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Windows 7: Backup

20 Jun 2011   #71
ukthesis

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Right, forgetting that. Am I on the right course for UPDATING those two folders (see screenshot above) on the external drive?


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20 Jun 2011   #72
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What you are currently doing is not updating. In your screenshots, you are about to restore (extract a copy of) the two folders and their contents from the selected backup to your H drive. These two folders are older versions of them for when the backup was created.

If you wanted to update the backup instead, then you would need to click on the Back up now button instead in Backup and Restore (Control Panel) to create a new backup to have your current version of these two folders included in it.

It seems that we may have update and restore confused here. Please clarify if so.

Update = create new backup
Restore = restore copy of files/folders from a backup as they were when the backup was created.
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20 Jun 2011   #73
ukthesis

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I'm unclear how this confusion was caused, since I mentioned several times that I want to save the updates and that this is the problem. If the screenshots I showed you were wrong, that's part of the problem that we need to address. This is also why I need to be clear (and to check regularly with you) at each stage that I'm on the right track, no matter how long it then takes.

As I've said before, I already have copies of the old versions but they have been updated and I want the updates saved.

Anyhow, going back to square one ... so is this the instructions?


How to Backup User and System Files in Windows 7


There are 16 parts. Do I have to go through them all?
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20 Jun 2011   #74
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The confusion appears to be caused by either your lack of understanding the functionality of the "Backup and Restore" feature in Windows 7, and/or what we are trying to explain how to do what you wanted to do. We'll get there eventually though.

When you click on the "Back up now" button, it creates a time stamped backup of the current version of the selected two folders as they are on your computer now. This is what you would do after you have updated the same selected two folders (and contents) to create a new backup to have them saved in the new backup.

Before we go further, I need to make sure that we are on the same page at this point to avoid further confusion.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukthesis View Post
How to Backup User and System Files in Windows 7

There are 16 parts. Do I have to go through them all?
The steps are outlined like a flowchart. The steps with bold blue lettering in the step number indicates a choice if you want to do that or not. If not, move on to the next step without the blue lettering.

In your case, you would do either step 1 or 2, then do step 5 on to create a new backup of your already configured (selected files/folders) backup from the last backup.

Backup User and System Files
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20 Jun 2011   #75
ukthesis

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Ok, we both want to get there as quickly as possible. Will get back when I've a bit more time to go through this one. But you understand what I want.
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22 Jun 2011   #76
ukthesis

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Back to this thing again. Where (step 3) is the Set up backup button? Don't forget that I want to save updates of folders. Here is my screen.


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22 Jun 2011   #77
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Once you set up a backup to backup the files/folders you have selected, you will no longer have a Set up backup button. The selected files/folders will be remembered and backed up each time manually ("Back up now" button) or automatically (scheduled) until changed.

From this point on, you would just have to click on the Back up now button to create a new updated backup copy of these same selected files/folders.

If you ever wanted to change what files/folders are selected to have a new updated backup of each time you click on the Back up now button, you would click on the Change settings link to do so.
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22 Jun 2011   #78
ukthesis

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So I now press the Back Up Now button? That's all?

To reiterate, I don't want to save the existing folders on the external hard drive. I want to update them from the desktop folder, where updates exist, to the external drive. In other words, the backups are of the updates now on the desktop.


And how do I check that it's then backing the updated folders to the hard drive?
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22 Jun 2011   #79
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64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Correct. When you click on "Back up now", it will create a new updated backup copy of the "selected" folders on your desktop to your "selected" external drive location automatically.
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22 Jun 2011   #80
ukthesis

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Let's go over this again. I am on the control panel. I now press the Backup and Restore button?
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