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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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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Optimum way to back up my ultra-book running on windows 7? [closed]

Note: My laptop does not have an optical drive. How can I backup my laptop such that I retain all my app settings and I don't have to reconfigure it all again. I am more interested in a local ...
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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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Unable to create system image on windows 8.1

While creating system image on my Windows 8.1 laptop, I am getting this error: The backup failed. The operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the sources or the destination. If ...
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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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My Windows backup keeps failing - saying it can't get an exclusive lock on the EFI?

The error message that comes back is "Windows Backup Failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition (ESP). Access is denied retry the operation" But each time we retry, it comes back ...
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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 ...
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Fixing Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) System Writer / CAPI2 Event Error 512 on Windows 8

For many years now, Microsoft's Volume Shadow Store (VSS), also known as Previous Versions feature, has been built into Windows. It is still there in Windows 8, and the former Windows-7 backup ...
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Backing up Windows 7 clean installation for restore purposes [duplicate]

All these cheap terabytes are giving me headaches. I have few multi TB drives at home and most of them are over 50% full, and now I think my W7 machine needs a re-haul. I'm from the old school way ...
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Windows 7 on GPT partitioned SSD backup using dd

i have a SSD device as primary sata hard drive witch contains my os. On this device i have Windows and Linux Mint installed. Now i want to make an image of my windows installation so that i can ...
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Automatically shut down Windows XP after completed MS Backup

A computer in the office is running daily backups (as scheduled task) with the Windows XP built in backup software. The backups are slowing down the computer too much, so we want the backup to run ...
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Exclude hidden system drives from Windows 8 file history backup?

I'm using Windows 8 file history and noticed that on my laptop, it's copying an extra drive's contents onto the backup share (the $OF drive). My laptop has a 8gb SSD, so I'm assuming it's this data, ...
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How to disable automatic Windows backups?

I have a couple of Windows 7 machines at work. I have them both set up to perform weekly backups to a network drive. I'd like to temporarily disable that, while I'm on vacation. But I don't know how. ...
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How do I stop a backup from running?

I've got a Windows Backup running, which I want to stop. It is not running on a schedule. It just seems to be stuck running. It's been running for over a day, without any apparent progress, except for ...