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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

18 Feb 2012   #490
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lizlio View Post
I've read the tutorial on Back up and totally confused and have also skimmed through posts which have not helped me.

I back up on an external hard drive ((Hitachi 250 gb). I only wish to back up new documents and images.

In xp I backed up without a problem, choosing only new files to back up. With W7 (Home Premium) I notice the back up does everything.

I do not wish to back up entire content once/ week.

I do not wish to use the Control Panel back up option. I prefer copies on an external hard drive.

Somewhere I read backing up only new files is possible only on DVD etc. (For me that is a lot of DVD's).This may have been a google search, sorry can't remember.

I thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
I think you would be better off it you made a full copy of your folders to your Hitachi and then you sync the folders on the system with the Hitachi folders. That way you will always create the same status on both ends. Added files will be added on the Hitachi and deleted files will be deleted on the Hitachi.

A sync program I like because it is easy to use is AllwaySync - but there are many other options.



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19 Feb 2012   #491
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Differential and/or Incremental Images

If you don't want to create "full" backup images, you need to use a program that lets you create:
  • Differential images.
  • Incremental images.
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20 Feb 2012   #492
Hogtowner

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hey Lizlio,

I use a networked array to back up an extensive media collection. After looking at several alternatives, I ended up going old school and now use a batch file which consists of several calls to ROBOCOPY, a utility that ships with all flavors of Windows.

If you are comfortable with this type of thing, you can open up a cmd window, type robocopy /? to get the bells and whistles. As an example:

ROBOCOPY D:\VIDEO F:\VIDEO /S /PURGE /R:3 /W:3 /NP /LOG:F:\BACKUP.LOG

is what I use to back up one directory. The handy /PURGE switch removes any files from your backup that are no longer in the original directory (handy should you upgrade to higher resolution or just change the name of a file). The procedure will also check to see if any files have been changed, and either keep both original and changed files, or only the changed files (with the \PURGE switch).

If you are comfortable with the task scheduler, this process can easily be automated, but that's another topic.
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26 Feb 2012   #493
LM2008

Windows 10 Home 64b
 
 

Is there a way to force create a system image to a USB flash drive?
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26 Feb 2012   #494
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes that is possible if the stick is large enough for the image. Just tested that with free Macrium and it worked. To be on the safe side, figure that you need about 60% of the data you image for space. So if your system is e.g. 20GB, you will need 12GB on the stick.
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26 Feb 2012   #495
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LM2008 View Post
Is there a way to force create a system image to a USB flash drive?
Most USB Flash drives I have tested have extremely slow write speeds. Run a speed test on one. They are not an SSD.
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26 Feb 2012   #496
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LM2008 View Post
Is there a way to force create a system image to a USB flash drive?
Most USB Flash drives I have tested have extremely slow write speeds. Run a speed test on one. They are not an SSD.
On average the sticks can do 12 to 16MB/sec. But I have one 32GB stick that can do 29GB/sec. That compares to appr. 60GB/sec for an average HDD.

Not too bad if you want to just make one initial image. Making a USB installation stick would not be any faster.
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26 Feb 2012   #497
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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26 Feb 2012   #498
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This looks slow. Although it is hard to compare because I use HD Tune and they all measure differently.
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10 Mar 2012   #499
LM2008

Windows 10 Home 64b
 
 

I was thinking to recommend her the Patriot Xporter Boost 32 GB USB 2.0 (aprox. 12 MB/s write and 20 MB/s read). I have the 8 GB and is really faster than normal pen drives and cheaper than a portable HD which i know is better, but she want a cheapo way of backing up.

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