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Windows 7: Backups

07 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

For several years I have used a Mesh computer with Windows XP.

Softwarewise I have used Office 2003 and Corel Draw 12.

I have always used an Iomega external hard drive for backing things up with the Iomega software backign up every time I saved something.

Recently I moved on to a new computer with Windows 7. I moved the old Iomega drive over and transferred all files from it onto the new internal hard drive.

The old Iomega software which was 32-bit will not load into the new computer so I decided to just use the Windows backup system and do it once a day.

Within the main folder there are several sub-folders with these containing files that been created using either Word or Excel from Office 2003 and Corel Draw 12. (Not mixed in yhe same file) When backed up I find all files fine except the one with the Corel Draw 12 data. That just stores as a series of letters and numbers.

I have also tried backing up to a memory stick and get the same result.

However. I can drag the Corel Draw 12 file into either the Iomege drive or the memory stick and then all is well.

What is wrong or is there a better way of backing things up these days.



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07 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

I use Acronis True Image backup software, rather than the built in Windows 7 backup software. True Image can make a complete backup of the entire hard drive, and what I do when I backup - all partitions. It has other capabilities such as scheduling backups, "try and decide", etc. Most of the clients I support are using Acronis True Image, on my recommendation, and like it.

With Acronis, if the hard drive were to fail or just corrupt, you can restore the hard drive (or install on a new drive) in about an hour and have the system completely restored to the date of the last backup.

Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis
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