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1.1 Backing up Windows®

Private Backup creates an image of a drive, as it is common with traditional backup solutions. Cloning or restoring on new hardware is not possible.

Install-Backup saves, on the other hand, the complete Windows® installations with all programs installed in the folders 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. When you install new programs, these folders are automatically selected.

Install-Backup does not save the contents of My Documents. Beginning with Windows® Vista™, this folder has been replaced by the following 5:
  • Documents
  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Downloads
These personal folders contain files that can be archived with private backup regularly.
Install-Backup needs therefore to be carried out rarely, if new programms have been permanently installed or major settings have been changed to Windows®. This saves storage space compared to conventional drive-based backup solutions.

To start Install-Backup, right-click on the background of the desktop and select Install Backup from the context menu:



The proposed label for the backup record can be modified or you can switch the ARCHIVE options to auto generate a label, based on the current date and time. Multiple destinations may be specified at the same time.

Compared to traditional backup software, you can select the drive which contains Windows® without restriction.

Highlight if possible at least one hard disk to make repeated backup faster.

The first Install-Backup of a standard Windows® 8 or Windows® 7 environment to a local hard disk should take about 20 minutes.
A repeated backup instead can be processed in less than 5 minutes. Backup on USB flash drive, DVD or net drive will take longer.

Run-times vary considerably depending on your hard and software. Especially anti-virus software can spoil the process as it might scan each file before it is backed up. You should consider to temporarily switch it off.

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