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Windows 7: One second: The time it takes to wipe 3 years of work

25 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This is something even more important to get across to the novice users
I was thinking the same thing after reading the OP
You can see the train-of-though now though....."My PC is brand new/OS is brand new why would i need to back it up, it won't break, even if it does it's still in warranty" LOL!
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25 Oct 2009   #12
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I know I'm just in the process of sorting out my backup routine now I have 7 installed and certain things set up.
I haven't got around to putting everything on here yet but I can keep doing it in stages once the backup is set in place, this goes on an external hard drive by the way
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25 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

this goes on an external hard drive by the way
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25 Oct 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

So, I just had someone ask how they can install Windows 7 on their D: without loosing their data.

I told them to buy a backup drive, copy the data, and then install Windows 7. Hopefully he does.
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25 Oct 2009   #15

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Over the last 100 posts I asked if ppl had a" backup we can restore from" and the answer was 4 had 96 did not.

Backup, Backup, Backup, then backup some more
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25 Oct 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Especially as you can get a 500gb drive for barely $50 now.
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25 Oct 2009   #17


Or you can even run multiple drives in RAID everything is automatically backed up without even doign anything. Plus it speeds things up a lot
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25 Oct 2009   #18

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit

There but for the the grace of god. Almost no one's back scheme is foolproof...and hindsight is 20/20.

I keep a seperate boot and data drive...and was backing up non-media portions of the data drive to data CD (and then DVDs) for years...but then the data set started to get really large...and I was too cheap to buy another drive...and I started to get lazy.

Two to three years after my last DVD-based backup, I was rebuilding my PC and inadvertently pointed the Win XP installer at my data drive...and selected format. It was another hour before I figured it out (after windows was installed on that drive). I then used every unerase tool in the book...but only managed to get back around 25% of my data. Thus, three out of four files that I had not backed up in three years were history. Yes, I felt like an idiot...and deeply regretted the fact that I didn't spend $100 for an external hard drive.

I now have an extra external drive that backup jobs from two PCs in my house move files to. I also have one of these:

[ame=""] Esata USB To Sata External HDD Dock Adapter: Electronics[/ame] that I got for around $40 (US).

There are many similar solutions...and many are cheaper...but the one that I have is attractive enough that I don't feel compelled to lock it away when not in use. I see it on my desk and it reminds me to back up *again* an internal-style drive that I drop in the dock, synch, and then put in a locking fireproof box.

Monday morning quarterbacking is always easy...and stories like the OP's are welcome reminders that most of us need to think more about backups.


Sorry to hear about your trouble brother. G/L...and thanks for sharing.
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25 Oct 2009   #19

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by infested999 View Post
Or you can even run multiple drives in RAID everything is automatically backed up without even doign anything. Plus it speeds things up a lot

Well...that's not a blanket statement for RAID.

RAID 0 speeds things up...and is in no way redundant. In fact, it doubles the chance of losing data.

RAID 1 provides redundancy...but I don't see it speeding things up. Also, there are controller level issues that can still occur that can kill can stupid mistakes like mine...or a massive hardware failure...power

Other versions of RAID are more robust...but they are not perfect. I have lost multiple drives at once in a RAID 5 configured server due to temperature issues in a lab over a weekend...and I would have been screwed had I not had tape backups.

Any version of backup that does not include an off-site backup is a potential issue. I am a volunteer firefighter in my spare time...and take my word for it, what the fire and heat doesn't destroy, our water often does. Just a thought.
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25 Oct 2009   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've heard it said that it's not really backed up till it's in two places. is a good place to store images online, free 25gb of storage from MS.
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