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Windows 7: Backup & Restore

21 Nov 2010   #1
justinlee

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Backup & Restore

Just bought a 1TB external hard drive for use to back up files and system. Now, i understand Windows 7 backup will not back up Program Files and System files even if they are selected. Am i correct in saying that when i go to 'Let me choose' in the backup if a folder is greyed out it means that Windows will not backup that particular folder it up even if it is selected??


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21 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Back up and restore is for your personal documents
System Image will back up the entire drive
System Restore backs up the entire OS.
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21 Nov 2010   #3
justinlee

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So that means i am right in thinking the greyed out folders cannot be backed up even if checked. Instead that will be done by creating a System Image?
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21 Nov 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Read this, I think it explains, what and how to back up
How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
Backup User and System Files
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21 Nov 2010   #5
justinlee

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Doesn't mention anything about the greyed out boxes. I assume they indicate that they cannot be backed up by checking them? I.e. Program files, system files etc??
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21 Nov 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Whatever is greyed out does not qualify.
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21 Nov 2010   #7
justinlee

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you.
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21 Nov 2010   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

When you are doing a Backup (Files/folders) after "Let me choose" what specifically is grayed out?
Just give a list of some of the grayed out boxes you are referring to.
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21 Nov 2010   #9
justinlee

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Program files, recycle bin, HP folder, system volume information, system.sav etc etc...
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21 Nov 2010   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have a couple of software development, compiler folders under c:\ which I include in my file/folder backup set but never considered it appropriate to even try and backup system stuff (except via imaging).

But these options aren't grayed out for me - now I'm puzzled why they aren't.
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