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Windows 7: Advice/help with my backup strategy

16 Jun 2011   #31
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Makes sense, thanks for explaining.

I do like the simplicity of this method.


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16 Jun 2011   #32
jetablack4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

pparks1

I was able to successfully copy folders to a backup folder thanks to your tutorial. However, I wanted to know if it is possible to copy just one file in a folder over to backup destination. The reason I ask is because I have two very important excel files that I work on constantly (both of which are in separate folders on my C drive), and I would like to copy just those two files to a back up whenever I finish using them by simply running the command.

Also is it possible to run this command to backup to my dropbox account?

This way whenever I finish using these files I can run a command to back up to my external drive (will probably just back up all my data) and also run a command to backup to my dropbox account. Right now I save the files to my c drive and then have to copy and paste them in my dropbox folder.

In case you do not know what dropbox is - it is a free online storage account, where I drop files in a certain folder on my computer and it is then saved on the cloud and I can access it from my phone, ipad or a computer anywhere with internet.

Thanks
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16 Jun 2011   #33
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jetablack4 View Post
I was able to successfully copy folders to a backup folder thanks to your tutorial. However, I wanted to know if it is possible to copy just one file in a folder over to backup destination.
Yes, when you specify the source, just include the name of the file, such as C:\datafiles\importantfile.xls.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jetablack4 View Post
Also is it possible to run this command to backup to my dropbox account?
Yes, because I think that dropbox ends up as a folder on your hard drive like C:\users\profile\My Dropbox. So, you would just use that as the destination for your backup.
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16 Jun 2011   #34
jetablack4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

whs

Thanks for the detailed instructions for testing an image - I will definitely do that before I create an image. I plan on taking your advice and creating a partition for my data and calling it my "D" drive. The question I have is once I am ready to image my hard drive (C drive and D drive) do I also make images of "RECOVERY" and "39 MB Healthy (OEM Partition)"? If so do I include the C drive, "RECOVERY" and "39 MB Healthy (OEM Partition)" in one image (if thats even possible) or separate?

I included a picture of my current drive setup again...


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16 Jun 2011   #35
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I do the System and C: partitions as one backup to keep them in sync. and Recovery and an HP Tools partition as another because they don't change but there is no problem doing them as one backup if you chose.
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16 Jun 2011   #36
jetablack4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jetablack4 View Post
I was able to successfully copy folders to a backup folder thanks to your tutorial. However, I wanted to know if it is possible to copy just one file in a folder over to backup destination.
Yes, when you specify the source, just include the name of the file, such as C:\datafiles\importantfile.xls.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jetablack4 View Post
Also is it possible to run this command to backup to my dropbox account?
Yes, because I think that dropbox ends up as a folder on your hard drive like C:\users\profile\My Dropbox. So, you would just use that as the destination for your backup.
I tried to just added the file name at the end when I was messing around with the commands and I also tried dropbox as the destination folder - I got errors for both.

1st attachment shows error of trying to put a file into a folder on my D drive

2nd attachment shows error of trying to put file in folder in dropbox

Can you figure out what I am doing wrong?

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Advice/help with my backup strategy-backup3.jpg


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16 Jun 2011   #37
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
The question I have is once I am ready to image my hard drive (C drive and D drive) do I also make images of "RECOVERY" and "39 MB Healthy (OEM Partition)"? If so do I include the C drive, "RECOVERY" and "39 MB Healthy (OEM Partition)" in one image (if thats even possible) or separate?
1. The 39MB partition I would not image on a regular basis - maybe once just to have it. That is most likely the tools partition for the BIOS tools.

2. In your case, the recovery partition is iffy because it contains the bootmgr. That I would also image once. Make sure you do not declare the C partition as active when you restore the image of C. Also do not replace the MBR.

Maybe at one point in time you want to fix the C partition so that it is active and deactivate the recovery partition. For guidance I suggest you start a different thread.

3. You can image several partitions in one shot. That does not mean that you have to restore them all together. In your case though, I would suggest that you create one definition where you image the 39MB partition and the recovery partition together - and stick those into a seperate folder.
Then make another definition (which creates an XML file) for the C partition and stick those images into another folder. If you want to schedule the imaging of the C partition, right click on that XML file (in the Macrium control window) and go to "Schedule".
If you ever want to delete the definitions, do not do it in the Macrium control window but in Documents > Reflect. That is a better way.
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16 Jun 2011   #38
jetablack4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks whs - I am creating a new thread to help with my C partition in Hardware & Devices, "Help with Partitioning My Hard Drive"

Your help is appreciated
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17 Jun 2011   #39
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jetablack4 View Post
I tried to just added the file name at the end when I was messing around with the commands and I also tried dropbox as the destination folder - I got errors for both.
Sorry about that, i gave you the wrong syntax for the commands with a specified file. When you want to do a particular file with robocopy, you have to do it this way

Code:
C:\windows\system32\robocopy.exe C:\data E:\backups\data  filename.xlsx
I had to read the help file for robocopy to figure this out. robocopy /? at the command line.

I'm unsure if I would just run robocopy to backup 1 specific file. I would much rather backup all of the files in a particular location on a frequent basis, and since it (robocopy) will only get the changes..it should be super fast.
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