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Windows 7: Can't Set a Back Up to HARDDRIVE?

15 Apr 2011   #1

windows 7 64bit
Can't Set a Back Up to HARDDRIVE?

I can only do it to a disk

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15 Apr 2011   #2


Do you have a second hard drive? A windows backup needs to be stored on a hard drive or volume other than the drive that is being backed up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You cannot backup to your Windows partition. You can backup to another partition on the same drive or an external HDD.
An external (or separate internal HDD) is what you should be backing up to.
I would forget DVDs when it comes to Windows backup, except for factory recovery disks or a system repair disk.
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15 Apr 2011   #4

windows 7 64bit

But isn't there a way I can save it because Im not doing a whole restore. I'm
Just reinstalling my sound cuz it's fizzy and I don't want to screw it up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You could try using a restore point. However, I have had a bad experience relying on restore points as a driver installation safeguard. I would feel more comfortable with a disk image to fall back on.

Someone may come along with a different view to help you out.
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15 Apr 2011   #6

windows 7 64bit

How do I do a restore point
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15 Apr 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Start > right click on Computer > System protection (top left of the page) > Highlight your C partition > Click on the "Create" button

But MJF says, restore points are not very reliable. And if you muck up your system, they are of no use anyhow. It is better to image to an external disk. And forget CD/DVDs - no good.

Data files you can backup to a large USB stick.
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