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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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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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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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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 the files for an ASCII ...
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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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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 D: (...
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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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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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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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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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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 engines)...
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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 these ...
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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 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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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 ...
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Windows Backup Types

In reference to https://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/types_of_backup.mspx?mfr=true If I start a new task with a Incremental backup will it grab all my files ...
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Restoring drive image on a different partition/drive letter

In Windows 7 using Macrium I did full image backup of C: drive. Backup was saved on D: drive. I then restored it on G: drive. All drives are partitions on the same physical disk. I then ran EasyBCD ...
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Use vhdx backup file as Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

I have a Windows 8 machine which I backed-up using the Control Panel -> Windows 7 File Recovery -> Create System Image. This produces a folder with a lot of .xml and a 2 .vhdx files. Is it possible to ...
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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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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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vista complete PC restore complains my new drive is too small, but the destination is bigger than the source partition

Tryng to do a Vista complete PC restore from an image made of a 450GB system partition C:. This C: partition is inside a 2TB HDD with the following partition setup [Hidden DELL 78MB partition][D:...
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SBS 2008 Backup fails to configure

I have a Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard which refuses to configure its backup. I'm using the SBS Console and running through the Wizard which sees and formats the drives and appears to ...
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TrueCrypt and Windows backup, what works and what doesn't?

On the Truecrypt docs->limitations section it states that The Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service is currently supported only for partitions within the key scope of active system encryption (e.g. a ...