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  1. Posts : 824
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
       #210

    Night Hawk said:
    Windows will automatically create a new sub folder in the same Seven-PC main folder. The dates are seen on the root files in the sub folder of the sub folder if you follow that. The incremental backup will name the next folder accordingly once seeing the present one.

    For backing up the backup(s) you could literally copy everything over to another partition or drive to restore later in the event of any loss. I'll probably doing that as well for the image here since that won't be incremental but the fast restore image copied onto the second storage drive for safekeeping there. Leaving the original location intact will insure the incremental backups go by without fuss.
    Ok, same here. I'm leaving the original folder intact and copying the original for a dated backup. For my needs, it's the only way to go. I install, uninstall, modify and change way too much. Having dated multiple image backups would be best practice for me in the long run.
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  2. Posts : 8,370
    W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
       #211

    That's one thing the restoration option will look for is the dates. Whatever goes into the Seven-PC folder there has to remain unchanged even with the backup to any work later.

    When you look at the image I posted before on how the files are note the grouping of characters. Each grouping has it's own designation when Windows looks at it. Your backup to another location should look exactly the same as the original with the same number of files found in order to work once and if you ever have to copy back to original location.
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  3. Posts : 824
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
       #212

    Night Hawk said:
    That's one thing the restoration option will look for is the dates. Whatever goes into the Seven-PC folder there has to remain unchanged even with the backup to any work later.

    When you look at the image I posted before on how the files are note the grouping of characters. Each grouping has it's own designation when Windows looks at it. Your backup to another location should look exactly the same as the original with the same number of files found in order to work once and if you ever have to copy back to original location.
    So what you are saying is, to just copy and paste the original and do not rename it, correct?
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  4. Posts : 8,370
    W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
       #213

    The "Seven-PC" folder itself makes no difference as far as the name on another drive for example while the contents are the concern. You can easily backup those to a new folder on the same drive even called "Greg S" if you want.

    Once you go to copy everything back to the original location the "Seven-PC" folder name will then have to be seen by Windows in order to display the contents or for further incremental backups you see going forward from that point. The backup of the backup is what has to be kept the same as well as verified all files are present in order to good for use if needed.
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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 7
       #214

    Hi Everyone,

    I've looked through this thread but haven't seen anyone else post about my issue. I tried to create a system image. I put in the blank DVD disc and labelled it using the date and time that Windows suggested.

    Windows formatted the disc and the progress bar continued. Then, I got the same message about putting in a storage device that was over 1GB in size and to label it with the same information as before.

    This happened twice more and the progress bar never made it very far. I've since cancelled the backup to search online.

    Could it be the discs that I am using? They are Verbatim, 4.8GB DVDs.

    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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  6. Posts : 70,208
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #215

    Hello Strtcrchrn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    I'm not sure why you are not able to back up to your DVD's. If you are able to, you would be much better off backing up a system image to another separate hard drive or another partition on the same hard drive.
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  7. Posts : 5
    Windows 7
       #216

    Hi Brink,

    Thanks for the reply and the welcome. :)

    I do have an external drive but I was worried that I would have to format it and then it would wipe everything that's currently on there.
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  8. Posts : 8,370
    W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
       #217

    With about 147gb of data including the Windows installation on one drive here the total size of the system image was 131gb. If you have 200gb or more that will work for a one time image depending on the size of the external drive itself.

    I didn't have about 11-15 blank dvd-rws onhand which the image tool asks for to see how that would go at the time. You need the rewriteable type of blank media for this.
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  9. Posts : 5
    Windows 7
       #218

    Thanks Night Hawk. I definitely don't have that much room on the external drive, so I'll either have to make some room or buy a new drive.

    Thanks again, I appreciate the feedback.
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  10. Posts : 824
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
       #219

    Last question, I hope. In the pic below, is the folder that is circled in blue the one that is copied and pasted somewhere else for a backup of the image backup? Again for clarity, do I leave the folder circled in blue untouched?

    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup-capture.jpg
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