Windows 7 Feature Focus – Backup and Restore

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Hi, The windows system image recovery option will recognize the USB external drive?  Its better to take the system image backup in DVDS or in the external drive?

can i take the system image backup on the same drive?

 

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I can't see any way that you can point Windows 7 backup to a folder within an external hard drive. You just get the option of the drive but not a specific folder.  Does it create a folder and put the backup in it?  Please let me know if one can specify a particular folder on the backup drive.  This is important if you have multiple computers in the house and one backup drive. tom@tomtexas.com

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HI

i have following issue: i have a notebook with a recovery partition, that is both fat32 and read only. and when id like to create a backup of the system, there is no way to exclude this recovery partition. this is because you are not allowed to choose wether you want to backup just the system, you are only allowed to backup system AND recovery partition. on the other hand, it is read only, and fat32 and it gives an error, that one of the partitions to be backed up is bla bla... i really would like to backup, coz my system crashed 3 times this weekend and im bored with installing it over and over again :)

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sandyallan

Hi,

With the Home Premium versio, can I specify the NAS drive to backup ?  Or do I need to get the Professional version ?

 

Thanks,

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Dear Mr. Soperus,

i have Windows 7 Professional installed on my system and i plan to upgrade my current 2x250 GB Raid-0 on ICHR9 to 2x1TB disks, again at Raid-0 (stripe). I am using the internal image backup software every week for a full system image with all partitions included to an extra internal backup harddisk.

It it possible to restore the images to the new array and if yes, can i adjust the partition sizes because of the more disk space i have after changing the harddisks or does it do some suggestions, e.g. autosizing? Or does the internal Win7 image backup software a restore with the sizes of the partitions, i had before (1:1) on my 500 GB array, so i have to adjust partition sizes with a third party software after restore?

I don´t want to install Acronis or something else, because since the new Backup & Recovery 10 i very dislike it, and it doesn´t fully support Windows 7 for now. Would be nice, if the internal backup function of Windows would feature it.

Thanks for your help!

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Marcus_Soperus

You can restore files from Windows Vista system image backups with Windows 7's Backup and Restore dialog. You restore them the same way you would restore backups made with Windows 7.

As far as restoring files made with the Windows Vista file backup, these are stored in ZIP format, and can be opened after you take ownership of them (you'll be prompted by Windows 7 for the appropriate steps).

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Anyone know if a backup made with Vista can be used to restore data to Windows 7?

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mls067

I have a question about this. On my computer I have windows 7 loaded on an old 80GB hard drive with all my libraries on my 640GB hard drive ( I purchased this after I realised I really like windows 7). I just purchased a 320gb hard drive that I would like to migrate everything over to without reinstalling everything. Can I use the disk imaging in windows 7 to do this, if so how? I tried and when it came to the point of actually doing it, I recieved an error that the disk was invalid (the 320 disk)and windows gave me a bunch of options that didn't make any sense to me. I tried formatting it(the 320) prior to running the imaging utility to see if that would change and it didn't.

 

When I run the inital backup I save it to my 1TB external hard drive. I burned the recover cd, turn off the computer and disconnected the old 80GB hard drive (with it connected I recieved a whole bunch of other errors, I know I should have written them down but didn't). I boot up the computer to the cd then click recover from an image or something like that. It finds the image on the 1TB hard drive and goes to the next step to choose drives to exclude. I see the 320GB drive in there but it's not ticked.When I click next it starts the recovery, then the error.

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Marcus_Soperus

The restore system image option in Windows 7 Backup is really designed for situations in which you have replaced a failed hard disk with the same size (or larger).

Since you have a working 80GB installation of Windows 7 and a new hard disk, what you want to do is use a disk-cloning utility provided by the vendor of either your old or new hard disk. For example, if you had a Maxtor or Seagate hard disk (either as the old 80GB drive or the new 320GB drive), you could download MaxBlast 5 or Seagate Disc Wizard and use it to clone your drive (these programs are based on Acronis TrueImage). If you are not using Seagate or Maxtor drives, check with the drive vendor for a Vista-compatible drive cloning utility (Vista-compatible utilities will work with Windows 7 drives as well). Be sure to follow the vendor's suggestions for how to connect your drives, and make sure you have selected your new 320GB drive as the target drive. Depending upon the utility to use, you might be able to clone your old drive to a larger partition on the target drive (this depends upon the utility - and you might need to select a custom setting), or you might wind up with an 80GB partition on the new drive that you can expand to fill the drive by using Disk Management in Windows 7.

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I might have missed it but it would be nice if Windows 7 would compare files it is backing up and replace or add as needed rather than making a complete new backup.  A reminder that a full backup should be performed about once every two months would be nice as well, as backup files that are added to or replaced can sometimes become corrupt.

My 1TB backup hard drive is shrinking fast with weekly backups!  Plus, it takes 45 minutes to backup my libraries.  I looked at my hard drive and I see files with dates of the back ups, but I have not found anything on whether it is safe to remove those older files.  I am assuming it will not hurt anything if I do but ooops! 

A question from Windows 7 asking if it's ok to delete backups that are older than six months would also be nice.  That allows for two complete backups and one current that adds or replaces files as needed which saves on time and hard drive space.

There are 3rd party programs that do back ups as I described but if Windows 7 has a similar function I haven't found it yet.

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Duall

Too bad this doesn't cover dynamic drives.

Neither does the backup built into Windows Home Server as far as I can tell.

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finally microsoft gets smart! Think about it how many times do you misplace the install disk for your os?

Now we can make 50 copies and hide them everywhere so when the time comes we will be able to find at least 1. 

 

 

 

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