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Q: Questions about most reliable backup

Hi all,

I am new to the forums and I am not a computer guru.

I work from home, but out company IT dept only provides me with software and access; no support at all for my home system as it is just for my convenience, not work requirement.

Here is my setup:

Custom desktop, Asus MB, 3rd gen core I7, Win 7 64 bit.
2 hard drives: 64Gb SSD containing work programs only. 500GB HDD containg all work stuff PLUS my own stuff (videos, pics....).

I separately installed win 7 on each hard drive (both have the same win 7 copy and same licence). I disconnected one hard drive at a time while installing win 7 on the other to make sure MBP stays separately one copy on each drive.

Took a very long time, but finally everything worked. Now I have to back things up. I am not a computer pro. When work software is updated, it often crushes/corrupts my system. Reinstalling from the scratch takes entire day and I do not have time.

Here is what I would like/have questions:

1. When drive is corrupted, I do not have time to fix it. I would like to format it and load backed up image so that I can immediately start back online.
2. Each hard drive should stay independent, so if one fails, I can boot from the other and continue working. Each drive shoul be backed up separately, but ideally on the same external HDD.
3. Back up should have a bootable image, so that it is exact clone and can be booted independently.
4. Back up should be reliable and SIMPLE. I just want to clone each internal drive every months to have backup. I use ext USB 1TB drive that is partitioned into 2 parts (200GB to backup 64Gb drice and 800Gb to backup 500Gb drive, which is actually mostly empty and has only 80Gb used space). No need for options I do not have. No need for confusion or future considerations. Just for this to work, but every time!
5. I tried paragon, and it sometimes succeds but now it cannot restore my SSD drive. I am confused with options: backup primary drive, MBP, system reserve..., then what do I need to restore?
6. Question. Most of the time, under computer icon, I have FOUR drive letters. Two are my SSD and HDD, but the other two are SEPARATE letters and bars for 100mb system reserve volumes, one for each drive. Now that I tried to unsuccessfully restore the failed 64Gb drive, 100Mb partituions disappeared, although I can still see them if I go to disk management utility. Why is that and what is the difference? Did I damage something on the intact drive tryong to restore the failed one (the good one still boots and works, but no more separate letter for the 100mb partition).
6. If I change the drive letter under the disk management utility, does it affect the restore process?

Sorry for the long question.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

Sophie

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A: Questions about most reliable backup

I backup my system partition (and also my data partitions) with free Macrium. In 5 years I never had problems recovering my system from those images - and I corrupt my system frequently because I always experiment with the OS. You can run the imaging in the background and a total OS recovery takes about 20 minutes (in my case).

Have a look at my tutorial. Maybe it helps. Imaging with free Macrium

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Long ago I learned that setting up all the software that I use, after a clean install of Windows, is a process that can take weeks, and not something I want to go through more than a few times in my life.

I've long searched for the best backup solution that would allow me to backup my entire OS setup. The process I've been using most recently - use Vista's built-in "Backup and Restore Center" feature "Backup Entire Computer" - do this once a week on a slim USB HDD that I store in water and fire proof safe.

Question #1 - can someone recommend a better solution?

Question #2 - is this a reliable solution? I haven't actually had HHD failure since I've been using this system, but I have no idea what it would look like if I had to restore from backup. Would I boot from the external HDD? Or would I use Vista boot CD and somehow restore from there? Would it restore just fine if my hardware has changed?

Question #3 - Can I restore such backup, taken with Vista, on a machine with Windows 7? Or does it override the whole thing?

Thanks!
 

A:Is Windows Backup a reliable backup solution?

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I am looking for a reliable program to backup my computer (software and hardware) to an external USB hard drive.
The most important criteria is that the product supports USB as I use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
I have purchased an Iomega external drive which came with Norton Ghost 2003. I am seriously unimpressed with this software and have no confidence in it. Ghost 2004 has been suggested, but will I be throwing good money after bad?. Trying to resolve the problems I went to the Symantic Site and used their problem solving wizard.
Apart from suggesting I upgrade it was of no use.
I am considering Powerquest Drive Image but the reviews I have read are definitely mixed, and they are now owned by Symantic!.
Previous experience with Symantic (anti virus, utilities, firewall etc) has not been good.
They provide minimal tutorials and any support is on a pay per incident basis even if you cannot get the product to work out of the box.
So Ladies and Gentlemen your thoughts and recommendations and particularly your experience of these products would be appreciated
 

A:Reliable Backup

Why don't you like Ghost? It is the best imaging software available IMO.
 

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I normally copy and paste my files to an external disk but it does mean that I'm using up an awful lot of space on that disc because they aren't incremental backups, just copies and I don't delet previous versions.

I was thinking about using W7 backup and after one main backup was going to use incremental backups. However I'm concerned that my files will then be in one encrypted backup file plus the incremental backups as against additional copies which I can get at easily.

Has anyone had any experience of W7 backup and have any ideas as to how reliable it is? I would be in a mess if I need the backup copy of a file and the W7 backup file was corrupted!

Thanks
Tony

A:How reliable is W7 backup?

Tony,
I use it and am 100% satisfied. System image backup, in conjuction with system restore and backup and restore is all the back up that is needed. That being said, a large number of our membership prefer macrium reflex.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

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Hello,

Until recently I backed up my files by just copying them to an external hard drive using the Seagate tool. This was nice, but took way too long.

Now I have setup a Windows 7 backup. This took quite long the first time as well, but now it runs every Sunday evening and is finished before I notice it is really working.
As backup device I am using an external hard drive that is fulltime connected to a media center pc in my garage. That way, if my desktop pc gets stolen or is lost in a fire I still have my backups.

Now I am wondering about a few things...
How safe is this way of backup? Can I trust that everything is going well? Is there a way to check if the backup ran ok? Is there an easy way to check (with a compare tool for example) if all files are actually in the backup?

If I reinstall my computer...can I just create a new backup schedule and save it to the same location? Or do I have to set it up again?

And will Windows automatically manage the data size on the external drive? I do not anticipate my data to grow larger than the external drive, but it may happen...

A:Is the Windows 7 backup reliable?

Welcome
It is very rare that you can be given an absolute guarantee about anything, but the backup system is relaible; but it cant be guaranteed for 100%
The only way to test is to try it.
Once the back up partition is full the older back ups are deleted
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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We have a Windows 2000 Server (PDC) and a handful of workstations. I've been searching for a reliable, easy-to-use, solution for backing up our data. Most solutions that seem to fit the bill are designed for the large enterprises - something I cannot justify in terms of cost vs ROI.

I've tried using Microsoft's backup but it fails every now and then to complete the backup - and the logs are empty.

Does anyone have suggestions for products to look at that allow me to:

* Schedule a backup of the server's data to a secondary machine on the domain. I'm happy to have workstations push data to the server for backup if required.

* Optionally backup the Operating System drive that would allow for quick recovery in the event of a total hard disk failure. In the past I've had to rebuild the server and then mess around with the workstations due to the accounts becoming invalid (no experience and I didn't know about this forum)

* Our server has RAID 1 - Ghost does not support RAID; I found out the hard way !!

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Solved: Reliable Backup Solution

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I am looking for a good backup program for Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). I recently upgraded from Windows XP Pro SP3. On that OS, I used HP SimpleSave software for my backups. HP SimpleSave did one full backup the first time I installed it, and after that, it would backup changed files every time my computer was idle for 5 minutes. And as this article notes, "The backup is simply the duplicate of the original files, making restoring very fast and easy." I liked HP SimpleSave's simplicity.

I doubt that HP SimpleSave is natively compatible with Windows 7 -- and even if it is, I'm not even sure where to get it (except from the original external hard drive).

Do you know of good, reliable backup software for Windows 7? I'm particularly looking for software that will backup modified files every time my computer is idle for a certain length of time. Sort of a pseudo-continuous incremental backup.

Thanks so much for your time.

A:Reliable backup software for Windows 7?

Do you want to back up JUST your personal data files?

Or your Windows installation?

Or both?

Or "everything on all partitions in my PC"?

Or "everything on this one drive in my PC"?

Or?

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I am looking for a good backup program for Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). I recently upgraded from Windows XP Pro SP3. On that OS, I used HP SimpleSave software for my backups. HP SimpleSave did one full backup the first time I installed it, and after that, it would backup changed files every time my computer was idle for 5 minutes. And as this article notes, "The backup is simply the duplicate of the original files, making restoring very fast and easy." I liked HP SimpleSave's simplicity.

I doubt that HP SimpleSave is natively compatible with Windows 7 -- and even if it is, I'm not even sure where to get it (except from the original external hard drive).

Do you know of good, reliable backup software for Windows 7? I'm particularly looking for software that will backup modified files every time my computer is idle for a certain length of time. Sort of a pseudo-continuous incremental backup.

Thanks so much for your time.

A:Reliable backup software for Windows 7?

Do you want to back up JUST your personal data files?

Or your Windows installation?

Or both?

Or "everything on all partitions in my PC"?

Or "everything on this one drive in my PC"?

Or?

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Anyone know of a relialbe 120gb external backup disk drive for XP? $150 or less?
 

A:Reliable 120 GB external backup drive

There are plenty of 120gig drives that you can buy in the $60-80 range, and USB 2.0 cases for 3.5" drives start around $20.

The "reliable" part is a loaded question, since hard drives are probably the most fragile thing on your computer. They work pretty well, but it's NOT wise to have a single copy of important data on a single hard disk, because someday it will fail.
 

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I have a windows XP system.

Are online backup services reliable. I cannot afford a backup system right now and would like to use an online service for a couple of months.

Suggestions for an online inexpensive, online backup service?
 

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Hey folks,

Any suggestions for reliable, safe, friendly backup shareware or freeware, or if necessary OTS?

Thanks,
 

A:Looking for Reliable, Friendly Backup Shareware or Freeware

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Hello:

Let me say right off the bat that I'm not a fan of Windows. It just happens at the moment that I need to set up a Windows 7 system, and namely to set up a local backup. Let me give you the specs:

- Windows 7 Ultimate desktop
- Internal HDD: 932GB
- External HDD: 1.18TB

Initially I set up the built in "Backup and Restore" tool to do the backups, but the person who uses this Windows 7 tells me that the backup works for about a month and then shows an error, "The disk that your backup is saved on doesn't have enough free space" and nothing is backed up since.

Again, I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but I refuse to believe that they could sell a product that is dumb enough not to remove old backups to leave room for new ones. Anyway, there doesn't seem to be any option in the "Backup and Restore" to do that ... to the best of my knowledge. Although maybe someone will prove me wrong?

So my question is, what is the best solution to do local backups on external hard drive on Windows 7?

PS. I'm obviously looking for a "set it and forget it" type solution that doesn't require manual interaction. Is Microsoft capable of providing one?

A:Looking for a reliable local backup solution for Windows 7

Take a look at Download: SyncToy 2.1 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details.

I use the Echo feature and any changes to the source is reflected in the target. Under Help it show how to use task scheduler to run in auto mode.

Jim

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hi guys,

im in the republic of ireland

i have a windows 2008 server thats used for:

accounts package (sage line 200)
files
etc etc

whats the best reliable (that i can get my data back) cloud based backup service

what are you guys all using?
 

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Cheers Everyone,

Can anyone recommend good Backup Software for a Beginner and/or a reliable site that offers comprehensive feature comparison?

I've been to PCMag but their ratings compared to actual user ratings seemed to conflict.. And am not interested in Norton Ghost because I may need tech-support and, well, enough said.

If anyone has any advice, would love to hear it!

Thanks,
SD
 

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I've configured Reflect to automatically run full and differential backups to two drives as shown in the enclosed Reflect status report.

The report says the last " full system backup to usb hdd" was run on 14/11/16 and was successful. However when I look at the file backups there is no full backup file for 14/11/ 16 - see below.

There is no error report and there is ample space on the destination drive. The differential backup has worked as has the backups to the other drive "full ssd backup to drive X".

Has anyone else noticed missing backups from Reflect with no reported errors? I'll check more closely in future whether Reflect is scheduling backups correctly.

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This video is found on YouTube for how to backup and how to restore a Registry.

 
 
Is that method safe?  Is that method reliable?  If there were a Registry problem with Windows, could the user restore a Registry while in SafeMode?
 
 
No current problems on my computer.  I am just interested in knowing and understanding.
(Windows Vista and sometimes Windows 7).

A:Is this method for backup and restore of Registry reliable and safe?

Well, If you restore from a registry backup as shown, and you had installed a program after that backup...that program will no longer work because the old registry entries that you've restored wouldn't include that program.
I'm not an expert on the registry either, but I would recommend you leave it be...and be sure that your computer is creating restore points. If you wind up having a configuration issue, you can go to system restore and go back to before the problem began.  as for malware, that would be another issue.

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Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?

Thanks!

A:Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this: http://allwaysync.com/

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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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Am I kidding myself that using Google Drive (free) is a good idea for my off-site backup? Every once in awhile I notice its system tray icon is "faded", meaning that it isn't running, probably because I lost the wireless signal on my laptop, possibly because my router seems to require resetting every week or so.

Other than that, I've had no surprises. And did I mention the price? Googling shows failures from both Google Drive and Carbonite, so why pay?

Two weeks ago, I had to reformat my C: partition and so lost the User data that was in it, but I used Ubuntu to copy it onto an external Toshiba hard drive, so, other than the inconvenience, it turned out OK. I didn't consider trying to restore from Google Drive because I felt more comfortable dragging folders onto drive C: after reformat. (I wish I HAD used Google Drive to see how restoring ALL the data would go.)

In the process I learned that Dell Data"Safe" Backup is FAR from it. Took forever to backup, no time at all to FAIL TO RESTORE. Knowing in advance that this is common--i.e., that it is NOT SAFE AT ALL--I used Ubuntu to access the folders on drive C: and copy to external drive.

(Windows backup quit working the day I installed my Seagate external drive. So I wrote my own Java backup program, which seems to work well enough. But since it's not automatic, and since I'm like most people, the backup on it when drive C: went bye-bye wasn't exactly up-to-date. Thank whoever for Ubuntu.)

A:Is Google Drive reliable? Dell Data"Safe" backup is NOT

Hi
I suppose any online backup is better than none
But it would be best used as a second or third alternative and not as primary
Mostly the download time would be a deal breaker as you found moving folders is much faster
Or restoring from a local hdd with a system image on it.

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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
 

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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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Hi

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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Dear Friends, hope all is well.

See Attachments:
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,
Raphael

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
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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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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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?
 

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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.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Karens_Replicator_d3917.html

2. DriverScanner 2009 <------ is this a good idea? does this work with Win. 7
http://www.liutilities.com/products/campaigns/adv/ds/majorgeeks/txt/
 

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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
 

A:Backup Questions

Please, I would really appreciate it if someone helped me
 

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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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I need recommendations on a reliable P4 board that supports ECC memory.

To be clear, reliability is the only important factor so I prefer to hear from people who have actually used these boards over a period of time.
 

A:Most reliable P4 board? *Reliable*

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First time with an external HD backup and all seemed to go well. I followed the prompts during the preparation of the backup and burned a "system repair disk" at the conclusion.

Question 1: For scheduled backups, does the data need to be erased from the ext HD prior to subsequent backups or does it write over the earlier data?

Question 2: If my system backups are scheduled every two weeks, do I plug in my ext HD the day prior to the scheduled backup in order for it to do the job automatically?

Thanks for your help.

A:2 External HD Backup questions

1. It depends on the kind of backup and, possibly, the size of the external drive.

2. Again, it depends on the kind of backup.

What kind of backup are you doing? Imaging using Windows imaging? Imaging using a third party program? Cloning? File copy? Something else I'm forgetting?

Btw, you are to be commended for going to the trouble of backing up your computer. I wish more people were as wise as you.

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I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7 and want to improve my backup situation. In the past, under XP I just backed up data files. Because I do software development involving working and testing with many products, under Windows XP the computer would become so slow I?d have to reinstall XP about every 18-24 months. It literally takes 1-2 days of my life to re-install XP and the software I use.

I would like to take an initial backup that I can restore at a later date (before the registry gets clogged or corrupted). Then, I would take normal data backups. If I need to restore, I can use that initial backup, re-install any programs loaded since and restore my latest data.

Does this make sense? Anyone have an alternate idea?

My new C drive is supposed to be 500 GB. W7 shows 452 GB capacity. You wouldn?t think you?d lose 48 GB in formatting. I have 46 GB of the 452 GB in use. So, if I do a disk image backup, do I need an external drive that is 46, 452 or 500 GB?

What is the verdict on the Backup Utility built into W7? Is it reliable and does it have enough features?

Why do the most popular backup programs have such horrible ratings?

Norton Ghost has 22 5-star ratings but 38 1-star ratings. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...nnorswebguidec

Acronis True Image Home 2011 has 14 5-star ratings but 23 1-star ratings.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...nnorswebguidec

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Hi -

Windows 7 has on-board imaging. I would use it -

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...a-system-image

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ings-and-files

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Got a question what program is good to use to backup important data files on windows xp or vista pc's. When I say data files I guess i'm talking about the most common files people want to keep like document files such as word, excel, pictures, etc etc that usually are in the "My Documents" folder right?



Heres my situation I have my own Computer tech bussiness onsite/mobile service I started not to long ago, and I myself can copy and paste/so called backup my own files and folders on my own pc no problem to a external drive or whatever. But i'm trying to see if theres a easier, faster way with a program to install on customers pc's if they ask me how to back up their stuff. A program that also only backups files that have been change would be nice feuture too.

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I Installed and currently testing DriveImage XML and I dont get something about it. I created an image of my whole drive c: and saved it to a usb external hard drive. Ok now what you can do with that .xml image file is restore it or you can simply browse the image file and look at all the files and folders in a exployer window and extract files and folders if you want which is handy. But if you restore it you have to choose another partition/drive you cant restore the image to the same current drive that you created the image in the first place.

This is the part I dont get whats the purpose of creating and restoring the image to another partition, I thought if your current windows install messes up with a system error, viruses etc etc you can restore the image to the same drive and your back in working condition. By restoring the image to another partition what does that accomplish? Also cant you load up the pc in dos/command enviroment and restore image like that, like if you are installing the OS freshly.

Let me know thanks...

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I was going to set up a backup for my computer, and in Backup and Restore there are two options. To create a system image, and to set up a backup. if i make a system image and save it on my external hdd, does it appear on the hdd as a .img file? Will i be able to go into it and use my files? Also if i select the other option "Set up backup" will this just copy over the files i choose or will it also make an image file? Im trying to decide which option i should choose.

A:Backup types? Some questions..

A system image is an exact copy of a drive. It includes the drives required for Windows to run,drivers, system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a system image, it's a complete restoration. This will require your accessing the Recovery Console.

I personally prefer system images to backups because they contain all of your Updates and HotFixes.

A backup is good for backing up all of your files and folders and you can access those easily on your external HDD.

Windows Backup Information


System Image Information

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My new comp has a 1TB internal HDD. I just purchased a second(TB)and installed it as well. Here's my situation, when I go to run my Paragon 2010 image backup, it says it will need to use 60% of my other HDD. Do I need to partition my second HDD?(I've never actually partitioned a drive before) If so, how big does the partition need to be?
I know I'm probably not describing my problem correctly.
Is it normal for an image backup to take 60% of a backup drive. I mean, I've only used about 100GB on the drive I'm backing up.

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Hello twistedvincent.



How big is the volume/partition Windows is installed to?

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I pulled the backup utility off of the home ed disk. The read me file says that it will not allow backup to CDRW. There must be a way around this!

It says to back up to a hard drive file, keep the backup file less than 650 megs, and then burn that to CD. What a waste of time!

Can anyone suggest a better way?
 

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I have an external hard drive and want to use it for backing up my office PC, a laptop I have and 3 other home PC's. I am wondering if I can simply use Microsoft's backup software that comes with Windows XP? I have also seen an application called Handy Backup for downloading, Microsoft's OneCare and a host of others. And, I am not sure what VISTA offers (I don't have VISTA yet).

Could someone give me tips for the best solution(s) you know of? Mainly I want to preserve data and photo files from several PC's.

Thanks!
 

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hello,

yesterday i learned how to create a backup file using the microsoft backup wizard.

does the backup wizard save only windows systems files (and exclude files i downloaded or created)?

i tried to see the contents of the backup disc i created, so i put it in drive E and tried to open it, but the backup wizard came up and asked me if i wanted to create another backup!

why won't my backup file open/display contents? is it because it was compressed and now must be restored before it will open?

what can i read to learn how to backup the other files (non windows systems files) on my computer?

i appreciate any information/direction you can give me regarding backups.

thank you,

~contralto
 

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If I want to backup several PC's in my home, can I put the system image and data files from each on the SAME USB hard drive ( given I have the space to do so ) ?

Next question : I have a friend who uses the Ghost product and creates a "bare metal" copy of the hard drive. Doesn't Windows 7 have a utility to do this ?

If it does, can I do multiple "bare metal" copies on the same USB drive ?

I thought I read somewhere that maybe the USB drive size and the drive you were backing up had to be the SAME size in order to work properly -- true ?

Thanx in advance for your help -- this forum has always been a big help

A:Backup and Restore Questions

1. I suggest you do not use Win7 imaging but free Macrium. It has a lot more function and is easier to use: Imaging with free Macrium

2. With Macrium, you can image to USB devices. For the different systems you may want to define different folders. Note, however, that images take about 55% of the occupied space in the partition to be imaged - so they can get rather large. An external disk is better than a USB stick.

3. Yes, Ghost can do bare metal (called a clone). So can a lot of other (mostly non-free) programs (Acronis, Paragon and Macrium Pro), but not free Macrium. Here you image partitions.

4. What you read about same size is something different. With Macrium (and some other free programs), the partition to which you reinstall an image has to be same or bigger size than the partition the partition size from where it was originally taken. Some other programs (e.g. free Paragon), can also deal with smaller target partitions. But that statement has nothing to do with the external disk to which you image. You just need enough space to fit the image.

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Hi folks

My first post here...

On my desktop machine (running Windows XP) I have been doing monthly full backups to 6 external hard drives used in rotation.

Can I use this same scheme on my laptop running Windows7?

If I delete all files from an external drive, connect it to my computer and click on "Backup now", will the fact that the drive is empty force Windows7 to do a full backup?

joe99

A:Questions about Windows 7 backup

In Windows7 you can either backup your files or image your system. If you type backup into Start/search, it will show you how to get to backup an restore. As for the external disk, you need not wipe it clean. There must be only enough space to hold the backup or image. I suggest you create a folder on the external drive to which you backup or image.

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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.
 

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I used macrium reflect free version, to backup my present image to an external usb hard drive. The present drive is a Samsung 500GB. drive with about 27-28 GB. used on it will it be alright to install my backup image on my new, Intel 240GB SSD. drive when it arrives today? or will I suffer any performance loss due to the new drive being smaller? I have a retail version disc of Win 8.1 would I be better off using it to install a clean fresh install on the new SSD? Thanks for all opinions/advice!

A:backup image questions

There should be no performance hit due to the size factor, however, I believe when deploying an image to an SSD drive that it has to be 'aligned' for optimum performance.

If you do a web search for SSD alignment you will get lots of info. Also try searching for 'Macrium SSD alignment'

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I am planning to get some backup software for my computer. My problem is that I have a dual operationg system with Vista and XP. I want a software that will backup the entire computer as it is and then if something happens it will load from the startup screen and put my computer back, ie. the partitions and operating systems and all that. Does anyone know of such a software that I can get or buy?
p.s. I apologize if this is the wrong forum but I couln't find one that I thought would be best to put it in so I did this one.
 

A:Solved: Questions about backup

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I have set-up a SkyDrive account to use as an off-site backup so when I have finished a day's work I copy changed files (eg. from c:\myfiles\) to my SkyDrive folder (mapped to S: ), which then synchronises the files with the 'cloud' versions. I never modify files directly within S:.

Questions:
1. When a file is overwritten in the SkyDrive folder, does the synchronisation re-send the whole file, or only the changed parts of the file (ie. is it a full or incremental update?)
2. When I see files in the SkyDrive folder as S:\ in Windows Explorer, are they duplicates of the original files (eg. copied from c:\myfiles\) or just a reference to the original for syncing with the 'cloud' versions.

Any help would be appreciated.

Alan
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 233687 MB, Free - 121434 MB; D: Total - 4775 MB, Free - 2458 MB; M: Total - 238456 MB, Free - 161226 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, D915GAG, AAC77881-306, BQAG54505594
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I have picked up a malware virus. Thus far, it's pretty innocuous. It hasn't caused a whole lot of trouble but it could get worse and I want it gone.

I have C drive backed up to an auxillary external hard drive. (March 18m 2011) I'm using Acronis 10 backup program. I thought I would restore the backup and hopefully it would overwrite the virus files. Is this a viable approach or not?

The problem is, Acronis is not at all clear on the exact steps I should take to restore the backed up files. It offers a lot of options, some of which could wipe out the present C drive entirely. Somebody suggested the virus may be in the MBR area, and maybe that's what I should restore. (One of the problems the virus presents is, it won't allow the computer to run chkdsk /f).

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I've just run into an out-of-space backup problem that I've never seen before, even though for other reasons I recently switched around backup HDDS and enlarged the backup partition from 120gb to 180gb. Looking at the backup partition for my main drive (Win 8x64, 120gb SSD), I find two relevant folders: 1) a WindowsImageBackup folder with the last backup of yesterday (55gb), and 2) a folder with my Administrator name and a set of a dozen or more folders labeled "Backup Set," going back every 10 days for several months. What are the latter and how do these fit together with the system image, if they do? While I don't look very often, I haven't run into this out-of-space issue before, although my main drive has grown less than 1 GB since the changeover. For the moment, I've deleted all but a couple of the Backup Sets, because the out of space problem was effectively locking up the entire computer. Thanks,

A:Backup Problem/Questions

Hello highstream,

The drive letter:\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\Backup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder is where your system images are saved.
The drive letter:\computer name\Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder is where your Windows Backups are saved to.
Do you happen to have Windows Backup set to run automatically on a schedule with a system image set to be included?
You could delete any old Windows Backups that you do not want.
Backups - View and Manage Space in Windows 8
Older System Images will automatically be deleted as needed to make room for new ones, but you can delete any Backup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder that you do not want the system image from.

Hope his helps,
Shawn

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I used microsoft backup utility to backup my C drive to a larger D drive under XP. Want to now write this to a USB attached DVD drive. Nero software will NOT let me write to the DVD drive (G). Only wants to write to a floppy.(A drive)
How many will I need for 7 GB? (just kidding)

I also tried the backup utility to write directly to the DVD, again, won't let me. Also tried to
copy the backup from D to the DVD, no go there either.

Any ideas out there? Would be appreciated.
 

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