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Windows 7: A little confused about Windows backup utility

27 Feb 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I use a slightly different approach. I keep all my data in a seperate data partition and image that partition. Then you are double safe. First, the data partition is not touched during a new install and second, I can always pull the image back in if something happens.

My tutorials:
For seperate data partition see here:
For imaging see here: https://www.sevenforums.com/software/...e-macrium.html

Note: In Win7 it is particularily easy to use the seperate data partition. All you need to do is " Include in Library".


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27 Feb 2010   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Correct.

After you install the OS, you can manually copy your files back from the manual backup, or restore the backup files created from the backup program.

You would only want to restore a image backup when you want everything restored and not just a few files. It's good to have one when this is needed.
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27 Feb 2010   #13
LobsterEar

Windows 7 Release Candidate
 
 

ok well. I checked everything for the hell of it and started backing it up last night and it's still only on 29% 12 hrs later. What do you think the problem is? Should I stop it?

I only have about 126 GB being used on my HDD and I've heard that should only take a couple hrs.
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27 Feb 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is not working properly. Suggest you stop it. The windows backup is very capricious. I suggest you use free Macrium that I linked above. Make sure you burn the recovery CD as first step and keep it in a safe place in case you ever need it.
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27 Feb 2010   #15
LobsterEar

Windows 7 Release Candidate
 
 

For that Macrium, isn't that just for the image backup not the actual backup?
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27 Feb 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

One other thing. Once you have done a Macrium image, you can open it and look at your files or copy individual files or whatever. You need not restore the whole thing if you have no such need. But when you open the Macrium image, it will mount a volume which you will see in Computer as a virtual volume (and if you open it twice you will get 2 virtual volumes, etc.). But let that not confuse you. With the next reboot, those virtual volumes willl disappear.
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27 Feb 2010   #17
LobsterEar

Windows 7 Release Candidate
 
 

I'm still confused about an image backup vs. a normal backup. Should I do both?
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27 Feb 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No need to do both. If your data resides on your C partition (which is usually default but not a good choice), then the data gets backed up with the image of that partition. If you have a seperate data partition, you select that too for imaging (that's how I do it).
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27 Feb 2010   #19
LobsterEar

Windows 7 Release Candidate
 
 

And whats the difference between Backup and image backup? Why does the Windows backup utility let you do both?
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27 Feb 2010   #20
Pieloi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

*About steam, if all your games are within the steam folder, 9/10 you can actually just copy paste your steam folder elsewhere and run steam.exe, it will list all your games, save games intact too when ran.

If steam complains after you do this method, just reinstall steam to THAT directory, basically repairing it and adding shortcuts/registry entries to your current windows install.
Its versatile like that.

(If windows explorer file transfer hangs, just use a different file transfer program)
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