Windows 10: Backup vs history

  1.    21 Jun 2017 #1

    Backup vs history

    I had bad experience with win 8.1 history back, it did not worked.
    Is the windows backup history reliable, or should I use windows 7 backup?
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  2.    21 Jun 2017 #2

    What do you want to backup - just data, or whole system including OS and programs as well as data?
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  3.    22 Jun 2017 #3

    File History only backs up user files by user. I strongly recommend a reliable system image backup program like Macrium reflect Free to back up the OS and user files.
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  4.    22 Jun 2017 #4

    I agree with Steve, in light of recent ransomware scares, I would strongly consider buying a backup external drive and creating a regular backup. You will need to disconnect the external drive once the backup is done unless its a NAS, otherwise that too could be compromised.
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       22 Jun 2017 #5

    CapFlam128 said: View Post
    Is the windows backup history reliable, or should I use windows 7 backup?
    I agree with the others, make a regular system image so that an up to date working system can be restored in the event of a disaster (such as the HDD failing and needing to be replaced). Macrium is the one most recommended here, and it should be possible to restore individual files from a Macrium backup.

    However, to answer that specific question - I have File History turned on and pointing to a network folder (an external HDD plugged into the USB port on my router). It works unobtrusively and reliably.

    The 'Windows 7 Backup' is included mainly to allow you to restore backups from your older PCs. I wouldn't recommend using it as your primary backup.

    I would recommend having several alternative backups. In addition to File History I make regular system images, plus I have a batch file I wrote that copies my most important user folders and files to an external drive. If I loose a file I have at least three independent places I can retrieve it from. You can never have enough backups. :)
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