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Windows 7: Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut

01 Mar 2015   #20
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Husker,

It really comes down to your needs for what's best.

If you have the hard drive space, then full backups are better to have.

Backup - Make a "Create New Backup" Shortcut

Incremental backups may save you space, but if anyone of the incremental backups become corrupted or lost, you will lose the whole backup (all incremental backups).

The backup feature in Windows 7 is good for just bare basic backups as long as you don't move or rename the backups. Otherwise 3rd party backup programs are usually more flexible and advanced.


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01 Mar 2015   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There must be a recent problem with the VSS service. On another forum I read a report of a similar problem someone had with System Restore from a restore point. He reported that a recent restore point restored stuff that had been installed after the restore point was taken.

Here is an extract of what was reported:

Quote:
System Restore is not reliable, im not using it anymore.

I had problems after installing some upgrades, so i used system restore to "go back in time".
But, after restoring windows-update still told me that i had a few updates installed,
which is impossible since they were installed after the system restore point was created !?
I knew that without checking the date, but when i looked at the list of installed upgrades i saw several dates after the system restore point was created, which of course should be impossible.
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01 Mar 2015   #22
huskertsunami

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Husker,

It really comes down to your needs for what's best.

If you have the hard drive space, then full backups are better to have.

Backup - Make a "Create New Backup" Shortcut

Incremental backups may save you space, but if anyone of the incremental backups become corrupted or lost, you will lose the whole backup (all incremental backups).

The backup feature in Windows 7 is good for just bare basic backups as long as you don't move or rename the backups. Otherwise 3rd party backup programs are usually more flexible and advanced.
Thanks Shawn,

My understanding from reading WIN XP recovery documentation is that the option of DIFFERENTIAL backups are not as vulnerable as INCREMENTAL backups. So I surmise that the WIN7 utility does not do DIFFERENTIAL backups? How did MICROSOFT let that slide by especially since they had VISTA between XP & WIN7?
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01 Mar 2015   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
How did MICROSOFT let that slide by especially since they had VISTA between XP & WIN7?
I think you should ask Microsoft that question. How would we know.
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01 Mar 2015   #24
huskertsunami

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
How did MICROSOFT let that slide by especially since they had VISTA between XP & WIN7?
I think you should ask Microsoft that question. How would we know.
Thanks WHS, I have just done that. However, my expectations are low. To my knowledge they never corrected the WINDOWS MEDIA network sharing problem with their WIN7 BACKUP & RESTORE utility. I doubt their motivation would push them to correct this.

I do not get what happened to them between the XP & WIN7 iteration. The XP documentation on this issue is far more detailed than WIN7. I now understand that if even 1 INCREMENTAL becomes inoperable all of the subsequent backups are ruined. If I am correct that is not the case for DIFFERENTIAL backups which is not possible through the WIN7 utility?
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01 Mar 2015   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am strictly against both incrementals and differentials. They are nothing but trouble. And why would I use that. Storage space is cheap and imaging can be done in the background. So there is no time constraint either, Besides, my Macrium system images take about 5 minutes to write.
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