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I'm using the built-in Windows Backup. The default destination folder (backup location\computer name\Backup Set year-month-day time) is unsuitable for me because I already have got some other files in that location and I'd prefer to keep them there.

I found no way to change it. Is it possible to have a backup on the same partition but in a different folder? Or do I have to store backups on a different disk?

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Windows Backup allows you specify what drive to store backup data on. Unfortunately, you cannot change the directory hierarchy. Depending on what edition of Windows 7 you're using, you may have the ability to save to a network location, which could be a shared folder on your machine.

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The only thing I could think of was to use subst and create a virtual disk. I don't know if this is a good idea for backups.

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Wasn't aware of subst before. +1 to you sir/ma'm. –  Belmin Fernandez Oct 18 '10 at 0:06
nice option. It never occured to me that I could use this too. –  Ayusman Jun 7 '12 at 4:59

Hihi, did not try this, but it will be cool if it works :D I was also frustrated with backup naming and location (stupid backup polluting my partition root), but eventually i started making my backup on network and forgot about this. So you should try this:

  • Create some folder where you want to place you backup
  • Share this folder to yourself
  • Select option to backup on network and give you shared folder as location, but not as local path as D:\FolderForBackup , you must use you network path as //MyComputerName/FolderForBackup

If this works than lol.

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I gave up on Windows 7 Backup, and just created a Dynamic expanding VHD as B: in the Disk Manager, and used Robocopy. :) Windows Backup would not even recognize my non-active VHD it created either.. Sigh..

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That works great for files, but it does not capture registry state, does it? –  mafutrct Aug 29 '12 at 8:03

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