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Using Windows 7 "Backup and Restore"

The purpose of this page is to walk you through backing up a Windows 7 computer to Amahi using the Windows 7 backup program.

note: before proceeding, it is best to ensure you have done a "Map Network Drive" of the Share network folder where the backup should reside (such as: (in Windows explorer) \\HDA\backups\ = (samba share) var/hda/files/backups)

Wiki article for Adding shares to Windows with "Map Network Drive"

1. Start menu > type "backup and restore" > open the "Backup and Restore" program

2. If you have not yet created a backup, create one and use your shared network folder that you mapped as the destination. If you already have a backup elsewhere and wish to now use the Amahi shared network folder, then click "manage space".

3. You should be able to click "browse" under the destination path. Also, the space usage summary can be refreshed to reflect the accurate space usage thus far. If you browse the location you can confirm it is the correct folder where Windows will place a folder named after your system with all the backup contents and a "MediaID.bin" file. When done, click "close".

4. Click on "change settings" to verify the location,frequency and contents of your backup. The prompts will guide you to the extent of backup scheme you wish to create.

5. When ready to initiate your first or any succeeding backup (if outside of your chosen automated backup timing) click on "Back up now". Note that the backup will take a while if it's the first one or contains a lot of files. The system image backup option also takes quite a while.

Using Windows 8 "Backup and Restore"

note: Windows 8 backup is similar to Windows 7 backup but with a few modifications. Since there is no start menu, the utility is found in the control panel.

1. Open up Computer. Go to Control Panel --> Windows 7 File Recovery.

2. Select Back up Now.

3. Select a network location and put the path of your HDA in. example: "\\hda\backups". Also add the credentials to access that share.

4. Click Ok.

5. Say back up now!

If everything was entered correctly. Windows 8 Should now back up to Amahi.