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Windows 7: Backup Program to Use With Win7?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
gumboman

Windows 7 Home Premuim
 
 
Backup Program to Use With Win7?

I have Win7 Computer and really need to replace my Backup Program - Can anyone advise on the BEST Backup Program to use? I would like to backup my Entire Disk and be able to Restore individual Folders/Files as necessary. Can anyone advise me on the best one to use?

Thanks for any advise on this issue/

Charlie


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Most users on this Forum use Macrium Reflect as I do & it should meet your requirements. There is a free version & of course a paid version. This website might help you.

Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Paul Black

[1] Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit [2] Vista HB SP2 32-bit [3] Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi gumboman,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gumboman View Post
I have Win7 Computer and really need to replace my Backup Program - Can anyone advise on the BEST Backup Program to use? I would like to backup my Entire Disk and be able to Restore individual Folders/Files as necessary. Can anyone advise me on the best one to use?
There are two imaging programs which are very popular among members here, the first is AOMEI Backupper Standard [FREE], and the second is Macrium Reflect [FREE].

I hope this helps!
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

note that restoring individual files and folders from a backup image requires that you first "mount" that backup image within another program, then that program provides you the ability to browse and restore items individually. The Macrium program has this ability to mount an existing image as well as restore individual components of it. Because this feature is used far less often than the main backup image function itself, here is a link that details how to use just the mount and restore feature of macrium.

How to use Macrium for individual file and folder restore
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1 Week Ago   #5
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

gumboman--

before you back up, you might want to consider partitioning your drive, and moving all your data to a drive (actually partition) D. It's not required, but it enables future backups of just the D drive and easier searches through your data. On my machines, the system and programs change very little, but my data changes constantly.
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1 Week Ago   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
gumboman--

before you back up, you might want to consider partitioning your drive, and moving all your data to a drive (actually partition) D. It's not required, but it enables future backups of just the D drive and easier searches through your data. On my machines, the system and programs change very little, but my data changes constantly.
I totally agree. Imaging (I recommend Macrium Reflect Free) is necessary to restore the System (boot) drive or partition but is too slow and space wasting for backing up data only.

For backing up data only, I recommend using a folder/file syncing program like FreeFileSync. When set to mirror mode (not the same as RAID 1), it compares the source drive (the drive you are backing up; this can also apply to a partition) with the destination drive (the backup drive), then copies over only files that have been added or changed. It will also delete any files on the destination drive that aren't on the source drive. The result is essentially a clone of the source drive on the destination drive. Since only new, changed, and deleted files are involved, backup updates can be very fast compared to imaging.

The better folder/file syncing programs, including FreeFileSync, have a feature called Versioning. When enabled (which I highly recommend), it will put ny files deleted from the destination drive into a user designated folder or file. This protects you from losing accidentally deleted files or ones that get deleted from the destination drive because the original one on the source drive became corrupted.
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1 Week Ago   #7
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Another tip: to prevent disastrously deleting wrong files, I give all my drives logical names.
My C drive is called C-SYS-PROG and my data partition is D-DATA,
my backup images are named "BACKUP-SYS-PROG" and "BACKUP-D-DATA." Macrium will fill in the dates.
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1 Week Ago   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
Another tip: to prevent disastrously deleting wrong files, I give all my drives logical names.
My C drive is called C-SYS-PROG and my data partition is D-DATA,
my backup images are named "BACKUP-SYS-PROG" and "BACKUP-D-DATA." Macrium will fill in the dates.
I also name my data drives and backup drives since I set FreeFileSync to identify drive by drive name rather than drive letter since drive letters can change, especially for the external backup drives.
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1 Week Ago   #9
arena12

windows 10x64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I also name my data drives and backup drives
It is a good idea to name them,so it isn't hard to confuse them.
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