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Windows 7: 2 External HD Backup questions

12 Sep 2013   #1
prowler

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit O.S.
 
 
2 External HD Backup questions

First time with an external HD backup and all seemed to go well. I followed the prompts during the preparation of the backup and burned a "system repair disk" at the conclusion.

Question 1: For scheduled backups, does the data need to be erased from the ext HD prior to subsequent backups or does it write over the earlier data?

Question 2: If my system backups are scheduled every two weeks, do I plug in my ext HD the day prior to the scheduled backup in order for it to do the job automatically?

Thanks for your help.


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12 Sep 2013   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

1. It depends on the kind of backup and, possibly, the size of the external drive.

2. Again, it depends on the kind of backup.

What kind of backup are you doing? Imaging using Windows imaging? Imaging using a third party program? Cloning? File copy? Something else I'm forgetting?

Btw, you are to be commended for going to the trouble of backing up your computer. I wish more people were as wise as you.
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12 Sep 2013   #3
prowler

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit O.S.
 
 

I believe what I backed up was a "system image" of my Win7 data. I checked the box at the beginning of the process that (recommended) allowing Windows to choose which data to backup.

I backed up onto an ex HD, size 1TB. The HD on my PC is 928MB.
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12 Sep 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

First, it would really help us help you if you would complete your system specs in the lower left hand corner.

Second, I'm not familiar with Win 7's imaging tool (I use Macrium Reflect, a third party imaging and cloning tool) so someone else will have to chime in here.

Third, did you mean 928MB or 928GB?
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12 Sep 2013   #5
prowler

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit O.S.
 
 

Ooops. 928GB, of course. Thanks for the correction.
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13 Sep 2013   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

For a scheduled backup I strongly recommend against including a system image. I recommend selecting "let me choose" and untick the create a system image option. You can create a system image when you decide you need to using the "Create a system image" button on the left of the backup & Restore screen. You can manage your images like this:
creating a new backup image question
I also use the excellent free Macrium Reflect imaging software for greater flexibility and in case Windows inbuilt imaging lets me down (it never has).
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