEM HIVE and detached the vhdx.
-Used Hyper-V to create a Generation 1 VM. Used the vhdx as the disk.
-Booted the machine up with error, but got rid of it by running a repair on Windows.

Here are the scripts that I am running during sysprep:
echo. >> "C:\Windows\Setup\scripts\SetupComplete.cmd"
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Manage your partitions, install and boot multiple operating systems with ease, back up and restore partitions or entire drives all this and more, using BootIt Bare Metal. Taking its roots from its highly successful predecessor, BootIt Next Generation, BootIt BM has been developed from the beginning to provide a powerful set of tools for todays computer users, enthusiasts, and professionals.


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A:TeraByte Unlimited's BootIt Bare Metal

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I have been trying for a few days to get this up and running but I keep running into problems where it says the system drive cant be found. I am following the instructions listed here and still get errors. I have noticed that over the years Microsoft's documentation sometimes leaves out key details that I need to know that do not get listed. I am primarily wanting to use this approach for when I do my quarterly formats of my PCs in the house with a highly customized image.

A:Has anyone created media for bare metal reset?

Nevermind I figured this out, script only works on drives that are already convert to gpt or mbr and the size needs to be set to the correct minimum.

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Acronis have just released add-on for Home True Image named Plus Pack which includes enterprise features - well, yes, it costs money, but as for me - the universal restore worth it! What is in Plus Pack:-Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - allows to restore your data regardless of hardware-Dynamic Disk Support - backup ad restore dynamic volumes-WinPE Support - integrates latest MS drivers, apps & plugins on your bootable mediaHere is the link to the addon - Plus PackAnd its data sheet

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Hey community. I was hoping for some clarification. I am use to working with VMWare ESXi VSphere for hypervisors. So I have been labbing for my MCSA and I notice alot of the context of MCSA material describes installing an instance of Windows Server 2016,
and then turning that into a Hyper-V Server. What I did was I installed Hyper-V Server 2016 on my ProLiant. Is there any reason why I would not want to do this ? I had to reference alot of white papers, manuals, eventually blogs, and I think a youtube video
or two before I could manage it from my remote PC. It involved adding the target computer via power shell, customizing the hosts file, adding the server within the PC's computer configuration I forget what exactly. I also had to disable the firewall on the
Hyper-V Server 2016 before the Hyper-V Server 2016 hosted on the ProLiant started appearing in my Hyper-V Manager from my Windows 10 Pro machine.

However I was listening to this gentleman's youtube video.
and he explains that Hyper-V Server is meant to be installed as a bare metal Hypervisor which is what I did do but because i was accustomed to working with VMWare SAN's that are the same way where you install the Hypervisor on the host machine and start
spinning up virtual machines. However I noticed i got some updates on the Hyper-V-Server 2016 the other day and not all of them wanted to install ... I believe some of the updates were for Windows so it went int... Read more

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In another thread about why Windows 10 is free, I started journalling my installation, largely to answer Drew's claim that Win10 installation was easy.  It is not, and it is not even done yet.  But to say more than I did there, would hijack that thread's theme, so am starting a new one here, where other installation horror reports are located.  In this case, the problem is different from the others, so if I interpret the rules rightly, I should start a new thread, not post to a dissimilar one.
Problem:  Windows keeps reinstalling itself over and over.  Each time more files were copied, so it wasn't actually doing the same install over and over, but might have been interactive, reboot, interactive again.  But there is NOTHING in the screens you see, to let you know this.  They all read the same, they all begin with 'Install Windows 10', each time you must select the language then agree to the EULA, and everything afterwards is exactly the same in the progress screen, and when it finishes, it says it has to reboot 'to continue'.  Continue what?  Well, the first seven times I left the installer stick in, and at the 8th time I decided to take it out at the next 'Install Windows' purple screen (after reboot).  And, I hit the Red X to close the installation.
Next I booted it without the stick, and all went as recorded in that top link of this post.  Since it wouldn't allow me to input my name and the other data, I... Read more

A:Loopy Windows 10 Preview installation (bare metal)

Post-reset, it goes into a loop again for me to either Install or repair windows, just like the other 8 time.  So this time I went to advanced options, and selected the one which repairs why Windows won't boot.  For I never actually got into Windows, it wouldn't let me create the first user account (wouldn't let me type in the data).  I suspect this is because I turned off all the data-sharing options listed in the 1st post's top link.  But of course, nothing in the prompts or 'reactions' say that's why.
Aha, now it says 'Startup Repair couldn't repair' the PC.  Going down the rabbit hole again...

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For a little while now, I have been working on scripting programs. I joined this forum with a question about a partition program I was working on. Then I added windows setup, added WIM Boot, and added windows features to it, all while using WinPE..

Then I started using WinRE instead of WinPE.. What I have figured out is that I can use WinRE to partition my hard drive,
install a clean version of windows, install system drivers and write a recovery image partition.. Within a short period of time..

I would like to share my project with all of you.. It works very much in line with Bare Metal Reset Recovery Media.. I just scripted a few programs to help create that media, with a little help from Microsoft TechNet and this forum..

Your Questions, Comments or Suggestions are Welcome..


A:Create Your Own Bare Metal Reset Recovery Media

Thanks for sharing. It may be a while before I look at it or do anything with it. I'll down load the files now though, before this thread disappears off of the page out of site.
I'm not an IT guy so it will be something to play around with in my spare time.

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Acronis have just released add-on for Home True Image named Plus Pack which includes enterprise features - well, yes, it costs money, but as for me - the universal restore worth it! What is in Plus Pack:

-Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - allows to restore your data regardless of hardware
-Dynamic Disk Support - backup ad restore dynamic volumes
-WinPE Support - integrates latest MS drivers, apps & plugins on your bootable media

Here is the link to the addon - Plus Pack
And its data sheet

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just ran a Veeam bare metal retstore to a new hard drive.   realtek wifi adapter shows properly installed, but no connections are available.  network trouble shooter says wifi adapter failed. replacing orignal drive results in a perfectly working wifi connection.Realtek RTL8188EE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC    2023.30.301.2016  toshiba satelite

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Hi, I built a new PC running 8.1, GPT, UEFI secure boot mode, everything. I'm now at the point where I'm ready to start migrating my data to it, but before I do that, I need to get some backup software that offers me the option to boot from a recovery CD and restore from an image file backup stored elsewhere. Until I've wiped this install & restored successfully, I don't consider it a usable machine. I already have this setup working on my Win7, but for some reason that software is not working with 8.1.

So I'm looking around for something new, and I'm on a trial of Paragon Backup and Recovery Home 12. It says I can create a WinPE disk (and I must use this, since I'm using Intel firmware-based RAID) that will allow me to do a bare-metal restore. The help takes me to a link on their website for something called the "Paragon Boot Media Builder." And there's documentation on it, but I can't find out how to download it. If I Google downloading that, a bunch of pirate websites show up & not much else.

Is their help & website outdated, is there another of their products that I must buy to get this?? Very unclear.

Or does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm not really not interested in purchasing anything until I've verified it is solid & will work in the manner I described above. I don't trust untested backups.

A:bare-metal restore of 8.1 in UEFI secure boot mode

Paragon 12 has no support for Windows 8.1.
Paragon update to 14
Paragon 14, Out November 2013.
Hard Disk Manager Suite ? complete system management | PARAGON Software Group - disk partitioning, resize partition
Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional - Overview

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I would like to do a full backup of drive C: which contains the OS (Win 7 64-bit HP) to an external hard disk, and then do incremental backups until the backup program detects that the external hard disk is almost full, after which it will delete the full and incremental backups and start all over with a new full backup.

Similarly, I would like to do a backup of library directories in drive D: to a NAS following the same process mentioned above.

Is there a free or paid backup software that can do this? For now, I've found at best some programs that will retain the last few images but can't check if the backup storage is full.

I think the backup program in Win 7 can do these but I'm not sure if the incremental bug has been fixed (when I used it in the past, it kept doing a full backup). I don't know if it can do more than one backup job, or if the Home Premium version can back up to a network drive.

A:Backup Program with Auto Features

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G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a simple backup program that is capable of backing up large files incrementally by splitting the file and backing up only changed parts of the file? The files I'm talking about are files that get altered by appending stuff at the end of the file, e.g. log files or mailbox files, so it's generally possible to split a new version of the file at the exact point where the old version stopped, purely by file size.

Specifically, I want to back up Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mailboxes without having to create additional subfolders within those programs.

I understand that if something had changed near the beginning of the file, then the whole file will have to be backed up, unless the backup program is capable of some very clever searching, but mostly the files will change only by having data appended to it.


A:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

You may want to rethink incremental backups. Where I worked, until I retired, we first used incremental backups for our servers. That seemed like a good approach - make an initial full backup on one day of the week and then only incrementals the rest of the week. That allowed smaller backups however when it came time to restore it was a nightmare making sure the incrementals were installed in the proper order, and it took much longer to restore. A decision was made to only do full backups every night and although the backup was bigger if a restore was needed there was no confusion on order of reinstall and it took less time.

I do the same thing with my own PC backups. I use Acronis True Image, which has incremental backup ability, but I only do full hard drive backups, to a separate hard drive.

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I am using Acronis true image 11

I have created an full backup on 01 March 2014 and then scheduled incremental backup daily from 02 March 2014. Now (31 Aug 2014) my backup hard disk is full (the disk that store the backup), so I take out the backup hard disk that is already full and replace it with another empty disk (the disk that store the backup).

When I start with an empty disk (the disk that store the backup), usually I will create a new full backup and then scheduled incremental backup daily.

But I do not have time to do the full backup these days because full backup takes many hours.

Can I use the full image backup (created on 01 March 2014) and then scheduled incremental backup daily. (example: full image backup (01 March 2014), first scheduled incremental backup daily on 01 Sep 2014, second scheduled incremental backup daily on 02 Sep 2014, third scheduled incremental backup daily on 03 Sep 2014...)
Thanks a lot.

(using Acronis true image 11)

A:Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?

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I am using Acronis true image 11

I have created an full backup on 01 March 2014 and then scheduled incremental backup daily from 02 March 2014. Now (31 Aug 2014) my backup hard disk is full (the disk that store the backup), so I take out the backup hard disk that is already full and replace it with another empty disk (the disk that store the backup).

When I start with an empty disk (the disk that store the backup), usually I will create a new full backup and then scheduled incremental backup daily.

But I do not have time to do the full backup these days because full backup takes many hours.

Can I use the full image backup (created on 01 March 2014) and then scheduled incremental backup daily. (example: full image backup (01 March 2014), first scheduled incremental backup daily on 01 Sep 2014, second scheduled incremental backup daily on 02 Sep 2014, third scheduled incremental backup daily on 03 Sep 2014...)

Thanks a lot.

(using Acronis true image 11)

A:Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?

Hi there

You need to restore the Full backup and then the incrementals taken in the period until and including the most recent. The program should prompt you for the files.

I'm surprised though that even on OLD hardware a backup takes many hours -- Have you separated your OS on to its own partition separate from your data. I'd ALWAYS recommend having the OS and pgms on a separate partition or HD (like an SSD) and the rest of your data such as music etc spread out elsewhere.

Then your OS backup won't take long -- you would need at the most 30 mins - and for your DATA you could back up parts at different times - especially for things like Music files that I don't suppose change much apart from possibly adding new files.


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When I bought my new PC, I copied the contents of My Docs onto CD and transferred to new PC. Inevitably the contents have changed; files deleted, new files/folders created etc. In order to continue to have backup of current contents, can I just do a mass copy onto the same CD so that new stuff is copied but old stuff is not. Obviously I don't want things to be repeated. Hope that makes sense!


Probably depends a bit on how your burner software handles things. Most shows the current files on the CD at the begining and would somehow flag dups, or rewrites or whatever. The tricky part is probably deleting files on the CD that have been deleted in current MYDoc.

Think I would just erase the CD (Assuming RW) and reburn it exactly with the current files. Why monkey around getting confused with "Old Files" versus "New Files" and was this file really deleted or not at some point, etc, etc.

The entire point of backup's is confidence that they are totally accurate and represent a current state. Nothing like a clean slate burn to have that confidence. Either that or you could use a backup routine that is capable to writing to a CD. That should be able to sort out files and make the CD agree exactly to current state by rewriting the old backup file, copying as individual files I would just burn it as a clean slate.

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Hello all, I have just made a full backup of my C:drive with Acronis True Image.
I wish to make futher incremental backups including the folder "Documents and Settings".
Does anyone recommend any other folders or files to include as an incremental backup?
I keep no data on any other folders other than My Documents on C:drive.
I have another hard drive, E: which is only used for backups.

A:Incremental Backup

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My task at first seems simple, but I can't figure it out. I want to backup all of "My Documents". I use Vista, so that would be everything in my User folder. I have a 500gb Lacie Big Disk network drive connected to my network. I just want a nightly incremental backup of all of my files, but here are my conditions:
I do not want to copy any hidden or system files. For some reason my Big Disk (formatted xfs) will not keep any windows attributes. So all hidden and system files just become regular files. That means all of the .jpg and .db files associated with the music and picture folders show up as regular files. I don't want that. So, I can't have any hidden or system files transfered.

I want incremental backups. I have quite a lot of "stuff" and really don't see the need to transfer gigs and gigs of info every night, but I do want it daily because I access this drive via ftp quite regularly from work every day and need the files to be updated.

I thought at first, oh, robocopy will take care of me....but no! It doesn't. Here is the options I am using with robocopy:
robocopy "[I]source[/I]" "[I]dest[/I]" /XA:SHTO /E /PURGE /V /FP /LOG:"[I]log_source[/I]" /Z /R:0 /W:30 /ETA
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A:Incremental Backup Help!

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So , I have been using AOMEI Backupper [Standard free version] for the past 10 days to backup my partition data to my new hard disk, nothing new there. I took a image of my 3 partitions[about 750 GB] and set it to incremental backup[schedule] for every day. Now ,I have a basic understanding of how incremental and differential backup solution works. Incremental backup method backs up the data like, if I took a full image on Wednesday,it will back up the changes done after Wednesday on Thursday,and on Friday it will back up the changes done on Thursday , and so on. Differential backup works like, if I took a full image on Sunday, this method will back up the changes that were done every day since the last full backup i.e after Sunday.

What I did not know was that, there is a possibility of losing data by using the incremental backup method over time . So, can anyone tell me how that works, and should I start using the differential method over the incremental method?

And yeah, a merry christmas and happy new year to anyone who reads this

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Does backup and restore do incremental, and can you select to restore from different (older) backups?

A:Backup and restore - incremental?

Hello Imacken,

Yes, the backups done in Windows 7 are incremental like they were in Vista. When restoring the backup, you will be able to choose from what dated backup you want to restore to.

Restore Backup User and System Files


System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,

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Hi folks... When running an incremental backup to an initial backup of partition large enough to require a segmented file (i.e. backup1.tib and bacup2.tib.), which file does one select to run the incremental image.? I ran one for the first file (which was 3.99GB in size) and the resultant .tib file (labled backup3.tib) was 29.4GB in size. The second original backup is 757MB in size and I'm unsure whether to run another incremental backup to that file or if running one on the first .tib file included to entire partition.

I hope I explained that OK.


A:Acronis TI incremental backup

I found the answer that you received from the Acronis support forum interesting. It stated that you can use either one I would logically pick backup1 (but who am I to say) .

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I back up my media with acronis. I have a windows 7 pc with 120gb hard drive. The only things I back up are videos and music and photos and documents, I do not back up applications or os or anything else. As I gain media, I do incremental backups. Now I have 140gb worth of backup, I think some things must be doubles.

So when you make an incremental back up and select a folder, does it backup everything in the folder again or only the things that have been modified since the last back up?

A:Acronis incremental backup

It's my understanding that "incremental" backup only backs up the new stuff. I could be wrong, but that's the way understood it. I too use Acronis, I only back up every few weeks and have'nt paid any attention to amount of space left on my drive..

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Can you please advise which is the simplest, free incremental software to copy from hard disk to share drive by windows 7 operating system. I would appreciate your support.

A:Incremental backup software

I'll note some issues:

The incremental backup attempts to conserve media space by looking for files changed since the last invocation of backup. This will be fast and use the least media storage. HOWEVER, you need to keep all the media created by the last FULL backup and every INCREMENTAL backup and you better label them carefully - - they will be called for during the Recovery process in the order created - - and YOU are the only one that knows that!

The differential backup attempts to remove the media issue of the incremental technique by looking for files modified since the last FULL backup. This will the create a recovery process of applying the Full Backup + the Last instance of the Differential - - just two. Thus, it would be possible to recycle three pieces of media; one for Full and alternate between the A and the B storage media. The longer between FULL backups, the more files will be discovered to have been changed and the more data gets copied to the differential media. At some point, all the data will no longer fit on one chunk of media (ie one tape, one cd, one dvd). When that occurs, you would be best off aborting this backup and starting fresh with a new Full Backup.Click to expand...

Additionally, backups of \windows and/or \Program Files are a total waste of time and effort.

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Hi there,

I'm looking for a software that will allow me to do specific folders incremental backup to a USB external harddrive. I don't want to backup to an image though, I want real files. I just want to plug in my external harddrive, click a button and the program automatically checks the pre-selected folders on my internal source drive for any changes and replicate those changes onto the backup external drive...any program in mind?


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Not sure if this is the right forum section but here goes

The backup system currently in place where I work is sub-par and I'd like to implement amongst other things a daily incremental backup onto removable media taken offsite, preferably onto DVD-RAM, and archived onto DVD-R when the disc is full.

The problem I'm having is finding the right software to use. Giving how some files, for example the telephone enquiry database, are going to be modified every day we are soon going to end up with many different file versions on the disk. I'm looking for a program that will affix the file names with the date of backup, or at the very least organise them into dated folders that can be filename searched (filenames intact).

Does anyone know of any software that provides this kind of function? I could even do the disc burning seperately, but I need a program that will flag any files modified since the last backup, and add the date somehow.

A:Incremental Backup Software

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I was trying to back up data from office to home via VPN connection. All PCs running Windows 7 for both ends. I have a batch file that uses Robocopy to perform "incremental backup" from the office to home.

Here is the example
robocopy c:/sharedFiles "\\\myHome\sharedFiles" /E

When I run the batch file, the VPN connection was fine. So the VPN was not the issue.

I found it strange that every time I run the batch file. It uploaded the same file again and again. I was pretty sure it already did it but it marked it as newer and did upload the file again and again. This is a waste of bandwidth.

Wonder what's the best way to do incremental backup?

I am tempted to use /mir but this option is very risky as I could have important files deleted by accident.

By my understanding, option /E should do the job as it only copies the modified files as well as new files and empty folders. That's what I want to do.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

A:what is the better options to use to do incremental backup

I would purchase an external hard drive and do the backup locally, in the office using Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect Free. Acronis also supports network backups but that has got to be slow compared to backing up to a local USB external drive.

As for Robocopy, I think you need to use the /XO flag along with /E.

/XO : eXclude Older - if destination file exists and is the same date or newer than the source - don't bother to overwrite it.

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Usually, I store my Windows 7 Backup Files on a large internal disk that i reserve more or less for Backups. From time to time, I also create additional copies on external USB disks that I store safely/remotely in the safe of my bank. For backing up my files/folders, I select the "Let Window choose (recommended)" option (Windows Backup will then include in the Backup a System image). I observed that when changing the destination of my file/folder backups from the internal disk to the external disk (and vice versa), Windows Backup always created on the new destination  a new Full Backup and a new Backup Set for my File/Folder backups (even though a previous Backup set was already existing on that destination).But..... When clicking on "Create A system Image" in the left pane of the Backup And Restore Control panel, to create a System Image Backup of my C partition, and when changing the backup destination from the internal disk to the external disk (or vice versa), things become more complex and I am not sure what is really happening.   a) On one side, when changing the backup destination, the Backup process takes long time and I have therefore the (right? or wrong?) impression that Windows Backup is creating a Full Backup of the C partition.  b) On the other side, after completion of the Backup,  I see in the "WindowsImageBackup" Folder  of the destination disk only one si... Read more

A:Is it really an incremental System Image Backup that the Windows 7 version of Windows Backup has created?

Hi there,
1. Microsoft states that the backup function was designed as first backup always full and subsequent backups are always incremental. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproperf/thread/a413ba37-2cde-4e4f-b23b-e5adab4c8b2dWhen you change the backup destination, the backup wizard will let you chose backup items again and that would make the system believe this is a new Backup Plan.
2. Windows 7 use vhd file for image back and support attach vhd file directly (it’s a great feature). As you have noticed, the folder with name "Backup YYYY.MM.DD hhmmss" is one copy of your image back (full backup with one vhd file). Not sure how can you find several image backup restore info in WinRE, did you use this external drive for image backup for another computer (or save image backup to different partitions)? When you try to run image backup to the same drive for second time, you may receive a warning “Any exiting system images for this machine might be overwriteen.”http://cid-9c88b7cb6fa32a48.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/2010-01-27-ImageBackup.png
Actually, older data will be moved to the shadow copy storage area if it’s available (NTFS formatted internal or external hard disks supports Volume Shadow Copy), Network share and optical media, on the other hand, do not support shadow copy. Therefore only one system image per computer can be stored at a time (as the .vhd file). Any newer backup created will replace the... Read more

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Macrium Reflect has done me well with its HDD cloning function, but backing up an entire TB of data every time leaves me with considerable gaps in data coverage when I just don't feel like sitting through the process for a while.

Are there any simple tools (perhaps rsync-like in functionality) for Windows 7 that do incremental backups, so I don't have to deal with the pain of a full hard drive clone every time I want to run a backup? One of my hard drives just went kaput on me, and were it not for TestDisk, I wouldn't have gotten back a few gigabytes of important data.

To be clear, I very much enjoy the RAID-like cloning ability of Macrium; I want whatever utility I use to make it so that I can just pull the dead hard drive out with no downtime.

A:Best incremental backup solution for Windows 7?

I only do full drive backups. Where I used to work (I was the Network Manager) we originally did a full drive backup of our file server on Monday night and then incrementals the rest of the week. We found out that it was shorter backups on the incrementals, but also a hassle and even confusion properly installing the incrementals when a hard drive restore or rebuild was required. We dumped the incrementals and did a full backup every night.

FWIW, there is a poll on our sister Win 10 forum, Windows 10 Forums about what backup software is being used. Here is the latest results.

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I have been tasked to find/locate and test a backup software (procedure) that will keep the data current after a full backup to a 1T drive. Reading the descriptions for differential and incremental they will not work. After the data is backed up onto the 1T drive any additions or modifications on the live drive the same action(s) need to occur on the 1T drive. So at any time the 1T drive is identical to the live drive.

I do have Acronis Home Ver11 still testing with Acronis.

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:A backup method besides differential or incremental

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Hi - using W7 here. I have a folder on one of my internal HDs that I am frequently changing and adding to for a project I am working on. What I am used to doing, is just dragging the folder to an ext HD for bu.

Is there a way to do Incremental backups here? So if I bu on Mon to the ext HD, and make some additions on Tues and Wed, come Wed eve I don't want to have to figure out what is new. Can an incremental backup be utilized here?


A:Incremental backup from an internal HD to an external HD?

Your easiest solution is probably a sync program like Allway sync

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Does anyone know of a program to backup data incrementally since the last backup?

My situation is this. I copy all of my data *pictures, music word files* from my D drive to an external drive every month or so. I do this in full, meaning I get a lot of redundant copying. I was wondering if there was a program or way for me to determine what has changed and ONLY back up that data leaving the rest of the files which have not changed not backed up. This would reduce my downtime and save disk space.


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have two external Hard Drives where I keep all my photos , music, docs ect. I am doing manual backup once a week. However, it is time consuming, so I am wondering if there is a software out there that will only back up lets say my pictures folder only if contents of the folder changed ans only to back up new pictures (files)
In other words, I don't want software to take my documents or my picture folder as a whole and back it up once a week.
For example: If I add few photos to my picture folder and software then goes in and backs up only those few newly added photos to my two external Hard drives.
I like to keep my primary C drive clean. That is why I am moving everything to two external HD's. Plus I am using my remote server for photos since those I cannot afford to loose.

Any help or suggestions is appreciated.


A:Need incremental backup software advice

Check out Karen's Replicator

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any suggestion of a good-reliable image backup software, that also has an incremental feature?

basic scenario is, a local drive with file folders from users to be backed-up to a shared directory in the server.
most files are MS Excel, and AutoCAD drawings, which are updated/used on everyday work(so this, I say incremental files)..

also, an image backup for quick-easy re-setup in case the system drive fails(as to avoid reformat and reinstall softwares, drivers, etc again and again..)
ThanX !!!

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Is there a canonical way to make incremental backups that permit a full restoration from a freshly-formatted disk?

I made a single system image, then set up B&R to backup all the files on all drives weekly. I can see the weekly backup directories, but they seem to be full backups, not incrementals.

I was able to restore from the system image, but I didn't see a way to restore the newer files. You can't do it from within Windows, since it complains as soon as you try to overwrite a system file.

Are you supposed to make weekly system images?

A:Incremental backups with Backup & Restore?

I don't use it, but I believe the file back up function is intended for your user data files.

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After you make backups of files with Cobian backup software, how do you get the incremental backups "into" the last full backup?

A:How to get incremental backups "into" the last full backup?


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I'm using Ghost 9, and have setup an unscheduled backup job which is a base image plus incrementals.

However, frequently when I want to backup incremental changes to my drive, it instead creates a new base.

Sometimes, when I tell Ghost that I want to run a job, it gives me a choice popup, where I can choose base, base with incrementals, and incremental. Sometimes, while there is a perfectly valid base file saved on my backup disk, the incremental option is disabled (grayed out) and my only choice is to do another base. Not what I wanted.

How does Ghost determine if it can do an incremental over a baseline, and when does it decide to create a new baseline instead?

Please identify if you are guessing, or if you actually have knowledge about this subject. If you have any supporting references please provide them in the form of URL links.

Thanks for any help you may provide


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Okay guys, don't hate me if I type something wrong.

Basically the problem is, I want to backup my work/study laptop to my home PC every sunday over the network. I have done a full backup once (45GB) and want to make only incremental backups from now on. But I did read it's not possible?
Is it true, or did that 'problem' already has been fixed in W7 SP1?

If not, it does a full backup every time. How can I make it do only incremental backups?


A:Incremental backup to network share?

I believe that this is still the case. You would need a third party solution to do that.

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Around 2 years ago I discovered that Windows 7 had difficulty burning a backup DVD if my folders are nested deeply. I do not use "backup software" per se. Backup software seems to raise questions about what is actually happening, especially in the case of incrementals. I prefer to be in control of my backup and so I do it with a more transparent process such as with CDBurnerXP or the Windows 7 built-in optical media burner.

I believe Windows 7 had a path length problem likely to show up if folder names were long or if there were many nested folders. Upon a recommendation, I tried CDBurnerXP which had no difficulty with a long path (deep nesting) test.

Unfortunately my new computer, also Windows 7, is not compatible with CDBurnerXP. The troubleshooting advice from the CDBurnerXP site and at other sources recommends updating the Intel chipset drivers and also uninstalling the device driver and having Windows reinstall the driver upon a boot. These solutions did not work. There is no hardware problem because I have successfully used Windows 7 to burn a DVD (of a shallow tree).

I am looking for a backup recommendation. Should I get an alternative to CDBurnerXP and if so, which is a good tried and true and transparent alternative? If not, then what would you suggest?

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First of all, do you use DVD's for your backup for any particular reason? I ask that because an external HDD would, in my opinion, be much better for backups because they offer much more storage capacity. This would mean that you do not have to burn one DVD, take it out, put another in and then burn that one. They are not overly expensive and can be either portable (powered by USB) or desktop (powered by the mains).

If you need some a good DVD burner, here is a page that lists quite a few. The Best, Free Alternatives to Nero CD/DVD Burner.

If you want a backup system for an external HDD, I recommend Microsoft SyncToy. This isn't really a backup program but a synchronisation program. This means any items you put in one folder will be mirrored to the destination folder. Download here: Download: SyncToy 2.1 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details. Tutorial here: PC Hell: How to Use Microsoft SyncToy to backup your data.

Hope this helps and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask

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