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

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Server Backup on Windows Server Core

Is it possible to setup backup schedule in Windows Backup Server, then delete GUI and keep the schedule? The requirement is to store backups at network shared folder (other PC) and automatically ...
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Did Windows suddenly revert one of my folders to a previous state?

I moved some files over to a folder yesterday on my Windows 7 machine. One was a text file and the others were Matlab codes. Today, I had that text file opened in Notepad++ and I was editing, saving, ...
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How do I format my HDD to Advanced Format/512E to use 512K blocks with Windows Backup?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. When running Windows Backup onto an external 4TB Touro HDD (2TB partition), I receive the error: The last backup did not complete successfully. One of the backup ...
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Make backups every N minute via Windows backup tool

Trying to make a backup of a certain folder with high frequency but the minimal option is day. Is this possible? I tried also cmd tool wbadmin but partial backups are not supported in it.
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lost windows 8.1 backup

so I had windows backup on D: drive, but I deleted it(because I was trying to move windows) and now I cannon't seem to find a way to get it back in form it was(it was only backup of windows and not ...
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High CPU in Windows 8.1 but can't access Windows backup as per previous answers

Since unfortunately needing to purchase a laptop while WIndows 8.1 is the norm, I've been plagued with problems of high CPU. After a month of use, I inadvertently logged into the Windows Store and ...
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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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Cloning two internal HDDs on to one external HDD as a backup

My Asus M51AC desktop PC has a 500MB HDD with pre-installed Win 8 (upgraded to Win 8.1), so I also installed a 1TB HDD with OEM WIN 7 Pro SP1. Can I copy/clone both HDDs to one backup 2TB HDD, so I ...
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How to configure Windows backup to a Samba-server without passwords?

We have a networked entertainment "box", which sits next to TV. It has a large hard-drive inside it and I'd like to use that to back-up our computers. The box runs some sort of embedded Linux with ...
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System Reserved too full, how to reduce/recreate?

I wanted to create a system image, but I got the "not enough disk space" error. The target disk is more than big enough, so it must be the source. I followed this article, and deleted the journal from ...
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Which part of Windows are irreplacable? [duplicate]

Let's say you are tasked with backing up a Windows installation. You could back up everything, but that's inefficient. One can make a backup more compact by considering these directories: (1) Much ...
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What can be done to reduce Windows 7 system size on an already-installed system?

Typical size of an Ubuntu system: ~4 GB, including filesystem inefficiencies. You can usually fit an archived backup onto a DVD without even compressing it. Typical size of a Windows 7 system: more ...
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Backing up encrypted bitlocker drive

Is it possible to backup bitlocker drives without decrypting them? (just to have backup that is already encrypted?) would it be possible to just dd (linux command) whole drive/parition into an image ...
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Windows Backup: Making a working home network backup plan

I tried to look on google if this was the right section of stack exchange by searching "stack exchange windows backup" and all links were redirecting here, so I'm sorry if this is the wrong section of ...
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After a reinstall, how do I force Windows to reconnect User and ProgramData folders that have been moved to another drive?

I moved a friend's User folder to drive D: using the 'mklink in recovery mode' method a while ago, which worked fine. I then used Windows Backup to back everything up, and reinstalled Windows 7, ...
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Unable to create a rescue disk along with the drivers in the Dell Backup and Recovery

While selecting the Create a Rescue disk the -Factory backup -Applications -Drivers,Utilities are selected/checked by default . Upon creating a rescue disk only the Factory backup was done. ...
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contradictory messages after having created a system image on windows 7

I have created a "system image" of my C: hard drive on an external hard drive. At the end of the system image creation I got a successful message in the popup where the blue progress bar was. But on ...
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How can I change ownership/permissions to read every file in WindowsImageBackup, which is created by Windows Backup and Restore?

I want to be able to read all the files located in the WindowsImageBackup folder, which is created by Windows 7 Backup and Restore. Specifically, I need to be able to search them for an ASCII string ...
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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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What does “parse junctions” mean when copying all files to another drive?

The free program Shadow Copy is supposed to copy all files from one drive to another, including system and hidden files, so the destination will also be bootable if the source was. There is an option ...
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Previous versions in windows 8.1

I do backup on my laptop to the company network using wbadmin @wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:G: -allcritical -quiet (I run it manually from a desktop shortcut when I am in the office. ...
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Windows backup is unable to start error 0x80070057

I'm unable to start Windows backup. It failes with error: 0x80070057 Any solution for this ?
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Is it necessary to do a block copy when replacing Windows OS?

So, here is what I did: I made an image of my 400GB OS partition with the following command: wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:F: -include:C: I tried to split the partition into C: (100GB)and ...
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How to back up data from client computers to server using windows server 2012 R2

Is it possible to backup data from client computers to server using windows server 2012 R2? I want to backup all data in my client computers and store in my server. I tried the windows server backup ...
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sbs 2011 backup, size of backup

I configured windows backup to backup on my NAS, I swaped from internal backup to external backup and noticed that the backup needs only 90GB of space on the NAS where the SBS console shows me that ...
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NAS requirements for incremental backups on windows SBS 2011

I would like to do incremental backups using windows-backup on a NAS with sbs 2011, I googled and found that iSCSI is required, is this the only thing the nas must support to be able to do incremental ...
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External drive not showing after NTFS format

I just refreshed my Windows 8.1 installation, and I wanted to make a system image on my external drive using the native System Image program. It required me to backup to an NTFS drive, but the ...
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Will my Lenovo One Key Recovery work if I resize the system partition on my Ideapad Z510?

I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 laptop. Initially the hard disk contains a single partition named Windows8.1 OS (C) and a Lenovo (D). Windows 8.1 is installed in C and the D: drive is packed with ...
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Dell “Rescue Disk” image size questions

I used Dell's provided software for creating a "Rescue Disk" image to a 32GB USB stick for a few laptops and have backed these up using imageUSB. Questions What is the recommended way that can be ...
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Windows 7 backup - automatically remove old backup ranges

I have a 1TB USB drive that I use as a backup drive for my work PC. The drive will eventually run out of space and I need to go in and remove older backups using the manage space/view backups dialogs ...
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Linux mint partition on my Windows 7 Home Premium, can I access my files on Windows through Linux Mint?

I have a Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, I decided to create a partition on which I installed Linux Mint. For some reason it is not possible to view my files that I had on the Windows partition, is ...
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Deduplication vs Incremental Backups

I need good arguments for that question(s): Why would you take a daily full backup and deduplicate the volume, instead of taking a single full backup and afterwards continuing with incremental ...
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How to restore selected files from a Windows 7 backup on a Windows 8.1 machine

Moving from a Windows 7 computer to a Windows 8.1 computer, I'm stumped at how to read the Win7 backup off the USB drive so I can pick specific files to restore on the new Windows 8.1 machine. I did ...
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Windows Server Backup fails with Error System writer is not found in the backup

The scheduled system backup on one of our Win 2008 R2 server fails with the following error The system writer is not found in the backup I've tried the step mentioned here but still no system ...
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Setup backup with mirror image

I need to generate backup from my pc/server. But condition is if my first backup drive damage than I am able to use second drive for restore. I guess for that I need to use mirror backup, but how to ...
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Copied backup to C drive after updating Windows, but I cannot find or access my files

I just upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. Before doing so I made a backup of all my files and moved them to an external drive. After I installed Windows 8.1, I copied all my files back to a ...
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How can I backup windows on linux server?

I have a linux server in my network and some windows servers and clients. I want to use the linux for backup windows servers and clients. How can I do this and what is the best linux tool for this ...
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Server 2012 Backup Retention Settings & Schedule

I am using Windows Server 2012 Datacenter x64 as my File Server. I am trying to backup the server to a Synology DS212j NAS. Requirements: 1. keep the files for atleast one month (1 month retention) ...
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Creating a Snapshot of a Windows 7 System [duplicate]

Is there a way to create a snapshot of a Windows 7 system? My goal is to be able to save the current state of my Windows 7 OS, on external storage, and be able to restore it on the same hardware in ...
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Tool to remove windows system, and other program files from old backups

I had a habit of copying everything when I backup my old computers in the past, system files and all. The whole volume. I recently purchased a new hard drive (my 4th 500 GB drive). Now all 4 of them ...
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Change username folder name that 'FIle history' creates in Windows 8

I followed the tutorial from How to rename user folder in Windows 8? on renaming user folder after the user has already logged in. Everything is working great, except, 'File History' tool still ...
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Windows 8.1 System Image- 0x80070001 (Invalid Function)

I am running Windows 8.1 on an Alienware M14x R2 which is about one year old and has a 500GB HDD. I recently received a 1TB Transcend External HDD which I intended to use for backing up my PC. With ...
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“sdclt.exe /config” fails with unspecified error

When using the "Backup and Restore" page from the control panel, I can see no backup has been set up, so I click "Set up backup": this results in the error (given here in text form for search ...
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View Windows 8 File History deltas

Summary: the regular Windows File History viewer shows the user what files will be restored at a given date. Instead, I would like to see what's changed between any 2 restore dates. Preferably ...
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Windows disk imaging software which can save drivers and boot sector separately during backup?

I tried cloning an SSD from one laptop to a similar laptop. The laptop is running Windows 7 Enterprise. The second laptop has a larger and different model SSD. Both laptops have only a single drive, ...
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Windows Backup service spawning endlessly and occupying processor

System is Windows 8.1 (Upgraded from 8). Windows Backup or "FileHistory" (as it seems to be named now) is deactivated - and always was. Problem: A service process named "Microsoft Windows Backup" is ...
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Upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro, Cannot Dismiss Backup Notification

I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store. To my dismay, the Windows 7 File Recovery tool has been removed. OK, whatever, I can find something else to fulfill my needs. However, ...
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Windows Backup Error

Okay so I set up Windows 7 File Recovery and I keep getting the same result after backing up my computer I click on the "View skipped files" and it is always the same two files. I keep getting ...
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Why does my %appdata%\Local\Temp folder have almost 100GB in it? If this data is disposable, why hasn't Windows told me?

Hard disk failed. With a little trickery, I was able to coerse the Windows Backup and Restore 320GB VHD drive partition image (which contained only 220GB of actual data) to restore it onto a smaller ...
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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 ...