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Windows 7: How reliable is W7 backup?

20 Sep 2010   #1
TonyWilliams

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
How reliable is W7 backup?

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

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

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

Thanks
Tony


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20 Sep 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Tony,
I use it and am 100% satisfied. System image backup, in conjuction with system restore and backup and restore is all the back up that is needed. That being said, a large number of our membership prefer macrium reflex.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
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20 Sep 2010   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

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

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

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

Thanks
Tony
Hi tony and welcome


Windows backup does a fine job for what it can do. It is more reliable than a copy and paste and is compressed (i believe) to save space. On the other h and there are 3rd party apps that are just as reliable and tons more flexible. I do a lot of different kinds of back ups of files and folder and win 7's backup just doesnt cut it for that.

I use Acronis. It is relatively inexpensive and does all sorts of neat things


Let us know if you need help with any of this


Ken J
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20 Sep 2010   #4
TonyWilliams

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks guys I think I have a copy of Acronis TRue Image v8 I'll have a look at that and see if it includes backups
Thanks again
Tony
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20 Sep 2010   #5
TonyWilliams

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hm? Acronis True Image v8 appears to only create an mage of the whole disc and doesn't just backup individual files and folders. Have to look at alternatives.
Tony
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20 Sep 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Look at Macrium, its free and I think that you will like it.
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20 Sep 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Windows recoveries have been flawed for a long time. Just think of the system restore problems e.g. in Vista and it did not get much better in /7. There have also been many reports of recovery problems with /7 images.
That being said, there are many people that have no problems at all. I have tried a variety of imaging products and found /7 imaging unnecessarily complex. Therefore I am using free Macrium which is easy and extremely reliable. Other people prefer Acronis, Paragon or Ghost for a variety of different reasons. Norton Ghost that I used in Vista was not easy to operate either, but it did the job.
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21 Sep 2010   #8
TonyWilliams

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks guys. I may be wrong but Acronis and Macrrium are all about taking images of the hard drive. I just want to backup my Documents folder and be able to recover individual files from the backup. They don't appear to do this? I would also just like the backup to do an incremental backup as well, ie only files that have changed, rather than a complete backup each time. What would you guys suggest for that? I thought W7 backup does that?
Thanks
Tony
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21 Sep 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You have 3 different backups in 7
System Image=The entire hard drive
System restore=The Operating System
Backup and Restore=Your doucments

I use it, they work great and are reliable.
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21 Sep 2010   #10
TonyWilliams

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks Rich I think I'll give it a go!
Tony
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