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Windows 7: Backup User and System Files


20 Nov 2008   #119
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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19 Dec 2010   #120
bshamilton

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thx! What I figured!

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19 Dec 2010   #121
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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26 Jun 2011   #122
abax2000

w7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Considering that you just want to backup data files, docs, music, photos and .pst files:

is it preferable (more practical) to use Backup facility, or just copy the relevant folders to an external disk?

The Backup will only be usable by another Windows 7 machine for a complete restore, or it can be used in the future as an ordinary folder (i.e. you can open it, see contents, copy/paste selectively etc.)?

Sorry if this has already been answered; kindly point to the right post.
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26 Jun 2011   #123
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Abax,

For just that, yes manually backing them up would be easier and more reliable.
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26 Jun 2011   #124
abax2000

w7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

thnx Brink for answer.
So, in this case what preferable use Backup would have (except system image)?
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26 Jun 2011   #125
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abax2000 View Post
Considering that you just want to backup data files, docs, music, photos and .pst files:

is it preferable (more practical) to use Backup facility, or just copy the relevant folders to an external disk?

The Backup will only be usable by another Windows 7 machine for a complete restore, or it can be used in the future as an ordinary folder (i.e. you can open it, see contents, copy/paste selectively etc.)?

Sorry if this has already been answered; kindly point to the right post.
I always put all my user files into a seperate data partition. Besides other advantages of such a setup, it also is easy to image that partition. I use free Macrium or Wbadmin for that.

I also recommend to enable system restore points for the data partitions. If you happen to loose a file, you can also easily recover it with Shadow Explorer.
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26 Jun 2011   #126
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abax2000 View Post
thnx Brink for answer.
So, in this case what preferable use Backup would have (except system image)?
It could be helpful if you wanted to create a backup of certain files and folders on a regular schedule to always have a updated backup automatically instead of doing it manually.
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17 Nov 2011   #127
rwmol

Windows 7 Home Premiun 64bit
 
 

Hi Shawn,

I'm having dificulty with this.

First let me tell you what I'm trying to do and what I have to do it with.

I have two large hard drives and two DVD writers. One drive I store all my system files and software and the other is strictly for data.

What I want to do is backup my data to a removable DVD-rewriteable disc.

The first thing I did was format the disc. All went well. I set up the backup wizard to backup the data drive and set up the schedule. I then tried to perform the first backup. It started ok, but then told me to insert the DVD-RW in the drive. The disc was already in the drive. The only way I could get it to start was to push the tab "Insert Blank Media". It then started to perform the backup but quit at 67%. It's been backing up now for about 10 min. and shows 70%. What's wrong here?

Also, is there a way to create a shortcut to perform a backup to this disc "on the fly"?

Randy
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17 Nov 2011   #128
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Randy,

To be honest using Windows Backup to a DVD is just not real reliable. Instead, I would recommend to either backup to another HDD/partition, or just manually copy and paste files that you wanted to backup to the DVDs/HDD/partition.
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17 Nov 2011   #129
rwmol

Windows 7 Home Premiun 64bit
 
 

Thanks. It finally completed the backup. I took a look at the files and I guess I completely misunderstood the concept. I thought it would simply write over the existing files in a simple fashion. Not so. It creates a plethora of files I have no idea what they are. You're idea will definitely work. I was looking for something that would be scheduled and simple. Not
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