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Windows 7: Backup User and System Files


20 Nov 2008   #109
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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21 May 2010   #110
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

brink,

im sorry if you answered this already but i had a problem with this backup before and gave up and used macrium. i want to give windows 7 back up another go..

on my secondary hard drive i created a partition thats 30GB, i figured that was enough for me if i only do monthly backups and just delete the old one after a new backup was done. i successful completely a backup and its only 2.11GB in size.

if i had a complete hard drive failure on my primary hard drive that holds my C drive and 100MB of system reserved. will these backups do anything for me. like would i be able to reload windows 7 to the point in which that backup was created on a secondary drive.

if not as i suspect, then whats the point? i see something about a system image? thats probably something i wanna do. i skip that step when i was doing the backup..

looks like i have to create a system image backup, is there no compression to this system image backup, my C drive has about 40GB being used and for the system image backup it needs that amount of space.. i guess its physically copying everything to that image.. how would this ever be put on a CD or DVD then..

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21 May 2010   #111
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Eldinv,

You are correct. You would need to create a system image instead to be able to restore Windows 7 with it to how it was when the image was created. Unfortunately, there is very little compression for the backup system image file.

It could take quite a few DVDs if they were used instead. This would be why using a HDD or another partition would be preferred and more reliable. The system image is a complete copy of the selected drives.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 May 2010   #112
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Eldinv,

You are correct. You would need to create a system image instead to be able to restore Windows 7 with it to how it was when the image was created. Unfortunately, there is very little compression for the backup system image file.

It could take quite a few DVDs if they were used instead. This would be why using a HDD or another partition would be preferred and more reliable. The system image is a complete copy of the selected drives.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Thanks again for the reply, guess i have to stick with macrium... i cant believe the system image file cant be better compressed...such a waste of hard drive space. i can copy the whole c drive including data and the back file is only a fraction of space. i dont know whats going on, what do u suggest.
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21 May 2010   #113
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I would recommend a good free 3rd party HDD image program like Macrium Reflect instead.
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23 Sep 2010   #114
Rathori

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello!
Is there any way to change the default limit of 30% of disk space for backups? I keep my backups on a 1TB hard drive, and definitely don't want them to use over 300 GB.
Also, as I can see, Windows only makes incremental backups for several days, then it creates a new full backup. Is there any way to automatically delete the previous full backup after a new one is made? This would be a better alternative to changing the backup size limit.
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23 Sep 2010   #115
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rathori,

Sorry, but the sizes or how backups are made cannot be changed. You might consider trying the free program Macrium Reflect instead to be able to do this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Sep 2010   #116
Rathori

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for your fast reply!
I'd try the program, just had to make sure this was not possible with built-in B&R utility.
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23 Sep 2010   #117
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No problem, but not that I'm aware of.
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19 Dec 2010   #118
bshamilton

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Good info here! Thanks!
To be sure I'm clear on one of the topics:
I like to regularly back up my photo files to 2 external hdd's. I think I saw that they cannot be done simultaneously? Would it be easier to just do a manual 'Backup Now' for each, as opposed to setting up 2 different backup jobs? Or better yet perhaps, how would you suggest I do it?
Oh, and I don't keep my externals powered on until I want to do a backup.
I've tried one third party backup program - Lacie - hated how it worked and found it easier to just copy the new stuff/changes to my externals.
I hope that makes sense.
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19 Dec 2010   #119
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hamilton,

Since it's only photo files, it may be easier to just copy and paste them to your external drive as a backup. You could add "Copy to Folder" and "Move to Folder" to make doing this easier if you like.

This way you could keep your external HDD's turned off until needed.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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