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Windows 7: Is the built in backup program of any use?


09 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bits
 
 
Is the built in backup program of any use?

I have read in this forum that many people here use third party backup software like Macium Reflect, if so then is Windows 7 built in backup software any good? Can it produce a rescue media that can restore the hard disk if Windows won't start?

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09 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have no use for the Windows 7 backup, but here is a tutorial explaining how it works.
System Image Recovery
The user has no control of what it does and it brings along unneeded file such as the page file.

Macrium is the favored way I think and has never failed me.

Imaging with free Macrium
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09 May 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohab View Post
I have read in this forum that many people here use third party backup software like Macium Reflect, if so then is Windows 7 built in backup software any good? Can it produce a rescue media that can restore the hard disk if Windows won't start?
Any good?

By most accounts it works if you understand its peculiarities and know exactly what it is doing. But if you just dive into it, you might find it confusing and be in for some surprises at exactly the wrong time. Its not particularly intuitive or flexible when compared to competing products.
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10 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I agree with Britton30 that Macrium is the way to go if you need an Image Backup.
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10 May 2014   #5
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohab View Post
... is Windows 7 built in backup software any good? Can it produce a rescue media that can restore the hard disk if Windows won't start?
You create a System Repair Disk in Windows Backup, that is your rescue media. Despite the abuse that is regularly poured on Windows Backup it is in fact perfectly usable and reliable, though third party programs are faster, more flexible and produce smaller backups. The main drawback I find with it is that it can be cumbersome to keep more than one system image on the same backup drive due to the need to rename the previous backup first, and to have to reverse the process in order to restore a backup other than the last one.

For myself I like to have more than one backup system so I do use the built-in system to complement Macium Reflect.
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10 May 2014   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

X4 for Macrium Reflect Free (here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect).
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10 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32 bits
 
 

Thank you all for your insightful answers. Looks like I;m sticking with Macrium's Reflect for the time being.
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