Windows Vista Ultimate Backup

June 24, 2010 at 20:19:56
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional sp3, 1.995 GHz / 3032 MB
The Exact OS above is wrong. I now have Vista Ultimate installed.
OK I would like to know something. I installed Vista Ultimate tonight. I created a partition for backup. I used the backup feature in Vista and backed up to the D partition I created. If I am not able to start Windows how can I restore the backup? This sounds crazy I know. But my niece's laptop came With Vista Home Premium. And on startup you tap F8 and select the first option Repair your computer. It then goes into the Windows Complete restore. I was told it worked the same way with the backup I made on my laptop with Vista Ultimate. I checked by tapping F8 and no option to repair. I know I have the Vista CD. But I like the idea of a backup on a partition. If I am on Vacation or just away from home with my laptop I will not have to carry all the disk with me. With the backup partition everything is there. Am I crazy? Maybe I am or maybe I did something wrong.

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#1
June 24, 2010 at 21:42:27
With the Vista back up, you need to re-install windows then restore from the backup file you created. Having your back up on the same drive, just within another partion is not a great idea. If your hard drive crashes you will lose everything.

Your best bet is to get an external USB hard drive and have the backups go to that, they have really come down in price, here is a 1TB on for $75
http://www.compusa.com/applications...

This also prevents you from accidently wiping out your backup partition when you do the reinstall that is required before you can restore your data.

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Mike Treloar
Sago Networks
www.sagonet.com


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#2
June 24, 2010 at 22:11:07
Your niece's laptop probably uses a manufacturer's backup solution or a preinstalled recovery option & therefore the menus are already in place..

A manual backup requires a-somewhat-different procedure & here's this site, because I couldn't find a Micro$oft page w/screenshots (only these 1s @ microsoft.com/uk/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/backup.mspx & windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Restore-your-computer-from-a-system-image-backup).

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...

Like some1 else said in THEIR signature.. "i would appreciate if everybody that has received help from me to say if my suggestions works", tnx.

:)

P.S.
SagoMT - restoring the backup will wipe everything as-to-b4 - so, why re-install Windblow$?!??

P.P.S.
Oh my Goodness, you're falsely stating that a reinstall is needed before restoring, so that you may advertise a product that you're selling, complete with an affiliate link: "&Sku="

"With the Vista back up, you need to re-install windows then restore from the backup file you created. Having your back up on the same drive, just within another partion is not a great idea. If your hard drive crashes you will lose everything.

Your best bet is to get an external USB hard drive and have the backups go to that, they have really come down in price, here is a 1TB on for $75
http://www.compusa.com/applications...

This also prevents you from accidently wiping out your backup partition when you do the reinstall that is required before you can restore your data.

--
Mike Treloar
Sago Networks
www.sagonet.com"

^^ Come on, lol, what kind of deal is that. Your post has been voted down, I think for good reason.

Regards,
Vladimir


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#3
June 24, 2010 at 22:32:50
Your right, I forgot that you can restore a backup image from the cd. If you lose the hard drive however, then you can re-install and restore from that backup image

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#4
June 24, 2010 at 22:35:43
"Oh my Goodness, you're falsely stating that a reinstall is needed before restoring, so that you may advertise a product that you're selling, complete with an affiliate link: "&Sku="

Actually I am not selling the product nor do I have any affiliation with the vedor, I was simply pointing out that external hard drives are not expensive and therefor a viable solution, he could buy anything he likes from anyone or nothing at all, it's his data. the link I posted was to compusa.com, I can post links to other vendors if you would like, say tigerdirect.com or newegg.com or hell go to bestbuy for all I care, I just think It is a stupid Idea to have all your data and you backup on the same drive and that it is better to use some other device for backups. Thanks though.


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#5
June 25, 2010 at 04:36:48
So the Vista back up does not backup Windows system files? Only programs? I know about external drives. And I know about the whole drive dieing and loosing everything. I just figured having the partition there with a backup in case I am away from home. I do not have to take the external drive and CD'S or DVD'S along.
As for my nieces laptop. Yes it has a factory backup. and the menu is configured to have the repair option. I figured I could add a way to restore by tapping F8 on start up. But is Windows is not backed up with the Vista Backup I will just go buy Acornis True Image. And having the backup on a partition is not a stupid idea. Like I said I have all the CD'S and DVD'S from Dell. Dell sends both the media and the Recovery partition. And I already have an external drive. Anyway thanks for the help. I am about to make a trip to the city and go to the big stores and I will get True Image while I am there. Also may pick up an external drive.

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#6
June 25, 2010 at 05:27:34
How is have your data and you data's backup on the same device a good idea? II understand your have the dell recovery CD's, those do not recover your personel data. Just because you have a second partition does not protect you from hardware failure. I understand that you might want to take a backup with you without bringing extra items, but don't rely on this as your main backup.

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#7
June 25, 2010 at 06:21:52
How is have your data and you data's backup on the same device a good idea?
OK It is not a good idea if that's the only backup you have. I knew that all along.
I understand your have the dell recovery CD's, those do not recover your personel data.
I know that also.
Just because you have a second partition does not protect you from hardware failure.
Yes I know.
I understand that you might want to take a backup with you without bringing extra items, but don't rely on this as your main backup.
I don't.

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