Solved software to backup a local pc computer to an external HDD

January 10, 2013 at 12:09:55
Specs: Windows 7 64b, P4- 2.8 ghz 1 gb

I am looking for a software (preferably free) that will back up my entire computer to a file on an external hard drive.

I want to find something that will do incremental backups too.
In other words, after I finish using my computer for the day, I would click on an icon and it would update the backed up file with anything new on my computer.

Basically what I am looking for is, if my computer crashes, I can use this backed up file to restore my computer to the state of the most recently dated file.

The software would therefore have to capture all of my data, settings, programs and the registry.


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#1
January 10, 2013 at 12:44:46

You need "disk imaging" software, though I couldn't say which and which don't support incremental backups: http://www.techsupportalert.com/bes...

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#2
January 10, 2013 at 13:50:43
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Windows 7 comes with a perfectly good backup facility. It will do disk imaging as well as incremental backups.

However very few backup programes with back up the registry because of the registry fails and your computer wont boot, a backup is useless. That's when the disk image comes in handy.

Stuart


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#3
January 10, 2013 at 13:59:43

Google for Macrium Free. This will allow you to image your entire system to an external drive. The free version does not allow for incremental backups though.

I'll save you some time: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree....


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#4
January 10, 2013 at 14:02:49

Here's a link to using win7 backup and restore.

You can do backups and create a system image with the builtin tools

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

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#5
January 10, 2013 at 16:19:13

Unrelated comment about your specs >> Specs: Windows 7 64b, P4- 2.8 ghz 1 gb << you need more RAM, lots more RAM. The minimum for Win7 64-bit is 2GB.

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#6
January 10, 2013 at 17:49:01

With the built in Windows 7 back up you can create a disk image periodically (weekly or monthly) and an automatic or manual daily back up (normal back up) which will be your personal file folders and important settings (the things that change the most often). These back ups can reside on an external drive. This is best for most people and should be good for you. If you need daily images, you could do that, but they will be complete images and unless you delete the old ones, will take up quite a lot of room.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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