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Windows 7: Backup

18 Jun 2011   #61
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Ukthesis,

Everything is fine with what is showing in your screenshot. You do not have a Set up backup button anymore because you have already setup a backup schedule and created a backup. If you wanted to make changes to this, you would click on the Change Settings link instead now.

Not to be critcal of you at all since we were all new to this at one point, but the only issue I see is you not seeming to understand or follow what's outlined in the steps. You said you wanted to see what was backed up, so I pointed you to a link to click on the Restore My Files button to go through the steps just far enough to see what they are, then cancel the restore process. Afterwards, you go back to changing the backup settings with no mention of viewing the backup files.

We want to help you do what you are wanting as much as we can, but it is difficult when you are not staying on the same page or not being consistent. Let's start over again with a fresh slate by letting us know exactly what you wanted to do at this point now to see if we can iron this out for you. We'll get there.


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19 Jun 2011   #62
ukthesis

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I understand and I'm not wanting to cause problems.

It seems to me, then, that the key to this is the phrase "go through the steps just far enough to see what they are, then cancel the restore process." In other words, we first have to cancel the default instructions on this computer, as they are causing this problem.

I don't know if this helps. But I timed the backup facility to go off at noon today. And it did do so (the "backup in progress" label came up and the color moved across the bar as it saved). So the problem doesn't seem to be with the timer not going off when set (set to operate an noon daily) since this "Backup in progress" label comes up and the colour moves across it as required.

But the updated folders are not saved. I know this because the updated folders I just attempted to save across to the external drive at noon contain 3 new files I deliberately put in there a week ago in order to test it, and they've not been saved on the external drive.

So it's what it's saving that's the issue and that needs to be addressed.

As for the objective, I want daily backups (ie updated versions) of those two folders ticked to be saved on the external hard drive.

Referring to the tutorial, again. Which of the steps am I up to?
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19 Jun 2011   #63
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're not causing any problems mate.

You're backup settings are fine. If you just navigate to and look at the backup folder contents in Windows Explorer, you will not be able to see what has or has not actually been backed up.

I have updated the restore backup tutorial below to help better with this. To see what files you have available in your backups, you would go through the steps in the tutorial to select the backup period and date (step 8) you would like to look at, then do steps 9 and 10 to see what files and folders are in it that can be restored. When you get to step 11, just click on cancel to backout of the restore process since you only wanted to view and not restore them.

Restore Backup User and System Files
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19 Jun 2011   #64
ukthesis

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Will try later and let you know.



Okay, now one of the issues is that the screens on the tutorial are somewhat different from the Control, Panel window that you've seen from me.

To recap. Select all files option 7. I assume that we don't need to do this one, since I managed before to select just the two folders I need to save. (BTW - I'm presuming that once the backup has run, I should be able to check on the external drive to see that the updates have gone through successfully.)

Option 8 to select a different time and date. That's also displayed differently on the Control Panel here, though you've seen how it's used. (I wonder if the fact that we're looking at different screens is the problem?)

Option 9. This is now the problem. There is no "search" button to type in a file name. Again, this seems to be because we're looking at different Control Panel displays.

Here is my Control Panel again. How do I get to your different one?


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19 Jun 2011   #65
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The screenshot you have posted is what you see at the end of step 2. In this screenshot, you would click on the Restore all users' files link (step 4).

After step 6 and 8, do you see the date of the backup you want to view listed?

If so, then you should be able to view the files in that backup using steps 9, 10, and 11.
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19 Jun 2011   #66
ukthesis

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Where on the screen shown is the Backup and Restore icon?
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19 Jun 2011   #67
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's not in the screenshot. You would click on Backup and Restore in the Control Panel (Icon views) first, then see the screenshot.
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19 Jun 2011   #68
ukthesis

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Okay, that's the one I use.

Okay, so that's option 2 finished.

The next one that seems to fit is option 8, but the screen is different (see screen shot). However, the function is the one I used before (change date and time)

Okay, now I press the button "Restore Files." I don't want to change the date.

Now I got to this stage. These are the two folders I need to send these UPDATED versions of to the external hard drive (they presently only have the old versions of them).

What next?


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20 Jun 2011   #69
ukthesis

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Okay, I'm up to this stage. Is it all in order? I want those 2 folders saved to H drive (external hard drive). What comes next?

What I don't want is to just carry on as though I'm on the right track, find out I'm not and then back to the start. I want to confirm this one step at a time, so that this can be concluded.

Do I simply press the "Restore" button? It it "restoring" the updated file? (Why label it as restore when it's actually an update?)

Should I leave the ticked box "Restore the files to their original subfolders"?


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20 Jun 2011   #70
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's called restore instead of update because you are restore it from a backup. Since it's a backup, it's an older copy and not an update.

If you wanted to restore those two folders from your backup to your H drive, then yes you would click on Restore to do so. The "Restore the files to their original subfolders" option is to also keep all the contents in these backup folders in them as they were when restored to the H drive instead of extracted.
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