All I want to do is backup my files!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Shannon, May 8, 2007.

  1. Shannon

    Shannon Guest

    How do I do a weekly backup, then incremental backups without filling my

    1. Can I get the complete backup to overwrite the previous?
    2. My incremental backups are not any smaller.

    HELP!!! I'm close to going back to XP.

    Shannon, May 8, 2007
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  2. I am having similiar issues. I keep getting that my D drive doesn't have
    enough free space to accomodate the backup. My computer is just over a month
    old so I am freaking about this message. Any info would be great!
    decoratingdiva, May 8, 2007
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  3. Shannon

    AJR Guest

    First the age is not of value - the computer may have a system restore
    partition which reduces available space - you do not state HD size - and
    most important do not use the default Vista file selection, doing so may
    involve several gigs of data - select data to be back up.
    AJR, May 8, 2007
  4. Shannon

    Tim Guest

    I don't know if this will help but this is how I approached it. When I first
    looked at Vista's built-in backup utility I decided it wasn't flexible
    enough to meet my needs.

    I have a spare PC running WinXP Pro. I mapped a drive from the XP Pro
    machine to my Vista machine's data drive. I also have an external 120 gig
    USB hard drive on the Vista machine just for backup files. Each night the XP
    Pro machine automatically runs Backup (the built-in WinXP backup utility) on
    the mapped drive to the Vista machine and writes the backup files to the
    external 120 gig USB drive (one night a week is a full backup and the other
    six nights are incremental). I don't bother backing up system files...I have
    a separate data hard drive and just backup my data so that helps keep the
    backup sizes lower.

    If Microsoft hadn't lobotomized Backup in Vista, I wouldn't have to do this.
    I know I can use any number of third-party apps to run my backup (some even
    free) but this works fine for me and the extra PC running keeps my basement
    warm and my electric bill higher ;-)

    Tim, May 8, 2007
  5. Shannon

    Shannon Guest

    Thanks Tim. It's a shame you have to go through so much work to get backups
    to work as you like. This is not new technology and is certainly something
    Microsoft should have spent more efforts on, especially since we are in an
    age where much of our lives are stored digitally. Microsoft, are you

    Shannon, May 9, 2007
  6. Shannon

    Shannon Guest

    I have a 3 month old laptop with a 100GB primary and a 10GB Recovery. I am
    only backing up documents and pictures, approx 4GB worth. The incrementals
    should be fairly small because the files aren't changing. Are you suggesting
    to select the actual folder where the pictures are located rather than the
    "pictures" option provided by MS?
    Shannon, May 9, 2007
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    mos_72 Guest

    I have the same problem. Clearly the incremental backup does not work, which
    makes the whole damn thing pretty useless.
    mos_72, May 11, 2007
  8. Shannon

    f/fgeorge Guest

    Try 'driveimage xml' as a backup program.
    f/fgeorge, May 11, 2007
  9. Shannon

    Shannon Guest

    MICROSOFT, ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!! What are we supposed to do, suffer with
    the native backup utility or be forced to use a 3rd party competitive
    product? HELP!!!!
    Shannon, May 17, 2007
  10. Shannon

    Julian Guest

    If you want them to hear you should at least
    send you message to the right place...
    Julian, May 17, 2007
  11. Shannon

    Shannon Guest

    Shannon, May 17, 2007
  12. Shannon

    Shannon Guest

    In vista, this is one of Microsoft's preferred support avenues and I have
    noticed that they do have representatives monitoring the threads and
    replying. With that said, I'll submit to through whatever avenue that others
    have proved effective. Thanks for the input.

    Shannon, May 17, 2007
  13. Shannon;
    "this is one of Microsoft's preferred support avenues"
    Peer to peer, not Microsoft employees.

    When Microsoft are here, they are here on their own time.
    Since these are peer to peer newsgroups, there is no expectation or
    requirement that Microsoft visit them.
    Even if someone from Microsoft sees your post, the possibility that
    they are part of the Product Group that needs to get the message is
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], May 17, 2007
  14. Shannon

    f/fgeorge Guest

    MS bought out a large backup product and bundled it in Vista. That is
    why they are toughting it!! It will never be as good as 3rd party
    ones, MS has there fingers in too many pies to make a really good
    anything. In XP I use: 'driveimage xml' as a backup program. It works
    in Vista too.
    But then I told you this the other day, didn't I?
    f/fgeorge, May 17, 2007
  15. Shannon

    Bee-Hops Guest

    I am having similiar issues. I keep getting that my D drive doesn't have
    enough free space to accomodate the backup.So What are we to do? How do we
    free up that drive?
    Bee-Hops, May 26, 2007
  16. Shannon

    AJR Guest

    I was not intending to post a reply - however (should be indiviual posts)
    the posts are about incomplete as you can be

    .. To get help you need to provide information - size of HDs, is there a
    recovery partition, how much used space, free space, what backup program are
    you using, have you check Help and Support, file or complete computer backup
    and so forth

    There is no "incremental" backups involve in COmplete PC backup - changes
    are monitored only for file backups.
    AJR, May 26, 2007
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