How do I move a Windows 7 backup file?

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November 27, 2010 at 15:11:19
Specs: Windows 7, 2/2
I just ran my first Windows 7 Backup. I backed up some folders and stuff to my external hard drive. It created a backup file with my PC name, and also a MediaID.bin file. I don't like that my backup file is in the root of my hard drive. What if I want to move it somewhere else, or store it on a different drive? How can I move it? I tried moving BOTH the backup and MediaID.bin files to another folder on my external, and I was unable to restore from it. Moving them back to the root directory allowed me to restore from them. It seems silly that I wouldn't be able to move this to another drive.

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#1
November 27, 2010 at 18:44:53
If you were to rerun back up, does it give you an option as to where to save it to? That may be the best answer if it will let you specify EXACTLY were you want it, just back up again.

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#2
November 27, 2010 at 20:34:07
That's a good thought and I've already considered that. Unfortunately, it will NOT let you choose a folder to backup to, only a drive. I think this is silly that there isn't an easy way to do this. What if your backup drive dies? Or you want to upgrade to a bigger drive? You can only use the same hard drive? I wonder if it will work if I move the file to another hard drive but keep it at root directory...

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#3
November 28, 2010 at 06:03:07
You could make a distinct partition for your back up. As long as it is on a separate distinct drive from your primary drive you should be protected from drive failure since it should take something like a lightning strike without a surge protector to kill 2 drives at the same time.

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#4
November 28, 2010 at 10:01:55
I don't think I should have to create separate partitions to store backup files. I'm not worried about losing two drives at once but I am worried about having my only backup be on ONE external. I have a hunch that the backup file just needs to be at the root directory. I'll test it later today with a second external.

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