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Windows 7: System Restore vs. Norton Backup

21 Jul 2011   #1
mcmilval

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
System Restore vs. Norton Backup

My Windows 7 has System Restore and my (Comcast) Norton Internet Security Suite has Backup. I assume that I should use one or the other, but not both. Any advice or opinions about which is better, especially in not slowing down performance?


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22 Jul 2011   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcmilval View Post
My Windows 7 has System Restore and my (Comcast) Norton Internet Security Suite has Backup. I assume that I should use one or the other, but not both. Any advice or opinions about which is better, especially in not slowing down performance?
Win 7 System Restore is NOT a system backup.

Win 7 Backup and Restore IS a system backup.

I am a strong advocate for Win 7 Backup and Restore.

I have also been able to avoid untold woes by using the Win 7 System Restore.

since I'm lazy and do not care to go into a long dissertation, let me suggest:
WIN + F1 key combo | type System Restore
WIN + F1 key combo | type System Backup

WIN is the key with with wavy Microsoft flag on top.

the system restore information is good. The system backup information can be confusing.

To further complicate understanding, there is System Repair.

A System Repair Disc can save your bacon. I recommend making one.

A System Repair Disc is not System Restore disc.

All of these similar terms can be very confusing and bewildering to a win 7 beginner.

I do recommend making a System Image Backup using Win 7 Backup and Restore. For this we have an excellent tutorial.

I recommend purchasing an external usb drive an making a System Image backup.

If you decide to make a system image backup, then I'll gladly provide a couple of guiding words to complement the tutorial and avoid unnecessary confusion.

For the system repair disc, all you need is a CD.

DISC - CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button
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22 Jul 2011   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Be careful of Norton Backup.

On the plus side it is easy to set up and works quietly in the background so you never notice it. On the negative side the way they store their backups means that if the backup set becomes too large (more than 20 GB) it will take forever to delete it and the backup set will just keep growing and growing over time. You have no control over the size.
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10 Aug 2011   #4
mcmilval

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
system image backup

Karlsnooks, you offered to give me some guiding words about making a system image backup. I would appreciate your doing that. Thank you.
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10 Aug 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Start by reading this excellent tutorial.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup


Post a copy of the output of DiskMgmt.msc as described here in just a second.

Read that description. Pay close attention to maximizing the fields so that the info is visible.
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10 Aug 2011   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I goofed and didn't include the write-up. Here is the write-up.
HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY

Run disk management:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo (this pops up a menu) followed by X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field. This is very important, otherwise, needed info is not visible.

Make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Click on the paperclip icon in that row of icons at the top of the message box.
BROWSE button. There are 5 choices.
Navigate to the folder containing the snapshot.
Click on the snapshot.
OPEN
UPLOAD button which is adjacent to the 5th BROWSE button.
Close the MANAGE ATTACHMENTS window.
Position the cursor at the spot in the message where you want the
snapshot to appear.
Click on the PaperClip again.
Click on the file which you want to insert
Attach code will be inserted into your message.
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