Move Files Off A Windows 7 Pc Using Backup And Restore

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The backup utilities in previous versions of Windows have been less than spectacular resulting in a nice market for third các buổi party applications. Today we take a look at the Backup and Restore feature in Windows 7 that may be their best backup tool yet.

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Set the Backup

To phối up a backup in Windows 7 open up Computer right-click on your local drive và select Properties. Then click on the Tools tab & click the Back up now button.


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In the Back up or restore your files window click the liên kết to mix up a backup.

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Windows will search for a suitable drive khổng lồ store the backup or you can also choose a location on your network. If you backup lớn a network location you might need the password lớn the share.

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You can have Windows choose what khổng lồ backup or you can choose the files & directories. Because I lượt thích more user control for this tutorial I am choosing what to backup but it’s completely up to you.

Note: If you let Windows choose it will not backup Program Files, anything formatted with the FAT tệp tin system, files in the Recycle Bin, or any temp files that are 1GB or more.

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Select the files and thư mục to include in the backup. Also notice you can select the option khổng lồ create an image of your local drive.

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Now reviews the backup job và make sure everything looks correct.

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Here you can also schedule the days và times the backup occurs.

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Save the backup settings & kick off your first backup and while it runs you can monitor the progress.

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Click the View Details button khổng lồ see exactly what is being backup during the process.

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When the backup is complete you will see the two backup files & image thư mục if you created one. I backed up 20GB of data & it took around 15 minutes including the system image which came khổng lồ 11GB.

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Double click on the backup file & can restore files or manage the kích cỡ of the backups folder.

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Restore Files from Backup

If you need khổng lồ go back & restore a tệp tin from a backup click on Restore my files in the Backup & Restore Center.

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Now you can browse or tìm kiếm the most recent backup for a tệp tin or folder your missing.

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Next you can restore them back khổng lồ the original location or choose a different spot then click Restore.

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Progress of the restoration will vary depending on the kích cỡ of the data và location it’s restoring from.

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Manage Backup Size

Sometimes you may need lớn recover some disk space & Windows 7 allows you to manage the form size of your backups. In the Backup and Restore section click on the Manage Space link.

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Your given a summary of the backup location & what is taking up space from the backup.

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Click on the View backups button to kiểm tra the different dated backups where you can delete older ones if needed.

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You can also change how windows retains older system images.

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Backing up data is one of the most important but overlooked tasks for a computer user. If you have another backup tiện ích you might not consider letting Windows bởi it, but overall, the new backup and restore utility in Windows 7 is much better than previous versions.


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