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Questions tagged [windows-backup]

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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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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Does an equivalent of Time Machine exist for Windows? [closed]

A simple Google search for "Time Machine for Windows" results in a flurry of different little apps. But instead of relying on forum anecdotes and advertisements, I call on the much wiser Super User ...
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Move existing Windows 7 or 10 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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Explain Windows 8 Windows Store AppData/packages and what to backup

Can someone explain the structure of %localappdata%\Packages*package id*\ in Windows 8 so I can get a better idea of what files should be backed up and what files shouldn't be. Specifically what state,...
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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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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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Why is Windows Backup forcing me to include a non system drive?

I'm trying to update my backup image, which should only includes the C drive.... except now Windows backup is forcing me to include my D drive and labeling it as a system drive, even though it doesn't ...
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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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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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Good Free Backup Tool - with provisos [closed]

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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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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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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Windows Backup failed: Error 80070037

On Windows 7 Pro x64, the customer has a USB3 external Hard Drive that is 2TB, and two internal SATA drives that are 750GB each. They also have a USB controller, which the hard drive is plugged into. ...
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Windows 10 Backup and Restore Problems

My quick question is if I create a Windows system image on a Dynamic Disk (Microsoft recommends against it, but it's my only option right now) and then move the backup files to a network share, will I ...
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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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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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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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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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“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 engines)...
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Is it possible to identify what machine made a Windows Backup?

I handle some network administration for a small business. Recently, I discovered a set of windows backup files in a directory that was being regularly added to (multiple times daily) on our backup ...
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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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How do you remove old Windows Vista Backups?

I've been backing up my Vista box using Complete PC backup for quite a while now, and I was just wondering how it is that you remove old backups when your backup drive is to full for another backup. ...
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Script/Batch command to initiate file transfer between Windows and Ubuntu

So I've setup a backup system for my notebook. Using Rsync, I am able to backup specific folders to my Ubuntu Home Server by executing a batch file. My question is about the possibility of automating ...
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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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Copy all installed programs & files in a hard disk (which has 32 bit Windows 7) and clone/transfer it to another computer which has 64 bit Windows 7

I recently got a new PC which has a 64-bit Windows 7 installed. The current PC that I am using has a 32-bit Windows 7 installed. I would like to know if there is a software that can copy all my ...
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How do I log file writes to a directory on Windows Server 2003?

I handle some network administration for a small business. Recently, I discovered a set of windows backup files in a directory that was being regularly added to (multiple times daily) on our backup ...
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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. ...