i have run the windows backup programme 3 times now and each time it tells me that it didn't finish, but each time the gigabyte numbers vary slightly so i am not sure if my data is properly backed up or not. i did find the user manual and as usual it feels like i am reading japanese..... sighs..... nowt is simple in IT for me.... but i will try to find find someone locally to help......
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1 a way to rebuild your laptop if it dies
Or restore it if you can replace the hard disk with a similar one (larger)
You will need a recovery CD or Pendrive as well
2 To get your data back
IMO this is more important useful.
As you can then retrieve all on a new laptop/PC
Use a programme such as synctoy to maintain a valid backup of Data
Synctoy has the facility to only change on the backup those files which are newer on the laptop
So first run is a full copy
Subsequent runs only refresh on the backup changed data
For Images or video which use a lot of diskspace this is better than say "Google Drive"
However "Google Drive" is in my opinion very good for immediately backing up low volume data such as spreadsheets or word type documents
To be really careful you can also make copies of files named as a copy for EXTRA safety in a sub folder called copies
I must admit I've tried lots of backup software over the years yet still tend to come back to simply copying all my files and photos over to a hard drive and to the cloud. The thing about backing up the whole computer with just changed files in between is that you have to restore lots of different backup sets to get everything back that's changed since the last full backup, if that makes sense. Plus if there are any glitches or bloat in the system, they'd likely be restored back too. I always prefer to clean reinstall the OS and programs then put my files , photos, favourites, etc, back in the relevant folders. It takes more time and care when backing things up but I find it more straightforward in the long run. As Jagmanx says, it's your personal stuff that's more important... everything else can be reinstalled back to new computer condition with a factory restore or OS disc. Mind you, an automated backup programme is much more user-friendly if you're not familiar with reloading computers, so everyone will choose a different method.
DG, I googled your particular issue and found this... made me chuckle that it was written by someone called Teresa May
Solved: Windows Backup Failed to Read from the Shadow Copy
Don't Worry, Be Happy
You only have 1 copy of your data (but you can do a second with a different name)
The copy simply gets updated/refreshed with the changed or additional files ...
Thus it also completes the task very rapidly if you have made few changes
It also seems to work much quicker than a windows copy on the first run.
Of course to keep multiple copies of files you need multiple external drives
Eg week 1 week 2 and use google drive for instant backups.
In short if you were running a business you would have a duplicate/mirrored server on the cloud !
But that is getting silly
Last edited by jagmanx; 07-11-2018 at 20:37.
at this rate i think i will back up half a dozen spreadsheets by hand onto a memory stick once a week and get some peace of mind that way. All my writing goes onto memory sticks... so thats secure at least.
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