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System Backup Clarification

  1. #11


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit


    OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. #12


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    What did you decide jackman, you taking the money or the box mate? Windows default backup options are free with windows. Albeit some say file history isnt the same as in win 7 as "apparently" you cant add your own extra backup requirements. (It apparently takes what it thinks you need and backs it up) However, I find the system image 2nd to none.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit


    I'm going to take a look at it. I want to look at all of my options.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Windows System Backup and Restore, quick and easy.
    (Vid drags on a bit, just grit your teeth and bear through it! )

    System Image Create and Restore - Edwin000's library
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  5. #15


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Noice Edwin, noice
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  6. #16


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Edwin,

    I never had Windows 7 so I never had any experience with the File Manager/System Image Backup feature, however, shortly after getting my new PC (8.0) and immediately upgrading to 8.1 I read about the feature and tried it out. I successfully created a backup to an external HDD and noticed it also created an entry in the System Restore section. ( See Attached Image) I even created a second image just to be sure. My questions are:

    Is this typical functionality?

    Am I to assume that this is a valid Restore Point that could be used if my external HDD were connected and I selected one of these backups as my Restore Point as opposed to a reloading the full system image?

    How would you delete older System Image Backups that were no longer wanted? Can these be deleted directly off the external HDD or is there a way to delete through Windows.

    I have not paid much attention to this feature as my primary Backup Utility is Macrium which I have used for quite a while.

    Thanks

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  7. #17


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ gator2013:
    The creation of a Restore Point is normal when you create a System Image. Restore Points allow you to choose, (if you have more than one), and allow you to scan for affected programs. Older restore points get deleted as space fills up to make room for new ones.
    Restoring from a System Image recreates the drive, programs and files etc. exactly as they were when you created the image, even if you've re-partitioned the drive in question. Older System Images get overwritten as new ones are created.
    The process demonstrated in the vid was without File History turned on and only the System was imaged.
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  8. #18


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Edwin,

    Thanks for your reply.

    What I want to know is if I create another System Image to my external HDD will it overwrite the current system image and if so, is it not possible to save multiple System Images in the same manner as I do with Macrium or other 3rd party programs.

    File History is off on my system is off as well. I am referring to the System Image utility at bottom left on File History page.

    I fully understand system imaging and restore functions. As stated earlier, I use Macrium Pro as my System Image tool and keep multiple system images on my external HDD at any given time but I am just considering using the windows built-in System Image tool as a secondary backup.

    I have plenty of extra space on my internal HDD so I generally keep a lot of restore points just for the heck of it. With Macrium you have the option of including or excluding the restore point files when you create a system image.

    Thanks Again
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