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Windows 7: Backup Partition

25 Nov 2009   #11
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I rethought the answer to your previous question, and the answer is both yes and no. I defragged the OS partition, but not the partitions containing my personal files. This is another reason for me to eliminate them from the backup. I would prefer to back them up individually anyway.


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25 Nov 2009   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Another thought just occurred to me...is it possible to burn the backup files to a DVD, so that a backup would be possible if the OS wasn't bootable?
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26 Nov 2009   #13
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes and No. You can burn them to a DVD, but it has no advantages over a hard drive. They can't be booted from- they both need a program to restore them.
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26 Nov 2009   #14
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I made a System Repair disk last night, and I noticed that it said that it could be used to restore a computer from a system image. I have never used this, but it sounds as though it has the ability to access the backup files, but I don't know if it could access either a harddrive or a DVD?
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26 Nov 2009   #15
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

A system image is an exact "image" of your hard drive. It includes system files, personal files, and settings. If you completely mess up your computer to the point where it's not bootable, you can restore the system image using the repair disc.
Now, I am getting confused as to what you are trying to do. I am happy to answer any questions, but exactly what are you having trouble with?
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26 Nov 2009   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

My questions remains the same as it has been from the first...how to get the backup system to work? Obviously, the aspects of my quest have evolved with the phase that I confront. It makes no sense to me to post a series of related questions, when a single thread can deal with them all, and in a sequence that I can understand.

As to your last response, it didn't answer my question, because I know what the purpose of image files are, but I don't yet know how to use this system in the fashion that it was designed. With TI, I'm accustomed to being able to burn the .tib files to a DVD and using them via the TI CD to restore an otherwise inoperable system. I cited what little info I read on the system repair disk wizard, and asked for confirmation of whether I had the choice of being able to use that repair disk to access image files either on a DVD or harddrive? If only the latter, that has an effect on how the system must be dealt with, and how reliably it can deal with a situation.
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26 Nov 2009   #17
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You should be able to specify where to store the backup, whether it be a hard drive or DVD.
And I am happy to answer any questions.
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26 Nov 2009   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm about to throw my hands up and quit, I tried for the third time and failed again. This time I removed the personal folders that were on other partitions/drives, and the backup proceeded twice as far as before when it quit, but that still occupied ~88GBs of the 100GB partition that I had created for the backup. I still don't know how much space that it needs to complete. 88GBs to partially copy a system that is only using ~46GBs on the active partition seems like a lot to me. As I recall, TI .tibs were always slightly smaller than the files that it copied.

BTW, you are correct (I think) because the optical drives do appear in the list of choices for the destination drives, so I guess that the repair disk would be able to see and use a backup on a DVD in another optical drive, but wouldn't know that without trying.
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26 Nov 2009   #19
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Can you try a 1TB external drive connected via USB, and adjust the options so that only the newest image is saved? Then you can use the repair disc or the 100mb partition if you have it as it contains the same files along with Bitlocker support to restore your pc if you have to.
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26 Nov 2009   #20
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Can you try a 1TB external drive connected via USB, and adjust the options so that only the newest image is saved? Then you can use the repair disc or the 100mb partition if you have it as it contains the same files along with Bitlocker support to restore your pc if you have to.
No, I don't have any of those things. I went ahead and ordered a copy of True Image 2010, so I'm going to put this on the backshelf.
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