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So, How good is W7's built-in Backup utility?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by Joel, Aug 26, 2010.

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  1. Joel

    Joel coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

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    I'm currently setting up a server for general home tasks such as backups, file storage, downloads etc.. And trying to find a simple program to backup my Win 7 machine to the server. Is the in-built program fine for this? I also want the server to backup the data backed up to a portable HDD, as you know how things can just decide to seize working.

    Or has anyone got any ideas of other software that does it easier then the Win7 Backup?

    Cheers,
    Joel.
     
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    Tinderbox (UK) Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

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    jackluo923 Notebook Virtuoso

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    The built in one is very good. You can back up disk image through wifi/network/usb/or whatever you want.

    To restore, all you have to do is to select "repair computer" or choose restore from image from control pannel, then everything is almost automatic. Very easy to use.
     
  4. WaR

    WaR Notebook Virtuoso

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    +1 for W7's disk image. I never use the backup feature but always use the disk image option. It's fast and reliable with no extra 3rd party software.
     
  5. Rockfella

    Rockfella Newbie

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    Why do u have to back-up stuff? Almost everything is backed-up on the world wide web.
     
  6. ScuderiaConchiglia

    ScuderiaConchiglia NBR Vaio Team Curmudgeon

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    If you have to ask... Oh never mind...

    Gary
     
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    Thaenatos Zero Cool

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    Good. I have used it since day 1 and it has saved my butt a few times.
     
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    Pirx Notebook Virtuoso

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    :laugh: What you said.... :biggrin:
     
  9. Joel

    Joel coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

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    Thanks for all the replies, I'll give the built-in one a shot, and see where that takes me!
     
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    metril Notebook Deity

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    Built in imaging is really good. I find it better than Acronis. However, the restore takes extremely long depending on your computer hardware. I don't think the restore environment is optimized for the latest hardware and defaults to using very generic drivers. Thus, restores can take as little as 1 hour or as long as 2 days.

    If the restore is going to take a long time, then I boot with my Acronis Rescue CD and use it to restore from the Windows 7 builtin utility made image. Acronis can read VHDs.
     
  11. Joel

    Joel coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

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    Thanks... The only thing's that will be backed up, is my Documents, Pictures, and Downloads. The OS is just easily replaceable, however the data is not...
     
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    ScuderiaConchiglia NBR Vaio Team Curmudgeon

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    I image the OS, as it takes a LOT longer to reinstall the OS and the applications than it does to restore from an image. A couple of hours versus a couple of days.

    Gary
     
  13. Joel

    Joel coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

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    Yeah, that's true.
     
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