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File History or Backups

  1. #11

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Did they remove "Easy Transfer" as well? It figured, once I finally got the hang of "File Recovery" they removed the F out of it! :/
    Nope, "Windows Easy Transfer" (Migwiz.exe) is still in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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  2. #12

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    Windows Backup was never IMO any good anyway -- a robust 3rd party application like Acronis was far better -- but there are Free one's available.

    File History is perhaps OK in emergency situations -- it's a bit like "Incremental file backups" where only the CHANGES from the previous version are saved - so much less data needs to be kept than if you do a complete file backup.

    However IMO the best strategy (especially now with Large HDD's available) is to separate your OS / applications into its own partition -- around 50 GB should be more than enough in most cases -- even for a largish installation. Back this up regularly as a full image --there might also be a small system 100MB partition too--if that exists save that as well in the image backup.

    For your DATA do a complete backup ONCE --then take incrementals -- that's what a lot of the commercial programs do --they make it easy to schedule daily incremental backups.

    To recover a file from an incremental backup -- restore first from the FULL backup and then recover from the various incremental backups until you've got the version you want.

    For Music files I backed up the whole library about 3 months ago and just do incrementals about twice a month - these files don't change much. For other data I might do a complete backup once a month and run the incrementals backups once a week -- you need to devise a decent backup strategy for DATA depending on what it is and how much you need it.

    I backup the OS NIGHTLY as well as before adding / installing any software or making hardware / other configuration changes -- backing up an OS that's on an SSD to another SSD takes around 5-7 mins -- time well spent however you look at it. !!!

    If you do use incremental backups don't forget to take a FULL backup every so often.

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