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Windows 7: W7 System Imaging

29 Dec 2009   #11
richc46

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Thank you so much for your kind words. There is no right or wrong, if you are happy it is right for you. The Happiest and Healthiest New Years wish for you and your loved ones.


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29 Dec 2009   #12
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Chipper.....which Acronis do you have, exactly? My computer's builder told me he had to upgrade to Acronis True Image Home 2010 to be compatible with this machine....and he was previously running this machine with Vista Ultimate and the older Acronis.....so it seems the OS was the difference.
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29 Dec 2009   #13
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Thunderbird mail is not found in C:\program files.

Thunderbird mail is at C:\Users\Yourusername\appdata\roaming\Thunderbird--actually in a subfolder of this location.

You should back up that Thunderbird folder if you want to back up email.

For most people, making weekly images is excessive unless you are making a lot of significant system changes, lots of program installs and uninstalls, experimentation, etc. For typical users, you would want to make an image when you have most or all of your programs installed and your system is running well--with no signs of viruses, malware, etc. Do a complete check for these bad critters before you make an image--no use making an image of an infected system.

Making weekly images implies that you may be relying on images as your primary data backup. I don't think that is the best policy, but it's your choice.

I'd say you are on the right track by doing only full images rather than incrementals/differentials--they add another layer of complexity and possible confusion.
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29 Dec 2009   #14
Chipper

Windows7 (Home Premium)
 
 

Is it OK, or not, to go about business-as-usual when saving and/or imaging?

The same with scanning and running Trend Micro or Secunia, for example?

Or should you just walk away from the PC when these operations are going on?

Sorry, everyone, but I did not get the usual email W7Forum alert, so that's why I posted, and then realized, well, there's been responses. My apologies.
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29 Dec 2009   #15
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I usually just keep working over the top as the imaging is being done - I use Paragon which is very low on resources.

There is good free app. for mail backups Static Thunderbird Backup Free

I haven't used the Tbird version , but I use Static Windows Live Mail Backup Free and it works perfectly
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29 Dec 2009   #16
Chipper

Windows7 (Home Premium)
 
 

Thanks agin' fellas,

I've already downloaded and installed Paragon. I only IMAGED every week as part of protecting the system. I just went on the advice from TOF [the other forum]. At the time [a year or so ago] I had no clue what imaging was all about. I figured you just SAVED stuff, and that was that. Wrong.

I'm now very aware that none of these save/image/anti this/anti that/ programs are 100%. Tuff lesson to learn, but experience and makin' mistakes is the only true teacher.

Noob - here is a pic of my present Acronis.


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29 Dec 2009   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Personally, I'm kind of in a rut with Acronis, because I feel that I understand it better, but I also have Paragon and Macrium installed, so to be able to do multiple backups, just in case one program fails. In any case, since my first three attempts to use the built-in backup of W7 froze each time, I have not used it since.
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29 Dec 2009   #18
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
Thanks agin' fellas,

I've already downloaded and installed Paragon. I only IMAGED every week as part of protecting the system. I just went on the advice from TOF [the other forum]. At the time [a year or so ago] I had no clue what imaging was all about. I figured you just SAVED stuff, and that was that. Wrong.

I'm now very aware that none of these save/image/anti this/anti that/ programs are 100%. Tuff lesson to learn, but experience and makin' mistakes is the only true teacher.

Noob - here is a pic of my present Acronis.
Paragon, wise choice. Im glad that you made that decision.
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29 Dec 2009   #19
Chipper

Windows7 (Home Premium)
 
 

SIW2 - thanks for the T-Bird link. It's now installed.

And, again, to all, I appreciate immensely all of your advice. I feel i have a better handle on this save/image thingy.

And I was not trying to be evasive with "the other forum". I'm a musician and pedal steel player and the forum is: The Steel Guitar Forum

There is a COMPUTER section, and of course this is where I was referrring to. You guys might want to check it out, as well. The SGF is now much more than just a forum for the pedal steel.

One of my good buddies, who I met on the SGF, is Mitch Drumm. He turned me on to W7Forums. I assume he is a member, as well, but I'm not sure.

Anyway...this is just a great place.
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29 Dec 2009   #20
richc46

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Thanks for the kind words. You will always be welcome here. Have a healthy and happy New Year
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