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Windows 7: Backup

29 Jul 2009   #1
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Backup

I want to backup my Windows 7. I have 2 Hard Drive with 2 partitions on each drive. Backup will not let me backup my Windows 7 and put it on my 2nd partition on the first drive. Backup wants to backup my C drive "Windows 7" (first partition) and my data on my 2nd partition (1st drive) and put it on my 2nd hard drive. Vista has a great backup but this backup seems really screwed up. I'm using the 64 bit Windows 7. Anyone can help.


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29 Jul 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by golden039 View Post
I want to backup my Windows 7. I have 2 Hard Drive with 2 partitions on each drive. Backup will not let me backup my Windows 7 and put it on my 2nd partition on the first drive. Backup wants to backup my C drive "Windows 7" (first partition) and my data on my 2nd partition (1st drive) and put it on my 2nd hard drive. Vista has a great backup but this backup seems really screwed up. I'm using the 64 bit Windows 7. Anyone can help.
Golden

In order to help we need system specs, and drive configs use snipping tool (type snipping tool in search) to upload a snip

Thanks in advance and welcome tosevenforums

Ken
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29 Jul 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by golden039 View Post
I want to backup my Windows 7. I have 2 Hard Drive with 2 partitions on each drive. Backup will not let me backup my Windows 7 and put it on my 2nd partition on the first drive. Backup wants to backup my C drive "Windows 7" (first partition) and my data on my 2nd partition (1st drive) and put it on my 2nd hard drive. Vista has a great backup but this backup seems really screwed up. I'm using the 64 bit Windows 7. Anyone can help.
I don't think you can use Windows to create an image on the same drive. It would need to be on another physical internal drive, an external or network drive. Another partition on the same drive will not work. I see what you mean though....it should not want it on another partition on the same drive....
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29 Jul 2009   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
I was unhappy with the options and reliability of the built in Back up app in W7 so I'm using Acronis True Image Home 2009. Seems to be much more configurable and allows me to make both clones of my drives plus compressed image backups of whatever I want to whatever I want.
Ditti

Acronis or Norton Ghost

Ken
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29 Jul 2009   #5
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

As a general rule, it's not ideal to back up to a partition located on the same drive as the material you are backing up. The reason is that if the drive fails and becomes unusable, your backup is trashed too, just when you need it.

So really the OP should be trying to back up to a separate internal or external drive, imo.

I tried to use W7's back up tool to back up my C partition to an external USB drive. It made the back up fine but when I tried to restore it before booting into Windows, Win couldn't find the back up. I never figured out what the problem was, although it probably was something to do with the way the USB external drive powered up. I just moved on to Acronis which is much more configurable and hopefully very reliable.
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29 Jul 2009   #6
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

I backup the C drive on the same Hard Drive (2nd) Partition and have been doing it for years with Vista built in Backup so yes you can do that. I also backup on my 2nd hard drive also. I have 5 copies of all my data. I was an MIS manager in San JoseCA so I backup up everything on a half dozen Hard Drive. Yes you do need to backup on a 2nd Hard Drive. I don't understand why system specs since I've been backing up the C drive for 20 years but I will look into Sniping. I too have been using Acronis True Image Home 11 and it's a great backup so I guess I might buy the 2009 version.
Thank You Richard
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30 Jul 2009   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by golden039 View Post
I want to backup my Windows 7. I have 2 Hard Drive with 2 partitions on each drive. Backup will not let me backup my Windows 7 and put it on my 2nd partition on the first drive. Backup wants to backup my C drive "Windows 7" (first partition) and my data on my 2nd partition (1st drive) and put it on my 2nd hard drive. Vista has a great backup but this backup seems really screwed up. I'm using the 64 bit Windows 7. Anyone can help.

Hmmm...I'll have to test this out at work, because I'm pretty darn sure on my single drive machine at home that I had 3 total partitions

#1). 100MB system reserved
#2). 150GB C drive where Windows was installed
#3). 750GB D drive where my data, downloads and stuff was kept.

I thought during my testing that it allowed me to backup #1 and #2 onto my #3 partition. I think it gave me a warning saying "hey this isn't safe, in the event of a hard drive failure, you would lose this backup". But I'm pretty darn sure it let me continue.

I'll test it on a box here shortly and post back my results.
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30 Jul 2009   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, I looked at my computer at work, it had a 100MB reserved partition and a 150GB C drive. So, I used disk management and shrunk the 150GB C drive to about 75GB...thus leaving 75GB unpartitioned. I created a new partition on the available 75GB.

I ran the backup and told it to backup partitions 1 and 2 onto partition 3 and it worked just fine. It gave me a warning, but did it's thing as shown below

Warning Message
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...ingMessage.png

Confirming what is backing up
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...hat2Backup.png

Backup complete message
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b.../completed.png

Results on the hard drive partition
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/b...s1/results.png
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30 Jul 2009   #9
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Just Backup the C:\

If you have 3 partitions there was no need to do anything to any of them. In a full backup, all you need to do is backup the C:\ because the 2nd partition can just copy however you want to the 3rd partition. You can just pick and choose, copy and paste, no need for a backup. If you want the whole 2nd Partition to be copied to the 3 partition just create a folder in the 3rd partition and copy into it. I have never had a reason to use a backup utility to copy anything except the C:\
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30 Jul 2009   #10
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Spoke to soon

In my last post I mean at home and not at work. Also I mean a major backup as coping data from one drive to another; you don't need a utility backup for that. Incremental and differentials are different. Sometime I just don't think far enough into the further. That 100 MB partition you have came from the manufacture but I think you can just copy that.
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