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Windows 7: Backup and restore - incremental?

05 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Backup and restore - incremental?

Does backup and restore do incremental, and can you select to restore from different (older) backups?
Thanks.

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05 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Imacken,

Yes, the backups done in Windows 7 are incremental like they were in Vista. When restoring the backup, you will be able to choose from what dated backup you want to restore to.

Restore Backup User and System Files

and

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn.
Looks good. So, why do I (or anyone else!) need Acronis True Image to do scheduled incremental backups?
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05 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You really don't anymore, but it's just an alternative. Usually 3rd party programs will include more options and features.
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05 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

My advice is to test whatever backup method you choose to make sure it actually, really, really will work to restore when you need it.

Perhaps it was just my hardware but I had trouble and was unable to successfully restore when I tried to restore from a backup made with the native Windows 7 utility. So I went back to using Acronis, which itself is not flawless either, but it seems to work better for me.

So if you do a test restore and can successfully restore with Windows 7's backup app, then there is no reason why you shouldn't use it, if it otherwise meets your needs.
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05 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

OK guys, thanks a lot.
It seems to work for me. I have left it going throughout the day, just backing up outlook and document files manually every few hours. I just tried to restore various files to different locations and all seems to be well.
This is what I use:
a) I have used Acronis 2010 purely for weekly incremental backups to an external drive as I have found all the extras to either not work (like Nonstop backup) or not be needed.
b) I also use Geniesoft's Timeline for continuous backup. Have you guys seen that? It works really well and is the closest thing to Time Machine on OS X that I've seen on Windows.
So, it looks as if I can dump Acronis and use the built in Windows 7 backup for the weekly incremental stuff. (Do you know, even after several years, I didn't even realise that there was that facility in Vista!)
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05 Nov 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Imacken. Just do not try and move the backup from their original location created by Windows 7. Doing so will make the backup about useless to restore from.
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05 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

What failed for me with Windows 7's BU utility was an attempt to do a complete system restore from an external USB drive when I tried to do it booting from the Windows 7 installation disk. It simply could not find the recovery image on the external drive. Never had such problems with Acronis (but I also make clones in addition to images, just in case).

I need to be certain I can recover from a complete failure of my drive or system before I can sleep easily.
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05 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome Imacken. Just do not try and move the backup from their original location created by Windows 7. Doing so will make the backup about useless to restore from.
I presume you mean moving the actual backup encrypted files, not a restore to a different location.
Have you guys tried Timeline?
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05 Nov 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, the backup files from the original saved to location and not where you want to restore to.

No, I haven't tried Timeline before.
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