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Windows 7: Win7 Backup Procedures?


15 Oct 2013   #1

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Win7 Backup Procedures?

I'm trying to use the Windows 7 Backup Program and have a couple of questions:

I did a backup of my C-drive to my external harddrive and it backup up ok. But, it did not put the back in a Folder on the E-drive, just put the backup file on the drive under the name of the C-drive. Question, I normally retain 2-3 backups in other backup programs, but don't know if I can backup again with Windows 7 Backup and it will retain the previous one and not overwrite it - so, I can maintain a number of backups?

Second, I tested the Restore File function, but restoring a backed up file to a different folder on the backed up drive, and it put it there but deleted the file from the original location? It there a way to tell it to not delete the previous file when restoring the backup file to a different location?

Thanks for any insights/suggestions.

Gumboman

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15 Oct 2013   #2

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"so, I can maintain a number of backups?"=>yes no problem at all. Just try it.
" but restoring a backed up file to a different folder on the backed up drive, and it put it there but deleted the file from the original location?" => it doesn't delete anything at all! It only supersedes the file if it's already there.
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15 Oct 2013   #3
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Hello Gumboman,

By default, a scheduled Windows Backup is an incremental backup, and is not a new one each time.

If you like, you could use the shortcut from the tutorial below to always create new ones.

Backup - Make a "Create New Backup" Shortcut

For more information about Windows Backup, please read through the tutorial below. Afterwards, please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Backup User and System Files
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15 Oct 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
"so, I can maintain a number of backups?"=>yes no problem at all. Just try it.
" but restoring a backed up file to a different folder on the backed up drive, and it put it there but deleted the file from the original location?" => it doesn't delete anything at all! It only supersedes the file if it's already there.
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After backing up the C-drive, I went in to test the restore feature and had a file in C:\Work, I chose to restore that file from the backup to another folder (C:\CMC) so I could retain the original one in C:\Work. After the restore, I looked in C:\Work and the file was gone. Looked in C:\CMC and the file was there - so, what did I do wrong to have it delete the original file?
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15 Oct 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gumboman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
"so, I can maintain a number of backups?"=>yes no problem at all. Just try it.
" but restoring a backed up file to a different folder on the backed up drive, and it put it there but deleted the file from the original location?" => it doesn't delete anything at all! It only supersedes the file if it's already there.
--------------------------------------------------

After backing up the C-drive, I went in to test the restore feature and had a file in C:\Work, I chose to restore that file from the backup to another folder (C:\CMC) so I could retain the original one in C:\Work. After the restore, I looked in C:\Work and the file was gone. Looked in C:\CMC and the file was there - so, what did I do wrong to have it delete the original file?
Very strange. Can you try it again?
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15 Oct 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

For "restoring" specific files to a different location you try mounting the Backup Image as a VHD, and then extracting the files.
Maybe using this approach will leave the original file in place ???
This tutorial has instructions for mounting the image and extracting files:
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
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16 Oct 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
For "restoring" specific files to a different location you try mounting the Backup Image as a VHD, and then extracting the files.
Maybe using this approach will leave the original file in place ???
This tutorial has instructions for mounting the image and extracting files:
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
He's talking about backup/restore. Not about "system image". No VHD is involved in this process
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16 Oct 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Ah, ... sorry for my misunderstanding
I don't use Win 7 built in utilities for backups and imaging...
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