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Windows 7: Have you used windows backup before? Is it practical?


19 Apr 2013   #11
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I used Macrium just tonight to restore an image of me Windows 7 drive in a 2-drive system, I'm on it now. the restore was lengthy though, it took 4 minutes, 18 seconds. working like a charm.

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19 Apr 2013   #12

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If you image then everything is backed up. I guess you are talking about the file and folder backup. That is intended for user data. I guess that NTUSER.DAT is considered system.
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19 Apr 2013   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you image then everything is backed up. I guess you are talking about the file and folder backup. That is intended for user data. I guess that NTUSER.DAT is considered system.

Yes. File and folder backup. I personally consider any backup tool that does not clone all files, "system" or user data, together with all file attributes, to be broken. It did backup plenty of other "system" files, including what looks like old versions of NTUSER.DAT, but just not that file itself.
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19 Apr 2013   #14

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The only time I used an image was several years ago when I was still using Norton Ghost. It worked just fine.

I'm using the Pro version of Macrium Reflect now. I haven't had to do a restore although I did do a test restore form one HDD to another to make sure the recovery disk I burned would work and I could figure out how to use it (it did and I did). I make only full images of my C:/ drive on onto 160GB HDDs.

I got the Pro version of Macrium Reflect so I could make incremental backups (faster than full images) on my notebook before I built my desktop but, once I get ambitious and restore the 500GB HDD on my notebook back to factory condition, shrink the C:/ partition down to about 100GB or so, and create a data partition, I won't need to make any more incremental backups. Since I'm using 500GB HDDs to put the backups on, a full image of the hidden partitions and the C:/ and D:/ partitions won't take very long and I'll have plenty of room on the backup HDDs to keep several of them. The only data that will be permanently kept on the data partition will be duplicates of what's on my desktop machine (music and books mostly), which is already backed up to the nth degree, so won't need to be backed up on the notebook. Anything I do put on the machine while on a trip (photos, mostly) can be temporarily backed up to an HDD I take with me, a 32GB SD card I keep in my purse, and to my Amazon Cloud Drive until I get home and can transfer the data to my desktop.
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19 Apr 2013   #15

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I used Macrium just tonight to restore an image of me Windows 7 drive in a 2-drive system, I'm on it now. the restore was lengthy though, it took 4 minutes, 18 seconds. working like a charm.
Dang! You could die of old age waiting that long for a restore.
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19 Apr 2013   #16

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I currently use Macrium Reflect and have been for the past year or so, it's excellent!! I was interested if the local backup feature was any better. Oh well, good to know I'm using a very good backup/restore software.

Thank you all
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19 Apr 2013   #17

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netadict View Post
I currently use Macrium Reflect and have been for the past year or so, it's excellent!! I was interested if the local backup feature was any better. Oh well, good to know I'm using a very good backup/restore software.

Thank you all
Like I always say sometimes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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19 Apr 2013   #18
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I used Macrium just tonight to restore an image of me Windows 7 drive in a 2-drive system, I'm on it now. the restore was lengthy though, it took 4 minutes, 18 seconds. working like a charm.
Dang! You could die of old age waiting that long for a restore.
At my age yeah it's possible.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netadict View Post
I currently use Macrium Reflect and have been for the past year or so, it's excellent!! I was interested if the local backup feature was any better. Oh well, good to know I'm using a very good backup/restore software.

Thank you all
Keep on keepin' on mate!
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19 Apr 2013   #19

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

Macrium Reflect is my choice also. I have done several restores with it. No problems at all.
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19 Apr 2013   #20

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I usually image my C drive and not the system reserved D partition. Is it a good idea to image ( and later restore when needed) the D partition?
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