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11th January, 2009 at 16:22:10 -

Hey, does anyone here know if the Windows Backup and Restore center deletes files in backup, after a specific amount of time after their real counterparts have been manually deleted? I mean I don't know why Microsoft would do this, but it might have to do with conserving disk space.

See, I'm using this to back my whole PC up to another hard drive while I sit here and prepare to install the Public Beta of Windows 7. However I don't want to chance losing anything, because the Backup and Restore Center deleted backups after it thought I wouldn't need them, cause I manually deleted the real files myself. Any idea's?

 
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11th January, 2009 at 17:45:33 -

I wouldn't know. I was going to back up my files for the beta, but I don't have enough space to do so on my extra hard drive, I have no external hard drive, and I don't have enough discs to do so. I never did install the beta. You should probably ask Microsoft if there's a way around that.

Are you saying that it deletes the file in the backup if you delete the non-backup version? That is pretty rude of Windows. The whole point of backing things up is so you can have them if you delete them and want them back.

 
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11th January, 2009 at 18:14:21 -

Skip the risk and dual boot it. http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista

 

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11th January, 2009 at 19:14:39 -

I'd say dual-boot, or even, if your computer is new enough, run it in a VM. (7 uses less RAM)

If that's a no go, though (don't blame ya, dual booting isn't riskless) use something like Macrium Reflect or an equivalent to image your hard drive. It doesn't delete files.

 

  		
  		
   

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