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How does vista backup and restore work?

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#1 signofzeta


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 02:54 PM

There is a tutorial on complete backup and restore, and not the one that comes with Vista Home Premium, and I only have Vista Home Premium.


I bought a laptop, and it has Vista preinstalled, so there is no Vista DVD.


What kinds of things does this Backup and Restore back up, and what does it Restore?  My HDD is dying, so I want to be able to back up everything, and be able to restore it to a new HDD.  When I boot the computer, I expect it to be as it was when I try to boot the computer with the old hard drive.


I also want to know if the restore feature in Vista also restores the partitions?  Ideally, I would like the new HDD to have the same partitions as the old one.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:15 PM

Microsoft TechNet offers this... http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.09.backup.aspx

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:00 PM

I suggest you get away from the Windows backup program and get yourself a good commercial backup program. I've seen forums fraught with problem reports for the Windows one. I know I was very unimpressed when I tried it. Two I'm familiar with and like are Easeus Todo Backup Free, and Memeo which has a 30 day free trial and you can buy it for $29.99.  Both of these will do incremental backups.
  The March 2012 issue of PC World was very high on the FREE program from Easeus and so is CNET.  In my experience with a variety of configurations I have to say I'm very impressed.  Like Ghost (which unfortunately is no longer on the market) it will back up to a networked drive, and it will create a boot CD for when your PC won't boot.  Don't download from CNET unless you want to get malware, but you can see CNET's review of it at
 CNET has a lot of backup program reviews at 
Some of these are free (last time I checked there were over 300), some have free trials (over 1000), and some are purchase only (over 200).
External hard drives are best for backup. You can get a 1 TB one for around $50. You can also buy a 32 GB flash drive for under $20.  It's the best insurance you can ever buy!
I hope this helps.  Good luck

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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