Making copies of data so that the copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss event, or for historical retention.

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What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap/free utility that can do this without very much effort? My preference is that it would be really easy. Boot into Windows Pick drive to move Pick target drive It copies ...
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Software to backup data and files on a Windows computer [closed]

I have data and files on my system, running Windows, and want to make sure that I don't lose all the data or information when it gets toasted, either by a power surge or corrupted medium. I've heard ...
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How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?

Do you guys know how much time needs to pass until the data stored on a hard drive starts to degrade? To keep the data intact for long periods of time, I heard you need to periodically rewrite it on ...
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What medium should be used for long term, high volume, data storage (archival)?

This question was inspired by http://superuser.com/questions/374386/how-to-store-and-preserve-lots-of-data. There have been other similar questions, but none with the same criteria. This is two ...
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How to store and preserve lots of data?

I have many DVDs with movies and games, they are getting old and dusty, some of them are damaged. And I have more than 300 GB of general files in my PC. I want to store and preserve all of my data and ...
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Backup software for Mac OS X [closed]

Which backup software do you recommend for Mac OS X? As you probably know, Leopard comes with an integrated backup tool called Time Machine. It works pretty well despite it misses some advanced ...
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Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups?

I have win 7 scheduled to backup every Sunday, it's only looking at one of my drives at the moment and is backing up to an external HDD. It's a 1TB drive so should take quite a while to fill but the ...
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Does an equivalent of Time Machine exist for Windows? [closed]

A simple Google search for "Time Machine for Windows" results in a flurry of different little apps. But instead of relying on forum anecdotes and advertisements, I call on the much wiser Super User ...
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Verifying Time Machine backups

I'm preparing my system for a Snow Leopard upgrade, and I prepare for the worst case scenario: full reinstall and restore. I would like to verify that my Time Machine backups are valid, and will ...
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Use OneDrive as additional backup location

I'm trying to take advantage of the fact that OneDrive now offers unlimited space, and allows these files to not take up space locally. I already have a backup system in place, but I would like to add ...
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How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8

I am currently on Windows 7, and want to upgrade to Windows 8. In case something goes wrong, or an important application stops working on Windows 8, how can I create a backup that can be used to ...
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Move existing Windows 7 installation to new computer?

I have a Windows 7 64-bit installation on my current PC, and I want to move it to a new PC .. I do NOT have a problem with licensing, as the new system already has its own new Windows 7 license, which ...
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How do I go about backing up/saving installed device drivers in Windows 2000/XP?

I want to reinstall Windows 2000 on a machine which has some very obscure drivers. I don't much fancy having to hunt round for them (that's if I'm able to locate them at all). Is it possible to save ...
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Cloning Fresh Windows 7 -fsed HDD to Linux Server because having no external HDD or disks for the Backup

New lenovo x220 laptop with Windows 7 Pro with the below specs. I want to backup the disk to my server but I need to know the W7 fs, what is it? $ sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb Windows/ NTFS signature ...
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Long-term backup storage media

Rumors say CDs and DVDs won't remember your data longer than ten years. Are there backup media that do better?
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How to restore Chrome without “Restore” button and the files “Last Session” and “Last Tabs”?

I was using Chrome halfway when the computer crashed. Usually if I restart and re-run Chrome, there would be a Restore button to recover my lost Chrome session. However, I restarted in Safe Mode, and ...
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Backup Metro apps to install Later or on other PC's

I want to backup my current Windows 8 Metro apps so that I can install them to other PC's or Install them later if I format and re-install Windows 8 again. I want to install these Metro Modern UI ...
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Is there any good RESTORE software for Windows? [closed]

In the spirit of Joel Spolsky's "Let’s stop talking about backups" article, is there any software that's good at restoring a Windows computer? By "good", I mean it can handle a situation where a ...
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Incremental image backup for Windows 7 [closed]

I'm looking for a backup program that does incremental backups and that I can use to completely image my main hard drive. For example I use the C:\ as my main drive and have E:\backups as my backup. ...
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What is a simple home backup software which works with a variety of OSes?

Vista came with a backup solution that should work for me, but of course it doesn't. It doesn't play nice with Samba unfortunately. What are my alternatives? It should be simple, back up on a ...
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Bit-for-bit copy of hard drive in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clone a Hard Disk Content to Another Hard Disk What's the equivalent of SuperDuper on Windows? I want to replace my current hard drive with a new one so I imagine that I ...
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Recover files deleted from Windows 7 with no backup

I accidentally deleted important files, for which I do not have a backup. My thesis files worth four years of sweat is gone and when I tried to go back to a "previous versions" I get the message: ...
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restore a smaller hard drive 320GB image to a larger harddrive 1TB

I want to transfer my current system hard drive to a larger hard drive. Doing so, I thought of creating an image of my system hard drive which is 320 GB in size. Would I be able to restore this ...
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Good block size for disk-cloning with diskdump (dd)

I use dd in its simplest form to clone a hard drive: dd if=INPUT of=OUTPUT However, I read in the manpage that dd knows a blocksize parameter. Is there an optimal value for the blocksize parameter ...
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Windows 8.1 Insufficient storage available to create shadow copy

[Note: After I entered the problem statement, I found this question, which is apparently the same problem. Maybe one of us will get a good answer...] I have used the "Windows 7 File Recovery" tool ...
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What can I do about Windows 7 Backup error 0x81000037, apparently caused by reparse points?

I've been getting this error: 0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up trying to take a Windows backup of my workstation (...
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A virusproof (ransomware…) strategy for backup on a NAS?

I bought a NAS to share files and as backup solution. Recently my netbook got infected by a ransomware. All files on the netbook and most of the file on the NAS were destroyed (the virus shuffles the ...
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Can I clone a root file system of a running server via ssh?

I want to make a backup of a running server. Every config files and everything without turning it off. How can I accomplish this? Is it ok to try copying it all? Because I had problems with the root ...
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Time Machine clone for Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine for Windows I'm using Time Machine for backups on my Mac, and right now I'm using Synology's backup software (Data Replicator 3) for backing up my girlfriends ...
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2answers
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Best drivers backup (and maybe update) software [closed]

What are best drivers backup (and maybe update) software? Some of this software do not seem to be good enough to trust...
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Incremental (delta) backup of a encrypted data

I have several files that I need to keep encrypted on my home hard disk. I currently use a TrueCrypt file container, currently around 100MB in size. I need to backup this file daily, and I'm looking ...
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For OS X, backup solutions that perform just like Time Machine?

I am wondering what backup solutions for OS X exist, but not just any backup software. I am wondering which ones act and perform like time machine with incremental file change backups?
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Password Protecting Partitions on an External Hard Drive

I'm looking forward to the suggestions I get back on this one. Here's the rundown: I'd like to have an external hard drive to use as a backup for my household. Ideally I'd like to be able to take ...
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Explain Windows 8 Windows Store AppData/packages and what to backup

Can someone explain the structure of %localappdata%\Packages*package id*\ in Windows 8 so I can get a better idea of what files should be backed up and what files shouldn't be. Specifically what state,...
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Write a DVD from the Windows Command Line

Does anyone know an easy way to write files to a DVD from the command line. I've found a program that does it for CDs, and another that writes .ISO images to DVD. I want to use it to write files to a ...
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Windows 8 - Possible to create a system image?

In Windows 7 you could create a system image that you restore later on in the Backup and Restore options: However Backup and Restore options have changed in Windows 8. They look like this now: ...
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Encrypt time machine backups

What is the best way to encrypt backups made by Time Machine?
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Restore some files out of SystemImageBackup

I'm wondering if it is possible to extract some files out of the SystemImageBackup without restoring the whole backup?
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How to incrementally backup whole HDD to external from Windows?

What I want exactly is a hard drive to hard drive incremental backup, not an image file. The original HDD has three partitons - ext3, linux-swap, and NTFS. What would be the easiest way to do this ...
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Will my apps and files be lost or MIGHT they be lost?

When the official release of Windows 8 comes out 10/26 (or soon thereafter), I will want to upgrade from the RC on my laptop. I understand that I can't just upgrade in place; I have to do a full re-...
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How do I use 7-zip to backup files, but exclude some directories

I would like to use 7-zip to backup a directory, but I would like it to exclude all directories named ".svn" (anywhere in the source tree). Does anybody know if this is possible and in that case how?
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Incremental backup and sync software

I need a free software for Windows (with gui or command line) that does incremental backup copying all files and storing changed or deleted files in a directory named like last change date (or a ...
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How to do rsync-like encrypted backup?

I want to save a backup of my data on a remote server, but never want the backup server to see the data unencrypted. Editing a single file and backing up should not result in everything being ...
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How to back up gmail to my computer?

I am using gmail as a part of Google Apps for Domains. I'd like to back up all my email. I've tried setting up IMAP in Thunderbird and it works reasonably well (except it times out way too much, ...
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Could you suggest feature-rich disk-based personal backup program for linux (and I've seen a few)? [closed]

I'm using linux on desktop since about 1996. Every time I changed my desktop or notebook, I've taken my linux with me via "dump | ssh | restore". Along the way, I went through half a dozen HDD ...
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Are Time Machine backups incremental? And is Time Machine any better on Snow Leopard?

I would like to understand how Time Machine backups work and has this been made any better in Snow Leopard?
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Windows 7 Backup - Does the “system image” include all the files on my drive?

I have a new Dell Laptop that I have setup the way I like it. I want to use Windows 7 to do a backup and then restore that backup on a different hard drive (solid state). When I setup the backup ...
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How to complete restore using just a VHDX file?

Let me please explain the scenario what I went through. I have a Transcend SSD which I use to boot my PC which I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. I have two other hard disk drives (one tera ...
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Best way to Duplicate a Laptop's Hard Drive One-to-One

I have a Lenovo X61 Tablet computer, with a plain SATA drive inside. I have windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 dual booting on the computer. I want to back up both of these OS's, and their special partitions (...
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Successful data recovery but most files are corrupted

I used Recuva and EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard to see if there's any difference in the files they recover. Both software were able to recover files that I want however most of the files where no longer ...