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Q: Windows Backup Questions

I am using the Windows Backup that comes with Home Premium. The initial backup ran with no problems but leaves me with questions.

1. As I understand it after the inital full backup the next backup run is an incremental backup. My question is how many incremental backups are saved and for how long?

2. The next question has to do with deleted files. Let's say my backup runs on Monday. If FileA on my C drive gets backed up on Monday and then deleted on Wednesday when the backup runs again will the backup copy of FileA be deleted? If not then wihen will it be deleted if ever?

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Preferred Solution: Windows Backup Questions

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

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A: Windows Backup Questions

Are you talking about
1). backing up files
2). running the system image utility

Both are called from the same Windows Backup system...but work differently.

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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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I'm taking over a small business network because the "other guy" was unreliable. First thing I noticed was they were using 4mm tape to manually backup their data every night. I set up dedicated hard drive and scheduled MS Backup to run each night at 3:00 am. Everything seems to be running fine, but a week later I go to check to make certain the data is getting backed up every night and this is where the questions start.

They back up only a very few folders. They are "C:\Program Files\Special Software\Data" and all the recursed folders in the "Data" folder; about 3 Gbytes each day.

When I set it up, I expected the data to be saved as multiple files in a single directory, but instead there's one giant .bkf file. When you select that file you can see separate lines for the data. It looks something like this:

C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...

They have the "+" sign that allows you to explode the tree.

Okay so the question. It appears each line is a different day's backup, but I don't know this for certain. Each line is named exactly the same, and there is nothing about these separate lines to indicate that they pertain to a specific days backup that I can see. It looks very counter-intuitive to me.

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A:MS Windows Backup Questions

MS Backup is very limited. I would suggest investing in a better backup program like Symantec Backup Now, which is a lot more user friendly. It also can be used to backup all the users on the network and you can set the parameters of what to backup on the server.

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I recently needed to do an image restore with windows 7 for the first time using the built in program. I got a new, larger Hard drive for my laptop and just wanted to restore my system from an image i had on a Usb drive. Unfortunately the restore failed and after some googling i found that some people were saying that you could only restore to the same drive the image was made from. I have a hard time believing this because it would just make the program useless in the case of a drive failure, and this is one of the main reasons for making a backup in the first place. Some people were saying that the distination drive/partition just needed to be the same size as the drive (or partition) the image was made from. I didn't try a resize, i just did a new reinstall (which is a pain). Just for future reference, has anyone heard any of this before? Should i be able to just restore to a new larger drive without any problems. I was thinking maybe this was some kind of anti-piracy precaution. Not sure

thanks for shedding any light on this.

A:windows image backup questions

I personally use Macrium Reflect for my backup/imaging for system drive... Few days ago I needed to restore the system to another disk (640GB) that's smaller than my current disk (1TB), and the restore went completely trouble free, and it was over the network... So, I don't know how you get this issue, but you can always try 3rd party imaging tools. Btw, Macrium Reflect is free for personal use.

I do have an image I created using Windows's Image backup... I haven't had the time to try and restore using it, so I don't know on that that front...
zzz2496

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Hello,

I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.

A:Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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Hello,

I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.

A:Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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I am very new to Windows Backup and have a few questions. Actually, my first question is not really specific to Windows Backup, but I notice it whenever I go to Disk Management to view my backups, so I hope it's okay if I ask it here.

Partition Question:

I have the following partitions on Disk 0:
100MB - 70% free
C:906.34GB - which has 82% or 739.03GB free
25.07GB OEM partition which is listed as 100% free

Isn't that 25GB OEM partition the Recovery partition? If so, why is it listed as 100% free? And what is the 100MB NTFS partition for?

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Now for my Windows Backup questions:

I ran Windows Backup for the first time Thursday night morning. I chose the "Let Windows choose, recommended" option - "Windows will automatically select user files... A system image will be created including system files, drivers, registry settings, Windows and all of your programs. These items will be backed up on a regular schedule".

It took 6 or 7 hours to complete. When it was done, my 1TB external hdd had 661.51 GB free space. I was surprised because my 1TB desktop hdd still had 742 GB free space. I didn't anticipate the backup to take up more space, and I'm hoping someone can explain to me why it does. Is it because it copies virtually the entire hard drive and then also makes a specific image of the operating system, registry and installed programs?

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A:Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

Were I you and I'm not, I would keep my personal data and Windows in separate partitions. Maybe 60 or 80 gigs for Windows and the other 880 or whatever for data.

Then image the operating system and data partitions separately, so you avoid this confusion.

You aren't anywhere near the first person to be confused by Windows imaging--that's why many have given up on it. There are free alternatives that are much more flexible and straightforward.

The 100 MB partition you refer to was put there by Windows and is used in certain recovery operations. With luck you won't ever need to use it. You can hide it from view I think. You can even avoid it during an installation. Most people just ignore it and possibly hide it.

I can't explain why your OEM partition is shown as empty. Offhand, I wouldn't necessarily believe it is empty. Hang on to it at least temporarily.

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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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I have some basic Win 7 Home Premium questions re creating/restoring IMAGES of my C drive ( and hidden partitions) using native Windows backup and restore. Never really used it before as I use other software instead, but wanted to explore this option a bit further:

QUESTIONS:

1) When I created my first image, it created a directory , with mutliple files ( one large 32 GB one and many timy ones. I assume this is normal?

2) I note the directory name was time stamped, so I assume this means that every subsequent time I create an image, it will create another new directory and new set of files.....(and that I would need to manaually delete the old images if start running out of space). Is that correct?

3) Can the creation of Windows system images be scheduled?? I know the file-by-file backups can, but I didnt see anything similar for images.

4) Suppose my bootable hard drive crashed, and I buy a new drive. How do I restore the image. Is the system repair disc bootable??? and does it prompt me to pick an image??

Thanks.


My set up is as follows

Windows 7 Home Premium, SP1

Disk 0 ( my main drive)
-bootable
-hidden partiion
-C: partiton ( for the opeartions sytem, paaas, user profiles and settings)
-D: partition( for personal user data files)
Disk 1 (my internal backup drive)
-not bootable
-contains copies of system image of the hidden and C: drive (using Windows system image)
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A:Basic questions on Windows 7 native backup and restore

Hello mediaman,

In Windows 7, you have two distinctive backup options. Windows Backup = To back up all files in selected folders, and restore any file from the backup. You also have the option to include creating a system image. This can all be done an automatic schedule if you like.

System Image = To manually completely back up and restore selected drives/volumes.





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1) When I created my first image, it created a directory , with mutliple files ( one large 32 GB one and many timy ones. I assume this is normal?


System images are saved as backup periods in the WindowsImageBackup folder where saved to. The blue Note box at the top of the tutorial can give you more details about this.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup





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2) I note the directory name was time stamped, so I assume this means that every subsequent time I create an image, it will create another new directory and new set of files.....(and that I would need to manaually delete the old images if start running out of space). Is that correct?


Each new system image created will create a new Backup YYYY-MM-DD-hh-mm-ss folder in the WindowsImageBackup\(ComputerName) folder.

The same note box above can give you more details on this as well.





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3) Can the creation of Windows system images be scheduled?? I know the file-by-file backups can, but I didnt see anything similar for images.


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1.What's the best method of backing up? I never actual have backed up my laptop due to the fact I hardly ever mess around with it. I checked the windows 7 back up options and I am confused. I have an external hard drive(With around 12 gb left). Can I back it up to that? Or can I create a partition of lets say around 60 gb and back it up to that? Also what is the difference between a normal back up and an system image back up.


2.What back up should I use if I do not like win10 and want to downgrade and go back to how my win7 os was left. With all my personal files still in tack. Which backup would I need or does it matter?
Hope my questions make sense. TL;DR: Which backup should I use if I want to downgrade from win10 to win7 and have my windows 7 os remain the same before I did the update.

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a 500 gb hdd

A:Questions about backup on windows 7. Wanting to test out win10

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ringo14


1.What's the best method of backing up? I never actual have backed up my laptop due to the fact I hardly ever mess around with it. I checked the windows 7 back up options and I am confused. I have an external hard drive(With around 12 gb left). Can I back it up to that? Or can I create a partition of lets say around 60 gb and back it up to that? Also what is the difference between a normal back up and an system image back up.
2.What back up should I use if I do not like win10 and want to downgrade and go back to how my win7 os was left. With all my personal files still in tack. Which backup would I need or does it matter?
Hope my questions make sense. TL;DR: Which backup should I use if I want to downgrade from win10 to win7 and have my windows 7 os remain the same before I did the update.

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a 500 gb hdd


I rely on Windows 7's Backup and Restore, plus additional automatic backups of Pictures, Movies, Music and Documents and some other precious stuff, made to a 1 TB external USB drive by Second Copy (a backup program.)

W7's BU and Restore makes an image (a snapshot, called a System Image) of the C: drive. The idea is that if your C: drive gets heavily corrupted you load the system image on to the drive and get back to where you were when the system image was made (unless of course your C: drive is itself faulty, in which case you could install a new dri... Read more

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About to do a complete wipe of my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7. My concern is being certain that I have Windows Live Mail 2012 backed up. I have five different accounts running through WLM and it is critical I don't lose any emails sent or received.
I took a look at the tutorials and played around but I must be doing something wrong. For example, when I trying exporting and then importing some test messages I wasn't able to find them. The storage folders, where I think the test emails should have been imported, were empty. Tried a few times and always the same result.
Now I'm thinking it might be easier if I just back up all the folders in the Windows Live Mail folder on the C drive. Is this a viable and fool proof way of saving all emails and then being able to restore them?

A:Windows Live Mail 2012 Backup Questions

If the accounts are IMAP, the mail will be retained on the remote server no matter what you do with your local client (except for deleting mail from within the client, which will delete it remotely as well). POP is another story, because once downloaded it usually, though not always, is gone from the remote.

I don't see why you couldn't back up the entire WLM folder, which is probably in c:\users\<user name>\appdata\local....

In fact, when I do a reinstall, I always do a file back up of most of the appdata folder. It invariably comes in very handy.

Another way for an independent mail backup, POP or IMAP, is to use MailStore, which is free for private use.

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Hi Guys,

I have been a on a Windows hiatus and using Mac for some time now, but now I am switching back. I am little confused about the backup restore feature in Windows 7 Ultimate even after doing a search of this forum and Microsoft?s website. From my understanding a System Image pretty much clones your dive including all files and pictures in my document.
1. If this is so why does the Backup/Restore utility also ask if I want to back up other files in my C Drive like My Documents extra? To be honest I find backup my documents, photos, and music the most important.
2. By including the la carte backups am I just double backing up since it?s included in the system image?
3. Can I extract single files from system image? One thing I really like about OS 10.6 and 10.7 was that Time Machine would back up the entire drive to a network every house of so to a Time Capsule and I could enter the backup to recover emails and documents many versions back. (Please don?t flame me for complimenting Apple, I must like Windows more if I am switching back)
4. Finally has anyone restored their entire drive using System Restore Image? [Does it work?] The reason I ask was because I had a Windows Vista Ultimate that included backup and restore, but why my computer crashed because it ran out of power during a Service Pack Update (my fault), I was able to restore the drive, the computer wouldn?t boot as it startup halfway then restart. (Switched to Mac after that)
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A:Backup/Restore Questions (Apple user switching back to Windows)

Hi triplecore and welcome to Seven Forums. I will attempt to answer your questions.

1. Good question. Most of us recommend just using the create an image link on the restore dialogue. You can remove the image from the scheduled restore and include what folders you want.
2. If you leave things as default then yes.
3. You can. See this tutorial. System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
4. I have done so several times without problems.

To go a bit further many on the forum recommend third party tools such as Macrium Reflect Free for imaging. The link is in my signature. The reason for this is that it is more flexible that Windows backup. There is a tutorial on using Macrium here.Imaging with free Macrium

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

A:questions about backup

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

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Dear Friends, hope all is well.

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

Thank You,
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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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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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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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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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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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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N00b here.

Basically i will have:-

HDD no 1 with 1 partition;
C:/ - Win 7 Pro x64 installed

HDD no 2 with 2 partitions;
D:/ - Data (files.....pictures, documents, programs i've d/l etc) around 80Gb of data
E:/ - Recovery partition (Vista HP x64 factory recovery, as the laptop came supplied)

If you run the win7 system image only backup and do all your HDD's and partitions can you restore individual files from that image?
Or do you have to do the data backup of all drives and tick the system image tickbox as well and then still you can only pick from the files you chose to be backed up from under the data backup?

If you understand that....

Basically can i back it all up and choose what i want to re-install upon recovery eg booting from the Win7 DVD and choosing repair?

Also i have a netbook with W7 Ultimate RC installed, trying to back up to my laptop over the network it still asks for a username and password when setting it up (OK box is greyed out otherwise) but i dont have a username or pw (single user so didnt input a pw)....what do you do in this case?

TIA.

A:Backup noob questions!

  
Quote: Originally Posted by duckson


N00b here.

Basically i will have:-

HDD no 1 with 1 partition;
C:/ - Win 7 Pro x64 installed

HDD no 2 with 2 partitions;
D:/ - Data (files.....pictures, documents, programs i've d/l etc) around 80Gb of data
E:/ - Recovery partition (Vista HP x64 factory recovery, as the laptop came supplied)

If you run the win7 system image only backup and do all your HDD's and partitions can you restore individual files from that image?
Or do you have to do the data backup of all drives and tick the system image tickbox as well and then still you can only pick from the files you chose to be backed up from under the data backup?

If you understand that....

Basically can i back it all up and choose what i want to re-install upon recovery eg booting from the Win7 DVD and choosing repair?

Also i have a netbook with W7 Ultimate RC installed, trying to back up to my laptop over the network it still asks for a username and password when setting it up (OK box is greyed out otherwise) but i dont have a username or pw (single user so didnt input a pw)....what do you do in this case?

TIA.


Welcome to Seven Forums, duckson.

If you do an image, you cannot pick and choose on the restore - it will save all and restore all. With backup, you can select the folders to restore.

For the username and password issue, you need to set a password, then you can set it so that it automatically logs you on - no passwor... Read more

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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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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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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.
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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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I am going to reinstall Windows 7 its a Premium version. At the moment the PC has 2 HDDs C and D, C contains windows and D has my date.

My Questions.
I would like to backup C after i have done the install of Windows and got all the drivers setup. Is it best to activate windows before i do the backup.

If i use something like Clonzilla will the image fit on a DVD

A:A couple of backup questions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by alzan135


I am going to reinstall Windows 7 its a Premium version. At the moment the PC has 2 HDDs C and D, C contains windows and D has my date.

My Questions.
I would like to backup C after i have done the install of Windows and got all the drivers setup. Is it best to activate windows before i do the backup.

If i use something like Clonzilla will the image fit on a DVD


Yes, activate before you make the image. Why not? If you don't activate it first and then restore the image, you'd have to activate after the restoration.

The image is not likely to fit on one DVD. It might fit on 5 DVDs, but DVDs are a poor place to put images--they are just less reliable than a hard drive. Use DVDs only as a last resort if you absolutely have no other choice. Be prepared for DVDs to fail and know what you will do when that happens.

Clonezilla should work, but it's not the preferred tool on this forum.

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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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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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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.

A:Backup program questions.....

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 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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Hopefully this is the correct catagory for this..

I created an image for backup purposes and have 2 things I'm curious about.

1st. My disk 0 has Vista 64 as C: and Windows 7 as F: when I created the image I had to keep both partitions as part of the image.. Does this mean that if I want to restore from the image BOTH Vista and windows 7 will be restored from that image?

I guess it isn't a big deal but a choice would have been nice... Other than seperate hard disks for that option...

2nd. I wanted to look at the backup specs document, however access is denied. Is that the standard or is there something I am missing here. I am the only user and admin security.

Thanks...

A:2 questions about image backup

1. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...up-anyone.html post #6

2. Try with this: Take Ownership Shortcut

cheers

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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.

A:Partition and Backup questions

Hello twistedvincent.



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

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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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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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Just got done reinstalling 7 after a hdd failure (good excuse to upgrade to ssd) and will be adding a new machine next week. So I'm looking at a new backup strategy.

Some background first. Living on a boat, I've had to come up with a somewhat unique setup, as space is at a premium. My solution was to use a USB hub (which runs the monitor, speakers & keyboard/mouse, plus an external hdd that I save all my files to). By simply changing which machine the hub is plugged into, I move between the different machines. Thus, the ext hdd is part of which every machine I am on at the time. So, what I have are 3 computers with only system files (I guess you'd call them), while all my personal files are saved to the ext hdd. (I also have a NAS and other ext hdd's)

After going through the hassle of finding all the drivers and apps necessary for a reinstall, I'd like a way to restore the system entirely (programs, drivers and all).

So, my first question is, will a Win7 disk image restore the whole system? If not, what will?

Second question is, what would be a good backup program to do continuous backups on the shared ext hdd and the user folder from each machine? (Doesn't have to be free, just continuous)

I've read a bunch of articles on backup, but they didn't really tell me what I wanted to know very clearly. Thanks for any advice or insight you can give.

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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 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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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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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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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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A:W7 backup software questions ...

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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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 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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Looking to do some backup and imaging for my computers.

I have been using XXCLONE - main drive C: to a backup drive D: in the same computer. Also have an external USB drive E: that I have xxclone'd to.

What's come up is that the m/b got fried from the PSU - and took out both hard drives (so it seems, can't boot at all)

Anyways it got me thinking that the 2nd hard drive in the computer probably isn't going to cut it (although pretty convenient)- that I should look at some more external options (like the USB I was doing).

BUT now I've got a new motherboard (same model#), new PSU, and got it going past the POST.

Can I just pop in the external USB drive E: into the computer or will i have to do a reactivation? It's a legit copy of XP Pro ( i have the key on the package - it's not a branded OEM computer) - but not a retail copy of XP Pro. In XXClone I had it make it bootable, copied the volume #.


For the future: If I do use an imaging program (Macrium or Acronis) - and store them on a NAS or external USB - and I have to change computers/hardware - will that work to bring the image up into the new computer? Or does it have to have the same motherboard/peripherals?

Is the disk imaging for use with the exact same computer only?

or can I transfer a disk image to another new computer with different hardware? and then reactivate XP?

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Ive been jarring around the idea of going to raid, for performance reasons. Im not a gamer and things. 90% of my work involves video and photos. I would like stuff that loads better and faster from the drives. Ive gotten some mixed answers about going to it. Ive decided im going to try it and see for myself how it does so changing my mind about doing it or not isnt the question here. Heres the issue.

Currently I have a C: and a D: both the same size and same type of drive and even same age (wd raptors 150gigs). My C: is the main drive (windows, software etc..) my D: is my backup work and other stuff that I dont have on dvd etc..

Now I would like to make C: and D: raid 0 (im guessing) I would like to add a third drive in the system and use it for what my D: is now.

Heres my idea
C:/D: - Raid 0 (windows, programs etc)
E: - (odds and ends)

Now can this be done .. So if I was to lets say format the raid drives it wouldnt effect the third drives info. (Now the third drives info is not a backup of the raid it would be like odds and ends).
Ive tried to read some info on it on some sites but its a bit complicated. I have all new stuff with the lastest bios and things and windows vista premium.
 

A:First Time Raid / Backup Questions

I think for maximum performance you should increase the amount of memory in your computer. I don't think that the Raid 0 is going to give you that much of performance boost for what you are planning to do. Also with Raid 0 all of your data is striped across both drives, so if one fails you lose everything. Also if any sectors on your drive fail, the corresponding sectors on the other disk are also lost.
 

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Hi all,
How are you supposed to use the Check Recovery Media option in Dell Backup and Recovery?
1. When you create the Factory Backup media..At the end of the process it shows that the backup has been verified so do you only use the Check Recovery Media option if you have a problem with the backup later on?
2. When you Check recovery Media do you have to tick the USB flash drive at the create factory recovery media screen first (like you do when creating the factory media where a green tick comes up) before clicking on Check Recovery Media or do you go into the Check recovery Media screen first before inserting the USB flash drive. I notice that in the Check Recovery Media window there is a check recovery media box at the bottom of the screen but it doesn't do anything..its always greyed out
3.Can there be a slight difference in the size of the Factory recovery Media backups. I did one a couple of weeks ago..it was 7.97gb. I did another one yesterday so I had another backup and it was 7.96gb and I used all the same settings..I didn't change anything at all.

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I use Windows 7 64 Bit. 1 TB HD. 8 GB Ram.

I recently used Macrium to make a image of my hard drive. I put the image I made onto my external hard drive from my desktop. Before I did this I made a rescue disk on a DVD. I have several questions:

If I have problems with my computer what should I do first?

Do I try the rescue DVD I made?

Do I try and restore the image I made?

What is the purpose of making a Bootable Windows PE USB Stick? And if I make one
when would I use it?


If I have to restore my system and use the image to restore will it just overwrite
the original partitions and operating system files?
Thank you.

A:Several Questions About Macrium Backup and Restore

Quote:
Do I try the rescue DVD I made?

Do I try and restore the image I made?



That is the same thing. You need to boot the PC with the rescue CD, navigate to the image and restore it. Here is a recovery video tutorial by our friend Keith.

Macrium Reflect - Restore With WinRE - YouTube







Quote:
What is the purpose of making a Bootable Windows PE USB Stick? And if I make one
when would I use it?


The stick does the same as the CD. It is mainly used for systems that have no CD reader, but may be handy otherwise too. If you have the CD, you don't need it.







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If I have to restore my system and use the image to restore will it just overwrite
the original partitions and operating system files?



Yes, that's exactly what happens.

Important: Do not forget to image the System Partition (the little 100MB partition). The day your bootmgr is corrupted you will need to restore that. - It happens sometimes.

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