Backup User and System Files

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #120

    Thx! What I figured!
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  2. Posts : 70,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #121

    You're most welcome. :)
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  3. Posts : 37
    w7 Ultimate 32bit
       #122

    Considering that you just want to backup data files, docs, music, photos and .pst files:

    is it preferable (more practical) to use Backup facility, or just copy the relevant folders to an external disk?

    The Backup will only be usable by another W7 machine for a complete restore, or it can be used in the future as an ordinary folder (i.e. you can open it, see contents, copy/paste selectively etc.)?

    Sorry if this has already been answered; kindly point to the right post.
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  4. Posts : 70,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #123

    Hello Abax,

    For just that, yes manually backing them up would be easier and more reliable. :)
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  5. Posts : 37
    w7 Ultimate 32bit
       #124

    thnx Brink for answer.
    So, in this case what preferable use Backup would have (except system image)?
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  6. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
       #125

    abax2000 said:
    Considering that you just want to backup data files, docs, music, photos and .pst files:

    is it preferable (more practical) to use Backup facility, or just copy the relevant folders to an external disk?

    The Backup will only be usable by another W7 machine for a complete restore, or it can be used in the future as an ordinary folder (i.e. you can open it, see contents, copy/paste selectively etc.)?

    Sorry if this has already been answered; kindly point to the right post.
    I always put all my user files into a seperate data partition. Besides other advantages of such a setup, it also is easy to image that partition. I use free Macrium or Wbadmin for that.

    I also recommend to enable system restore points for the data partitions. If you happen to loose a file, you can also easily recover it with Shadow Explorer.
    Last edited by whs; 26 Jun 2011 at 12:26. Reason: typo
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  7. Posts : 70,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #126

    abax2000 said:
    thnx Brink for answer.
    So, in this case what preferable use Backup would have (except system image)?
    It could be helpful if you wanted to create a backup of certain files and folders on a regular schedule to always have a updated backup automatically instead of doing it manually.
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  8. Posts : 50
    Windows 7 Home Premiun 64bit
       #127

    Hi Shawn,

    I'm having dificulty with this.

    First let me tell you what I'm trying to do and what I have to do it with.

    I have two large hard drives and two DVD writers. One drive I store all my system files and software and the other is strictly for data.

    What I want to do is backup my data to a removable DVD-rewriteable disc.

    The first thing I did was format the disc. All went well. I set up the backup wizard to backup the data drive and set up the schedule. I then tried to perform the first backup. It started ok, but then told me to insert the DVD-RW in the drive. The disc was already in the drive. The only way I could get it to start was to push the tab "Insert Blank Media". It then started to perform the backup but quit at 67%. It's been backing up now for about 10 min. and shows 70%. What's wrong here?

    Also, is there a way to create a shortcut to perform a backup to this disc "on the fly"?

    Randy
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  9. Posts : 70,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #128

    Hello Randy,

    To be honest using Windows Backup to a DVD is just not real reliable. Instead, I would recommend to either backup to another HDD/partition, or just manually copy and paste files that you wanted to backup to the DVDs/HDD/partition.
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  10. Posts : 50
    Windows 7 Home Premiun 64bit
       #129

    Thanks. It finally completed the backup. I took a look at the files and I guess I completely misunderstood the concept. I thought it would simply write over the existing files in a simple fashion. Not so. It creates a plethora of files I have no idea what they are. You're idea will definitely work. I was looking for something that would be scheduled and simple. Not
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