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Windows 7: What is the easiest "non geek" backup program for Wins 7-64? **HELP**

04 Apr 2014   #11
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for your concern and I will do so if anything comes up.......


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04 Apr 2014   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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De nada.

Hablas Espa~ol.....
Un poquito, just enough to get me into trouble.
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04 Apr 2014   #13
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

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De nada.

Hablas Espa~ol.....
Un poquito, just enough to get me into trouble.
That's wonderful.... the more languages we know the more access we have to different cultures and so many other things. It's good to know that many of us have that advantage of speaking other languages and having access to all that the world has to offer is great.
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04 Apr 2014   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Macrium will backup EVERYTHING on the partitions you include--you can control what partitions.

Is your data on the same partition as Windows? Most people are set up that way. If Windows and data are both on the C partition, then your data will be backed up along with Windows when you make an image of C.

BUT, I'd advise you to additionally make a separate backup of your data ONLY with a regular file by file backup program, not an imaging program. Why? Because your data is probably much more important to you than Windows itself. You can always reinstall Windows, but your data may be irreplaceable. Secondly, imaging isn't quite perfected and can fail, so I wouldn't want to rely on it completely for data backup.

There are numerous file by file backup programs suitable for data backup, many of them free. I use FreeFileSync, but they all work roughly the same way.

When using Macrium, you will be asked to make a "recovery" disk of some type that you will need to boot your PC from if you have to "restore" the image file. It's absolutely critical that you confirm that this recovery disk will in fact boot your PC. You confirm it by practicing the recovery procedure. Either the PC will boot from the disk or it won't.

Store the Macrium image files on a physically separate hard disk than Windows is installed on if at all possible. You could store the images on another partition on the same hard disk, but that's taking a significant risk--if the drive fails completely, you wouldn't be able to restore.

If you have a "system reserved" partition (most people do), you need to make an image of it--either separately or as part of the same image file that contains the C partition.
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04 Apr 2014   #15
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Hello...

Thanks for the suggestions which are appreciated. I will be using Macrium and doing full backup files. I understand that it's the least confusing and more secure way of creating a backup. I will be using an external hard drive so all should be good. I will also make a backup of my photos, videos, music and all my personal files.
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04 Apr 2014   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Free Macrium makes images of whole partitions. So if your photos, etc. are on the C partition, then they will automatically be backed up. If they are on another partition, you can image that partition too.

When you image the C partition, you should also imege the 100MB system partition that contains the bootmgr. Check in disk management whether you have that 100MB partition.
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04 Apr 2014   #17
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Free Macrium makes images of whole partitions. So if your photos, etc. are on the C partition, then they will automatically be backed up. If they are on another partition, you can image that partition too.

When you image the C partition, you should also imege the 100MB system partition that contains the bootmgr. Check in disk management whether you have that 100MB partition.
Thanks for the info.....
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04 Apr 2014   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Macrium will backup EVERYTHING on the partitions you include--you can control what partitions.

Is your data on the same partition as Windows? Most people are set up that way. If Windows and data are both on the C partition, then your data will be backed up along with Windows when you make an image of C.

BUT, I'd advise you to additionally make a separate backup of your data ONLY with a regular file by file backup program, not an imaging program. Why? Because your data is probably much more important to you than Windows itself. You can always reinstall Windows, but your data may be irreplaceable. Secondly, imaging isn't quite perfected and can fail, so I wouldn't want to rely on it completely for data backup.

There are numerous file by file backup programs suitable for data backup, many of them free. I use FreeFileSync, but they all work roughly the same way.

When using Macrium, you will be asked to make a "recovery" disk of some type that you will need to boot your PC from if you have to "restore" the image file. It's absolutely critical that you confirm that this recovery disk will in fact boot your PC. You confirm it by practicing the recovery procedure. Either the PC will boot from the disk or it won't.

Store the Macrium image files on a physically separate hard disk than Windows is installed on if at all possible. You could store the images on another partition on the same hard disk, but that's taking a significant risk--if the drive fails completely, you wouldn't be able to restore.

If you have a "system reserved" partition (most people do), you need to make an image of it--either separately or as part of the same image file that contains the C partition.
I also use FreeFileSync to back up my data along with Macrium Reflect to backup my OS/Programs but the OP specifically asked for the "easiest non-geek" way to make backups and imaging alone meets that requirement. Sticking with one procedure dramatically simplifies backups.

As far as the reliablility of imaging goes, Macrium Reflect has a provision to automatically verify an image immediately after creating the image. I always allow Reflect to verify my images and have only had one fail to verify; I simply ran another image and it verified. I've never had an image fail to restore.
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04 Apr 2014   #19
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

GREAT Jeannie...

I will stick with the imaging procedure using Macrium Reflect. It seems like the best choice and I will have to just follow one procedure. I can now rest and be assured that my PC OS and personal files are "backed-up.
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04 Apr 2014   #20
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Thank you and I will take you up on that if I get into any problems.... You help is much obliged...
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