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Windows 7: What should I be doing to back up windows properly


28 Oct 2012   #1

Win 7 64 bit home
 
 
What should I be doing to back up windows properly

I am finishing with getting my computer up and running that was mentioned in the link below. I had to do a clean wipe and reinstall all software. Now my question is, how do I back up my properly so I can get up and running quickly should some thing bad happen again. I keep all my programs on a c: drive. I have 2 their internal drives for photos, data, etc. ose are backed up to external drives on a regular basis.


Input and advice appreciated.

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28 Oct 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

To back up Windows, you need to make an image of the C partition.

And the System Reserved partition, if you have one.

You recover Windows by restoring those images. Usually it works, sometimes it doesn't.

The most commonly recommended program to do it is Macrium Reflect Free Edition.
Imaging with free Macrium
Back up your personal stuff--photos, data, etc, without using an image, just as you apparently are doing now.
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28 Oct 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mr2005,

In addtion, creating a system image and saving it to another separate physical HDD would be a good option.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
If needed, you could do a system image recovery to restore the system image.
System Image Recovery
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

You recover Windows by restoring those images. Usually it works, sometimes it doesn't.
If it doesn't, it's only because your process is wrong. If imaging didn't provide 100% reliability, it would be called "voodoo."
A 100% successful process for imaging must include testing a restore so you know your process works. That's just how it is.
I've been restoring images for years with a 100% success rate.
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25 Nov 2012   #5

Win 7 64 bit home
 
 

How do a i set up windows for a restore point?
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25 Nov 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Mr2005,

The tutorial below can help show you how to turn on and setup System Protection to create restore points. While restore points can be handy for a quick undo, they should not be considered to be a backup of your files or Windows.

System Protection - Turn On or Off

For a proper backup, you should consider what was posted in posts #2 or #3 above.

Hope this helps.
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