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Edited by caperdog, 01 June 2010 - 08:12 PM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 03:47 PM
had to reread. windows backup creates an image file, is that what you have on J: drive ? or is it direct copies of files and folders ?
if it is an image you should be able to boot from your DVD and re-install the image, if it is a "Complete PC Backup"
VHD images may be restored to a hard drive/partition either by inserting the Vista DVD while the computer is booting up, or from a pre-installed Windows PE Recovery Environment.
if you have files and folders copied on J:\
Drag and Drop ... select folders and files to be copied from J:\ , drag them to your C:\ and drop them..
windows backup wants to back up the operating system as well as documents and creates an image file which can later be restored.
if you want to backup the files on the J:\ and include them in the image file, first copy them to C:\ , then create image file.
as long as there is enough room on J:\.
you may not need these files in your system backup as you are storing them on the same drive anyway. i would only include them in the image file if i were going to store the backup somewhere else. (another hard drive or DVD)
Edited by WVBrady, 05 June 2010 - 03:56 PM.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:14 PM
Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:27 PM
you are right, only business and ultimate versions have the backup utility. this is very good free backup software,
http://www.todo-backup.com/ ,that can create an image of your entire drive. this program will be needed to restore the image to a messed drive. there are lots out there so look around.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 10:08 PM
Posted 07 June 2010 - 11:51 PM
I was not able to download the backup program that you linked, but I found another one that seems to work: Paragon Backup and Recovery 10.2 Free Edition. I was able to do a complete backup, but I suppose I won't find out if it works ok until something bad happens. The only problem that I had was that after I had completed the backup and scheduled future backups, it said that there was insufficient room on the backup disk. I hope that it just didn't recognize the existing backup and that it will do an incremental backup, but it never used that term.
i think you can just turn on automatic updates and it will bring you up to speed. i haven' t read anything about needing SP1 to install SP2.
download here and try http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en
you do need SP2 to upgrade to SP3
Edited by WVBrady, 07 June 2010 - 11:57 PM.
Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:30 PM
Posted 08 June 2010 - 11:13 PM
...so you have moved all files from external hard drive to C:\ , then created a backup image and stored it on external hard drive (J:\) and the backup image file is 124.9 GB. Is this correct ?
I was just looking today. I can get a 500 gig external drive for $90 + shipping. If the backup disk was the same size, would it not use compression?
back up drive may need more space to work with the image if it has to copy new files to it. maybe that is the space it is crying for. i would not assume that incremental backup is happening. a back up drive the same size as the drive you are backing up would be ideal, although i am not saying that it has to be.
Why is it not a direct copy, because it is compressed? Does this compression make it less reliable?
if you have moved all of your files and folders to C:\ and you no longer have a direct copy of them on the external, well personally i would like to have a direct copy. its what saved your butt the last time.
If I am correct that the Paragon software does not do an incremental backup, I may do this with the 500 GB drive updated occationally and the external drive more often using Windows incremental update.
if it were me and i wanted to maintain a backup image of my drive i would install another internal 500 GB drive in the machine to use with the imaging software and maintain a manual backup of important stuff on the external hard drive
Posted 09 June 2010 - 08:34 PM
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