Windows 10: Using Backup

  1.    23 May 2017 #1

    Using Backup

    When choosing a folder in*the 'Backup these folders' section in Windows Backup, does Windows backup the subfolders within the folder?

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       23 May 2017 #2

    Is your objective to create a full recovery environment or just backup selected folders? If you are looking to create a full recovery environment, I would recommend you use the "create a system image" option instead:
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    However, an even better option would be to just switch to Macrium Reflect Free and use that instead:

    One of our forum members has created a great tutorial for using it as well:
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    Just my opinion.

    Hope this helps.


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  3.    23 May 2017 #3

    I just want to backup certain folders.
    That's why I was asking about the folder selection.
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       23 May 2017 #4

    @WOT has described using Backup & Restore (Windows 7). You may have been asking about File History. If so, the answer is yes, for all folders selected for backup all the subfolders will be backed up as well, unless you specifically exclude them.

    Add or Remove Folders for File History in Windows 10
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  5.    23 May 2017 #5

    Yes, File History, that's it.
    I'm a bit new to Windows backup.

    Great. Now I don't need to select all the subfolders.

    Thanks much,
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       23 May 2017 #6

    JamesJoey said: View Post
    Yes, File History, that's it.
    I'm a bit new to Windows backup.
    File History is simple to use. Just set it up and forget it, it works away in the background without you noticing.

    But backing up your documents is just part of the story. A system image of the whole of your PC allows you to replace the drive should it fail and restore a complete working system just as it was before, complete with all your installed apps. There's a built-in 'make a system image' in 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)'. But most on this forum recommend Macrium Reflect as a more reliable solution. When you have time, look at the tutorial that @WOT gave a link for.

    You can never have enough backups :)
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