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Windows 7: Backup

18 Jun 2011   #51
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It appears that you will need to have the computer turned fully on at the time you want to create your backups then.


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18 Jun 2011   #52
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

But that doesn't address why, when I use (computer fully on) the "Back Up Now" button and it later tells me it backup up successfully. But it hasn't. I know because the old folders and files are still on the external hard drive, and not the updates.
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18 Jun 2011   #53
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's an incremental backup, so it will add to the existing backup folders. If you go through the process of restoring the backup only to the point of selecting what you want to restore, you should see the new ones as well.
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18 Jun 2011   #54
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Can you explain?? What physically do I do?
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18 Jun 2011   #55
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could follow the steps in the tutorial below to go through the restore backup process to view the files in the selected backup. Just be sure to stop and cancel to back out of restoring them since you only wanted to view the files in the backup and not actually restore the files.

Restore Backup User and System Files
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18 Jun 2011   #56
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

But this seems to relate to restoration. I don't want to restore folders and files, I want to update them. I fact, restoring them is exactly not what I need to do.
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18 Jun 2011   #57
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Tutorials and tips give you a great starting point but everyone needs to actually experiment/play with what they want to do.
Just make sure you backup your "most valuable" data the old fashioned way of drag and drop then play with file/folder backup program.
Add one little text file to your documents, select make a backup. Then browse into the backup with the backup program. Go searching for files until you find the new file and convince yourself that it did add to your backup.
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18 Jun 2011   #58
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

If we can go back a little, here are the settings I'm presently using. Although I can't see where I'm going wrong, perhaps you can spot the problem? The two ticked folders are the ones I need to update on the external hard drive they are supposed to be going to. What I don't understand is how I've ended up with all these difficulties over something that Windows has designed to be very simple to use by someone like me, and presumably that other users don't have to spend all this time over ...


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18 Jun 2011   #59
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukthesis View Post
But this seems to relate to restoration. I don't want to restore folders and files, I want to update them. I fact, restoring them is exactly not what I need to do.
The point was for you to go through part of the process to only view the files in your actual backup to see if the files you selected earlier are actually there or not. I know you didn't want to actually restore them.
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18 Jun 2011   #60
ukthesis

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Step 3 of the tutorial says:

3. If Backup is Not Configured Click on the Set up backup button. (See screenshot below)

But if you look at this screen shot, that option isn't available here.

And can you see anything wrong with these settings? I ask, since all appears in order. Wouldn't the default settings arrange things so that there are no problems? And what are the default setting on this function?

I just find it hard to believe that for the beginner, and doing an apparently straightforward task like this one, there is all these issues. After all, the "back up now" button's there for users to just press for a backup to be performed, job done, period. And not to not do an updated backup ... which wouldn't make any sense, since that's what the button's for.

Not criticising you. I have a friend with a MAC computer, and he doesn't report any problems whatsoever in using a similar function to this one on his PC.


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