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Windows 7: Win 7 System Images - incremental or not?

20 Mar 2011   #11
larrymcg

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

After re-reading the tutorials:

If a backup schedule is turned ON, Backup will allocate up to 30% of the HDD free space for system images. There is conflicting info about whether it is 30% of the free space or 30% of the drive. But the tutorial clearly states free space. ( Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups )

If a backup schedule is turned OFF, only one system image is kept.

--Larry


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11 May 2011   #12
hw360

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This WiKi page says Win7 can do "full system incremental backups" several times. I guess it's wrong?
Backup and Restore Center - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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11 May 2011   #13
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes it is wrong. The image backup is not incremental but the File and folder backup is.
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11 May 2011   #14
hw360

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks kado897 for clarifying. I tried several times in Win7 System Backup and could not find a way to do incremental image backup.
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11 May 2011   #15
kado897

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You are welcome hw360 and welcome to seven forums.
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11 May 2011   #16
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you elect to make backup images on a schedule - then you can choose to Let Windows Manage space used, or keep only the latest image.

If you choose the first option - you will be able to select various dates to restore the image from - subject to the maximum allocated space ( 30% of the backup drive by default )

They will be incremental.

Exceeding the allocated space means older images should be deleted - or you can increase the allocated space - up to you.

If you have no need for vhd format backup images - you would be better using another app. - there are some great free ones - Macrium and Paragon free versions are very popular.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Hope it helps
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11 May 2011   #17
hw360

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just tried it again on Microsoft Virtual PC.
C: Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, 9GB.
E: Empty 100GB.

In Backup and Restore, I set:
Backup Destination E:
What do you want to back up? Let Windows choose (Backup Summary: All users, System Image)

I click 'Back up now' button.
After awhile, backup finished. I click 'Back up now' button, again.
Windows 7 deleted the first image backup in WindowsImageBackup, and created a brand new one.

So I concluded that Windows 7 CANNOT do a incremental image backup. Right?
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11 May 2011   #18
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I have no idea what effect running it in a vm would have - I am not using windows system image myself right now due to it's other obvious limitations.

Was there any difference between the two, e.g. removing some files, then adding some different ones - before making the second image?

Did you boot to system recovery options and see what windows sys img restore offered?

Did it offer 1 or 2 choices of image to restore ?

Did you check system protection was set for ON for that drive - did you also check to how much of that was used ( Current Usage ) after making the second image?
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11 May 2011   #19
larrymcg

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It is important to note that if there is no schedule specified for the backups, then only one image is kept no matter what the space situation is. If the backups have a schedule, then more than one image will be kept subject to the max 30% usage rule.
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11 May 2011   #20
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Absolutely right, Larry - says so right there in my previous post.

Quote:
If you elect to make backup images on a schedule
Wasn't clear to me what happens if you have:

a) Elected to do the schedule and let windows manage

then

b) Create a manual one anyway.
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