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Windows 7: is "backup and restore" and "system restore" different,,,

01 Sep 2014   #1
miltk

w7pro/64
 
 
is "backup and restore" and "system restore" different,,,

,,,,different ways that W7 is backing up my files?

what is the proper/best way to use either?

thx


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01 Sep 2014   #2
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Backup and Restore backs up by default system files, the registry and documents, pictures, videos, and music. System Restore makes a backup of application files and system files and the registry. A system restore point should be made before installing programs in case anything goes wrong. A backup through backup and restore should be done in a monthly or weekly schedule since a drive can fail at any tine. Backup and Restore needs another drive to backup files to or else you will be filling up your system drive. There are better alternatives for it such as Macrium Reflect, but this is the simplest way of backing up in my opinion.
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01 Sep 2014   #3
miltk

w7pro/64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Backup and Restore backs up by default system files, the registry and documents, pictures, videos, and music. System Restore makes a backup of application files and system files and the registry. A system restore point should be made before installing programs in case anything goes wrong. A backup through backup and restore should be done in a monthly or weekly schedule since a drive can fail at any tine. Backup and Restore needs another drive to backup files to or else you will be filling up your system drive. There are better alternatives for it such as Macrium Reflect, but this is the simplest way of backing up in my opinion.
when i was using xp, go back was my must have program and it was damned powerful. i just performed a system restore as a desperate measure because this browser hijacker, rocket tab, messed up all my browsers after malwarebytes deleted it. system restore worked great.
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01 Sep 2014   #4
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Yup, it is always good to make a restore point before donwloaing any suspicious files.
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01 Sep 2014   #5
miltk

w7pro/64
 
 

when multiple system images are created, does each succeeding image add to the disk space being used?

for instance, let's say there's one system image, and during x amount of time there's been only one file created or something minor. does another system image create a whole new image that takes up an equal amount of space as the first,,,or do succeeding images merely have their own modifications of the first image.

thx
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01 Sep 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miltk View Post
when multiple system images are created, does each succeeding image add to the disk space being used?
Yes. For Windows inbuilt imaging shadow storage is used to store "difference" images. I do not recommend this approach for multiple images. I suggest using one only "Create a system image" and used a renaming scheme as described in the tutorial in the tutorial section of this forum.
A simpler and perhaps better approach is to simply use Macrium Reflect for system images.
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02 Sep 2014   #7
miltk

w7pro/64
 
 

on a fresh w7 (mine was recently purchased) with some small programs(no games, chrome might be the largest program i'll ever install),,,approximately how much disk space do you think will be used on a system image? i mean, w7 creates scheduled images, right - that's a ton of accumulated spaced being used

thx
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02 Sep 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miltk View Post
on a fresh w7 (mine was recently purchased) with some small programs(no games, chrome might be the largest program i'll ever install),,,approximately how much disk space do you think will be used on a system image? i mean, w7 creates scheduled images, right - that's a ton of accumulated spaced being used

thx
I can't speak for Windows backup, but Macrium Reflect images take up between 40 and 50 percent of the occupied space of the partition being imaged. That's with the default compression. I've got 35 GB occupied on C and images of that partition are circa 15 GB. Those are full images, not incrementals. The space required is one of the reasons it's generally a good idea to put Windows/applications on one partition and data on another and image only the former.
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05 Sep 2014   #9
miltk

w7pro/64
 
 

can i delete selected sys images if they accumulate?
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05 Sep 2014   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miltk View Post
can i delete selected sys images if they accumulate?
Yes. I "prune" my collection of system images.
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