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Windows 7: How do I test my Paragon back up to make sure its good?


30 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
How do I test my Paragon back up to make sure its good?

Ok I just used Paragon for the first time 7 backed up my OS hdd.

So how do I check if everything backed up ok?


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30 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I just used Paragon for the first time 7 backed up my OS hdd.

So how do I check if everything backed up ok?
There is only one 100% sure way and that is to use the image. Make a system image of your drive. Then just try the Paragon image on your OS. If there is a problem your System Image will be there for you. If it were me, I would make a system image on your HD, make another on an external and take a chance if you are going to have doubts about the usefulness of the image on Paragon.
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30 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I just used Paragon for the first time 7 backed up my OS hdd.

So how do I check if everything backed up ok?
There is only one 100% sure way and that is to use the image. Make a system image of your drive. Then just try the Paragon image on your OS. If there is a problem your System Image will be there for you. If it were me, I would make a system image on your HD, make another on an external and take a chance if you are going to have doubts about the usefulness of the image on Paragon.
Ok so how do I go about making a system image of the paragon files I have?

I have Daemon tools if that helps...

here is what was created:


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30 Jan 2010   #4

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The system image will be the one included with Windows 7. In the event that the Paragon Image does not work, you have the Windows 7, image to fall back on.

Go to back up and restore, and look for create system image in the left column.
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31 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The system image will be the one included with Windows 7. In the event that the Paragon Image does not work, you have the Windows 7, image to fall back on.

Go to back up and restore, and look for create system image in the left column.
So there's no way to virtually test it? I have to run an actual restore?
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28 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 pro
 
 
Testing a back up - try mounting

well its not 100% I guess but what I do is to "mount the archive" (right clicking on the archive name in archive view of paragon) - you can then explore the archive as if it was another drive and this is also a good way to restore individual files from a full system archive. The only issue I have found is that the programme refuses to unmount the drive as it should - claiming that files are in use even when they are not - however a reboot effectively unmounts it so this is not a big issue.

I run a complete new system back up once a month (would be less frequent if i had a bigger external hard drive) and a differentail back up every three days - this takes relatively little time and runs in the background (though I run in the night anyway)

I bless this programme it has saved me from having to deal with two virus attacks - I didnt bother trying to explore the issue - I knew when the attack occured and simply restored the system from a back up rather than spend the usual hours and hours posting on forums to deal with the issue.

Restore on a 1TB system drive is a bit slow - but I simply ran it when I went to bed and the next day I had my system restored excactly as it had been two days before.
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28 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I just used Paragon for the first time 7 backed up my OS hdd.

So how do I check if everything backed up ok?
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I'm using Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 10.1. I recently bought a new hard drive to replace my boot drive. I created an image with PB&R, put the new drive in, booted with the PB&R boot media and restored to the new drive. It worked perfectly.

To feel confident about your own setup I would make a couple of backup/images and confirm that they complete properly. I would also create and boot the CD/DVD media to confirm it can find the backup files. On my system the Paragon boot disk didn't support my usb ports so it couldn't find my external hard drive (I solved the problem by putting the hard drive with the backup image into the case). If you have an extra hard drive you could do an actual restore and confirm it boots.

Hope this helps.
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28 Feb 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Victek,

Would you like to give this a go and let me know how you get on?

You need to rt click and run as admin on the 7clickonme.cmd

Edit: new version http://cid-b0a22789320e3247.skydrive...pecreatorV3.7z
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28 Feb 2010   #9
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have been playing around with a few imaging programs and I also teach a class about imaging at the local computer club. What I do for testing and class demo is to create a small 3GB data partition to where I copy a bunch of random files. Then I take an image of this partition followed by removing some of the data from that partition and a subsequent restore. If the removed data is back, I ( and the students) know that it worked.
This method is expedient and without any risk. It is still not a 100% guarantee that your OS backup is OK, but it proves at least that the process works (including the recovery disk).
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01 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Victek,

Would you like to give this a go and let me know how you get on?

You need to rt click and run as admin on the 7clickonme.cmd

7pecreator.7z - Windows Live
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Hi there. Can you tell me more about this? I downloaded the file, but at the moment can't open it. Is it compressed and does it need a specific tool to decompress it? The title reminds me of BartPE which is a boot disc creation tool based on XP.

Edit: OK, I get that I need to unzip this with 7zip. I'll have a look at it, and thanks for sharing :-)
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