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Windows 7: Backup without restore?

06 Nov 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Backup without restore?

Hi need help with windows 7 backup.

I've got an external HD which is just large enough to backup all my libraries.
However whenever windows backs up it seems to create new backup data for any changes to files ie. it'll have backup data for each date it backs up. I believe it does this so I can restore my system to the way it was on a certain backup date. However this also means I run out of space on the backup disc after about 3 or 4 backups.

So, is there a way to make it just have one backup, so only the newest backup is stored? Ie. so my backup drive is simply a mirror image of what is currently in my libraries as opposed to keeping a record of what existed there on previous backups?

Thanks

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06 Nov 2010   #2
whs

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make a "Custom Setup" and then: (it is supposed to read "uncheck" not ucheck, sorry)


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06 Nov 2010   #3

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups

I think this will show you how to delete the old ones. Keep the ones you want.

Option 2 - Step 9 shows how to keep only the latest.
Mike
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06 Nov 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
make a "Custom Setup" and then: (it is supposed to read "uncheck" not ucheck, sorry)
Ok so that procedure would do one backup. Say I then installed some new files after doing this. Would I then be able to repeat this procedure and it would only backup those new files ( rather than the all the libraries again from scratch ?)
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06 Nov 2010   #5
whs

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If you use this procedure, you start from scratch every time. Just delete the old backup file.
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06 Nov 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you use this procedure, you start from scratch every time. Just delete the old backup file.
Only problem is I'm backing up 200GB takes a long time to start from scratch
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06 Nov 2010   #7
whs

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Then you should consider an imaging program that does differential backups. Free Acronis or Paragon are good options. Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Advanced Edition - Overview
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06 Nov 2010   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Then you should consider an imaging program that does differential backups. Free Acronis or Paragon are good options. Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Advanced Edition - Overview
Great! I think that's the sort of thing I was looking for.

Cheers
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