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Windows 7: Windows Backup vs System Restore

20 Jan 2018   #1
clivemacd

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Windows Backup vs System Restore

Probably a dumb question, but why do I need Windows Backup when I have already system restore points?


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20 Jan 2018   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi clivemacd, welcome to the Forum.

No it's not a stupid question. System Restore Points are kept on your main Windows 7 Hard Drive, which is fine as long as the drive keeps working, but if it has a major failure you lose your System Restore Points & everything else. So having a image back up on a separate drive is essential if you value your data.

I use Macrium Reflect, as a lot of others on the Forum do, & I do a weekly image of my main drive. I also have a boot disc which you can create with Macrium to get the computer booted up to install the backed up image to a new hard drive. Normally this would take probably about half an hour & then I am virtually back where I was immediately before the old hard drive failed.
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20 Jan 2018   #3
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

To Backup all your personal files use the Windows Backup and Restore. To take a snapshot of the system at a particular point in time use System Restore Create a Restore Point.
In short, system restore will not save a copy of your personal documents, pictures and stuff, so you use Windows Backup and Restore for that. Also, Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate users can use Win Backup to create an image of the complete computer.
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20 Jan 2018   #4
clivemacd

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks Ranger4, I get it!

Wish I was in Oz, our weather not friendly right now :)
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20 Jan 2018   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Thanks clivemacd, glad I was able to clear that up for you. Yes you certainly are getting belted by the weather.
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