Making a Windows 7 Backup

2010/05/15

So…. I’ve been using Windows 7 for awhile now and had been using the backup feature for my C:\ drive in case Windows decided to poop itself.  This was worked fine and well until I had a second disk drive that I wanted to make sure I had backed up.  Something in adding that second disk made the entire thing take 5x the amount of time when barely 2x more space was being backed up.

The solution I found was using the command line to do the backup(which you can also set to do on a schedule if you’d like).

To do a single backup the command (from a command prompt ran as Administrator):

wbadmin START Backup -backuptTarget:<destination> -include:<source>

In my specific case this results in:

wbadmin START Backup -backupTarget:i: -include:C:,F:

If you wanted to do this as a scheduled task the command (again as Administrator) would be:

SCHTASKS /Create WEEKLY /D FRI /TN WeeklyBackupTask /RL HIGHEST /ST 19:00 /TR "WBADMIN START Backup -backupTarget:I: -include:C:,F: -quiet"

A scheduled task that runs at 7 on a Friday.  Odds are by 7 I’m home and hopefully on a Friday I’m doing something on not my computer.  If you’re doing this for a work only PC I’d set it up for 5:00 on Friday or your home pc I’d just be using windows home server(if you don’t have one of those talk to your most liked nerd friend.  If that friend is me please choose to bother Mike instead though)


Current Newegg Parts List

2009/07/20

Mike had pestered me a few times about what I’d pick up if I were going to be building an all inclusive desktop for work.  I’d probably be salvage some current parts, but I definitely am 5′ish years old on some others.

Some of this would be salvaged, some new.  Mostly encouragement for mike to get something more current.


Moving, WHS, and Mexican Food

2008/08/29

So… I’m a putz and still haven’t gotten pictures from my fiance of the house.  I swear it exists and that I reside in it though.  Today our moving company arrived with all of my Sioux Falls belongings and having it delivered is seriously the best way imaginable to move.  Having that moving company do the heavy lifting was about on par with carrot cake soup.

Anyway that was at lunch and now this afternoon I’m sitting at work and reading the hanselblog for the first time in awhile.  Its a good use of my time at work(probably unlike making this post) because I found out how Windows Home Server is even more awesome than I thought it was already.

Windows Home Server has just gone from a “well I’ll get around to it” to a “must play with”.  It also leads me pondering if Brendan has come up with any more crazy shenanigans to addon to it.

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