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A simple back up plan needed


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#1 spidertom

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:34 PM

My w-7 computer is a year old I haven't backed it up yet.
I maybe need a rescue disk or boot disk.before I back up.
I would like to back it up to a DvD[Which kind of DvD should I use?]
Anybody have a step by step on this?Also does the Microsoft back up
the operating system only or does it back up my user files too?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

I'm a big fan of Disc Imaging software. I feel EVERY user should use it. Here's something I put together a while ago. Of course, disc imaging is only one of many options - but in my opinion it's the best:

Disk Imaging software takes a "snapshot" of your drive as it exists at the time you create the image. You can then restore the entire image or any file(s) or folder(s) you choose. It is a virtually foolproof way of backing up your system and providing a safe haven in the event of a catastrophe that requires you to blow away your system partition and restore it to a previous state. It also allows you to "test" various software and be confident that you have a the ability to return to the prior state any time you choose.
I use Acronis True Image. It is the best of breed, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.

1) I create an image of my system partition once a week to a second hard drive and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. I also image my other partitions about once a month. I always enable "verify image" in the options. It takes a little longer, but insures a valid image.
2) I also create an image before performing any drive level function (ie, changing the size of a partition) or making any significant change to the OS (installing a service pack, upgrading IE, etc). Also sometimes before installing new software.
3) Images may be created on any medium (cd, dvd, external drive, etc). For obvious reasons they should not be stored on the same drive you are imaging. The best option is a second internal hd if you have one.
4) Images may be created "in the background" within the OS. If you need to restore the system partition, that will need to be done before the OS loads. You can start the process within the application in the OS and it will then tell you it needs to reboot to finish the process. Alternatively, you can boot to a "recovery disk" which you can create when you first install the software (or to the application disk itself if you have one). Other partitions can be restored without a reboot.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

Thanks for the good reply,I don't use the computer that much.
I just want a backup, simple one. I need to know if the dvdr is the ok
dvd to use and do I just go to ctr.panel and click on backup and that's it?
And should I create a boot dvd too?

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

A little more information about what you are trying to accomplish is needed - If you would like to make a backup that would restore windows, the programs, drivers, and whatnot then a system image and boot dvd would be a good idea to create. If you just want to make a backup of the pictures, documents, music then a smaller back up would be in order and boot disc not needed as much.

The windows 7 backup in the control panel can do either, or both, its your choice.

DVD-R (any brand) is fine. If you do a system image to DVD-R then you will probably need like 3-5 dvd (maybe many more depending on how much stuff you have stored on the computer).

From what you posted it seems like you just want to do a one-time back up - which is fine.
If you choose to develop a backup strategy (like once a month or twice a year backups) DVDs might not be a good decision because then you start collecting these 3-5 sets of discs which create clutter.




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