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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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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Windows 7's backup and restore shows an empty window

I've got another strange problem with Windows 7: When I open the "Backup and restore" in the control panel, I just get an empty window without any content. I can't use the 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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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 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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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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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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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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Consistency during Windows 7 system image creation

On Windows 7 I am creating a system image of the system drive (C: in my case) onto an external USB harddisk. The process is taking long (has been running for an hour now). My question: I am taking ...
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Windows 8.1 “Windows 7 File Recovery” mechanism replacement

Yes, Windows 8.1 completely removes the "Windows 7 File Recovery" from the control panel. (Along with the insistence that you link a Microsoft Account during installation to, necessarily, use their ...
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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 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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How do I compare two folders recursively and generate a list of files and folders that are different?

tl;dr and an example I'm looking for a way to compare two folders recursively and output the relative paths all files (and folders) that are different (by size or by timestamp, à la rsync). For ...
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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 Image Restore with a smaller hard drive

I have a 500 GB drive that I have made a system image of. I would like to move that to a 250 GB drive (because it is a Solid State drive). I have made a Windows 7 Backup Image of my 500 GB drive. I ...
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Win 7 full disk encryption with backup

I have a win 7 laptop that I would like to fully encrypt the hard drive and back up the encrypted hard drive routinely. Should I use TrueCrypt (not running Ultimate)? And how would I access the ...
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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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Error 0x8100001A when trying to restore files using Windows 7 Backup & Restore

When trying to restore files using Windows 7 Backup & Restore, I get this error: It doesn't appear to matter what backup date I try to restore from. I always get this message. Quick research ...
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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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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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How to determine which System Image goes with which system?

I created system images using Windows Backup and Restore for multiple computers using Windows 7. The System Image folders were named according to the System Name available within Windows. Since the ...
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Why is a member of “Backup Operators” group denied from running backup?

On my Windows 7, I created a user, BackupUser5, and added him to the "Backup Operators" group. By design: Members of this group can back up and restore files on a computer, regardless of any ...
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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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Windows Backup is stuck after upgrading to Windows 8.1

After upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, the (Windows 7 backup) which was a part of Windows 8 is no longer available in 8.1, but for some reason (I guess because the back progress was running ...
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What kind of “personalisation” does sysprep remove exactly?

I intend to move all data from my old laptop to a new one. I will be following "method 3" from this guide: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/135077-windows-7-installation-transfer-new-computer.html ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why this strange Windows 7 backup failure?

I don't understand why I'm getting this when trying to run the Windows backup tool. An internal error has occured The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057) Can you tell me what I should do about ...
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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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Copying WindowsImageBackup folder

After making an image backup in Windows 7 Pro 64bit to another partition on the same physical hard drive there is WindowsImageBackup folder. After that if I wanted to save this backup to an external ...
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How can I create a backup of my computer like amazon's AMI

Hello I use a windows 7 desktop, and in the last 4 weeks I have had 12 developers join my team, and it has been a hard time to get their boxes up and running. I was researching an option where I could ...
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Restoring Windows 7 from a system image

I am asking now so when the time comes, I can restore from the image on my NAS drive drive. I have Windows 7 Home Premium, and used the anytime upgrade to upgrade to Windows Professional, for the ...
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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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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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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 restore saying partition is too small. It isn't

I built a media PC years ago with three 750 GB drives in a Raid-5 configuration. This allowed for 1.5 TB of space and had redundancy. At the time I didn't know how bad performance was with RAID. I ...
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Dell Inspiron N5110 Overheats and Shuts Down from Past few Days

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 with a 2.5Ghz i5-2450M processor, 4GB RAM and 1GB nVidia Graphics card running Windows 7 Home Premium, that's about 2 years old now. When I previously used to play games ...
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Copy whole OS (Linux/Windows) to a new HDD

I want to backup my OS (windows 7 & linux) in case of HDD failure. Do I have to image whole partitions (e.g. using dd) or just copy files? I've read that rsync -a / /mnt/backup can do the job. Can ...
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Incremental Backup

The data I have on my system typically changes a lot in a month. Because of this, I feel the need to back-up all my files on a monthly basis. Since backing up all the data from scratch takes ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to do a Windows 7 Image restore to an external drive?

I have a system that I have done a Windows 7 Image restore on. I would like to migrate that image to a different hard drive. Is there a way to restore the image to an externally connected hard ...
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Windows Backup got interrupted, how can I find and delete the backup files created during the interrupted session?

I tried to create a backup on my external hard drive, but unfortunately that got interrupted. Before I ran the backup program, the external hard drive had 860 GB free. Now, it says it has 660 GB free. ...
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Zip settings. How to concatenate results from multiple zip files?

So I was one of those fools that didn't realize that Windows 8.1 has removed the windows 7 recovery option for restoring old backups. Now I have a backup set (A folder containing ~1500 zip files) ...