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Windows 7: Windows 7 Ultimate Backup

01 Feb 2010   #1
b00st3d

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Windows 7 Ultimate Backup

So i have my backups scheduled to run every week. They do run, however, the problem I am having is that after 2 or 3 runs of the backup, my 500gb external drive is full. My system drive is a 250gb drive with about 180gbs used. My backups are only set to backup user folders and it does not create drive images. I dont change a lot of things in between backups, so I am trying to figure out why it seems like it does full backups each time. I thought the backups were block level incremental? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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01 Feb 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How big are your user folders that you are backing up?
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01 Feb 2010   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by b00st3d View Post
So i have my backups scheduled to run every week. They do run, however, the problem I am having is that after 2 or 3 runs of the backup, my 500gb external drive is full. My system drive is a 250gb drive with about 180gbs used. My backups are only set to backup user folders and it does not create drive images. I dont change a lot of things in between backups, so I am trying to figure out why it seems like it does full backups each time. I thought the backups were block level incremental? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hi and welcome

Are you using the built in backup and restore? I seem to remember some one sayinf even if you selected user folders that it still backs up the entiere drive. What is the size of the backup? about the same size as the OS partition?

Ken
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01 Feb 2010   #4
b00st3d

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

i have 2 user folders, one is 92gbs and the other is 23gbs. My OS partition is 232gbs. Somehow my first backup was 220gbs, even though my total user folders is only 115gbs.

Here is a screen cap of my settings:


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01 Feb 2010   #5
b00st3d

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

apparently, after skimming through this thread: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...2-41edaed1e2f9, this is a common issue and MS is working on it...

if anyone has suggestions as to other backup software, id be willing to give it a try. i was thinking about using a online backup service like mozy or carbonite, but i have been reading too many horror stories about both.
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01 Feb 2010   #6
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by b00st3d View Post
apparently, after skimming through this thread: Windows7 Backup not doing incremental, this is a common issue and MS is working on it...

if anyone has suggestions as to other backup software, id be willing to give it a try. i was thinking about using a online backup service like mozy or carbonite, but i have been reading too many horror stories about both.
I love Bart backup and sync tool fully configurable and you can set safe modes to not delete and only replace anything that's changed etc .....
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01 Feb 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What type of backup do you want? For me, I keep everything on a server. And my server has 2 drives, which I sync together every few hours using robocopy at the command line in a batch file.

Then every week or so, I plug in an external drive and run robocopy and sync the data on my hard drive with my external drive. In addition, I have another external drive that I sync up as well and keep off site in case of robbery or theft.

For my OS on my workstation, I like to run Acronis True Image and just image my C drive onto my D drive right after install and then every now and again so that I can get back to where I was pretty easily. Mind you this is mostly just applications and patches...as all of my data is stored on my external USB drives.
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16 May 2010   #8
dadepfan

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) (build 7600)
 
 

Anyone know how to backup Windows 7 to a Linux server with Ext3 file system (Samba share)??
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