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Windows 7: Problem with backup zip files

02 May 2014   #1
tjeffries

Win 7
 
 
Problem with backup zip files

I have Win 7 set to backup my files every night However, I tried to open one of the zip files (there are a lot of them) and got the message "Error in packed file E:\TOM-WIN7DESKTOP\Backup Set......" (I won't bore you with the details). I try that on each file, including the first one, and get the same message.

Backup is set to make copies of my documents rather than the whole space- I thought that would be better. I could eliminate all the files that can't be unzipped and have enough room on the backup disc to do system images.

If I remember correctly, this used to work- I could unzip the backup files. Suggestions?


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02 May 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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If I was backing up my personal files, I'd probably try to avoid anything that might complicate accessing the backed up files----such as zip files or imaging technology. Instead, I'd just make ordinary copies that can be as easily accessed as the original versions.

I have no idea if Windows Backup forces you into zip files. If it does, that would be enough reason for me not to use it. Hard drive space is cheap and you may not save a lot of space by zipping anyway.
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02 May 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Does that happen after you reimported them or when you are accessing the backup folder directly. One reason could be because backup compresses them.
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02 May 2014   #4
tjeffries

Win 7
 
 

I was accessing the backup files directly on their hard drive. I may move to doing a disk image rather than zip files. Are there good backup programs out there? There have to be programs better than Microsoft puts out!
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02 May 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you just want to backup some user files/folders, then copy/paste is the best technique. There you know what you are doing.

If you want to backup whole partitions, data or system, then free Macrium is the best program.

Imaging with free Macrium
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02 May 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjeffries View Post
I was accessing the backup files directly on their hard drive. I may move to doing a disk image rather than zip files. Are there good backup programs out there? There have to be programs better than Microsoft puts out!
There are a number of them.

Ask yourself: what do I want to back up?

"Windows" only?

Whatever is on the C partition only?

Personal data only?

Each and every thing on each and every partition on each and every hard drive?

The proper tool depends on what you want to do, so tell us.

Are your personal files (mp3s, videos, pictures) on the same partition as Windows on your PC? Or are they kept on a separate partition?
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02 May 2014   #7
tjeffries

Win 7
 
 

Everything is on the same partition- basically the C drive. I want a backup of everything, but the files that change the most frequently are the ones in the \Users directory. My backup drive has enough space to keep a copy of everything, but there's not a lot of extra space. I use cloud backups for the stuff I'm working on, so maybe I should just get Windows to do an image of the hard drive once a month.
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02 May 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjeffries View Post
Everything is on the same partition- basically the C drive. I want a backup of everything, but the files that change the most frequently are the ones in the \Users directory. My backup drive has enough space to keep a copy of everything, but there's not a lot of extra space. I use cloud backups for the stuff I'm working on, so maybe I should just get Windows to do an image of the hard drive once a month.
An image file of the C partition made with Macrium would take up 40 to 50 percent of the occupied space on the C partition. You'd normally keep at least 2 image files, and make a new one every week, month, or quarter.

That image would include both Windows and whatever personal data is on C.

You'd also need to make an image of the small "system reserved" partition if you have one. Most people do.

I wouldn't fully rely on imaging for a backup of my personal data.

You might be a candidate for splitting your primary hard drive into 2 partitions: C for Windows only and D for personal data only. And then back each up separately--Macrium for C and system reserved and another non-imaging program for personal data.

Good luck with the cloud backup. I wouldn't get near it.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management if possible.

What is on your backup drive other than backups? Or is it just quite small compared to C?
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02 May 2014   #9
tjeffries

Win 7
 
 

I'll give Macrium a try- thanks.
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