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Windows 7: Backing up

25 Jan 2011   #1
jessejw

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Backing up

Hello, I was wondering what you use to backup your files! I am thinking of backing up and doing a fresh install soon just in-case something happens. Last time my hard drive crashed I lost everything and was really mad about it. I had nothing backed up .




Also how big of a external should i get to back up computers in the house or a better way to backup files?


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25 Jan 2011   #2
jonniehack

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Pretty difficult question to answer to be honest.

I simply use a 1TB HDD, and CTRL-C (copy) then CTRL-V (paste) to back up my stuff.

Its all relevant to what you have to actually back up

A good program to use is something like allwaysync. Its FREE! Buy yourself a external HDD then set up a sync between your PC and the HDD, it'll be lengthy the first time you do it but will only sync changed/new files so each time thereafter will take much less time.

Dedicated backup programs like norton backup or Nero back up, in my opinion, arent worth your HDD space or PC resources.

EDIT: Sorry for male chauvinist comment (thats how we do things here) but if thats you in that sig pic....then... daaaaaaaaaaaang.
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25 Jan 2011   #3
jessejw

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonniehack View Post
Pretty difficult question to answer to be honest.

I simply use a 1TB HDD, and CTRL-C (copy) then CTRL-V (paste) to back up my stuff.

Its all relevant to what you have to actually back up

A good program to use is something like allwaysync. Its FREE! Buy yourself a external HDD then set up a sync between your PC and the HDD, it'll be lengthy the first time you do it but will only sync changed/new files so each time thereafter will take much less time.

Dedicated backup programs like norton backup or Nero back up, in my opinion, arent worth your HDD space or PC resources.

EDIT: Sorry for male chauvinist comment (thats how we do things here) but if thats you in that sig pic....then... daaaaaaaaaaaang.
Thanks for the information How much do you think a 2-3TB HDD would be. I have to back up about 4-5 PC's. I have lots of Video and pictures so it takes up a good amount of space.

EDIT: I did not see your edit but that is not me its just a pic I used for the sig
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25 Jan 2011   #4
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

a 2tb internal drive will run you $70-$150. External your looking at like $135-$200.


Instead of copy pasting you may want to look into a program for backing up such as SyncBack. Its free for personal use i believe.

Or you can go to online backups using a site like Mozy, or Carbonite. Most of these online backup sites charge $30-$50 a month for unlimited space to backup to. It can also be a good idea because your data is off-site. If you have a house fire or something else disastrous your data will still be available.
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25 Jan 2011   #5
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

I use a 1TB drive and SyncToy.
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25 Jan 2011   #6
jessejw

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lunarpancake View Post
a 2tb internal drive will run you $70-$150. External your looking at like $135-$200.


Instead of copy pasting you may want to look into a program for backing up such as SyncBack. Its free for personal use i believe.

Or you can go to online backups using a site like Mozy, or Carbonite. Most of these online backup sites charge $30-$50 a month for unlimited space to backup to. It can also be a good idea because your data is off-site. If you have a house fire or something else disastrous your data will still be available.
Thanks for the information. I would rather have the information on a external HDD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
I use a 1TB drive and SyncToy.
I heard of SyncToy I am going to look into that.
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25 Jan 2011   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use an external hard drive and robocopy to backup my actual files. Then I use Acronis to image my machine. I run the data backups more often and keep them on 2 different external hard drives which I keep offsite in case my house is robbed or burns down.
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25 Jan 2011   #8
jessejw

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I use an external hard drive and robocopy to backup my actual files. Then I use Acronis to image my machine. I run the data backups more often and keep them on 2 different external hard drives which I keep offsite in case my house is robbed or burns down.
When I get my external I'm going to back all the computers up, do a fresh install on this one, stick the external in my Safe it is one of the fire ones so it should be OK if something bad does happen or someone tries to steal it.
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25 Jan 2011   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If you aren't already aware there a 2 very different types of "backup"
(1) Imaging - takes a snapshot of your disk partitions and you can store them on your external HDD. If your internal HDD software goes crazy or needs replacing, just replace the image (snapshot) and the whole thing, operating system, programs data, the works.
(2) File/folder backup. Just keeps backups of your personal files and folders which can change daily.

For (1) try the windows inbuilt imaging and the free Macrium Reflect image. Try 2 for safety if one lets you down. You may get to prefer one over the other.
For (2) if you want to run just basic type backups I'd just try the windows inbuilt file/folder backup and see if it meets your needs.
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26 Jan 2011   #10
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lunarpancake View Post
a 2tb internal drive will run you $70-$150. External your looking at like $135-$200.


Instead of copy pasting you may want to look into a program for backing up such as SyncBack. Its free for personal use i believe.

Or you can go to online backups using a site like Mozy, or Carbonite. Most of these online backup sites charge $30-$50 a month for unlimited space to backup to. It can also be a good idea because your data is off-site. If you have a house fire or something else disastrous your data will still be available.
Hi there
ONLINE backups aren't of much use for HOME users genrally since the speeds at which most ISP's allow UPLOADS is often fairly limited even though DOWNLOAD speed is fine.

Also a lot of ISP's CAP bandwidth so having sevral hundred GB backed up online will cost you an arm and a leg both in TIME and MONEY.

You'll be surprised at how much data you have -- even a few photos with the current crop of digital cameras runs up at quite a size and once you start playing around with VIDEO then you really will need LOADS of space.

Cheers
jimbo
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