Back-Up Frequency?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by JerryM, Nov 27, 2010.

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    I had never done an image back-up until I bought a W7 system. W7 makes it easy to make an image back-up. I might add that I have never had my system crash so I never needed a back-up. I backed up the systems when new, but have not done it since. I have backed up data, but not an image.

    How often do you make an image back up of your system? I do not want to use anything other than the W7 to do the back-ups.

    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
  2. Osaban

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    It really depends on what I'm doing: usually fortnightly and certainly before a major MS update. Sometimes I backup my system before I'm testing a new application or configuration. Unlike you, I restore images very often. I would rather restore a known good image rather than scan for hours with different scanners (it only takes about 10 minutes to backup and the same time to restore).
     
  3. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    Hi Osaban,
    Thanks for the reply. I don't do the same type of testing you do. I only check an application to see if it runs well on my system. I have never had a virus or a crash that required a restore.
    However, I recognize that such might occur, and am pleased that W7 makes imaging so easy.

    Thanks again,
    Jerry
     
  4. Halffull

    Halffull Registered Member

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    I never used to make backups much, but lately because I'm a freelancer I have a lot of valuable data on my computers. So I've been made to use regular scheduled backups.

    With around 2TB worth of free space, on a 7200RPM sataII hard drive, taking image backups of your entire hard drives is now a realistic option.
     
  5. Robin A.

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    To create image backups of the system partition, the Windows 7 backup program is somewhat slow, and it creates non-compressed, big images. In my Windows 7 x64 installation, images are 17 GB, time to create them is 10 min using USB 2.0 or 4 min using USB 3.0.

    Besides, although I am not totally sure of this (I have only tried once), I think it is not possible to keep more than one image in a partition, because when one image is created it overwrites the previous one (possibly to compensate for the large image sizes).
     
  6. wat0114

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    On average every couple weeks, basically whenever I've made enough changes since the last image to warrant a new one. I do them in sets of 1 full + 3 incrementals using ShadowProtect recovery environment. No rhyme or reason in particular why I deploy this method, except that it's what I'm comfortable with and just "feels right" for me :)
     
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