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Windows 7: Good backup policy?

22 Mar 2010   #21
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Agreed Sir, as I keep saying: be wise before the event.
As my brother is always saying...

"I never make the same mistake twice. I'm way to busy making new ones..."


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22 Mar 2010   #22
Kari

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Agreed Sir, as I keep saying: be wise before the event.
As my brother is always saying...

"I never make the same mistake twice. I'm way to busy making new ones..."
I'm almost perfect, only done three mistakes in my life: wife's number 1, 2 and 3. Now it's my 4th wife's turn to make mistakes, I'm her first one.
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22 Mar 2010   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I too run Acronis True Image 2010...however I use that for very simply system images. I don't actually like using it to backup data, as the file is then in a proprietary file format and I have to use software to restore it. I much rather just have the files in their native format on an external drive, this way I can easily retrieve them using any other windows machine, a linux host or a mac.
From a Macrium image I can retrieve the files as if I had used copy/paste to get them there. They are all freely accessible once I mount the image (which is 3 clicks).
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22 Mar 2010   #24
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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From a Macrium image I can retrieve the files as if I had used copy/paste to get them there. They are all freely accessible once I mount the image (which is 3 clicks).
True, but if the only machine you have available is Linux or Mac...I don't think you can install and run Macrium...so you don't have the ability to mount the image.

I'm not criticizing you for choosing this for backups...I'm just explaining why I prefer to just have the files loose in the backup.
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22 Mar 2010   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
From a Macrium image I can retrieve the files as if I had used copy/paste to get them there. They are all freely accessible once I mount the image (which is 3 clicks).
True, but if the only machine you have available is Linux or Mac...I don't think you can install and run Macrium...so you don't have the ability to mount the image.

I'm not criticizing you for choosing this for backups...I'm just explaining why I prefer to just have the files loose in the backup.
OK, understand. But now you are throwing another monkey wrench into the equation. I am all windows, so I do not have that problem. But I sometimes use Fedora for playing around. I will check on occasion what that would do.
Btw: I am not trying to push my approach. I was only suggesting it as another alternative - for those that have no monkey wrenches - LOL.
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23 Mar 2010   #26
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

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That's fair. One should always use English in addition. But Google Translate does a pretty decent job too. I just thought the multilingual might give some "color" to the forum - smell of the wide world, LOL.

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about 15gigs for Windows
CommonTater, 15 gigs may be a little shy. I would recommend 25 to 30 gigs.
I'm running in a 15 gig partition now... with 10.9gb free.

I only install about 3gb of software and don't have system restore or automatic updates running, so bloat isn't an issue.

Should be fine.
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23 Mar 2010   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That's fair. One should always use English in addition. But Google Translate does a pretty decent job too. I just thought the multilingual might give some "color" to the forum - smell of the wide world, LOL.

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about 15gigs for Windows
CommonTater, 15 gigs may be a little shy. I would recommend 25 to 30 gigs.
I'm running in a 15 gig partition now... with 10.9gb free.

I only install about 3gb of software and don't have system restore or automatic updates running, so bloat isn't an issue.

Should be fine.
That is really cool. But I would be interested to know how you fit the system into 4.1GBs. Mine is about 18GB with pagefile less shadowstorage and hibernation file. My winsxs alone is over 4.1GBs.
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29 Mar 2010   #28
Bob Drake

Windows 7
 
 
Good backup policy?

My strategy is this:

Drive C has all the programs that have been installed. It is mirrored in Win 7 to DVDs. If hard drive crashes or I get a virus (hasn't happened yet) I simply load the bootable disk image and I am back on line back to the day I created the image.

Drive D (Hard internal disk) has data (i.e. data bases, financials, pictures, music etc.) It is backed up to Drive G (External hard drive on USB) using Synchback SE on a daily basis.

Every so many months, Drive D is copied to DVDs and stored off-site.

Lessons learned. My wife's computer had a hard drive failure. No problem. Put in a new one and ran Norton Ghost. I had not been doing disk images frequently enough and Windows ME in lieu of Windows XP showed up on the reboot. 12 hrs later all the software was restored. It is now ghosted and I will pay closer attention to timing on her system.
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29 Mar 2010   #29
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is really cool. But I would be interested to know how you fit the system into 4.1GBs. Mine is about 18GB with pagefile less shadowstorage and hibernation file. My winsxs alone is over 4.1GBs.

Well, here's a screen shot taken just now....

Good backup policy?-capture.jpg

How did I do that with Windows 7 Ultimate? Well, I used VLite and removed Speech Recognition, Languages, Natural Language Search, Media Center and a couple of other things I'll never use in this lifetime.... Then I run with no system restore, no pagefile, no hibernation and no automatic updates.

Been running my systems like that since win2000 ... which I could actually install in under 700megs. XP needed about 1.5gb...


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29 Mar 2010   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is really cool. But I would be interested to know how you fit the system into 4.1GBs. Mine is about 18GB with pagefile less shadowstorage and hibernation file. My winsxs alone is over 4.1GBs.

Well, here's a screen shot taken just now....

Attachment 63750

How did I do that with Windows 7 Ultimate? Well, I used VLite and removed Speech Recognition, Languages, Natural Language Search, Media Center and a couple of other things I'll never use in this lifetime.... Then I run with no system restore, no pagefile, no hibernation and no automatic updates.

Been running my systems like that since win2000 ... which I could actually install in under 700megs. XP needed about 1.5gb...
That is really nice. That would be of great interest for the people that put Win7 on a small SSD. With a 30GB Vertex ($99), there would be even enough room for the data on e.g. a laptop.
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