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Windows 7: Backup

14 Apr 2010   #1
tommypa

Windows 7
 
 
Backup

Does Windows 7 come with a backup utility?


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14 Apr 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

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14 Apr 2010   #3
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello Tommy,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Start\Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Backup and Restore

Several tutorials here: https://www.sevenforums.com/1065-post1.html

Hope that helps.

Gary
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14 Apr 2010   #4
tommypa

Windows 7
 
 

Can Windows Backup do a copy and paste without backing up to a file?
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14 Apr 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Are you asking if it can backup single files? No, but it can backup single folders.

It will save them as a bunch of zipped folders; the only practical way to restore them is to use the Restore feature.
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14 Apr 2010   #6
tommypa

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah I am looking for a program that I can schedule that will do a simple copy and paste. I don't want to backup to file...
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14 Apr 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommypa View Post
Yeah I am looking for a program that I can schedule that will do a simple copy and paste. I don't want to backup to file...
What do you actually want to backup - the system or user files or a combination or what? And to where do you want to backup - seperate partition or seperate drive, etc.
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14 Apr 2010   #8
tommypa

Windows 7
 
 

Basically I have a drive of photos that I work on on my workstation and instead of manually copying them up to a server every night for backup I want to automate that procedure. But I don't want to back up to file because I want to be able to just copy and paste back to my machine if I need to. Its much more convenient. So basically I will be backing up to a share on a server from my local workstation
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14 Apr 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommypa View Post
Basically I have a drive of photos that I work on on my workstation and instead of manually copying them up to a server every night for backup I want to automate that procedure. But I don't want to back up to file because I want to be able to just copy and paste back to my machine if I need to. Its much more convenient. So basically I will be backing up to a share on a server from my local workstation
If the photos are on a dedicated drive, I would image the drive to the server. You can always mount the image and copy whatever you like. Free Macrium and Free Paragon are some options, but there are many others. Some do differentials, some don't. Some manage the backup space, some don't. So it depends what you need.
The Windows7 imaging is another option, but that is complex and mounting the images is only for specialists.
I use Macrium for the purpose. But free Macrium does neirther differentials nor does it manage the backup space. On the other hand is is super easy, fast and very reliable, and the images mount with a double click. Here are a couple of my Macrium tutorials.

Image your system with free Macrium - Vista Forums

Imaging with free Macrium
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14 Apr 2010   #10
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

Just use the builtin Robocopy.exe. Go to command prompt and type in robocopy /? to get the commands to use it. You can also download a GUi for it, or better yet download Richcopy.exe, the upgraded tool. These are free utilities written by Microsoft.
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