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System Backup Clarification

  1. #1


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    System Backup Clarification


    When a software company says "Create System Backup" just what are they saying? Does that backup include the operating system or just all your settings and data files? In order to do a system recovery after a complete crash, wouldn't you need to reload your OS and then use the "system backup" you had created?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    System Images are also backups. A system image is an entire copy of your system as it is at the time you created the image, restoring that image will bring you back to the point your computer was when you made the image, a complete mirror image. Any documents etc made after that will not be included if they were saved to the drive, after you made an image of said drive.

    In reference to your question It would depend on the software/company, if you mention which software/company people may understand better what they may mean.

    A system restore point, will restore the computer back a few days, weeks etc, and eliminate certain changes you have made since creating a restore point. However, any documents etc you created and saved onto that drive will remain intact.

    For instance, creating a system restore point before drivers are updated will enable you to go back to before you installed those new drivers if there is an issue with them. System specific files will be backdated.

    This part I am not too clear on -
    There are also basic document backups, a backup of your personal data, data you have stored in your "My Documents" folder etc, and user specific settings, I think, like your libraries, desktop, contacts and favorites. I don't make them so I am not sure. This backup can be found by pressing Winkey + S and searching for "File History" (If I am correct)

    I hope I didn't confuse the issue.
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  3. #3


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    Sorry I should have been more specific. I have been reading about the CMS Ultimate Backup and it has the option of System Backup. This is where I get confused! Does that mean if you have a crash you can restore the operating system besides all of your settings and data? I assume this is the same as making an Image. Would this make it possible to boot from the Image and/or System Backup without first installing the operating system? I am aware of the Windows System Restore since I have used that.

    Thanks!!
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  4. #4


    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yes, that would of saved me some time.
    Are you referring to CMS software backup solutions? The company CMS?
    I have no idea sorry. You have posted in the performance and maintenance forum, CMS is a 3rd party software, there is a Software & Apps forum. Maybe you could request your post to be relocated.
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    Yes, that is CMS Backup Solutions. I will move on...........thanks!
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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Yeah, I am not sure about it jackman. What I do understand from the little I read. The "Ultimate" backup version initiates a backup, that will restore your system just like an image would, its benefits however are that it will make incremental backups in real time, meaning if you change or add something that wasn't included in your backup, it will adjust the original backup as needed. This could be a benefit or a mistake, depending on what you add or change. I am sure there is an option to disable this.

    I am going to assume being the ultimate version, you will have multiple choices and backup settings

    Image backup
    Documents/File system backup
    Having the advantage to create individual jobs etc

    So, at the end of the day, depending on what type of backups you set to run, you could basically have a choice depending on the failure you have.

    Accidentally deleted a document? Restore from file backup
    System crashes and can't be retrieved? Restore image. etc

    It seems like a good backup solution. Personally I am happy with Win 8 image backups. Everything else I have setup on secondary drives separate from my OS drive. In some cases I have backups for the secondary drives.

    I have many drives. They call me "The Overkill"
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    Windows 8 64bit


    What are you using for the Windows 8 image?
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Windows 8.1 System image backup

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    Windows 8.1 System image backup

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    WOAH! Ants, a few too many martinis?!
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I figured some of you may be board so I drew a follow the line, I was going to add 3. Each going to a different option but my wife threw a backup drive at my head and complained about me leaving things laying around. Ive just regained consciousness, only to find that I must of pressed reply before adding the other lines.

    Thats my story. I'm darn well sticking to it.
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