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Windows 7: Backup User and System Files

08 Nov 2009   #30
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ski,

You would only have one backup at the same location. You would not want to rename or move it. Doing so will make it unrestorable. You can still have multiple incremental backups if each one is saved in a different location.
Would moving the backup to another location temporarily (for archival purposes) and moving it back to the original location prior to restoring work properly? Also, does this apply to system images?


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08 Nov 2009   #31
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hi Polycue,

It's for both backup types. It seems that moving them period makes them unrestorable since Windows 7 cannot find them. It would not be advised. If you do, it would be best to just create new backup instead.
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08 Nov 2009   #32
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

Thanks Shawn,

This means I need a separate partition for each backup that I do not want overwritten by the scheduled backup? Is there no way to assign the backup location to a specific folder?
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08 Nov 2009   #33
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Yeah, unfortunately it only let's you choose what drive letter to backup to and not a folder location.
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08 Nov 2009   #34
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

So, if I change the settings of my scheduled backup to exclude the system image will it erase the existing system image?

Even with 221GB of free space letting windows chose how to manage space it still overwrites the old system image with the new. Is scheduling a daily backup the reason it cannot hold more than one image?
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08 Nov 2009   #35
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Any changes you make will be reflected in the incremental backup. When you restore from the backup, you will have the dated incremental backups to select from to restore with. Think of it being like restore points in System Restore.

If you no longer wanted the backup, then you would still have to manually delete it.
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08 Nov 2009   #36
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

Does the incremental nature of the backup only apply to files and folders as opposed to the system image?
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08 Nov 2009   #37
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

It's for both.
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08 Nov 2009   #38
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

Is there a legal way to test the recovery withought erasing the original installation?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2009   #39
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Sure, you can remove the hard drive Vista is on, and put in a empty hard drive to restore it to test it with.
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