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Windows 7: Is creating a system backup worthwhile and if so what's the best way

11 May 2013   #1
foxint

Wind 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Is creating a system backup worthwhile and if so what's the best way

Hi

have been advised to this but not sure where to start....


I have 3PCís, 1 external HDD-box and a NAS: all have similar configurations 2 HDD in Raid 1. So I need some advice on software and how/what/where to put the backup discs. D-PC 2 x 500GB HDD; F-PC 2 x 225BG SSD; T-PC 2 x 1TB HDD; External box 2 x1TB HDD; and NAS 2 x 1 TB HDD.

Dan


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11 May 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Try Macrium Reflect - follow the tutorial

Imaging with free Macrium
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11 May 2013   #3
foxint

Wind 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

All very interesting.

I did not understand the warning. Plus it seems the back-up goes to another part of the HDD. But my SSDís are almost full and what happens if the HDD breaks.

It was very confusing. Anything simpler?? Can I get a back-up on another HDD? This is what I thought was back-up. How do you back up to the same HDD, especially if there is no space???

Again anything simpler and easier to understand
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11 May 2013   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Purchase separate external USB HDD's - image to these external HDD's.

The warning means that if you image to a USB3 HDD, and you then need to restore from it, plug it into a USB2.0 port on the computer when doing that.
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11 May 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Look at this post too, may be some clarifications. Image your system with free Macrium
You always want to store a backup image to some external drive. Or two.
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12 May 2013   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Backing up to same drive can be done, just not to the same partition being imaged. The problem is, if that drive fails, you lose your backups, as well.

I always back up to a different drive, and then periodically, migrate those backups to an external drive.

With MR, the backups only take a few minutes, and they can prevent HOURS of work needed to restore a working version of the OS.
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12 May 2013   #7
foxint

Wind 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hi

Thanks. I read about MR and got confused about images and ISO and boot disc etc.

I am happy with backing up one box to an external HDD (I am good with that), just want it to happen at 3am. Then when I restore.... that scares the bee-jeusus out of me.... I would like to take the backed up drive (everything from the failed drive) and just put it in the box and there you go.....

By the way ALL my drives are the same Seagate Barracuda, except the 2 SSD's that are OWC Extreme.

I will tell the truth - I have never backed up... well I have done it once and then I did not understand....

I would like an exact copy that I can just put in a PC and run with....????
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12 May 2013   #8
WinterBlue

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you wish to backup your system via CD's, please watch this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma6Dt8ofQl0
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12 May 2013   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s a piece of cake to use windows built in imaging, just make sure you have a Windows 7 install disc, or make yourself a system repair disc.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create
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12 May 2013   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foxint View Post
All very interesting.

I did not understand the warning. Plus it seems the back-up goes to another part of the HDD. But my SSD’s are almost full and what happens if the HDD breaks.

It was very confusing. Anything simpler?? Can I get a back-up on another HDD? This is what I thought was back-up. How do you back up to the same HDD, especially if there is no space???

Again anything simpler and easier to understand
If I understand the warning you are talking about it refers to a linux recovery disc. A pe recover disk will not have the USB3 problems. You may need to manually load the USB3 drivers - we can help here if you have problems. Note WHS provides a link in his tutorial for a pe disc download.

I would say Macrium is as "simple" as you are likely to get. It may be a case of a bit of perseverance since I suppose imaging may be a bit daunting at first.
I would absolutely endorse the earlier comment that recommends using an external HDD. I'd make sure it's USB3 which is backward compatible with USB2.

I also use Windows inbuilt imaging but some members don't care for it.
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