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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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Make system image of windows 8, excluding documents, just system and programs

I'm running windows 8 64bit and wanted to know how I can backup my system - JUST the current state of the system AND the programs that are installed. I do NOT want to backup all my music/pictures/...
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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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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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Windows Backup failing due to false folder reference

I have setup Windows Backup on Windows 7 64 bit. The backup copies files from the C drive (and the system image) to a network location. There are NO references to other drives when I go through the ...
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Completely wipe all Windows 7 backup & restore settings

How can I completely wipe all setting of Windows 7 backup & restore feature? Currently it looks like this: And I want to return to this: How this is possible?
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How to recover Firefox and Chrome bookmarks after upgrade from Windows Vista to 8

I upgraded a laptop from Windows Vista to 8, doing a format & re-install first. Before the format, I used both Windows Backup and Easy Transfer (7) first. I imported the user accounts into ...
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What kind of “personalisation” does sysprep remove exactly?

I intend to move all data from my old laptop to a new one. I will be following "method 3" from this guide: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/135077-windows-7-installation-transfer-new-computer.html ...
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Backup Win 2008R2/2012 on rotating external disks

I have 2 external drives. I would like to rotate the drives each week, so one week, I want to backup to Drive-A, next week to Drive-B and then next week back on Drive-A etc. I see that Win 2008R2/...
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Restoring a Windows XP NTBackup file (.bkf) file on Windows 8

Is there a way to read a BKF file from Windows XP using Windows 8? I tried installing the Windows 7 restore only pkg from the Microsoft web page (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974674), but the ...
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Windows 7 Backup System Restore problems

My mom's computer is acting up and it seems to tie back to VSS but i can't figure out what the problem is. It's a Dell running windows 7 Home Premium SP 1. The first symptom I noticed is that Windows ...
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How to backup programs without risking to restore into a corrupt system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Backup an installed software I have a newly installed SSD in my system (with OS etc installed on it), but I'm not too happy with the boot up time (1 min 15 s). So I am ...
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Making a complete Image of the computer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Creating an image of my hard drive is there any way to create a complete back-up of the computer(including local disk C) so that in case of any formatting we can just revert ...
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What happens to the integrity of a Windows 7 backup when an older backup period is deleted?

When I manage my Windows 7 Backup's disk usage through the "Manage space used by this backup" and then "View backups..." options, I see two backup periods. That report implies I will free up 1.14 TB ...
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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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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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Is there a canonical list of files/directories/file types that can be safely excluded from Windows 7 Backup?

I'm looking into speeding up my Windows 7 backup. I have it creating a system image of my system drives/partitions (320GB in total; about ~40GB free [lots of Steam games...]) once a week. I have ...
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How does online backup work in case of hardware failure?

I am talking about any service out there (BackBlaze, Carbonite, etc...). Consider the following scenario that actually happened last week. Power went out and my NTFS drive (connected to a NAS of ...
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Change User Folder

So I had a backup and when restored it to my computer the User folder didn't actually change to use the backed-up folder, so now I have an owner folder (which is pretty much empty) and a my_username ...
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Backup Operating System with Softwares Installed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Looking for a software capable of cloning a System drive? I am using a Dell Laptop with Windows 7 installed,as i have installed softwares like photoshop, Netbeans and other ...
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Unable to delete Windows System Image

I'm on Windows 8 Pro (64bit) and I'm trying to configure an Image Backup using the strangely named "Windows 7 File Recovery" tool. To start with, I want to delete any existing system images from my ...
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Deleting pagefile.sys on shutdown

I have a Windows XP machine (it is a VM running in Xen) that I would like to backup. I have enabled ClearPageFileAtShutdown by following MS KB 314834. If I cleanly shutdown the XP machine and then ...
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Is there a reason to use library backups if I'm backup up full disks?

In Windows Backup I can backup libraries or whole drives (or specific folders). I want a complete backup of all relevant drives. After selecting the drives, there's still the option to backup ...
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Retrieve folder from WindowsImageBackup without original PC

I've had to RMA a faulty laptop recently and backed up everything apart from 1 file that I forgot about. The file will still exist when I get my laptop back as I took a full C: drive image using the ...
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Windows Back Up thinks drive is disconnected

My netbook runs Windows 7 Starter. I have successfully backed this up in the past. I may have upgraded the external drive I used for backups subsequent to this. Now when I go to Control Panel\...
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Back up windows server 2008 to external disk

I've got a windows server 2008 box that I want to backup (the entire disk) to external USB hard drives (I've got 2 lying around so I can swap between them and add more over time). I've tried using ...
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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 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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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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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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Backup software that supports differential backup or syncing? (rsync interface maybe?) W7 [closed]

I am looking for an incremental / differential / sync backup utility that does not require a full backup to begin. I have a TB external drive with backups of pictures and movies, about 800GB, and I ...
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Two exact copies of folder using FTP

I'm looking for any solution that will allow me under Windows to emulate functionallity similar to Dropbox or rsync using FTP protocol only. What I need, is any piece of software (good enough in your ...
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Raid-5-like software backup tool

I have a lot of data (about 7 TB), stored across multiple hard-drives with varying sizes. I would like to have a backup of that data to be safe against drive failure. A RAID is not a good option for ...
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Should I be running my scheduled backups as SYSTEM or as the our domain admin?

I have a daily backup which is scheduled through the Task Scheduler. It failed with a strange error code last night, but I was able to search and find a blog post with how to avoid the error in the ...
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How exactly does the Backup and Restore utility in Windows7 work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups? I am asking this question because the drive I have allocated for said utility to use as backup space ...
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Retrieve serial number backup w/o booting from external

I have a back up copy of my Windows XP operating system in an external hard drive ever since I upgraded to Windows 7. I cannot find the XP serial number to install on another computer. I can access ...
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Can I restore a Windows 7 backup made in 32 bit after installing Windows 7 64 bit

I'm a Mac user helping out a friend, so I don't know much about Windows. They have a Windows Home Server that their PC backs up to. The docs for Windows 7 64 bit say that it needs to be a clean ...
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How can I fix the MBR after cloning a Windows XP installation?

I have a dual boot system on a 320GB HDD that contains 3 partitions. The first partition contains a Windows XP installation for tests, the second partition holds another XP install for daily use. The ...
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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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Batch Script for backup

I need a batch script that will zip up all files in a particular directory and save it to another directory in a YYYY/MM/DD-HH/MM/SS format. I've seen things similar but not sure about this. Thanks!
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Does Windows 7 Backup save hidden files?

I have a lot of hidden directories in my Windows home and documents directories. I want them to be backed up and I am using the Windows 7 built-in backup mechanism. Will Windows Backup (the built-in ...
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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 anymore....
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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 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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Backup and restore Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Incremental image backup for Windows 7 Sometimes it is necessary to reinstall windows and when I do that I have to install all my software and updates after the re-...
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Backing up Windows XP Files

Scenario system crash. I've decided it's going to just be easier to run and restore from a system disk then trying to reload backups should say a disk failure(after all the system backups are stored ...
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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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what is the best backup solution for 400GB? [closed]

I currently am using a 500GB external hard drive for backup. A friend's external hard drive recently crashed so I wanted to verify if i can come up with a more secure backup solution. I have about ...
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Avoiding backup partition getting damaged or lost

I have an HP DV6 2005AX laptop, which came pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium. It has two partitions C: and D:, the latter is a backup partition to restore the laptop to the factory default state. ...
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Restoring windows backup after the version of Windows has been changed

I have created a Windows Backup of my C:\ and have it saved it in my D:. The backup was done by selecting the, "Let Windows Choose what files to backup" option. I am currently having Windows 7 Home ...
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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 ...