New to Backup and Restore.

  1. Posts : 217
    Windows 7 64 bit

    New to Backup and Restore.

    For the first time I have set up Backup and Restore. I am saving to an external hard drive and in the Set Up I have selected "Let me choose". If I selected "Let Windows choose" would the backup include all of my Outlook files?

    In "Let me choose" I have selected Data Files and Computer OS (C). But do I need to include a system image every time? It seems to take ages to complete the backup and must be using a lot of disc space.

    I am attaching a couple of screenshots because having completed the first backup there does not appear to be anything in the files. So where is all the information I have backed up?

    Any help would be appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 196
    Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro

    i would suggest that you let windows decide on what to back up if you are unsure.

    which outlook are you using? the file save moved under documents/outlook files from 2010 onwards.

    your first backup will always take a while depending on the size of your hard drive.
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  3. Posts : 217
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    I am using Outlook 2007 so presumably "Let Windows choose" would include this. Can anyone tell me please why the files indicate that there is no information in them.

    Thank you for your help.
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  4. Posts : 196
    Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro

    yes that would be true. although if you wanted to complete a direct backup for your own peace of mind then the file path is - Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

    either this or you can complete a search for .pst file extension.

    files indicated? can you kindly expand on this? have you completed the back up? and looking at the files? it maybe that you have your computer set to hide important files.

    How-to unhide hidden files in Windows 7
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  5. Posts : 217
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Yes the backup completed and I have hidden files displayed but it doesn't make any difference. I really don't know if I have successfully backed up my computer or not.
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