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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How can you use Windows Backup with a TrueCrypt encrypted backup destination?

Background There are numerous backup solutions out there for Windows and they come in many different forms. From a file copy and/or syncing tool like SyncBackSE to whole hard drive backup utilities ...
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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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How to back up non-standard directories in my user profile with Windows Backup?

I'm using Windows Backup to back up my Win7 Pro laptop. I'd like to use it to back up my complete user profile, but I only see standard profile directories (e.g. C:\Users\JohnstonJ\Documents) in the ...
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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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What is the difference between an Incremental and a Differential Backup?

The backup utility on Windows XP gives you a number of backup options. Amoungst these options are: - Incremental - Differential What is the difference between these two options?
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How do I make a backup of Windows 8?

Coming from MacOS X (with Time Machine) back to Windows 8, I'm wondering how I can make good (useful) backups of Windows 8 and my data?
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Windows Backup fails with 0x80070002: “The system cannot find the file specified”

Windows 7 Backup is failing. When backing up even a single insignificant directory (e.g. I chose only the empty "Contacts" directory, leaving all other directories unchecked), I get this error within ...
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Which files to select when doing a Windows 7 system restore from external hard drive?

I have an ASUS computer running Windows 7 Home Premium and I am attempting to test my system backup/restore. I created the recovery DVD and system backup images (from the tools included with the OS) ...
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Can't attach VHD

I think I may be experiencing that horrible moment when the backup fails. Somewhere hiding on this VHD is an SQL database I need to extract. This is from a Windows backup, not a virtual machine. I'm ...
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Windows Action Center notification icon says Backup in Progress when no backup is occurring

How can I get Windows Action Center's little flag in the notification area to stop saying "Backup In Progress" on Windows 8? It's driving me nuts. I disabled the Windows Backup service completely and ...
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Does Windows 7 backup work for a TrueCrypt-encrypted system?

Windows 7 built-in backup can make a full snapshot of the system partition and copy it to a remote location. Those images can be restored from the Windows setup DVD if the system doesn't start ...
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Copying over only the things that are different [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is the best application to Sync two folders? I'm having a hard time synchronizing my folders. Currently I'm doing manual RAID-1. It sucks because OCCASSIONALLY I ...
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Backup to a specific folder with Windows Backup

When setting up Windows Backup I get the following screen: As you can see, there is no option to backup to a specific folder on any of these drives. Is there a way to force the backups to go in a ...
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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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Differential backup software with DVD burning for Windows? [closed]

Do you know of any tried and tested incremental/differential backup software system, to backup only newly added or modified HDD data to DVDs? And preferably software which can easily restore all of ...
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What is the difference between regular windows backup and creating a system image?

I had to deal with an issue where I had to reinstall Windows 7 recently, and had (thankfully) made a 'backup and restore' backup onto an external hard drive before that. Is there a difference between ...
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Windows 7 backup and restore: Is each backup incremental or complete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups? I have a computer that's been taking backups using Windows 7's Backup and Restore feature. ...
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How to show progress of “File History” in Windows8?

By using the 'File History' of Windows8 I can backup my stuff (or rather, my 'libraries'). I enable the feature and then ... the magic happens in the background. How can I see the progress? How many ...
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WesternDigital SmartWare - still problematic?

I've seen a lot of bad press on WD SmartWare (I think it comes on most WD backup devices now, such as their MyBook product line), mostly related to how it's impossible to remove properly or replace. ...
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How to fix Windows Backup Error Code 0x8078015B

I'm trying to setup Windows Backup to backup my laptop to a network attached storage drive. The backup runs for about an hour an then fails giving error code 0x8078015B. When I checked the windows ...
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Good Free Backup Tool - with provisos

I have seen some Backup Questions around. But they are not quite what I am looking for. I would like to have a back up of my entire hard drive (to an external drive). I would like it to be the kind ...
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Backup but leave old versions of files on server

I have recently asked a question about backups but now I have different, similar one. I need to backup on my server, but leave files, new versions, and old ones. The backup should go in one direction ...
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How do I exclude directories from my Windows 7 backup?

I'm setting up a backup for a friend's computer onto his USB drive. I was reading this article about the Windows 7 Backup and Restore feature. Everything looks okay, but for the life of me, I can't ...
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Best Backup Versioning Control Software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What backup software for Windows? Are there any backup software that have versioning control on Windows?
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Mapping dd commands to ddrescue

I'm trying to back up the Windows Recovery Partition on a laptop using ddrescue. I tried using dd, but I kept getting an Input Output error (at about 9.65 GB through, if it matters), so I learned that ...
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Windows 8 - What all and how should I backup?

So last month my HD crashed and I lost almost everything I had. Now, I keep regular backups. I store everything on the cloud. For my HD backup, I use an external hard drive and create a system image ...
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Windows Backup Previous Versions after moving file?

Let's say I set up Windows Backup to backup my pictures. I know that down the road, I can look at the "Previous Versions" tab to restore a particular file back to an old copy. But, suppose I have ...
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Which files/directories are needed to rebuild a Windows Backup?

I've just had to do a disaster recovery on a drive containing a windows backup that I had accidentally run DBAN on (10 seconds in I shut down, and it appears most of the file system was in tact). I'm ...
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Windows 7: Setting up backup to an external hard drive on another computer on the network

I have an external hard drive connected to a Windows 7 (Home Edition) computer. I have another computer (with Windows 7 Ultimate), and I want to have the Windows 7 Ultimate back up to the same ...
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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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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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Central backup with windows server 2012 standard

Today i read an article about backing up clients on a windows 2012 essential server, declaring this as an essential exclusive feature. Can anyone describe me how to backup clients on a windows 2012 ...
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Is there ANY backup tool that can handle 256 path length limit on NTFS?

Is there ANY backup tool that can handle 256 path length limit on NTFS ? I'm not talking about a sync or filecopy tool like robocopy, but an incremental backup tool like cobian backup (which cannot ...
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Using Dropbox as a backup service

I'd like to use Dropbox as a backup service. By default, Dropbox will only synchronize files in the My Dropbox folder with my online storage. Can I configure it to synchronize from other locations, so ...
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Acronis True Image free/open source alternative

I've installed fresh Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) on my laptop. I've installed all the application/WindowsUpdates which I wanted to and my system is ready to use. All my other data is now on D: drive. I ...
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Backups and Virtual Machines [closed]

Wanted: An automated backup solution, for a Windows-based PC, that provides for a holistic, seamless recovery. Practically: I'd like to restore my programs, not just my documents and pictures. ...
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Is it possible to restore a backup to another computer?

I have searched for the answer to the above question but cannot find a direct answer. I am about to sell my PC and would hate it if my backup would not restore on a new system. I am using the ...
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No more than one copy is allowed on Hp recovery manager when creating Vista discs

I had an issue with my laptop so I sent it to customer services for repair, and today trying to make a recovery disc it tells me that just one disc creation is allowed, which means they did this on ...
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Regular Windows 7 Backup vs. Windows Home Server (WHS) Backup

I'm looking to set up a backup scheme for my household and was looking at the different options for backing up Windows. I would like to backup to a network device (perhaps a WHS?). I also saw that ...
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Free opensource backup solution to keep 2 drives in sync

I am trying to backup two portable harddrives. One being with me and the other being at a safe location. Every once I a while I want to connect both to my pc and have the one that was at another ...
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Windows Shadow Copy Backup and Restore

While answering another question I had to wonder: Does Vista/7's Backup and Restore Center or Windows Home Server's automated backups include the Shadow Copies/Previous Versions of files? It seems ...
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Is there a way to have Windows 8 perform automatic image and file backup of different folders to different drives?

I have several 2 TB drives that have almost 2 TB of unique data each (well more than 1 TB each) and lots of available backup drives for Windows 8 Pro 64. When I use the File Backup in Control Panel ...
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Change scheduled windows7 backup setting

I have a Window7 backup task scheduled to run everyday to a shared drive that no longer exists So I get an error message about it every day. There seems to be no way to change/cancel an existing ...
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Windows 7 Backup & Restore makes backup of external hard drive partition although unchecked in backup settings

I ran into a strange problem with Windows 7 Backup & Restore. I've got the following setup: Internal ssd with c: (system), 80GB Internal hard drive e: (data), 320GB, 100GB used External hard ...
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How can I read files created by Samsung Recovery Backup solution?

I did a backup of my laptop with Samsung Recovery Backup solution and installed Windows 7. Because I needed the space that was ocupied by all files I copied them to my external drive. What I want ...
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File History vs Backup & Restore

What is the difference between Backup & Restore that was present on Windows 7 and the "File History" feature on Windows 8?
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Are failed Windows 7 backups logged anywhere?

In Windows XP, failed backups were logged in a way that I could view the event using the Event Viewer. Is there a similar feature in Windows 7?
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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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Windows backup “Volumes larger than” error

A week ago I started getting the Windows Backup error 0x807800B4, stating "Volumes larger than 2088958 megabytes cannot be protected." I'm not sure what this is referring to. My system volume is a ...
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Using Windows Backup and Restore in two locations

I have a backup drive at home and at work that I use for my laptop. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, and I've been experimenting with Windows Backup and Restore. I've noticed that if I don't change ...