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Windows 7: Important folders to backup from C-drive before cleaning it up

4 Weeks Ago   #11
Rosaline

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Thanks for the info
Personally, I'd keep the old one and upgrade to win10x64 pro, full disk image of the new one on ext HDD, and give sis the new one minus your files of course.

Are you suggesting I should keep the Computer 1, upgrade to Windows 10 64-bit Pro, full disk image Computer 2 to extHDD and give my sis Computer 2 minus my data?
Or are you suggesting the exact opposite?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
on the backups.
Thanks, I'm pretty sure, you use some fantastic techniques.



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Questions:
  1. What do you have on your 4TB drive that is so filling?
  2. Is everything compressed?
  3. How often do you backup your computer?
  4. What type of backups do you do?
  5. Full disk image?
  6. Incremental?
  7. Differential?
Answers:
1. 4-full system backups, 3 incremental ones, lots of tutorials, RAW photos and videos, gathered over the span of 10 years.
2. Backup images are, rest are in simple browsable format.
3. Full system, aka, cloning, once in a month; incremental, once in 3 days.
4,5. Full system for when I hit first basic setup with everything working, and stable setups for every month.
6. Incrementals in between setups where I might try something that can absolutely wreck my system.
7. Never tried that, is it advantageous over others?


EDIT:

By 4 full system backups and 3 incremental ones, I mean, I keep one full system backup (first setup), then 3 full system ones for last 3 months, and their corresponding incremental ones for last 3 months which are spaced by 3 days each.
I hope this clears up the confusion.


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4 Weeks Ago   #12
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Don't have your complete system specs for both computers but it appears as through your old machine is more capable.
Here's a tool that you can use to collect your specs in a text file on your desktop. Download and double click to run it. BTW: you can right-click, choose edit and see the simplistic code.
SysInfo to desktop.bat
Or a description of each would probably work. Then we can Google, compare the age, make, motherboard, processor, we already know the ram and HDDs as you stated.
Big thing to me is the 64-bit and more ram, larger hard drive usually equates to better motherboard, processors CPU/GPU, etc.


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4 Weeks Ago   #13
Rosaline

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Don't have your complete system specs for both computers but it appears as through your old machine is more capable.
Here's a tool that you can use to collect your specs in a text file on your desktop. Download and double click to run it. BTW: you can right-click, choose edit and see the simplistic code.
Attachment 407949
Or a description of each would probably work. Then we can Google, compare the age, make, motherboard, processor, we already know the ram and HDDs as you stated.
Big thing to me is the 64-bit and more ram, larger hard drive usually equates to better motherboard, processors CPU/GPU, etc.

Yes, my old machine, Computer 1, is way more powerful than the new one.
The reason I'm giving it away is it's way less portable than the new one and the power it has perfectly fits the needs of my sis.
She is into CG, so that's a starting point, that computer also has a dedicated GPU, the new one doesn't.
In short, Computer 1 is way better than Computer 2 in terms of system specs, only thing where it lags behind is portability.
My sister is okay with that as she has access to uninterrupted power almost all of the time, and she doesn't travel as much as I do (my travels are also what makes Computer 1 unsuitable for me).
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4 Weeks Ago   #14
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

OK, makes sense to me now & sounds like the right move for you two too.
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4 Weeks Ago   #15
Rosaline

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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OK, makes sense to me now & sounds like the right move for you two too.
Thanks.
May I ask you about your backup techniques?
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4 Weeks Ago   #16
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Nothing special, I do a full disk image of both computers with AOMEI once a week on Sundays (check image integrity always). Usually keep newest 2-3 of each Drive.

Here's some good info on AOMEI Incremental VS Differential Backup - AOMEI Backupper
Video AOMEI Backupper - How To Make Incremental / Differential Backup ...
I don't make incremental or differential backups due to the complexities of trying to restore from them. It's not quite as easy as from a single image. IMHO

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6 Days Ago   #17
Rosaline

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Nothing special, I do a full disk image of both computers with AOMEI once a week on Sundays (check image integrity always). Usually keep newest 2-3 of each Drive.

Here's some good info on AOMEI Incremental VS Differential Backup - AOMEI Backupper
Video AOMEI Backupper - How To Make Incremental / Differential Backup ...
I don't make incremental or differential backups due to the complexities of trying to restore from them. It's not quite as easy as from a single image. IMHO

Thanks, that was helpful.


I switched to Windows 10 last week.
The only folders one needs to backup are:
C:\ProgramData\
C:\Users\<username>\


The config files I was querying about stay in:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\


More info on this.
More reading.



Thank you all.
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