Making copies of data on Windows 7 so that the copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss event, or for historical retention.

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How to explore or browse Files backed up using Windows Backup?

I had backed up files on my Desktop having Windows 7 Ultimate with Windows Backup. I urgently need a specific file which I had kept in My Documents, and which was being backed-up. Right now I do not ...
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Restore Windows 7 backup on XP

I recently had a Windows 7 machine die on me, but fortunately I've been using Microsoft's included backup utility to back up all my important files onto an external hard drive. I'm now on my backup ...
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Is there a canonical list of files/directories/file types that can be safely excluded from Windows 7 Backup?

I'm looking into speeding up my Windows 7 backup. I have it creating a system image of my system drives/partitions (320GB in total; about ~40GB free [lots of Steam games...]) once a week. I have ...
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Windows 7 64bit, system backup hangs at 57%

Windows 7 64bit, system backup hangs at 57% This is a newly built machine from scratch Fresh install of all programs I have the auto backup set to a secondary internal drive. But when ever it fires ...
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Need to access files from xp hard drive via usb dock on new Windows 7 desktop

I have low to medium tech skills;however, I can follow directions flawless and am easily teachable. Had a Dell xp e510 motherboard that went bad. Bought a new destop with internal drive and hooked the ...
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Failed to back up: The specified object was not found. (0x80042308)

I've been unable to backup my hard drive and I've been trying trying recommendations off of Google for quite a while, to no avail. When I try to backup files, I get the following error message: ...
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Increase automatic System Restore points to more than just once a week?

I've been using Windows XP for a while now, but just recently upgraded to Windows 7. I'm used to Windows XP automatically creating a new System Restore point once a day. I notice that Windows 7 ...
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Getting an error while creating a restore point

I get this error when I try to create a restore point, what should I do to solve the issue?
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Restore Win7 from system backup into virtual machine on Win8

I have a backup ('Windows Image Backup') of a Windows 7 system, and I'd like to be able to run this system in a virtual machine on Windows 8. Obviously I've got the default VM runner, Hyper-V, but ...
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Upgrade to Win8 left my Win7 files untouched, How to replace/delete?

According to this link, which I posted, my Windows 8 didn't overwrite my windows 7 partition. So now, my recovery partition of 26gb is useless. Is there any chance I Could remove that partition and ...
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Necessary Step before updating to Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8 Currently I am having Windows 7 Home Premium Edition in my laptop, I want to update my operating system to new ...
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Looking for a program to backup data (synchronization) [closed]

I have Windows 7, I need a program to backup data from two partitions. I have a portable drive that I would like to make a copy of selected folders. Every month, update the backup (one-sided ...
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creating/attaching vhd fails - “virtual disk provider not found”

I'm trying to setup a backup environment that I can use to test restoring an encrypted system. To that end, I'm using a secondary 30 GB partition on a Latitude d630 to run a "bare-bones" unencrypted ...
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Backup software that supports differential backup or syncing? (rsync interface maybe?) W7 [closed]

I am looking for an incremental / differential / sync backup utility that does not require a full backup to begin. I have a TB external drive with backups of pictures and movies, about 800GB, and I ...
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What can cause the system to freeze in a way where even the reset button takes a long time to react?

What can be the reason for system freezes that are so "hard" that even the hardware reset button takes about 3 seconds until it actually resets the system (and then it actually powers down and up ...
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Why is windows 7 backup and restore utility using so much disc space? [closed]

note: this is a reformation of a previous question, see: How exactly does the Backup and Restore utility in Windows7 work? I have per the task scheduler scheduled windows 7 backup and utility to run ...
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Moving Windows 7 x64 Pro to a new machine

I have a Laptop running W7 x64 Pro, from a student license. I plan to install the same W7 x64 Pro on a new Desktop machine, using the same license. Now, in order to copy all my applications and ...
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Windows Image Backup and the Vanishing Old Backup

Context: Windows 7 32-bit edition Big external drive for holding system images I've noticed that even when there's plenty of space (say, several hundred GBs of free space), when I make a new ...
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Restore backup made with wbadmin in windows 7

I made a manual backup (windows 7, console) using wbadmin: wbadmin Start backup –backupTarget:H: -include:D: How do I restore from that backup? The wbadmin's commands set in windows 7 is limited ...
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Does Windows 7 Backup save hidden files?

I have a lot of hidden directories in my Windows home and documents directories. I want them to be backed up and I am using the Windows 7 built-in backup mechanism. Will Windows Backup (the built-in ...
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Windows 7 Re-imaging

I created a system image via the built-in tools for Windows 7 and stored that image on an external drive. In trying to use the System Repair disc I also created from 7 (albeit at a different time) to ...
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How to transfer data to my SSD from my old HDD?

I have a thinkpad and the OS is preinstalled in it and a hiden disk of factory backup for restore. Now I want to replace the old hdd with sdd for the faster speed. Is there a way to move the factory ...
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Error 0x810000E3 - Full Backup recovery Windows 7

I performed a Full Back-up of my Windows 7 machine to an HFS harddrive, and could not recover from the harddrive after a format and reinstall because the system would not recognize the drive. The ...
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Partition 2Tbit external hard drive - Part to Clone or Part to backup files

I have a hard drive in my laptop that is about to fail and I want to clone it to an external hard drive which is a lot larger than the laptop. I hope this to be a onetime thing, but just in case I ...
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HP Recovery Manager failed creating a backup disc

I had to restore my computer (running Windows 7) back to its factory default, so I ran the HP recovery manager disc and chose to reformat my computer. Before doing this I was given an option to backup ...
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Move folder to another computer including its windows 7 backup

I have an old Windows 7 desktop that serves as a file server to a couple of users. The files are mainly documents. We use offline files so users can access the documents on the road. One bonus of ...
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Can I back up Windows 7's backup settings?

I use Windows 7 backup and am about to reformat my PC. After I run Windows 7 backup which backs up my files to another hard drive, I am going to reformat the main drive and reinstall Windows 7. I ...
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Windows 7 System Image creation to DVD-R's just turns my discs into Christmas decorations - should it work?

I'm trying to create a Windows 7 System Image to DVD-R and very few minutes (about 7) it keeps getting me to insert another new disc, but even though there's no error given I think it's not actually ...
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PGP Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) - how to image/backup the boot partition?

On Windows 7, I would like to backup the system partition. The whole disk, including the partition, has just been encrypted with PGP 10.1.2 SP3 (I'm obliged to use precisely this software for ...
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Why can I only create one factory backup from my Lenovo ThinkPad?

Yesterday I mistakenly made a factory backup on my external hard drive from my Lenovo ThinkPad T-420. It wasted my whole empty space on that hard drive. Now I want to make another Lenovo factory ...
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Windows 7 backup shows two system drives

I am trying to create a system image of my OS drive but Windows it trying to make me backup my storage drive as well showing it as a system drive: I only want to back up my Windows drive (C:) but ...
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How can I get Windows 7 backup to accept a greater-than-2tb external drive?

I've got a 1tb drive in my machine that holds everything - yes, my data needs are modest - and a 2.5tb external USB drive that I'd like to use for backup. My big problem is that Windows won't ...
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Not enough space for Windows 7 System Backup

My primary hard disk only has 617GB used. It is a 1.21TB hard drive. I am backing up to a newly formatted 931GB drive. I'm only doing System Backup and not any separate files. Why is Windows 7 ...
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Cloning C drive(windows 7) to another drive and boot from both?

I am trying to figure out a feasible way to clone my entire C drive to another drive and make both bootable. I have a 160GB HDD, on which I have created a 20GB primary partition and have installed ...
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Automatic incremental backups to a network drive (Windows)

So after learning that Windows 7 Home Premium doesn't support this, I'm looking for another solution. I would like to backup my Windows machine to my Ubuntu server. Are there any good automatic ...
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Windows 7 backup keeps filling hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 Backup Disk Full Using Windows 7 built in backup, it keeps filling up my 2TB hard drive and then failing once there is not enough space. I see that I can ...
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Where did my backup files go? Can they be recovered?

I just purchased a Western Digital Essential SE 1TB external hard drive from Best Buy at their recommendation. I then exchanged it for a Toshiba Canvio (I think that was the name). I have a Toshiba ...
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What NAS product / software allows me to securely map a drive letter to Windows 7 over the internet?

I want to put a NAS drive at a relative's house to serve as my offsite backup. Can you suggest a solution: Not too expensive Minimum 1TB of storage NAS must be stand-alone: no help from router ...
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Where is the difference between a networked hard disk and a router with USB sharing?

It seems that most routers (2011) actually offer USB support and sharing media. However I've heard lots of horrors concerning firmware and all. I am looking for a networked hard disk of 2TB size, so I ...
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Windows 7 Backup and Restore after partition format and other OS install

I have a laptop with Windows 7. I have used the built-in Backup and Restore feature to create a system image on an external hard drive and I have created a recovery disk. The system image included ...
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What is the best tool for creating an image of my OS HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to take an image of an hard drive partition I have finally installed all the tools that I need on my new system. Currently I use Windows 7 Pro 64bit, and installing ...
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Can't figure out how to use Windows Backup

I'm seriously confused. I tell Windows 7 to back up some files on my D:\ drive along with my documents from C:\ onto my Q:\ drive, and here's what I see, with some questions: Every time I change a ...
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Windows 7 backup produces 0x80070002

I have a problem with my Windows 7 backup. It shows me the following error: Check your backup The system cannot find the file specified Backup time: 8/7/2011 15:53 Backup location: ...
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Missing backup and restore option in Windows 7

I don't know exactly what happen, but I'm thinking it has something to do with Windows 7 upgrade: 2 weeks ago I upgraded to SP1 and pretty sure this is when it happens to "broke" my backup and restore ...
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Windows 7 Backup & Restore - Are files deleted from the source also removed from the archive?

I use windows 7 backup tool for backing up my files. Now I want know what happens if I delete a file in its original place? will it stay in backup? (not full backup, updated backup). There in windows ...
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Is there an online storage service that works with Windows 7 Backup and Restore? [closed]

I love Windows 7 Backup and Restore.. However, I kind of find it inconvenient to use external hard drive, plug it in, take it out, put it away safely etc.. Is there an online storage service to ...
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Does Windows 7 backup work on files that are open or in use

Does the Windows 7 Backup and Restore utility backup files that are in use while the backup is running? For example, I want to back up a user's Outlook .pst file. Since, like most users, he is in his ...
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Windows 7 and partial backups with Windows Backup

I'm running Windows 7 Enterprise: systeminfo OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601 and trying to do a backup from the command line: ...
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Windows Backup fails to create Shadow Copy

Windows Backup is failing with: A shadow copy could not be created. Please check "VSS" and "SPP" application event logs for more information. Details: The writer experienced a ...
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Wondering about the Windows 7 serial number my laptop has, and its uses

So that's the serial number of my pre-installed windows copy, I take it. But am I allowed to use it again when, say, I don't know, my system gets crippled by a sneaky virus? If I format my computer ...