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Windows 7: Backing up EVERYTHING

21 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

My apologies mate.



Did you see the excellent info Wishmaster posted above.


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21 Sep 2010   #12
geezawolf

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

No worries. Yep thanks - saw Wishmasters post. Cheers.
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21 Sep 2010   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geezawolf View Post
I just can't find a simple answer. Getting in there and learning is what I'm trying to do. Isn't that what these forums are for?
Perhaps there isn't a simple answer. I've used the built-in systems image utility dozens of times with hardly any issues. However, I don't like it because you cannot copy the folders to other places and you cannot easily store multiple backups. So, while these things don't make it bad, and it may be just fine for 1 individual, it's not great for me.

With regards to your scenario...doing an image is great when a machine needs a format and a reinstall. If however, your machine is stolen, and you get a new machine that is similar but not the same...the image might not restore. For something like that, you might need a more powerful product or something with more features. For me personally, if my machine is stolen and I get a new one..I can just reinstall my OS and my apps and then image again. This is no big deal at all. But for some, it could be a show stopper.
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21 Sep 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Just get the Macrium and start 'playing' around with it for a start and be sure to create the recovery disk that MUST be used to use the recovery option.

That is a good video posted at the link I put up and will give you most of the basics to get you started.



Here is another excellent program.

Partition Manager Free Edition
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21 Sep 2010   #15
geezawolf

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thanks guys. Quick question to pparks1. I'm just wondering why the image might not restore if it was a new machine? Excuse my ignorance.
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21 Sep 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geezawolf View Post
Thanks guys. Quick question to pparks1. I'm just wondering why the image might not restore if it was a new machine? Excuse my ignorance.




The drivers differ from one machine to another.

Most of the time Windows 7 can handle that with a couple re-starts but sometime it can't.
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21 Sep 2010   #17
geezawolf

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

So would the same apply if I did do a clone? I know you're saying that imaging is the better option but just want to clarify the cloning thing.
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21 Sep 2010   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You really need a paid version for what you are asking; have a look around the link below for a deal, they have some good ones right now; Paragon is arguably the best program for it.



It you are going to learn to do this just get a good one to start with and learn that one instead of several, a lot less confusing that way.

Look around their site for useful info.


Paragon System Backup 2010
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21 Sep 2010   #19
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Too bad he just missed the Give Away of the Day that featured Paragon Drive Copy. It is prefect for what he wants to do.
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It's a really cool program and one of the better offerings as of late from GOTD.


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21 Sep 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

To make a backup image failsafe use two different imaging apps like Win7 and Macrium, or Macrium and free Paragon 10. http://www.paragon-software.com/home.../download.html

I would put your User folders on a separate partition or HD so that they are backed up separately more often: User Folders - Change Default Location

This way you can capture the image of the OS and programs partition when it is running best, then reimage it without worrying about how current the files are on it, or whether the files will bloat up the image unnecessarily.
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