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Windows 7: Looking for a Backup Setup

16 Jan 2012   #21
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK, you could use a letter higher up the alphabet that is not in use. :)


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16 Jan 2012   #22
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Changed it to S :)

Anything other than Data Backup, I was thinking more along the lines of Windows OS Backups, etc.
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16 Jan 2012   #23
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can name the drive whatever you like. As a matter of interest I do use the name Data Backup. :)
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16 Jan 2012   #24
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

No, I didn't mean the name. I meant other than making backups for my Data, is there any good methods of making backups for Windows in a whole.
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16 Jan 2012   #25
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial, which Panais posted for you at the start of the thread.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Macrium is very good. http://www.macrium.com/personal.aspx?FREELINK=Y
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16 Jan 2012   #26
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The only way to backup a Windows "system" is with an image.

File by file backup programs won't work to backup Windows.

Images can be used to backup data as well as Windows, but I don't like entrusting backups of something as valuable as my data to something as shaky as imaging.

If your image backup of Windows drops dead--so what? You just reinstall manually. All you have lost is time.

If your image backup of your data drops dead, you have probably lost the data forever. I'm not going to live with that possibility.
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16 Jan 2012   #27
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

I might also try installing Windows to another partition and copying all the files to Data and then removing the OS. So I have all the default system files.
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16 Jan 2012   #28
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
I might also try installing Windows to another partition and copying all the files to Data and then removing the OS. So I have all the default system files.
What??

If all you want to do is "copy all the files to Data", why not do that from your original installation, rather than from this other new installation on another partition???

If you don't already have a Windows installation disk, download the ISO and then burn it to a disk. And then make a copy of that burned disk if you want to.
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16 Jan 2012   #29
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

ignatzatsonic has given you good advice with which I agree.

Far better to create a Windows system image, and then create a separate backup for your personal data.

Call it the belt and braces if you will, but I'd hate to give advice that resulted in the loss of everything.
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16 Jan 2012   #30
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

But if I look at the ISO Files through WinRAR, they are not the same as an OS pre-installed?

Oh and I forgot to mention, I need my Steam/Steam Games on another Partition (about 30GB used - will need 130GB approx), where do you recommend I move these?

EDIT: The reason I don't do it to my Pre-Operating System is because some of the files have probably been modified
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