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Windows 7: How do I perform a full backup?

12 Mar 2010   #1
Shanester

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
How do I perform a full backup?

Greetings,

How do I perform a full backup?

I've already set backup up; however, every time I click "Back up now", it does an incremental backup (not a full backup).

Thanks,
Shane.


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12 Mar 2010   #2
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

control panel > System and Security > Backup & Restore

Select create a system image


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12 Mar 2010   #3
Shanester

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Full Backup

A full backup backs up all of the files that I've selected, whereas a system image backs up the entire hard drive. One of the requirements for performing a system image is that your external hard must be as large (or larger) than the hard drive you're backing up - even if the files on your hard drive would fit onto your external drive.

My hard drive is 400 GB, but my external drive is only 200 GB, so I can't perform a system image.

So, does anyone know how I can perform a full backup?

Thanks,
Shane.
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12 Mar 2010   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You may have an issue of semantics.

"Full" may refer to the first pass, when all the files you chose were backed up.

"Incremental" may simply mean all files created after the original Full, while still keeping everything from the first pass.

Between the full and the incremental, you may well in fact have everything you wanted.

Have you checked the destination location to see if newly created files are there? If they are, then I'd guess you would be satisfied?

I use a program called "Second Copy" and that is the way it works, but the terms "Full" and "Incremental" are not used. The first pass copies all chosen files. The second and later passes copy anything new to the backup location and delete from the backup location anything that has also been deleted from the source folders.

If I wanted to do a "Full' backup as you may be using the term, I would have to delete ALL of my backup files from the destination drive and then do a new "first pass". But why would I want to do that when everything is already there as requested? Unless the program has broken or I have made a fresh installation, etc. In my case a new "full" backup would take an hour or two, but the second pass (incremental) takes only seconds because only newly created files are copied.
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12 Mar 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If your back up drive is 15% of the hard drive and at least 30GB, you can do the back up per MS.
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12 Mar 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shanester View Post
A full backup backs up all of the files that I've selected, whereas a system image backs up the entire hard drive. One of the requirements for performing a system image is that your external hard must be as large (or larger) than the hard drive you're backing up - even if the files on your hard drive would fit onto your external drive.

My hard drive is 400 GB, but my external drive is only 200 GB, so I can't perform a system image.

So, does anyone know how I can perform a full backup?

Thanks,
Shane.
Use this imaging program and you will not have that problem. Besides it is faster, the images are smaller, you can mount the images and it is more reliable than Win7 imaging. It is a win/win program and it is free.
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12 Mar 2010   #7
belikexp

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shanester View Post
A full backup backs up all of the files that I've selected, whereas a system image backs up the entire hard drive. One of the requirements for performing a system image is that your external hard must be as large (or larger) than the hard drive you're backing up - even if the files on your hard drive would fit onto your external drive.

My hard drive is 400 GB, but my external drive is only 200 GB, so I can't perform a system image.

So, does anyone know how I can perform a full backup?

Thanks,
Shane.
Use this imaging program and you will not have that problem. Besides it is faster, the images are smaller, you can mount the images and it is more reliable than Win7 imaging. It is a win/win program and it is free.
Have you tried clonezilla? I clone my drives as a backup. Then I place them on the shelf.
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12 Mar 2010   #8
Shanester

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Full Backup

For a description of "Full" vs. "Incremental", please see this article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/136621

In Windows Backup, if I delete a file from my hard drive, the file isn't removed from backup the next time an incremental backup runs. The only way to remove the file is to run a full backup, which is what I'm trying to do.

whs, thanks for the suggestion about the imaging application, but right now I only want to backup my documents (not my programs).

Thanks,
Shane.
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12 Mar 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
whs, thanks for the suggestion about the imaging application, but right now I only want to backup my documents (not my programs).


I image my data and my system at different intervals. But, of course, my data is sitting on a seperate data partition which I would highly recommend for a variety of practical and security reasons.
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