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Windows 7: Is there a way to Backup to an Internal Drive vs. an External Drive?

15 Apr 2020   #1
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Is there a way to Backup to an Internal Drive vs. an External Drive?

Is there a way to Backup to an Internal Drive vs. an External Drive?

I really do not want to have an External Drive on my desk.
Since I use a Tower, it has shelves for additional drives.
I understand that if the Drive with the O/S on it fails, I will need to replace it.
I also understand that I would need to run a Restore from a second Internal Drive.
Great, no additional Device on my desk and one less thing to provide external power for.

Hopefully, there is a way, using Microsoft software to do this.

Can you help me with this?
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15 Apr 2020   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hi Mike Lynch,

If you plan to remain with Windows 7, then using an internal HDD to perform a backup using Microsoft software, should not be a problem.

Microsoft have depreciated Windows 7 style backup in Windows 10, however. So this method of backup is no longer "future proof", and with that goes the ability to backup to internal HDD.

So, stick to Windows 7, and your plans should be fine.

Hope that helps!!
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15 Apr 2020   #3
SIW2

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Not sure if I understand the question. It is not necessary to have an external disk for backing up. An extra disk internal can do the same job. Simplest way is to attach another disk to spare sata and power connectors on the mobo.
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15 Apr 2020   #4
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I did it and it's running now!

Thank you.
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15 Apr 2020   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

After each backup session, don't forget to disable that internal backup drive via control panel's device manager, it should not remain online 24/7. Ransomware can attack any connected and online hard drive or SSD.
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15 Apr 2020   #6
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The backup failed: “Volumes larger than 2088958 megabytes cannot be protected”.
The Drive I tried to backup is 195GBs in size.
It is a GPT 4TB Drive.
I am backing it up to another GPT 4TB Drive.
It seems like doing a Backup is an excruciating thing for Windows-7 Systems.
I would have thought it would be a no brain'er, something I could handle.

Any idea how to fix this?


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15 Apr 2020   #7
SIW2

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3718gb is too large for a vhd. You need to use a different container. If you want virtual disk, you could try something like O&O diskimage which can do much larger sizes via vhd(x).

Paragon can do virtual disks as well - but their new interface is poor - it was also slow last time I looked at the paragon 17.

Or any number of other applications with their own proprietary backup formats. Aomei backupper free (standard) version is pretty easy to use and is probably your best alternative.
AOMEI Backupper - Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server


I like diskgenius, but it more of an enthusiast thing.
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15 Apr 2020   #8
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I don't understand VHD or Container?
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15 Apr 2020   #9
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RolandJS,

How do I disable it, I do not see that as an option in the Control Panel Disk Manager?

This is what Windows reports as the Space Available, do you see a way to get this Backup to work?

From what I see, Space should not be a problem.


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15 Apr 2020   #10
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You would be better using a different program that has a different image file format and has more flexibilty in some ways.

For simplicity, I suggest using aomei backupper. The free version does the job fine.

AOMEI Backupper - Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server
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