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Windows 7: Backup User and System Files


20 Nov 2008   #89
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Backup User and System Files

How to Back Up User and System Files in Windows 7

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20 Dec 2009   #90
korben

 
 

I did as suggested.
Nothing, literally nothing's changed.
In order to save new settings, i.e. no scheduled backups I'm required to run the backup first.
strange settings those are must say I
oh well, i guess I need to run it at least once.

do you think some backups have alreay been created auto before and if so where can I find them?


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20 Dec 2009   #91
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Korben,

As in this post above, what do you see as soon as you open Backup and Restore in the Control Panel??
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21 Dec 2009   #92
korben

 
 

I saw this ^

The settings were as of the original system install date. I couldn't change them using the batch file as had been suggested. I ran the backup, chose only one folder, lasted quite long in my opinion, but thanks to this I no longer have 'run every sunday' option checked.
I think I followed every suggestion from A-B but that's the only thing that worked for my system and now the issue with returnil's VG is gone.

Thank you very much, Brink, for your time and valuable information
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21 Dec 2009   #93
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Korben,

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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22 Dec 2009   #94
MNcamper

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

The Backup Utility in Windows 7 seems to assume that I want to backup my OS partition (C: drive) and the only option I see is for WHERE I want the backup file to be stored. My system has two separate HDDs, one for the OS and one for my data files. How do I tell the Windows 7 Backup Utility that I want to back up my data (D drive?

I have used the Backup Utility extensively in XP and NT operating systems and these seem much more versatile it that there were options to select WHAT drives, folders, and files to back up and WHERE to save (and what to name) the backup.

I have also used third-party tools like Ghost and PING. Do I need something similar to get a complete backup solution for my Windows 7 environment?


This seems like a very basic function and I can't see how I am missing how to do it.
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22 Dec 2009   #95
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello MNcamper, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but you cannot save a backup to a location that is included in a backup. Because of this, it will not allow you to include your D: drive in the backup since it's the only available location that the backup can be saved to. You would need to create another partition, or add another hard drive, to have the backup be saved to first before you can add the D: drive to the backup.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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22 Dec 2009   #96
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need a 3rd party app if you want a Browse and Select function - so you can choose any partition(s) to backup , where to store the image, and where to restore it to.

Here are a couple of great free ones - partition/disk imaging only , the free ones do not include separate file/folder backup:

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition - Overview

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MNcamper View Post
The Backup Utility in Windows 7 seems to assume that I want to backup my OS partition (C: drive) and the only option I see is for WHERE I want the backup file to be stored. My system has two separate HDDs, one for the OS and one for my data files. How do I tell the Windows 7 Backup Utility that I want to back up my data (D drive?

I have used the Backup Utility extensively in XP and NT operating systems and these seem much more versatile it that there were options to select WHAT drives, folders, and files to back up and WHERE to save (and what to name) the backup.

I have also used third-party tools like Ghost and PING. Do I need something similar to get a complete backup solution for my Windows 7 environment?


This seems like a very basic function and I can't see how I am missing how to do it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #97
MNcamper

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

"...Sorry, but you cannot save a backup to a location that is included in a backup."

I would not be trying to save a backup of D: to D:.
I would save the backup of D: to C:
Then if something happens to one of my physical drives, there is a backup copy on the other drive.
Seems like a logical thing to do...how do I do it?
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22 Dec 2009   #98
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but you also cannot save a backup to the C: drive or System Reserved partition as well since they are automatically included in the backup by default and cannot be changed. You would need to use a 3rd party program like SIW2 posted above to be able to do this.
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22 Dec 2009   #99
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I just did it - used Windows Sys Image to backup a single partition of my choosing.

I made a .vhd backup image only of E (not a system or boot partition) and stored it on G.

Like this: Open an elevated cmd, type:

D:\windows\system32>WBADMIN START BACKUP -BACKUPTARGET:G: -INCLUDE:E: -QUIET

wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool

Retrieving volume information...
This will back up volume 32 Local Disk(E:) to G:.
The backup operation to G: is starting.
Creating a shadow copy of the volumes specified for backup...
Creating a shadow copy of the volumes specified for backup...
Creating a backup of volume 32 Local Disk(E:), copied (1%).
...
Creating a backup of volume 32 Local Disk(E:), copied (98%).
The backup of volume 32 Local Disk(E:) successfully completed.

Source partition was 11.7 gb used space - image took 9 mins to make and was 6.23gb.

[ I made an .arc image of the same source to the same target using Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition - it took 7.45 min , image size 4.98gb.]

I assume if the command is repeated - the next image will be an increment. You could probably set it up in Task scheduler.

Restore needs to be done by booting to WinRe as usual - and will restore to the exact same offset. You can't (as far as I know,) restore anywhere else.

It's not exactly convenient. Much better to use a 3rd party app. , which will also restore to a location of your choice.

NB: Windows Sys image is quicker than Disk2vhd or other 3rd party apps. for creating microsoft .vhd's - and has some compression - so it's handy for that - but not great as an image/ restore program, sadly.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MNcamper View Post
"...Sorry, but you cannot save a backup to a location that is included in a backup."

I would not be trying to save a backup of D: to D:.
I would save the backup of D: to C:
Then if something happens to one of my physical drives, there is a backup copy on the other drive.
Seems like a logical thing to do...how do I do it?
Try this:

C:\windows\system32>WBADMIN START BACKUP -BACKUPTARGET:C: -INCLUDE:D: -QUIET
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