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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

Seems like these products are a waste of money or worse for more than half of the users.

What are the suggestions for reliable backup software?

Thx,

Brooks

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Preferred Solution: W7 backup software questions ...

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

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

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

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Hi -

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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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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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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G'day everyone

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

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

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

Thanks
Samuel

A:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

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

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

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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

A:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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I'm preparing to upgrade from Windows 2000 professional to XP. I would like a perfect backup of my C: drive in case the worst happens and XP kills my computer (so I can revert back to 2000 and my old system without a problem). I have 2 hard drives so I have the room to put an exact image of my C: drive onto the slave drive. Just wanting to get some feedback as to the best way to do this.

So far I just used the "backup now" option in Windows 2000 and saved a .bkf file of my entire drive to the slave. It actually didn't take up that much space--the .bkf must contain some sort of compression.

Anyway, is this the best way to go about protecting myself or would it be worthwhile to instead invest in a 3rd party backup program instead before undertaking this? There are tons of programs out there of course, Norton Ghost, Backup Now, GoBack, or what have you. If Windows' option works well I don't know why people would buy a 3rd party program but I hear about it a lot so I thought I'd ask. Anyone ever restored an entire system from a windows .bkf file before and had difficulty? Protecting myself is pretty important to me.

Any advice would be helpful.
 

A:Computer backup before upgrade to XP--backup software suggestions,.bkf files,etc?

With the windows backup you have to reinstall windows and then restore the backup to get back to where you were. I use and love ghost because it makes a 100% exact copy of EVERYTHING and all you have to do to get it back is to restore the image and you're up a going again - no need to reinstall windows. Is also fast and can clone one drive to another or create an Image file.

GoBack I don't like and Backup Now needs windows to be installed to restore the backup
 

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I have tried to create a batch file to backup our important data from our program to our server(drive letter Z)on our network and cant seem to get it to work.Could someone look at it and be able to tell me what is wrong with it. We also decided to include backing up our my documents folder too.

@echo off
:: variables
set drive=crocare.win
set backupcmd=xcopy /Z

echo backing up procare data
echo please wait...
@pause

xcopy "Z:\Procare\DB\*.*":\\dataonserver01\users\Jeannie\Procare.win"

echo Backing up My Documents
%backupcmd% "userprofile%\My Documents" "%c%\My Documents"

echo Backup Complete!
@pause
 

A:Software doesn't backup so trying batch file backup

I guess it depends on what you're backing up. I use Beyond Compare to sync files between machines.
 

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How come the built in Vista backup utility doesn't backup software? Does anyone know of a way to do this, or know of any software that will create an image of my harddrive? I seriously need to reformat my computer and I can't do it without this.

Thanks.

A:Vista Backup Utility Doesnt Backup Software?

Norton ghost or Acronis True Image... the latter is the easier of the two apps IMO.

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I just bought a USB 3.0 3 TB external drive for making backups. After some searching, I decided to use EaseUS Todo Backup because CNET rated it highly. I plugged the drive into a 3.0 port and did a backup. It was a file backup, not an image backup, but it still puts everything in one file (.PBD) and then apparently modifies Windows Explorer to be able to browse the file. Windows Backup (the one that comes on Windows 7) seems to work similarly, though you need to use a wizard to restore things. The backup took twice as much space as my data takes up on my internal hard drive. Also, it took 8 and a half hours, which I calculated to be 20 MB/s. So my questions are:

1. Why doesn't it just put things in the drive in a normal folder/file structure?
2. Why did it take up twice as much space?
3. Why did a USB 3.0 backup go so slowly? (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it took up twice as much space, but that's still slow considering I've gotten speeds of 75 MB/s, and I do realize transferring a lot of small files will take longer.)
4. Am I just better off with using Windows Backup (or is restoring a pain with the wizard)?

Thanks for any advise!
 

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):



perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):



perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.
 

A:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.
 

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I'm on the hunt for a piece of software, or a function within Windows 7, that will allow me to:

1. Schedule a backup of just a single folder
2. Automatically overwrite (or ignore unchanged files) at the destination

Aaaaaand . . . . that's it. I poked around with a couple of different applications, but I wasn't able to select a directory as a source, only a disk drive. Anyone know what I should do?
 

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Hi,

Because the amount of data stored on my drives is continuously increasing, I've decided that it's time to find a way to backup the most important part of it.

So, I'm looking for a software capable of making a backup copy(on a secondary HDD) of certain folders and of certain files(from certain folders) and keeping it updated.

I'm also interested to make a backup copy of files that are locked, if possible.
I have some VMs and I'd like to back them up too if possbile.(I'll check to see whether VMWare Workstation can backup itself by taking snapshots on a different HDD at certain moments).

The software really needs to be able to cope with paths longer than 255 characters, it has to be able to retain all the file's attributes(creation date, modified date, attribute fields, etc), and it has to ba able to do bit-by-bit checking in order to prevent corruption.

Also, there are some large files that I can't backup(it would take too much space), and in this case I'd like to have a list of their names and sizes, and if possible a checksum(TTH or emule's MD5), in order to redownload them easily in case of a disaster.


What software would you advise me to use?
BTW, I'm also very interested about your backup methods for your sensible data.

PS: Neither RAID nor a ZFS NAS box are solutions for me at the moment, and I'm not looking for a software that does backup to an entire partition.

Regards,
Nick

A:Looking for a good backup software/backup plan

You dont want much do you Nick?? Im not aware of any program that will do 100% of everything that you have listed ... that would require custom software ... the easiest solution IMO would be a program like Acronis/Macrium image, backed up to an external 2tb hard drive ... it may not be the most elegant solution, but it would work...

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

A:backup questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5)Does it function well with time capsule?

Thanks everyone
 

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Please, I would really appreciate it if someone helped me
 

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

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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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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 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 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 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.
 

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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 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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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'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 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'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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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).

I'm not sure what that means. Does overwriting the boot sectors wipe out anything on C drive? I don't really w... Read more

A:Backup and Restore questions

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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?

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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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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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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Hello community,

I have a system I built back in 2008 that has held up relatively well in the face of all the new technologies, without any major upgrades as of yet. It's been a while since I was as well versed as I was when I put my computer together, so bear with me.

I would like to upgrade from my current 32-bit version of Windows 7 to the 64-bit version for the obvious reasons: more access to memory, increased processor loading capability, etc. But I'm a noob when it comes to back up techniques. My goal is to have my current programs run exactly as they do now. I realize this upgrade will require a clean install, and I would like some recommendations as to how I need to proceed to keep my programs running as they do now.

I think I heard or read that I would need to create an ISO image of my OS HDD, is that correct? I plan on purchasing an external HDD, or maybe another internal one with SATA connection to load to backed up programs/files to. I imagine the back-up/loading speeds would be much better if I used a SATA connection.

But anyway, any feedback or help with accomplishing this feat would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

A:Upgrade from WIN7 32-Bit to 64-Bit Backup Questions

Hi and welcome to TSF please read this Taking the mystery out of 64-bit Windows - Windows Help
you cannot transfer programs you need to reinstall them, making an iso of your 32 bit system would do nothing for you either. Taking the mystery out of 64-bit Windows - Windows Help You could possibly use, easy transfer for Data Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers - Windows 7 Help Forums But moving it to an external may be more use to you.
If you post your present system spec we may be able to advise on the sata.
Specs. Makes and models of
Motherboard
Cpu
Gpu
Ram
power supply.

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