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Windows 7: Back-up question

23 Feb 2011   #1

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Back-up question


I'm a Mac user with no idea about Windows, but trying to help out my wife with her laptop, which is running Windows 7. I want to set up a back-up system for her so she can do regular back-ups and would appreciate advice on the best way to do this.

I had a quick look round the Windows7 OS and see that there is a back-up function already on there. Is this any good or would it be better to download/purchase some separate back-up software? If so can anyone recommend a particular software?

My other question is - if I want to back-up her entire computer (applications, system files, settings etc, etc) it would help to know how many GB is currently being used, that way I know how big an external hard drive to use. How do I find this out? Is there a way to find out the number of GB that is currently being used on the internal hard drive?


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23 Feb 2011   #2

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I use Windows backup, & norton ghost v15, for System images, Data Backup

System Image Recovery
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Restore Backup User and System Files

To see how many GB you have on each Hd, go to My Computer.

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23 Feb 2011   #3
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you want plenty of headaches, you can try the built in Windows7 facilities. If you want something easy and reliable and fast, use this: Imaging with free Macrium
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