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Windows 7: Question on backups?

06 Nov 2010   #11
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Michael0609 View Post
I will be using an external drive, what folders are best to back up? My personal folder with pics videos ECt...?
I copy all of my personal files, including Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Public Videos, etc, plus Favorites, Desktop, my QuickLaunch folder (remember, I'm using Vista), plus all my Shared folders, Download folders, and if I have room (if I'm copying to a device with a large enough capacity) I'll even copy Saved Searches, and various program applications, etc. Basically, it's whatever I value on my system. As richc46 essentially just said, if it's important enough to have, it's important enough to save!

PS I may be a little OCD, but I even write out lists of all my customizations for Windows, MS Office and other apps, so that if my system goes down, I can recreate my settings relatively easily. It's still just as time consuming, but at least I don't have to reinvent the wheel.


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06 Nov 2010   #12
Michael0609

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

So let's say I want to restore back to the last image, how do I do it, or if I just want one file that I accidentally deleted?
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06 Nov 2010   #13
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

There is a back up that you did not mention, it is back up and restore.
Restore Backup User and System Files

You can also use restore previous version
Previous Versions - Restore Files and Folders

Restore the entire Drive-system image
System Image Recovery
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06 Nov 2010   #14
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Michael0609 View Post
what folders are best to back up?
My advice is to always "let Windows decide what to backup" because it will automatically backup everything and it will save you the stress of trying to figure out what to backup, only to find out later that you forgot something.....important!
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06 Nov 2010   #15
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I use a commercial product called Acronis True Image. It does full image backups and incrementals as you wish. You can extract individual files from the backup and/or directories. The program allows you to create a bootable cd that will restore to a drive that is not the same size as the image source and works. I have done this several times.

I don't sell or have an investment in them but I use the usergroup store to buy mine at a good discount.
ugr.com is the web site where I get mine. Again, no financial interest just a great site.
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06 Nov 2010   #16
Imperfect1

 
 

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06 Nov 2010   #17
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

mborner

You have been given some good advice here.

Just make sure you back up on a regular basis preferably to an external Hard Drive.
Treat it like an insurance policy - something you do but hope never to have to use .

Don't forget about creating regular System Restore points too.

I would second the comments about Acronis ...

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I use a commercial product called Acronis True Image. It does full image backups and incrementals as you wish. You can extract individual files from the backup and/or directories. The program allows you to create a bootable cd that will restore to a drive that is not the same size as the image source and works.
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