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Computer Back Up
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
So I'm running Win7 64 bit and I have a back up HD which win7 backs up weekly.
I've not had a crash and I have no idea how the backup works.
But I have no other back up system and I'm wondering what I need to be safer.
Should I be using a raid system? Should I have a second machine and a server set up?
Any advices would be appreciated. Thanks.
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2/13/2011 6:23:06 PM (last edit: 2/13/2011 6:23:06 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Depends on how safe you need to be.
Having a second drive in duplicated raid (forgot which number that was) will just give you what your backup is giving you now, but in real time. If you happen to screw up something like deleting a file yourself though, the raid will delete it on both drives, so a regular backup to an offline drive is still recommended

Second machine is nice if you can't afford to lose any work time at all. Raid in the first machine will ensure you don't loose any work files recently created, making it seamless.

I find it enough to have an OS image handy with all needed software already installed, if something screws up windows wise, you can get the clean and ready OS back in 10 minutes


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2/14/2011 1:26:20 AM (last edit: 2/14/2011 1:26:20 AM)
show user profile  Garp
How about the archaic method of burning a dvd, say, once a month?
To me it makes sense to archive important stuff outside the computer.




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2/14/2011 6:27:16 AM (last edit: 2/14/2011 6:27:16 AM)
show user profile  gogodr
I dont know whats wrong with Windows 7 backup system but my backup is a wholde HDD of 300GB

Hello there

beautiful ;3


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2/14/2011 6:48:05 AM (last edit: 2/14/2011 6:48:05 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
I find it enough to have an OS image handy with all needed software already installed, if something screws up windows wise, you can get the clean and ready OS back in 10 minutes

That's what I'm looking for!
How does one do that? I can't seem to figure out if win7 backup does this.
How do I do it? How? How?

@Garp - yes I back up to dvds
@Gogodr - Yes my backup on win7 is 400mb. Ooops I mean 400GB.
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2/14/2011 6:51:38 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 6:57:36 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Haha! Win7 does a complete system image. I'm happy now.
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2/14/2011 9:02:32 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 9:02:32 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
Whatever you do, test it. No point making backups that don't work when you need them.
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2/14/2011 9:06:53 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 9:06:53 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
How do I test it without risking loosing everything if it doesn't work? I'm no longer happy.
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2/14/2011 9:15:57 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 9:15:57 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Has anyone ever done this? Restore their system using win7 backup?
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2/14/2011 9:57:09 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 9:57:09 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
Don't restore over your working system - if something goes wrong you could lose everything.

Restore onto a fresh drive.

BTW - as an alternative approach. You can backup 25GB onto one bluray.
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2/14/2011 10:22:38 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 10:24:33 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Great! I just need another external harddrive and another computer and I'll test it out. :/
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2/14/2011 10:31:02 PM (last edit: 2/14/2011 10:31:02 PM)
show user profile  horizon
You don't need another computer, you just need another drive, which you've got, the backup HDD.
Not sure how the win7 one works or what it can do, I used acronis true image, and it can restore the backup on any drive or partition that has enough room to restore the image


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2/15/2011 1:31:35 AM (last edit: 2/15/2011 1:31:35 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
So I could hook up an external drive. Restore the backup from my backup drive to the external
and then boot from the external? I'm thinking I should install another drive so it's not running through
a usb though?
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2/15/2011 1:45:47 AM (last edit: 2/15/2011 1:45:47 AM)
show user profile  horizon
Yes, that's the idea.
External would do for testing (though I never booted an os from usb, but I hear it's easy these days), but for the real replacement os drive it will probably go smoother being internal sata.

Maybe eSata? Not sure how's that speedwise and is your drive capable, but I guess it would be something inbetween if yes, just an idea


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2/15/2011 1:57:33 AM (last edit: 2/15/2011 1:57:33 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Thanks h. You've been a huge help.
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2/15/2011 2:10:38 AM (last edit: 2/15/2011 2:10:38 AM)
 
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