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18 Apr 2011   #1

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Windows 7 backup?

I see a lot of people recommending something different than window backup. I am new to this but I have used windows 7 back up on a desk top and laptop without a hitch. I have not tried to restore anything but the backup seemed to work fine.

So what is the problem? Do I really need to get a third party software for this task?


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18 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

No, you shouldn't need third party software. With XP, maybe, but not with 7. The Windows 7 backup tool has suited my needs (despite being slow) and does what it says on the tin, backs up and restores in a failsafe way
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18 Apr 2011   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I wouldn't give it or any imaging application a vote of confidence until I had actually done a restore. If you do that and it works, then you apparently understand it well enough to use it, at least on your current configuration.
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18 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Since Win 7 came out I've only used its Backup and Restore tool. I have several system images to Bluray and backup weekly to an external drive. I've only restored once (when I restored to a new drive) with it and it went without hitch. When I installed the SSD I went with a clean install.

As for speed, when I've bothered to watch it the weekly backups take less than 10 minutes (about 8-9) so I don't have much complaint about speed.
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18 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You can check to see that the image can be attached and mounted with Disk management. But, restoring a full system image is the acid test.

I have used windows imaging extensively and restored many times without problem. The fact is that windows imaging has presented problems for some people (/system configurations).

I recommend keeping some additional images using a second imaging program. I use Macrium Reflect in addition to the Windows inbuilt.
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19 Apr 2011   #6

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit

I have used windows 7 backup for quite some time. I created a system image about every other day. It's simple and doesn't take a lot of time. I have used the restore several times and it works as it should with no problems. The image is exactly as it was directly before the image was made.
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22 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Maybe I'm paranoid, but it's with good reason. I don't rely on any one imaging program, I use at least 2 that I feel confident in. and backup both internally and to an external HD.
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23 Apr 2011   #8

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Maybe I'm paranoid, but it's with good reason. I don't rely on any one imaging program, I use at least 2 that I feel confident in. and backup both internally and to an external HD.
There's nothing wrong with that. It's not being paranoid, it's being careful.
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