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  Incremental System Image Backup in Windows7 ? 
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binar Feb 04, 2015, 05:23pm EST Report Abuse
Fellow Forum Members,
I have Windows 7 Ultimate and it seems to have both these two options:

1. "Create a System Image" feature.
2. "Set up backup" feature.

What I don't like about Option 1 is how if I install a new software app on my C: Boot drive the System Image does not automatically update itself.

Therefore, I took a look at Option 2 and from what I see this option enables one to schedule a backup but from what I understand it's not a complete System Image of the entire C: Boot drive.

My question is what do I need to do to create a System Image of my C: Boot Drive but that automatically updates itself? Is the best way to maintain a current System Image require I manually create a System Image once a week to keep a current backup of my entire C: Boot Drive? Any comments welcomed.

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john albrich Feb 05, 2015, 12:32pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Incremental System Image Backup in Windows7 ?
If you can't use the Windows scheduler to create a regular automatic image backup, you might consider using a freeware (for home use) program like Macrium Reflect Free Edition (MRFE)...which is what I use simply because it is easy and VERY flexible. I prefer it over the Windows backup system. You get more features if you buy the actual program. See the website for version feature comparison chart.

MRFE contains it's own backup scheduler, but the scheduler is a bit limited compared to what one can do using a batch script.

Search on [ macrium albrich ] when the HWA search engine is working and you should find batch scripts and scheduler hints on how I automatically create daily, weekly, and monthly backups, and move them to different backup drives, including copies kept in fire resistant safes, etc.

The only thing I don't like about it, is that the vendor has gone to using a "downloader" intermediary system for getting the files. IMO it makes it stupidly complicated to obtain and install the correct program. What that means is you download an small "installer" program, which you then have to run and then IT downloads the actual files. You can delete the "installer" program once you have the program files.

Works on Windows XP and up (e.g. Win2000 excluded as program requires Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS) up and running).

rossy LO Feb 26, 2015, 10:27pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Incremental System Image Backup in Windows7 ?
Maybe you can seek help form AOMEI Backupper Standard. It is free backup and recovery software that helps to backup your files/folders/system/partition/HDD/SSD easily: I have used it for a long time, it deserves a trying. Why AOMEI Backupper: easy to use; incremental&differential backup supported, schedule backup plan, freeware...



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