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Windows 7: Windows back up

14 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Windows back up

I have decided to use Windows back up as my option for backing up... before i would just create a system image every now and then. I have the back up to save on a partion on my Hard drive.... i was just wondering every back up that windows does do i need to format the partion to get rid of the old one or will windows do it itself?

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14 Dec 2010   #2

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Hope this clarifies things:

If a system image was created through Windows Backup instead with the Include a System Image of Drives box checked, you can set Windows to retain as many system images as it has space for on the backup disk or to only keep the most recent system image. You should always keep the most recent system image

Keeping different versions of system images

If you're saving your system images on an internal or external drive, or on CDs or DVDs, you can keep several versions of system images. On internal and external hard drives, older system images will be deleted when the drive runs out of space. To help conserve disk space, you can manually delete older system images.
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14 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Not really but thanks...

Basically all i want to known is if i have to format the partion before each back up or will windows do that?
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14 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mitch656 View Post
Not really but thanks...

Basically all i want to known is if i have to format the partion before each back up or will windows do that?
No. Why would you and Windows doesn't format either.

It's not clear from your post if you're talking about file/folder backup or imaging. In either case the answer is still no.

I have never had a problem with windows imaging but others have. I recommend you use another imaging software as well for security (Macrium Reflect free).
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