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Windows 7: "Fresh Set Up" Back up???

18 Jul 2012   #1

Win 7 64 Ultimate
"Fresh Set Up" Back up???

Hey guys,, ok so i was bored with my old PC so i decided to pick up a new case for better cooling and a new SSD drive for better performance and everything worked out GREAT!! Im throughly happy!!
I have never used windows back up before so what i did was i first installed my SSD drive got windows on it updated it and got everything how i wanted it,, what i call a "fresh set up" that i can use to restore/refresh my PC back to should something go wrong. Then i reinstalled my old HDD and partitioned it and then ran windows back up from the SSD drive,, then i removed that drive and was going to put away for safe keeping.
Ive since changed my mind as i needed other files of that drive so i now permanently installed it back in my PC.
Im pretty sure i have back up disabled and my nice "fresh set up" should be safe and secure untill i ever decide i might needed it or i wind up needing it for emergency pourposes.
So now my question is would i be better off just disabling the drive with the back up on it or am i ok just leaving it connected in the PC.

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18 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

I see Brink is viewing this so im hoping i beat him :P.

But from what I have always noticed that backups are ALWAYS stored on a portable HDD or External HDD. In case of a virus getting onto the computer and spreading into the backup hard drive connected to the computer.
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18 Jul 2012   #3

Win 7 64 Ultimate

True i did not think of that,, however in 10+ yrs ive never got a virus, at least not one i knew of lol. I will just unplug it from the main board after i copy all my files from it.
I was more worried about it getting overwritten with a more present backup.
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18 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Keep your computer organized. If it stays organized you shouldn't have to worry about it being overwritten. But even though its been 10+ years, doesn't mean it still won't happen. So still use caution.

No problem, Glad to help!
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18 Jul 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


There are various types of backups and various backup approaches.

To help my understanding of your present configuration, then the output of DiskManagement is needed.

Please use the procedure which follows:

Run disk management:
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
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18 Jul 2012   #6
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JRockZ View Post
So now my question is would i be better off just disabling the drive with the back up on it or am i ok just leaving it connected in the PC.
As others have said, a disconnected external is most safe.
A voltage spike can take out all your connected HD's.
All depends on how far you want to go.
You did good doing that backup. Did you burn a couple recovery CD's?
I suggest you download the Macrium ISO whs provided - don't have the link but you can find it here. I trust that more than then the Win 7 imaging, but I like portable images that can be moved around if I want.
If you do that, burn a couple. Never know when a CD will fail, and they're cheap as dirt.
If you're ambitious, partition that old drive so you can put an image on one partition, and restore to the other. Safe way to test restoring while you have a second drive handy, and you might find out that restoring images is a way to keep an always clean system. That's what I do. Depends on your personal preferences.
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