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Windows 7: Personalized Image-Backup Strategy Advice please?

08 Jul 2011   #21
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Well I'm on my bro's Vista laptop right now. Be back at the desktop later on. So in the meantime, could we just say...

Okay, step 1- OS & apps on C.

Then?


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08 Jul 2011   #22
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Miranova23 View Post
I understand ISOs, but I've never seen a TIB before. So, you're saying that this .tib is not an image backup?
So, I suppose... Is there any other way I could have a User Profile (on C) direct to my folders (on D)? The only catch there is, can it be done without using only the precustomized User Folders? I have no use for most of them.
Tib stands for True Image Backup and it's Acronis's image file format.
Windows has vhd - virtual hard disk
Macrium has mrimg - macrium disk image

I'm still not getting your problem fully. You can operate folders outside of the Windows library structure. Apologies if this is trivial...
eg. K:\Entertainment\Jazz Music
You have a folder on drive K: called "Entertainment" and a sub folder called "Jazz Music". You can drag and drop, Robocopy, folder image (with paid imaging). Backup using third party file/folder backup programs.
Whatever you want.

Just keep your profile on C:
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08 Jul 2011   #23
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I'm still not getting your problem fully. You can operate folders outside of the Windows library structure.
I'm not talking about libraries. That's a whole other issue I can't stand for myself, though it's a great tool for me to make sure my mom & siblings stop losing things.
& well, yes, I could always navigate to Computer>D>Mira Nova>My Videos, or what have you. But, it's crazy to keep renavigating into D:\ every. single. time... It's the same reason so many people have used Kari's tutorial to simply move the actual User Profile there, and likewise Brink's similar tutorials.

But if it's going to cause problems trying to back up the system, I'm thinking now it is worth it to look into other ways to redirect the User Profile to my folders on D.
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08 Jul 2011   #24
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Oh, & thanks! I couldn't think of what TIB could even stand for.
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08 Jul 2011   #25
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I agree with everyone else, keep the profiles with the OS.

In fact, I would say, anything that needs to be installed should be with the OS as well.

The only exception is perhaps Games, which could be installed to a secondary drive.


As far as your User folders, you can just make a folder wherever you want it to store the DATA (Music, Videos, etc) and then in your libarary list just include that folder.
Or, move the location of that particular folder.


If you set it up like this, you can have Acronis make a full disc(or partition) image of your OS drive.
It will be ONLY the OS and installed applications, so should be fairly quick. It only cares about whats on that partition or disc, and doesnt matter where the rest is. So keep that in mind, and make a back up plan for that stuff as well.
((Macrium will do this as well))

As far as restoring, you will have the option to restore everything, in its entirety, OR... A specific folder or file to the same or different location.
((Im not sure if Macrium will allow you to single out files/folders from a image))

This way you will be covered no matter what may happen.


Then, as I do, you can set a different backup schedule for other folders and discs.
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08 Jul 2011   #26
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
I agree with everyone else, keep the profiles with the OS.

In fact, I would say, anything that needs to be installed should be with the OS as well.

The only exception is perhaps Games, which could be installed to a secondary drive.


As far as your User folders, you can just make a folder wherever you want it to store the DATA (Music, Videos, etc) and then in your libarary list just include that folder.
Or, move the location of that particular folder.


If you set it up like this, you can have Acronis make a full disc(or partition) image of your OS drive.
It will be ONLY the OS and installed applications, so should be fairly quick. It only cares about whats on that partition or disc, and doesnt matter where the rest is. So keep that in mind, and make a back up plan for that stuff as well.
((Macrium will do this as well))

As far as restoring, you will have the option to restore everything, in its entirety, OR... A specific folder or file to the same or different location.
((Im not sure if Macrium will allow you to single out files/folders from a image))

This way you will be covered no matter what may happen.


Then, as I do, you can set a different backup schedule for other folders and discs.
Yes, yes, yes, but no to libraries.

But how can I "move the location to that particular folder?"
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08 Jul 2011   #27
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

WIN + F! key combo |type the word LIBRARY

Reading the material there will be of benefit to you.

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top
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08 Jul 2011   #28
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I've already looked into libraries and they're not for me. I keep my folders very organized. I know they can be altered to include/exclude certain folders, but still.

I know that there are ways to redirect the User Folders. I just can't figure out how I should have the User Profile redirect where my folders are.
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08 Jul 2011   #29
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Libraries are for you. They are ideal for you.

They are one of the great advances over the XP days.
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09 Jul 2011   #30
nolakenoforest

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

I agree with ppark1. You should leave the user profile on the C drive. It is part of the system files. If you ever need to restore using your system image, it will restore your profile at the same time. That way your desktop will be the same, your icons will be the same, your taskbar will be the same, etc and so on. It will restore all your mods at once.
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