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Windows 7: Backup

27 Jun 2011   #91
ukthesis

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The problem I had is still not resolved. According to the advice received it should have worked, but has not. As one of the posters said, there "should be" a way around this, but so far nothing ...


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27 Jun 2011   #92
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What didn't work??

I'm desperately trying to help you, but you never make this point clear of what doesn't work. From everything that has been posted in this thread so far, everything has been working in your screenshots.

Did it successfully create the backup? If so, note the date and time when you created it. It should be listed as an available backup with the same date and time to select from when you go through the restore back process.
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27 Jun 2011   #93
ukthesis

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No, as my last post said, a day or two ago, I went through the designated process and nothing changed from where I entered this conversation.

As I've said before, the objective is simple. Perhaps you can guide me through it, since I don't imagine it involves more than a few steps. If you remember, last time, there was confusion over whether it was for a backup of older files on the external drive or for very recently constructed UPDATES of files on the desktop. The latter is the case. So if I update these folders on Monday, I want them automatically saved on Tuesday.

So we went through a lot of stuff that complicated everything and still didn't do the job.

So this is all I require:

a) I have two folders on my desktop. These have been updated but the copies of them on my external hard drive are of the old versions. So I want to replace those with the updates.

b) these folder updates to be backed on a regular basis (ie I want the updated folders copied from the desktop to the external drive) through using the Backup and Restore function. Then this will be an automatic function to save my remembering to update the folders onto the external drive, something that can easily be forgotten to do manually (by copy and paste)
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27 Jun 2011   #94
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Could you post a screenshot of what you see (using step 4) for when you get to step 8 when doing the restore back process?

Does it have the date and time listed of the backup that you last created?

If so, select it. Does it have the two folders with it's contents when you view them at steps 10 and 11?
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30 Jun 2011   #95
ukthesis

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Here are the screens and the two folders to save on H drive. I can press Restore button. But what exactly does Restore do? And I want to remind you that this exercise is to automatically (DAILY) save UPDATES of files as they are updated. So this is all about updates and automatically getting them to H drive, where I think there was confusion last time we went through all this.


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30 Jun 2011   #96
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The purpose of having you go through the Restore process only far enough to see this above then cancel, is to show you that it is working since there is your back up that includes your two folders.

To help maximize your disk space, Windows Backup backs up all selected folders the first time it's run and then it only backs up files that are new or have been changed since the last scheduled backup was made. If you didn't make any changes to the two folders since the last scheduled backup, then the new backup will not be created until so at the next scheduled time.
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30 Jun 2011   #97
ukthesis

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No, I only included the two folders today, when I had time to look at the forum. These two folders were not saved before today. I did go through the procedure some time ago, but I have no idea what happened there.

At any rate. Once I get to this stage, do I now press the Restore button? If so, or if not, what do I do then?

And to be clear. If this on the way to achieving the objective I have outlined above. We want to get there by as quick a route as possible ...
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30 Jun 2011   #98
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I'm sorry, I tried, but there is nothing more that I can do to help.

You have had this thoroughly explained over and over. Please review the previous posts and tutorial links posted in this thread if you would like to go over it again.

I would personally recommend that you just manually backup these two folders each time you make a change to them since you are not able to understand how the backup feature works. This way you will know that they have been backed up.
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02 Jul 2011   #99
ukthesis

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But you only repeated what I already did before all this started. Then you confused yourself over what I wanted to do from this, though I did tell you a number of times. And I never believed that the procedure was so complex and time consuming as it became, because we were going around in circles. I would also strongly suggest you alter the tutorials so that people like me who only want a very simple thing done, that really shouldn't take any time to perform, are able to do it successfully in 10 minutes and don't have to go through reams of irrelevant information. Most people I know just wouldn't have the patience to go this far and they'd give up.
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02 Jul 2011   #100
marsmimar

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Hello ukthesis. Forgive me for butting in and please understand that I mean no disrespect. In reading through this entire thread I'm sensing you might have some confusion as to exactly what the backup process is all about. It's a two step procedure. First, one must make a copy of the original files, folders, or even the entire hard drive. The copies serve as a backup to the originals. That's all. They do not do anything else until the second step is initiated. And the second step is to restore the damaged, corrupted, deleted originals with those copies.

If the originals have changes made to them every day, then the copies (backups) can be scheduled to update on a daily basis. But again, that's all that happens. So effectively you have two sets of files, folders, or even the entire hard drive. If the originals are never damaged, corrupted, deleted, etc you may never get to use the copies (backups). And if no changes were made to the originals, then no new copies (backups) will be generated.

During the backup process you can specify where the copies (backup) will be stored, like on the H: drive. You can specify how often the copies (backup) are made, like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. You can specify what will be copied (backed up), like one specific folder, two specific folders, etc. But you must initiate the restore process to replace the originals with the copies (backup).

In an ideal world, all of your originals will be updated/changed by you and they will remain perfect. Your copies (backups) of the originals will be done on the schedule you created, but only if you've made changes to the originals. And in an ideal world you will have two perfect sets of the same files or folders ... your originals and the copies (backups).

I sure hope I haven't made things more confusing.
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