Backup User and System Files

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #140

    Brink said:
    Hello ValiantSaint.

    If you set Windows Backup to automatically run on a schedule, then it'll keep the selected folder(s) backed up.

    You can also manually run the backup as needed or wanted as well. :)
    Hiya Brink. Thanks again for your help. Sorry to sound stupid, but what's the best way to set this up? (Any pictures of the settings needed would be ace, thanks)

    EDIT: Is it just a case of deselecting all the folders apart from My Pictures, then setting up a time for MS Backup to run at? This will create the incremental backup of that folder? How would you restore it, after a clean install?
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  2. Posts : 70,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #141

    No worries. You can do the steps in the tutorial on the first page to set this up. :)

    When you get to step 9, select only the folder(s) that you want to be included in the incremental backup.
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #142

    Brink said:
    No worries. You can do the steps in the tutorial on the first page to set this up. :)

    When you get to step 9, select only the folder(s) that you want to be included in the incremental backup.
    Wow, thanks for the very quick reply :)

    So, when you do step 5, you will create another incremental backup of the folder you have selected?

    What's W7 backup like for a system image? I normally use Acronis True Image, but I've been put off my the massive files sizes that W7 Backup creates (Had a quick dabble)
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
       #143

    Hi All,
    I know this is an old thread and we shouldn't be using this backup tool any more, but I have some backups made with it, and ran into an issue. I used it on Windows 7, which I upgraded to Windows 10 years ago. The backups have gone just fine, to a second hard drive in the computer. It's full, and I've since added a shiny new NAS with tons of storage. I want to move the backups over to a shared folder on the NAS.


    I used Beyond Compare in admin mode to copy the MediaId.bin, <PC Name> Folder, and the WindowsImageBackup folder to the NAS. I have BC setup to do a deep binary comparison, and it showed me that all files copied are binary exact on the NAS.


    The issue is, when I use the "Select another backup to restore from" link, it initially shows me the Backup Sets from my internal drive (I've not deleted them yet), and when I select "Browse Network Location" to see the Backup Sets that are now copied to my NAS, every backup set has a Backup Period of "11/12/2020 - 11/12/2020".


    tl;dr
    How do I get the copied backup sets to show the correct Backup Period?
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
       #144

    oryandunn said:
    Hi All,
    I know this is an old thread and we shouldn't be using this backup tool any more, but I have some backups made with it, and ran into an issue. I used it on Windows 7, which I upgraded to Windows 10 years ago. The backups have gone just fine, to a second hard drive in the computer. It's full, and I've since added a shiny new NAS with tons of storage. I want to move the backups over to a shared folder on the NAS.


    I used Beyond Compare in admin mode to copy the MediaId.bin, <PC Name> Folder, and the WindowsImageBackup folder to the NAS. I have BC setup to do a deep binary comparison, and it showed me that all files copied are binary exact on the NAS.


    The issue is, when I use the "Select another backup to restore from" link, it initially shows me the Backup Sets from my internal drive (I've not deleted them yet), and when I select "Browse Network Location" to see the Backup Sets that are now copied to my NAS, every backup set has a Backup Period of "11/12/2020 - 11/12/2020".


    tl;dr
    How do I get the copied backup sets to show the correct Backup Period?

    Well, I've figured out the issue. Somewhat inexplicably, Windows uses the created date of the folder as the "date" for the particular "Backup Files" within a "Backup Set". It seems that it uses the oldest and newest folder created date to create the Backup Period as shown in the UI.


    I'm going to leave this helpful hint for future wayward internet travelers...


    Most all copy programs do not copy the folder create date or the modify date. It turns out, you can use the command line tool robocopy to help out here.


    To do the copy preserving all file and folder times
    Code:
    C:\> robocopy.exe /b /e /dcopy:t <drive>:\<backup_folder> \\<server>\<share>\<backup_folder>

    If you've already copied files via some program that retained the file timestamps, but not folder timestamps, and you still have the original directory structure in tact, you can copy just the timestamps:
    Code:
    robocopy.exe /e /dcopy:t <drive>:\<backup_folder> \\<server>\<share>\<backup_folder>

    After doing this, I can point the restore dialog to \\<server>\<share> and I see all my backup sets with the correct Backup Period.
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