I have an external hard drive that I've used to create a manual back up by periodically copying data to it.

Is it possible to set up the windows 7 back up tool to continue using this back up? Could I create a backup which backs up the current version my pictures to the version of my pictures on the external hard drive for example? Sort of like a contribute type of back up?

  • Are you asking so that all new files are copied and overwrite where 2 files have the same name, or to keep all versions? – Dave Mar 4 '14 at 13:59
  • Any reason why you want to stick with Windows 7 backup as opposed to using a 3rd party program for that? There are some very simple and robust backups that fit your bill exactly. – Angstrom Mar 5 '14 at 10:00
  • Where "newer" files are copied and overwrite exisiting files. I have previously used Windows Sync Toy so have a backup of data. I would now like Windows Back up to use this data and overwrite as necessary. I don't know whether Windows Back Up only starts from a new blank back up? – BobJim Mar 5 '14 at 10:04

If you are using standard windows backup then MSFT already has How To for automating backup.

  • Thanks for the link but I'm looking for a little more detail about the process as I don't want to start a "fresh" back up. Rather continue my exisiting one. – BobJim Mar 5 '14 at 10:32

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