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Windows 7: Back up system?

12 Mar 2010   #41
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

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Thanks.

If I do regular Create System Images (every 2 weeks say as a backup) do I need to create a new CD everytime?
No. The CD only contains utilities ... no backup files. This is what is on the CD, and shared by the DVD:

What Is Windows RE?

Cheers!
Robert
OK so I just renew the image whenever, that updates new data, pics, music, etc and do not update repair CD, that will not change?

What do you mean when you mention DVD? Is it the equivalent as the location Ext HD that I used to store the image?


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12 Mar 2010   #42
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Thanks.

If I do regular Create System Images (every 2 weeks say as a backup) do I need to create a new CD everytime?
No. The CD only contains utilities ... no backup files. This is what is on the CD, and shared by the DVD:

What Is Windows RE?

Cheers!
Robert
OK so I just renew the image whenever, that updates new data, pics, music, etc and do not update repair CD, that will not change?

What do you mean when you mention DVD? Is it the equivalent as the location Ext HD that I used to store the image?
Please have a look at this link. When you boot to the DVD or now your new CD, this is what you will see:

Repair CD - System Repair Disk

Cheers!
Robert
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12 Mar 2010   #43
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

newtonjohn,
I've used Win7's Backup & Restore intensively and successfully. You will encounter no problems.

By all means, make that System Repair CD. It can be a life saver. Correct, you only need to make the CD once.

After making the Cd, boot from the CD. After seeing what is available, you can exit out.

With the System Repair CD, I've restored completely my laptop a couple of times with not problems. You see, I have done extensive testing of the backup and restore capabilities of Win 7. Works like a charm and can be life-saver.

With Backup and Restore you can choose to backup only files rather than doing a full system backup. Since I test out many different features, then I'm in the habit of simply doing a full system image backup although this takes much longer than simply backing up files.

Now you ask: How do I just back up files?
  1. WIN key (that's the one with the funny looking, wavy flag on it)
  2. Control Panel
  3. Backup and Restore
  4. Select "Change Settings"
  5. Select where you to backup to and hit Next button
  6. Select "Let me choose" radio button and hit Next button
  7. Select the items you would like to backup and hit Next button
    Don't worry if you've over-selected, Backup and
    Restore will only store one copy of what's needed.
I've included several snapshots made with SnagIt.


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12 Mar 2010   #44
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Thanks iseeuu.

You have been really helpful, thank you for your time. Now lets see if the people at Acer service are the same??

karlsnooks.

Thank you too for your reply.

And to all here.
Thanks
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12 Mar 2010   #45
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Thanks iseeuu.

You have been really helpful, thank you for your time. Now lets see if the people at Acer service are the same??

karlsnooks.

Thank you too for your reply.

And to all here.
Thanks
In future you may want to look at something like Macrium Reflect. Even the free version lets you mount the backup image as a drive with a letter in explorer. You look though all the files just as if they were on a drive in explorer. Every file on the partition you back up will be on there except for stuff like the swap file, hibernate file, that you wouldn't look through anyway.

The nice thing about easy to use 3rd party utilities, esp. if they are free, is if you have more than one computer running more than one flavor of Windows, the program acts the same. You don't have to remember the little differences from version to version how stuff works.
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12 Mar 2010   #46
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonesnewton View Post
Thanks iseeuu.

You have been really helpful, thank you for your time. Now lets see if the people at Acer service are the same??

karlsnooks.

Thank you too for your reply.

And to all here.
Thanks
You are most welcome! Anytime.

Happy surfing!
Robert
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12 Mar 2010   #47
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

jonesnewton,
Glad to hear that we've been helpful. When all is over with, let us know how things went.
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15 May 2010   #48
jonesnewton

Acer Aspire 7738G Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi,
Acer were really good, I got the laptop back within 4 days, all sorted and they did not wipe the OS.
Thanks.

I would like to ask now, (I have now filled up my 220GB Ext HD with my stuff and would like to free up some space) can I save ONLY my Win 7 OS to the Ext HD, basically the working stuff of the laptop and not the data?
I currently have a system image of about 100GB which would be good to delete, it includes all of data at the time of image, but I also saved the data as well into their seperate folders and would like to continue along this route, just add data as and when.

I have re read this thread, I assume that I should do a BACKUP now and not an IMAGE, but I am unsure about exactly what to select in BACKUP?

Any advice or help?
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