Drive Snapshot question

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Acadia, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. Acadia

    Acadia Registered Member

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    Keep hearing good things about Drive Snapshot from you people at Wilders. I have never tried it but would like to. I would get the version that you can install on your system BUT to recover I would only use an USB recovery key.

    I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around how to build a USB key and what to put on it. The website mentions a networkbootdiskette.sna. Some of you have mentioned, in the past, simply running the .exe from a USB key or even another hard drive. I am getting confused. I have a Windows recovery USB and USBs from other programs, could one of them be used and if so, how?

    Is there a SIMPLE, EASY way that even I would understand.
    Thanks much, Acadia
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Acadia,

    The boot disks on the DS website are DOS based and don't boot in UEFI systems. They are of historical interest.

    As you mentioned, use snapshot64.exe from any bootable 64-bit WinPE, even a Win10 UFD. There is nothing complicated. Boot the UFD, navigate to snapshot64.exe and double click it.

    You can create an image in running Windows and restore the image from the WinPE.
     
  3. Alexhousek

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    I've been using Snapshot for about 3 years. As such, I have about 800 GB of backups in a folder for my old PC. I'd like to keep the latest backup and get rid of the rest to restore the space to my HD. Can I just go into Windows Explorer and delete the backup files by date? Or, is there a way from within Snapshot that I should delete the older backup files (from 2017-early 2020)?
     
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Alex,

    No problems. Just delete them.
     
  5. Alexhousek

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    Thanks Brian. I seem to remember that you shouldn't do that in Macrium Reflect (you should delete backups from within the program itself), so I wasn't sure about Drive Snapshot. Thanks again.
     
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